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40 Famous Marches


Release Date: 02/08/2000 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 466241   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Sir Edward ElgarJean SibeliusJohann Strauss Jr.Charles Gounod,   ... 
Performer:  Simon PrestonCarlo CurleyPeter Hurford
Conductor:  Sir Georg SoltiVladimir AshkenazyWilli BoskovskySir Alexander Gibson,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic OrchestraPhilharmonia OrchestraVienna Philharmonic Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 35 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Marches have captured the imagination of audiences for centuries. From the courtly propriety of Elgar's 'Pomp and Circumstance,' to the fanfare of Sousa's 'Stars and Stripes Forever,' the march charms in many ways. This collection of 40 famous marches explores the incredible diversity within the genre.
If there is one common factor threading these marches together, it is the prideful celebration they all embody. After all, the genre is inextricably linked to military and nationalist displays of strength. They share the ability to lift spirits and motivate. Their very nature makes them pleasant and enjoyable. That the same end can be reached in so many different ways is a tribute to the creativity of our composers.
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Read more orchestras from around the world were collected for this album. International flavors, marches distinctively Spanish, French, Russian, and German, as well as British and American, show how truly universal the music is. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Pomp and Circumstance Marches (5), Op. 39: no 1 in D major by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; England 
Date of Recording: 1977 
Length: 6 Minutes 32 Secs. 
2.
Karelia Suite, Op. 11: no 3, Alla marcia by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Finland 
Date of Recording: 1985 
Length: 4 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
3.
Jubelfest-Marsch, Op. 396 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1969 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
4.
Marche funèbre d'une marionette by Charles Gounod
Conductor:  Sir Alexander Gibson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872/1879; France 
Date of Recording: 1964 
Length: 4 Minutes 36 Secs. 
5.
Tannhäuser: Festival March by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Elgar Howarth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1984 
Length: 6 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording.
Arranged: Hartmann 
6.
Saul, HWV 53: Dead March by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Simon Preston (Organ)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738-1739; London, England 
Date of Recording: 1964 
Length: 4 Minutes 47 Secs. 
7.
Aida: Grand March by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Elgar Howarth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1985 
Length: 5 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording.
Arranged: R. Sanders 
8.
Radetzky March, Op. 228 by Johann Strauss Sr.
Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1962 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
9.
Athalie, Op. 74: War March of the priests by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1979 
Length: 5 Minutes 21 Secs. 
10.
Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 2, Act 1 - March of the Wooden Soldiers by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1974 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
11.
Love for Three Oranges Suite, Op. 33a: March by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Walter Weller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919/1924; USA 
Date of Recording: 1977 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
12.
Le Prophète: Coronation March by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1971 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
13.
La damnation de Faust, Op. 24: Rákóczy March by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; France 
Date of Recording: 1981 
Length: 4 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
14.
Persischer Marsch, Op. 289 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1972 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
15.
Ruins of Athens, Op. 113: no 5, Marcia alla turca by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Carlo Curley (Organ)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1989 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording.
Arranged: Carlo Curley 
16.
Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62: March no 3 by George Frideric Handel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1746; London, England 
Date of Recording: 1981 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording.
Arranged: Hazell 
17.
March and Canzona in C minor, Z 860 by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  David Hill
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baroque Brass of London
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1692; England 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
18.
Suite in D major: Prince of Denmark's March "Trumpet Voluntary" by Jeremiah Clarke
Performer:  Simon Preston (Organ)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1700; England 
Date of Recording: 1964 
Length: 1 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Simon Preston 
19.
Egyptischer Marsch, Op. 335 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1959 
Length: 4 Minutes 1 Secs. 
20.
Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61: Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1986 
Length: 5 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
21.
Russicher Marsch, Op. 426 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1971 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
22.
Carmen: Suite no 2 - Marche des Contrebandiers by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; France 
Date of Recording: 1986 
Length: 4 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
23.
Tale of Tsar Saltan: Suite, Op. 57 - March by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Jean Martinon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1958 
Length: 4 Minutes 50 Secs. 
24.
Mlada: Suite - Procession of the nobles by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Salvador Camarata,  Tutti Camarata
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kingsway Orchestra,  Kingsway Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1968 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
25.
Spanischer Marsch, Op. 433 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1962 
Length: 4 Minutes 43 Secs. 
26.
Washington Post by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Elgar Howarth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; USA 
Date of Recording: 1983 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
27.
Einzug der Gladiatoren, Op. 68 by Julius Fucik
Conductor:  Elgar Howarth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 1985 
Length: 2 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
28.
Colonel Bogey by Kenneth Alford
Conductor:  Elgar Howarth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1913; England 
Date of Recording: 1985 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
29.
The Dam Busters by Eric Coates
Conductor:  Elgar Howarth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; England 
Date of Recording: 1985 
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
30.
Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Elgar Howarth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; USA 
Date of Recording: 1983 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
31.
Military Marches (3) for Piano 4 hands, D 733/Op. 51: no 1 in D major by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1818; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1960 
Length: 5 Minutes 19 Secs. 
32.
Pomp and Circumstance Marches (5), Op. 39: no 4 in G major by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907; England 
Date of Recording: 1977 
Length: 4 Minutes 54 Secs. 
33.
March for 3 Trumpets and Timpani in C major, Wq 188/H 621 "für die Arche" by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Period: Classical 
Written: after 1767; Hamburg, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1978 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Philip Jones 
34.
Chorale Improvisations (66) for Organ, Op. 65: no 59, Nun danket alle Gott "Marche triomphale" by Sigfrid Karg-Elert
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908-1910; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1982 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
35.
Joyeuse marche "Marche française" by Emmanuel Chabrier
Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 1964 
Length: 4 Minutes 1 Secs. 
36.
Napoleon-Marsch, Op. 156 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1961 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
37.
Aladdin, Op. 34: Oriental Festive March by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918-1919; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 1989 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
38.
Coronation March "Crown Imperial" by Sir William Walton
Conductor:  Roger Norrington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; England 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Length: 6 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
39.
Things to Come, F 131: Happy March by Sir Arthur Bliss
Conductor:  Bernard Herrmann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934-1935; England 
Date of Recording: 1975 
Length: 4 Minutes 56 Secs. 
40.
Rinaldo, HWV 7: Grand March by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1711; London, England 
Length: 0 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Notes:  Arranged: Richard Boygne This selection is an excerpt of the "Grand March."  

