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Classical Hits / Brightman, Church, Ma, Pavarotti, Et Al

Release Date: 09/11/2001 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 89702   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Andrew Lloyd WebberTonci HuljicJohn WilliamsGiacomo Puccini,   ... 
Performer:  Charlotte ChurchGay-Yee WesterhoffHaylie EckerTania Davis,   ... 
Conductor:  Sian EdwardsJohn WilliamsSir Charles MackerrasWilliam Goodchild,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera OrchestraBondOrchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Are you tired of your classically minded friends laughing at you when you mispronounce the names of renowned, long-expired European composers? Do you think the Three Tenors are the latest teenage boy band? Well, those well-educated friends of yours still won't cut you much slack for purchasing CLASSICAL HITS, but at least you'll feel like you've dipped your toe into the deep waters of classical music. CLASSICAL HITS is very clearly a compilation designed for the newcomer, as it's made up almost exclusively of compositions that have somehow managed to sneak into the popular consciousness over the years through a variety of means, such as "Pie Jesu," "O Solo Mio," and "Nessun Dorma." There are a bunch of ringers here as well, mostly Read more ersatz-classical soundtrack themes in an orchestral mode, such as John Williams's theme from STAR WARS: THE PHANTOM MENACE. For the uninitiated, it's a start. Read less

Works on This Recording

Requiem: Pie Jesu by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Performer:  Charlotte Church (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sian Edwards
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Victory by Tonci Huljic
Performer:  Gay-Yee Westerhoff (Cello), Haylie Ecker (Violin), Tania Davis (Viola),
Eos (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bond
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 5/2000 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Phantom of the Opera: Wishing You Were Somehow Here by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Performer:  Sarah Brightman (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: English 
Star Wars, Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace: Duel of the Fates by John Williams
Conductor:  John Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Voices
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1999; USA 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Italy 
Date of Recording: 7/1999 
Venue:  Colosseum, Watford, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Pavane, Op. 50 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  John Williams (Guitar)
Conductor:  William Goodchild
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: John Williams 
Suite for Jazz Orchestra no 2, Op. 50b: no 6, Waltz II by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  André Rieu (Violin)
Conductor:  Jurre Haanstra
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Johann Strauss Orchestra Netherlands
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; USSR 
Venue:  Wijngrachttheater, Kerkrade, Netherlands 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: André Rieu 
Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Jesu bleibet meine Freude "Jesu, joy of man's desiring" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Conductor:  Ton Koopman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 8/1998 
Venue:  Stadsgehoorzaal, Leiden, Netherlands 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Ton Koopman 
'O sole mio by Eduardo Di Capua
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), José Carreras (Tenor), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Italy 
Date of Recording: 7/7/1990 
Venue:  Baths of Caracalla, Rome, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Titanic: Rose by James Horner
Conductor:  James Horner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1998; USA 
Venue:  Todd-AO Stufio, Studio City, Los Angeles 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
The Mission: Nella fantasia (In my dreams) by Ennio Morricone
Performer:  John Themis (Guitar), Russell Watson (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nick Ingman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Metro Voices
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 2000-01 
Length: 4 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Gladiator: Now We Are Free by Hans Zimmer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Length: 4 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Lisa Gerrard. 
Braveheart: Main Title by James Horner
Performer:  James Horner (Keyboards), Ian Underwood (Electronics), Mike Taylor (Percussion),
Eric Rigler (Bagpipe), Anthony Hinnigan (Whistle)
Conductor:  James Horner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Westminster Abbey Choristers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1995; USA 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Suite in D major: Prince of Denmark's March "Trumpet Voluntary" by Jeremiah Clarke
Performer:  Wynton Marsalis (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Anthony Newman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera": 1st movement, Allegro by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Gil Shaham (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1725; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1993 
Venue:  Academy of Arts & Letters, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Turandot: Nessun dorma! by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Michel Sénéchal (Tenor), Rolando Panerai (Baritone), Elizabeth Harwood (Soprano),
Mirella Freni (Soprano), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
West Side Story: Maria by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin)
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/2000 
Venue:  Air Studios, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: William David Brohn 
Carmina burana: no 1, O fortuna by Carl Orff
Conductor:  John Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tanglewood Festival Chorus,  Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1/1996 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Eternal Vow by Tan Dun
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Conductor:  Tan Dun
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Shanghai Symphony Orchestra,  Shanghai Percussion Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2000 
Length: 2 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Appalachia Waltz by Mark O'Connor
Performer:  Mark O'Connor (Violin), Edgar Meyer (Double Bass), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 3/1995 
Venue:  Sound Emporium, Nashville, Tennessee 
Length: 5 Minutes 47 Secs. 

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