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Release Date: 04/23/1996 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 65690   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann PachelbelPeter Ilyich TchaikovskyFrédéric ChopinMaurice Ravel,   ... 
Performer:  John OgdonMoura LympanyNigel KennedyTasmin Little,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Neville MarrinerHerbert von KarajanAndré PrevinKlaus Tennstedt,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the FieldsPhilharmonia OrchestraLondon Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 33 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

1. Canon and Gigue for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major: Canon by Johann Pachelbel
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
2. 1812 Overture, Op. 49: Excerpt(s) by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
3. Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 1 in D flat major "Minute Waltz" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
4. Boléro: Finale by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; France 
5. Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight": 1st movement, Adagio sostenuto by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Moura Lympany (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
6. Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World": 2nd movement, Largo by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; USA 
7. Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera": 1st movement, Allegro by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Nigel Kennedy (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1725; Venice, Italy 
8. Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67: 1st movement, Allegro con brio by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807-1808; Vienna, Austria 
9. Messiah, HWV 56: Hallelujah! by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
10. Serenade no 13 in G major, K 525 "Eine kleine Nachtmusik": 1st movement, Allegro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria 
11. Swan Lake, Op. 20: no 9, Act 1 - Finale by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  John Lanchbery
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1876; Russia 
12. Suite for Orchestra no 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Festival Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
13. Schindler's List: Main Theme by John T. Williams
Performer:  Tasmin Little (Violin)
Conductor:  Iain Sutherland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New World Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993; USA 
14. Requiem Mass: Ingemisco by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Italy 
15. The Piano: The Heart Asks for Pleasure First by Michael Nyman
Performer:  Johannes Erdbeer (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993; England 
16. The Deer Hunter: Cavatina by Stanley Myers
Performer:  John Williams (Guitar)
Conductor:  Stanley Myers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1979 
17. Puer natus est nobis by Anonymous
Conductor:  Ismael Fernandez Cuesta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santo Domingo De Silos Benedictine Choir
Period: Medieval 
18. Turandot: Nessun dorma! by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Alain Lombard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra,  Rhine Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
19. Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16: 1st movement, Allegro molto moderato by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Cécile Ousset (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868/1907; Norway 
20. Andrea Chénier: La mamma morta by Umberto Giordano
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
21. Adagio for Organ and Strings in G minor by Tomaso Albinoni
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Notes: This work was reconstructed by Remo Giazotto in 1945 from a fragment by Albinoni. 
22. Carmen: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle "Habañera" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Written: 1873-1874 
Notes: Composition written: France (1873 - 1874). 
23. Concerto for Horn no 4 in E flat major, K 495: 3rd movement, Rondo by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Dennis Brain (French Horn)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
24. Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Amanda Roocroft (Soprano)
Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Italy 
25. La traviata: Libiamo ne' lieti calici "Brindisi" by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Cheryl Studer (Soprano), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  John Barker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
26. Carmina burana: no 1, O fortuna by Carl Orff
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Germany 
27. Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23: 1st movement, Allegro non troppo - Excerpt(s) by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Peter Donohoe (Piano)
Conductor:  Rudolf Barshai
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874-1875; Russia 
28. Symphony no 3, Op. 36 "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs": 2nd movement, Lento e largo by Henryk Mikolaj Górecki
Performer:  Zofia Kilanowisz (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jacek Kasprzyk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cracow Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1976; Poland 
29. Concerto for Flute and Harp in C major, K 299 (297c): 2nd movement, Andantino by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Fritz Helmis (Harp), James Galway (Flute)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778; Paris, France 
30. Lakmé: Viens, Mallikà...Sous le dôme épais "Flower Duet" by Léo Delibes
Performer:  Danielle Millet (Mezzo Soprano), Mady Mesplé (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alain Lombard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opéra Comique Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; France 
31. Concerto for Violin in F minor, Op. 8 no 4/RV 297 "L'inverno": 1st movement, Allegro non molto by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Nigel Kennedy (Violin)
Conductor:  Nigel Kennedy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
32. Porgy and Bess: Summertime by George Gershwin
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York New Princess Theatre Orchestra,  New York Choral Artists
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
33. Ave Maria by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Amanda Thompson (Piano), Lesley Garrett (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Notes: This work is based on J.S. Bach's Prelude no 1 in C from 'The Well-Tempered Clavier.' 
34. Gymnopédies (3) for Piano: no 1, Lent et douloureux by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888; France 
35. Romeo and Juliet Suite no 2, Op. 64b: Montagues and Capulets by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Paris, France 
36. Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op. 43: Variation 18 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Cécile Ousset (Piano)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1934; USA 
37. The Snowman: Walking In the Air by Howard Blake
Performer:  Aled Jones (Treble)
Conductor:  John Altman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1982; England 
38. The Planets, Op. 32/H 125: Jupiter by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1916; England 
39. Concerto for Cello in E minor, Op. 85: 1st movement, Adagio-Moderato by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Jacqueline Du Pré (Cello)
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1919; England 
40. Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 "Enigma": Variation 9, Nimrod by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898-1899; England 

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