Sound Samples

"Pomp and Circumstance," Op.39: March, No.1 in D
Karelia Suite, Op.11: 3. Alla marcia (Moderato)
Jubel Marsch (Kaiser Franz Joseph I: Rettungs-Jubel-Marsch, Op.126) - arr. Sandauer
Funeral March of a Marionette (Marche funèbre d'une marionette)
Tannhäuser / Act 2: Grand March
Rinaldo - Edited & Prepared: Bonynge - Act 3: March
Saul, HWV 53 / Act 3: Dead March
Aida - Arr. R. Sanders - Act 2: Marcia
Radetzky-Marsch, Op.228
3 marches militaires, D.733 (Op.51) - Arr. Weninger: Marche Militaire in D, Op.51, No.1
Athalie - incidental music to Racine's play, Op.74: 2. War March of the Priests
The Nutcracker, Op.71 / Act 1: No. 2 March
The Love for Three Oranges, Symphonic Suite, Op.33 bis: 3. March
Le prophète / Act 4: Coronation March
La Damnation de Faust, Op.24 / Part 1: Marche hongroise
Persischer Marsch, Op.289
Aladdin - Concert Suite: 1. Oriental Festive March
The Ruins of Athens, Op.113 - arr. for piano by Anton Rubinstein (1830 - 1894): Turkish March
The Occasional Oratorio, HWV62 - Arr. Hazell: March
"Pomp and Circumstance," Op.39: March, No.4 in G
Crown Imperial: A Coronation March
Funeral Sentences for the death of Queen Mary II: The Queen's Funeral March (Procession)
The Prince Of Denmark's March
March
Marche Triomphale: Nun danket alle Gott, Op.65
Egyptischer Marsch, Op.335
Joyeuse marche
Napoleon-Marsch, Op.156
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61 Incidental Music: No.9 Wedding March
Russischer Marsch, Op.426
Carmen Suite No.2: Marche des contrebandiers
The Tale of Tsar Saltan: March
Mlada: Procession of the Nobles
Spanischer Marsch, Op.433 (publ 1888)
Things to Come - Suite: March
Washington Post
Entry of the Gladiators
Colonel Bogey
The Dam Busters
The Stars and Stripes Forever

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