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Best Of The Millennium - Top 40 Classical Hits


Release Date: 02/08/2000 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 463240   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Tomaso AlbinoniJohann Sebastian BachLudwig van BeethovenGeorges Bizet,   ... 
Performer:  Eduard KaufmannEmil GilelsAnne Sofie von OtterBengt Forsberg,   ... 
Conductor:  Rudolf BaumgartnerHerbert von KarajanJames LevineTrevor Pinnock,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lucerne Festival StringsOrpheus Chamber OrchestraBerlin Philharmonic Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 34 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This CD contains AAD, ADD, and DDD recordings.
It's a daunting task to summon up the strength and audacity to produce a recording that samples the greatest music of the past millennium. A daunting task, but one that does not present an impossible challenge to a record label with such a rich legacy as Deutsche Grammophon.
This two-disc set presents selections by many of the greatest composers along with liner notes that annotate each selection with references to the piece's appearances in famous films and television commercials. Music from the baroque splendor of Bach to the fiery 20th Century rhythms of Orff make this a music history lesson in one package. It also helps that the roster of performing artists includes such giants as
Read more Herbert Von Karajan, Placido Domingo, Emil Gilels, Anne Sofie von Otter, and others. This is a delightful collection for classical newcomers as well as long time aficionados. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Adagio for Organ and Strings in G minor by Tomaso Albinoni
Performer:  Eduard Kaufmann (Organ)
Conductor:  Rudolf Baumgartner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lucerne Festival Strings
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: This work was reconstructed by Remo Giazotto in 1945 from a fragment by
Albinoni. 
2.
Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Jesu bleibet meine Freude "Jesu, joy of man's desiring" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight": 1st movement, Adagio sostenuto by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Emil Gilels (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 4 Secs. 
4.
Carmen: March of the Toreadors by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
5.
Quintet for 2 Violins, Viola and 2 Cellos in E major, Op. 11 no 5/G 275: 3rd movement, Minuet in A by Luigi Boccherini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1771; Spain 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: This minuet, listed in Boccherini's autograph catalog as part of Opus 11,
was also published, and is known popularly, as part of Opus 13. 
6.
Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dance no 1 by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1887; Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 50 Secs. 
7.
Songs (5), Op. 49: no 4, Wiegenlied by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: German 
8.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 1 in D flat major "Minute Waltz" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Tamás Vásáry (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 36 Secs. 
9.
Suite bergamasque: 3rd movement, Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890/1905; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 4 Secs. 
10.
Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World": 2nd movement, Largo by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
11.
Rhapsody in Blue: Andante by George Gershwin
Performer:  James Levine (Piano)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
Length: 5 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Notes: This selection shares track and timng with the Finale from 'Rhapsody in Blue.' 
12.
Rhapsody in Blue: Finale by George Gershwin
Performer:  James Levine (Piano)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
Notes: This selection shares track and timng with the Andante from 'Rhapsody in Blue.' 
13.
Peer Gynt Suite no 1, Op. 46: no 1, Prelude "Morning" by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875/1888; Norway 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 
14.
Messiah, HWV 56: Hallelujah! by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  English Concert Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: English 
15.
Liebesträume for Piano, S 541: Excerpt(s) by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1850; Weimar, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 34 Secs. 
16.
Cavalleria Rusticana: Intermezzo by Pietro Mascagni
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
17.
Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61: Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 27 Secs. 
18.
Suite de Symphonies no 1: 1st movement, Rondeau by Jean Joseph Mouret
Performer:  Bernhard Läubin (Trumpet), Simon Preston (Organ), Norbert Schmitt (Timpani),
Hannes Wolfgang (Trumpet)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1729; France 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
19.
Pictures at an exhibition: no 16, The Great Gate of Kiev by Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Russia 
Length: 5 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Maurice Ravel 
20.
Serenade no 13 in G major, K 525 "Eine kleine Nachtmusik": 1st movement, Allegro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 20 Secs. 
21.
Gaîté Parisienne: Can-can from "Orphée aux enfers" by Jacques Offenbach
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Notes: 'Gaîté Parisienne' is a pastiche of various works by Jacques Offenbach, selected and arranged as a ballet score by Manuel Rosenthal. 
22.
Carmina burana: no 1, O fortuna by Carl Orff
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
23.
Canon and Gigue for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major: Canon by Johann Pachelbel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 10 Secs. 
24.
Lieutenant Kijé Suite, Op. 60: Troika by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
25.
Turandot: Nessun dorma! by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
26.
Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op. 43: Variation 18 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Tamás Vásáry (Piano)
Conductor:  Yuri Ahronovitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1934; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
27.
Boléro: Finale by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
28.
Tale of Tsar Saltan: Suite, Op. 57 - Flight of the bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Yuli Reyentovich (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre Violin Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Russia 
Length: 1 Minutes 9 Secs. 
29.
Guillaume Tell: Overture - Finale by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
30.
Carnival of the animals: no 13, The swan by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Mischa Maisky (Cello)
Conductor:  Semyon Bychkov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 
31.
Gymnopédies (3) for Piano: no 3, Lent et grave by Erik Satie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
32.
Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Cheryl Studer (Soprano)
Conductor:  Ion Marin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Arranged: Ion Marin 
33.
Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30: Sunrise by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895-1896; Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 47 Secs. 
34.
Firebird Suite: Finale by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; Switzerland 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
35.
1812 Overture, Op. 49: Finale by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Don Kossack Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
36.
Fantasia on Greensleeves by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 24 Secs. 
37.
Il trovatore: Vedi! le fosche notturne "Anvil Chorus" by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
38.
Concerto for Violin in F minor, Op. 8 no 4/RV 297 "L'inverno": 2nd movement, Largo by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Michel Schwalbé (Violin)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
39.
Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 52 Secs. 
40.
Pomp and Circumstance Marches (5), Op. 39: no 1 in D major by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Norman Del Mar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; England 
Length: 5 Minutes 52 Secs. 
41.
An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 10 Minutes 5 Secs. 

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