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The Legend Of The Orchestra


Release Date: 10/20/2009 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 94539   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Richard StraussCarl OrffEdvard GriegHector Berlioz,   ... 
Conductor:  Rudolf KempeDavid HillPaavo JärviGeorges Prêtre,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden StaatskapelleBournemouth Symphony OrchestraEstonian National Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The thrilling sounds of the orchestra in its many incarnations from the 17th century to the 20th are captured on the 36 tracks of this collection …The mystery and splendour of the opening item, Richard Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra … The elegiac beauty of Barber’s Adagio for Strings … The jazzy swagger of Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story … The courtly dignity of Charpentier’s Te Deum (better known as the Eurovision theme tune) … The arrogant strides of the ‘Dance of the Knights’ from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet … The sweep and grace of the waltz from Swan Lake … All in all, the ultimate orchestral feast, featuring conductors such as Karajan, Menuhin, Prêtre, Kempe, Järvi, Plasson, Mackerras and Nagano. The thrilling sounds of the orchestra in its many incarnations from the 17th century to the 20th are captured on the 36 tracks of this collection …The mystery and splendour of the opening item, Richard Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra … The elegiac beauty of Barber’s Adagio for Strings … The jazzy swagger of Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story … The courtly dignity of Charpentier’s Te Deum (better known as the Eurovision theme tune) … The arrogant strides of the ‘Dance of the Knights’ from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet … The sweep and grace of the waltz from Swan Lake … All in all, the ultimate orchestral feast, featuring conductors such as Karajan, Menuhin, Prêtre, Kempe, Järvi, Plasson, Mackerras and Nagano. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30: Sunrise by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895-1896; Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
2.
Carmina burana: no 6, Dance on the lawn by Carl Orff
Conductor:  David Hill
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 46 Secs. 
3.
Peer Gynt, Op. 23: no 13, Act 4 Prelude - Morning by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Paavo Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875/1892; Norway 
Length: 4 Minutes 12 Secs. 
4.
La damnation de Faust, Op. 24: Rákóczy March by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 48 Secs. 
5.
Adagio for Strings, Op. 11 by Samuel Barber
Conductor:  Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Rome, Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 14 Secs. 
6.
L'arlésienne: Suite no 1 - 1st movement, Prélude by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Michel Plasson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 34 Secs. 
7.
Petite suite for Piano 4 hands: no 4, Ballet by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Jean-Bernard Pommier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1886-1889; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
8.
Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dance no 1 by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1887; Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 14 Secs. 
9.
Tale of Tsar Saltan: Suite, Op. 57 - Flight of the bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  André Cluytens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Society of the Conservatory Concerts Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Russia 
Length: 1 Minutes 18 Secs. 
10.
West Side Story: Symphonic Dances - Prologue by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Edo De Waart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USA 
Length: 4 Minutes 26 Secs. 
11.
L'apprenti sorcier by Paul Dukas
Conductor:  Dmitri Kitayenko
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; France 
Length: 11 Minutes 25 Secs. 
12.
Kuolema: Valse triste, Op. 44 no 1 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Paavo Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1904; Finland 
Length: 4 Minutes 48 Secs. 
13.
España by Emmanuel Chabrier
Conductor:  Michel Plasson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; France 
Length: 6 Minutes 15 Secs. 
14.
Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: no 3, Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  John Lanchbery
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
15.
Night on the Bare Mountain by Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor:  Dmitri Kitayenko
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; Russia 
Length: 12 Minutes 52 Secs. 
16.
Jeux d'enfants, Op. 22: no 12, Le bal by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Michel Plasson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; France 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 
17.
Suite for Jazz Orchestra no 2, Op. 50b: no 6, Waltz II by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Paavo Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; USSR 
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
18.
Te Deum: Prelude by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Conductor:  Sir Philip Ledger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Length: 1 Minutes 47 Secs. 
19.
Pomp and Circumstance Marches (5), Op. 39: no 1 in D major by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; England 
Length: 5 Minutes 53 Secs. 
20.
From Holberg's Time, Op. 40: 1st movement, Prelude by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Paavo Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Norway 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
21.
Pavane, Op. 50 by Gabriel Fauré
Conductor:  Paul Tortelier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 33 Secs. 
22.
Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64: Act 1 - Dance of the Knights by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Paavo Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935-1936; Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 
23.
Sarabande by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Alex Briger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
24.
Gayaneh: Sabre Dance by Aram Khachaturian
Conductor:  Paavo Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942/1957; USSR 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
25.
Pavane pour une infante défunte by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Jean-Bernard Pommier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; France 
Length: 6 Minutes 36 Secs. 
26.
Swan Lake, Op. 20: no 2, Act 1 - Valse by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  John Lanchbery
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1876; Russia 
Length: 7 Minutes 45 Secs. 
27.
Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34: Theme by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 3 Secs. 
28.
Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61: Scherzo by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
29.
Carnival of the animals: no 7, Aquarium by Camille Saint-Saëns
Conductor:  Richard Stamp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of London
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
30.
Danse macabre in G minor, Op. 40 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Conductor:  Michel Plasson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; France 
Length: 7 Minutes 0 Secs. 
31.
Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67: Peter's theme by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Richard Stamp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of London
Length: 0 Minutes 56 Secs. 
32.
Le sacre du printemps: no 2, Les augures printaniers / Danses des adolescentes by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Kent Nagano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Switzerland 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Switzerland (1911 - 1913).
Composition revised: USA (1943). 
33.
Fantasia on Greensleeves by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 17 Secs. 
34.
In the steppes of central Asia by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
Length: 5 Minutes 52 Secs. 
35.
Pictures at an exhibition: no 9, Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks by Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Russia 
Length: 1 Minutes 15 Secs. 
36.
Orphée aux enfers: Can-can by Jacques Offenbach
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858/1874; Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Notes: 'Gaîté Parisienne' is a pastiche of various works by Jacques Offenbach, selected and arranged as a ballet score by Manuel Rosenthal. 

