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Classical: 30 of the Best / Various

Release Date: 04/24/2020 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8578355  
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartEdvard GriegJohannes BrahmsAntonio Vivaldi,   ... 
Performer:  Donna RobinTakako NishizakiIdil BiretBalázs Szokolay,   ... 
Conductor:  Konrad LeitnerJerzy MaksymiukIstván BogárStephen Gunzenhauser,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Mozart OrchestraBBC Scottish Symphony OrchestraBudapest Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This introduction to the exciting world of classical music will take you on a voyage of discovery as you experience the beauty and drama of some of the most famous music ever written. This essential collection presents something for every moment: excitement, relaxation, elation and more, with critically acclaimed recordings selected from the vast Naxos catalogue. Let your mind and emotions be transported by the greatest music from the greatest composers. We have always been keen to lower the barriers to classical music as much as possible, and the Naxos label has had great success with various ‘Best Of’ collections in the past. These have until now tended to focus on single composers, but with Classical Music: 30 of the Best we have brought Read more together a stunning programme of some of the most iconic and famous movements in all music for the enjoyment and exploration of as wide a public as possible. This release is part of a series of 30 of the Best in substantial 2- or 3-album sets. 30 of the Best: Mozart can be found on 8.578353-54 and 30 of the Best: Beethoven on 8.578350-52. Read less

Works on This Recording

Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Der Hölle Rache by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Donna Robin (Soprano)
Conductor:  Konrad Leitner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Mozart Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Peer Gynt Suite no 1, Op. 46: no 4, Hall of the mountain king by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Jerzy Maksymiuk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875/1888; Norway 
Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1: no 1 in G minor by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  István Bogár
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera": 1st movement, Allegro by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Takako Nishizaki (Violin)
Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1725; Venice, Italy 
Swan Lake, Op. 20: no 10, Act 2 - Scčne, Allegro moderato by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian State Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1876; Russia 
Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op. 43: Variation 18 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Conductor:  Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1934; USA 
Canon and Gigue for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major: Canon by Johann Pachelbel
Conductor:  Richard Edlinger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Ondrej Lenárd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Vienna, Austria 
Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67: 1st movement, Allegro con brio by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Richard Edlinger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807-1808; Vienna, Austria 
Liebesträume for Piano, S 541: no 3, O Lieb, so lang by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Balázs Szokolay (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1850; Weimar, Germany 
Bagatelle for Piano in A minor, WoO 59 "Für Elise" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Balázs Szokolay (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
Brandenburg Concerto no 3 in G major, BWV 1048: 3rd movement, Allegro by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Helmut Muller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711-1713; ?Weimar, Germany 
Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Uwe Mund
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Symphony no 94 in G major, H 1 no 94 "Surprise": 2nd movement, Andante by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; London, England 
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9: no 2 in E flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
Requiem in D minor, K 626: Confutatis maledictis by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Morten Schuldt-Jensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Chamber Orchestra,  Gewandhaus Chamber Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Requiem in D minor, K 626: Lacrymosa by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Morten Schuldt-Jensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Chamber Orchestra,  Gewandhaus Chamber Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
The Planets, Op. 32/H 125: Jupiter by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Adrian Leaper
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bratislava Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1916; England 
Concerto for Viola in G major, TV 51 no G 9: 2nd movement, Allegro by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Ladislav Kyselak (Viola)
Conductor:  Richard Edlinger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1716-1721; Frankfurt, Germany 
Requiem, Op. 48: Pie Jesu by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Colm Carey (Organ), Lisa Beckley (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jeremy Summerly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Camerata,  Oxford Schola Cantorum Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888 rev 1893; France 
Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Agnus Dei by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Martina Koppelstetter (Contralto)
Conductor:  Christian Brembeck
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1747-1749; Leipzig, Germany 
Sonata for Piano no 11 in A major, K 331 (300i): 3rd movement, Rondo alla turca by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Jenö Jandó (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781-1783; Vienna, Austria 
Gymnopédies (3) for Piano: no 1, Lent et douloureux by Erik Satie
Conductor:  Jérôme Kaltenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; France 
Serenade no 13 in G major, K 525 "Eine kleine Nachtmusik": 1st movement, Allegro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Petter Sundkvist
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria 
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue no 1 in C major, BWV 846 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jenö Jandó (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722; Cöthen, Germany 
Concerto for Violin in F minor, Op. 8 no 4/RV 297 "L'inverno": 2nd movement, Largo by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Takako Nishizaki (Violin)
Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight": 1st movement, Adagio sostenuto by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jenö Jandó (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
Suite bergamasque: 3rd movement, Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890/1905; France 
Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: no 3, Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Michael Halász
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Miriam Gauci (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Belgian Radio And Television Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Italy 
Messiah, HWV 56: Hallelujah! by George Frideric Handel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scholars Baroque Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 

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