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50 Classical Masterworks - highlights from 50 acclaimed recordings of favorite works by R. Strauss, Grieg, Mozart, Verdi, Offenbach, Bach, Schumann, Smetana, Dvorak, Vivaldi, Brahms, Beethoven, Chopin et al. / various artsts [3 CDs]

Notes & Reviews:

Deutsche Grammophon presents a collection of the most essential masterworks of classical music. Enjoy 50 favorite melodies from the world's best composers in outstanding interpretations by the greatest artists, including the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel, Martha Argerich, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and more.


Works:

Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30: Prelude (Sonnenaufgang) by Richard Strauss
Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Post-Romantic
Written: 1896; Germany

Má vlast: no 2, Moldau, T 111 by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1874; Czech Republic

Symphony no 3 in F major, Op. 90: 3rd movement, Poco allegretto by Johannes Brahms
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1883; Austria

Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World": 4th movement, Allegro con fuoco by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1893; USA

Caprices (24) for Violin solo, Op. 1: no 24 in A minor by Niccolň Paganini
Performer: David Garrett (Violin)
Period: Romantic
Written: circa 1805; Italy

Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Hélčne Grimaud (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1912-1915; Russia

Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi, The Four Seasons: Summer 3 by Max Richter
Performer: Daniel Hope (Violin), Max Richter (Piano), Raphael Alpermann (Harpsichord)
Conductor: André de Ridder
Orchestra/Ensemble: Konzerthaus Kammerorchester Berlin

Tale of Tsar Saltan: Suite, Op. 57 - Flight of the bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer: Irina Saizewa (Piano)
Conductor: Julij Rejentowitsch
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bolshoi Theatre Violin Ensemble
Period: Romantic
Written: 1903; Russia

Rigoletto: La donna č mobile by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra del Teatro Regio di Torino
Period: Romantic
Written: 1851; Italy

Nabucco: Va pensiero, sull'ali dorate (Chorus of Hebrew Slaves) by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano
Period: Romantic
Written: 1842; Italy

Carmina burana: no 1, O fortuna by Carl Orff
Conductor: Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1936; Germany

Pictures at an exhibition: Promenade by Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor: Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1874; Russia

Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23: 1st movement, Allegro non troppoby Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
Conductor: Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1874-1875; Russia

Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467: 2nd movement, Andante by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Jan Lisiecki (Piano)
Conductor: Christian Zacharias
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria

Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor: 4th movement, Adagietto by Gustav Mahler
Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria

Rhapsody in Blue: Excerpt(s) by George Gershwin
Conductor: James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1924; USA

Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 7, Träumerei by Robert Schumann
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1838; Germany

Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14: 2nd movement, Scene at the Ball by Hector Berlioz
Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1830; France

Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries by Richard Wagner
Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestre de Paris
Period: Romantic
Written: 1856; Germany

Concerto for Cello in D major, G 479: 3rd movement, Allegro by Luigi Boccherini
Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Conductor: Paul Sacher
Orchestra/Ensemble: Collegium Musicum Orchestra

Suite for Cello solo no 1 in G major, BWV 1007: 1st movement, Prelude by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany

Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar: 2nd movement, Adagio by Joaquin Rodrigo
Performer: Narciso Yepes (Guitar)
Conductor: Odon Alonso
Orchestra/Ensemble: Spanish Radio/TV Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1939; Spain

Carmen: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle "Habańera" by Georges Bizet
Performer: Elina Garanca (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Karel Mark Chichon
Orchestra/Ensemble: Coro Filarmonico Del Regio Di Torino
Written: 1873-1874

Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor)
Conductor: Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria

Messiah, HWV 56: Hallelujah! by George Frideric Handel
Conductor: Karl Richter
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra, John Alldis Choir
Period: Baroque
Written: 1742; London, England

Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera": 1st movement, Allegro by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Isaac Stern (Violin)
Conductor: Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1725; Venice, Italy

Sonata for Piano no 11 in A major, K 331 (300i): 3rd movement, Rondo alla turcaby Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1781-1783; Vienna, Austria

Liebesträume for Piano, S 541: no 3, O Lieb, so lang by Franz Liszt
Performer: Lang Lang (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: circa 1850; Weimar, Germany

Symphony no 94 in G major, H 1 no 94 "Surprise": 2nd movement, Andanteby Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1791; London, England

An die Musik, D 547 by Franz Schubert
Performer: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria

Peer Gynt, Op. 23: no 13, Act 4 Prelude - Morning by Edvard Grieg
Conductor: Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1875/1892; Norway

Bagatelle for Piano in A minor, WoO 59 "Für Elise" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Anatol Ugorski (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria

Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 1 in D flat major "Minute Waltz" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Alice Sara Ott (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France

Suite for Orchestra no 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany

Gretchen am Spinnrade, D 118/Op. 2 by Franz Schubert
Performer: Yuja Wang (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1814; Vienna, Austria

Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9: no 2 in E flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1830-1831; Poland

Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1: no 5 in G minor by Johannes Brahms
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1868; Austria

Water Music, HWV 348-350: Hornpipe by George Frideric Handel
Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Concert
Period: Baroque
Written: 1715/1736; London, England

Le carnaval des animaux, R. 125: Le cygne "The Swan" by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer: Mischa Maisky (Cello)
Conductor: Semyon Bychkov
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestre de Paris
Period: Romantic
Written: 1886; France

Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Anna Netrebko (Soprano)
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1918; Italy

Gymnopédies (3) for Piano: no 1, Lent et douloureux by Erik Satie
Performer: Jean-Marc Luisada (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1888; France

Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66: no 7, Act 1 - Valse by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor: James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1888-1889; Russia

Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61: Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1842; Germany

Thaďs: Meditation by Jules Massenet
Performer: Anne-Sophie Mutter (Violin)
Conductor: James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1894; France

Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight": 1st movement, Adagio sostenuto by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Wilhelm Kempff (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria

Suite bergamasque: 3rd movement, Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy
Performer: Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1890/1905; France

Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64: Act 1 - Dance of the Knights by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1935-1936; Paris, France

Adagio for Organ and Strings in G minor by Tomaso Albinoni
Performer: Edward Brewer (Organ), Eriko Sato (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: Venice, Italy

Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67: 1st movement, Allegro con brio by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor: Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1807-1808; Vienna, Austria

Boléro by Maurice Ravel
Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1928; France





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