Sound Samples

Also sprach Zarathustra Op. 30 (opening) (1987 Digital Remaster)
Carmina Burana: Tanz
Peer Gynt (incidental music): No. 13 Morgenstemning/Morning Mood (prelude to Act 4)
La Damnation de Faust (1996 Digital Remaster), Part I, Scene 3: Marche hongroises (Orchestre)
Adagio for Strings Op. 11
L'Arlésienne, Suite: Ouverture
Petite Suite (orch. Büsser): IV. Ballet
Prince Igor, Polovtsian Dances: Dance I
Tsar Saltan : Le Vol Du Bourdon
West Side Story - Symphonic Dances (orch. Sid Ramin & Irwin Kostal): Prologue
L'Apprenti sorcier
Valse triste Op. 44 No. 1
España, Rhapsodie Pour Orchestre
The Nutcracker Op.71, Act II, 14. Pas de deux: c. Variation 2 (Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy) - Coda [to Pas de deux]
A Night on the Bare Mountain (original version)
Jeux d'enfants (Petite Suite): Galop (Le bal)
Jazz Suite No.2: VI. Waltz 2
Te Deum H146 (1992 Digital Remaster): Prélude
Pomp and Circumstances Marches Nos. 1-5 Op.39: No. 1 in D major
Holberg Suite Op. 40: Preludium
Pavane Op. 50
Romeo and Juliet Op. 64, ACT 1: The Knights' Dance
Harpsichord Suite No. 4 in D minor HWV437: Sarabande
Gayaneh: Sabre Dance
Pavane pour une Infante défunte
Swan Lake Op. 20, Act I: 2. Waltz (Tempo di valse)
The Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra Op.34 : Thème De Purcell
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op.21 & Op.61: Scherzo Op.61 No.1
The Carnival of the Animals: Aquarium
Danse macabre Op. 40
Pierre et le loup (theme de Pierre)
Le Sacre du printemps, Première Partie: L'Adoration de la terre: Danses des adolescentes
Fantasia on 'Greensleeves'
Dans Les Steppes D'asie Centrale
Pictures at an Exhibition: Ballet of the unhatched chicks
Gaîté Parisienne (1987 Digital Remaster): Can-Can (La Vie Parisienne)

Customer Reviews

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 You can't go wrong with this May 19, 2012 By Richard H. (Glendale, AZ) See All My Reviews "Lots of music with lots of conductors here. This works as a collection to just sit and enjoy, to play while entertaining guests, or for a budding enthusiast to wet his whistle. Makes a great gift if you're unsure of the recipients tastes too. I play it often. " Report Abuse
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