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19th Century Masterpieces


Release Date: 11/17/2009 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 98317   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenCarl Maria von WeberLuigi CherubiniGioachino Rossini,   ... 
Performer:  Sviatoslav RichterSabine MeyerSarah ChangGeorg Hörtnagel,   ... 
Conductor:  Riccardo MutiOtto KlempererHerbert BlomstedtSir Neville Marriner,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraDresden StaatskapellePhiladelphia Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 17 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

To the present-day listener one of the most notable aspects of European concert music in the 19th century is the degree to which it became far less the preserve of the Church and the ruling classes. Many composers working in the early years of the century, Beethoven among them, were, to a lesser or greater extent, still working as employees of the Church or the wealthy aristocratic classes. This system of patronage was soon to break down and the role of the composer took on a more professional and academic character. The new-found freedom, and the advent of Romanticism in the arts as a whole, revitalised music throughout Europe; composers began to experiment with new forms, making their music more personal and innovative. This change of Read more musical climate is clearly illustrated in this 17-CD set made up of works from most of the great composers of the time. From Beethoven to Schoenberg this set will take the listener on a fascinating chronological journey through the music of the nineteenth century by way of some of its greatest musical monuments: works such as Beethoven's wonderful and ever-popular Fifth Symphony and the massive First Piano Concerto by Brahms, can be heard against the delights of Rossini's Barber of Seville Overture and the melodic sensuousness of Puccini's La bohčme. Being arranged in strict order of composition, the programmes throw up some interesting juxtapositions that, even to the seasoned listener, will be pleasantly surprising. Also surprising to many listeners will be the little gem of a symphony by the Spanish composer Juan Crisstomo de Arriaga that starts CD 5 in the set. This was one of the last of only a few works completed by Arriaga, who died in 1826 just a few days before his twentieth birthday. This recording is now making its first appearance on CD. Arriaga's music has all the joy and exuberance to be found in the similarly youthful Symphony by Bizet on disc 9 The recordings have all, of course, been taken from EMI Classics' incomparable back catalogue and every one is an artistic and technological masterpiece in its own right. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807-1808; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Concerto for Clarinet no 2 in E flat major, J 118/Op. 74 by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Sabine Meyer (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1811; Munich, Germany 
4.
Les abencérages: Overture by Luigi Cherubini
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1813; France 
5.
Il barbiere di Siviglia: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
6.
Concerto for Violin no 1 in D major, Op. 6 by Niccolň Paganini
Performer:  Sarah Chang (Violin)
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1817 
7.
Quintet for Piano and Strings in A major, D 667/Op. 114 "Trout" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Georg Hörtnagel (Double Bass), Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Borodin String Quartet members
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Vienna, Austria 
8.
Operatic Airs, WO 10: no 2, Batti, batti by Muzio Clementi
Period: Classical 
Written: 1820; London, England 
9.
Sonata for Piano no 32 in C minor, Op. 111 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1821-1822; Vienna, Austria 
10.
Symphony no 8 in B minor, D 759 "Unfinished" by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 
11.
Double Quartet for Strings no 1 in D minor, Op. 65 by Louis Spohr
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Kassel, Germany 
12.
Variations for Oboe and Orchestra in F major, Op. 102 by Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Performer:  Maurice André (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Edmond de Stoutz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: after 1822; Weimar, Germany 
13.
Oberon, J 306: Overture by Carl Maria von Weber
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825-1826; Dresden, Germany 
14.
Symphony in D major by Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga
Conductor:  Harry Blech
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1825; Spain 
15.
Il pirata: Overture by Vincenzo Bellini
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Italy 
16.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in F minor, B 43/Op. 21 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Martha Argerich (Piano)
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1830; Poland 
17.
Songs without words: Excerpt(s) by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Daniel Adni (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Notes: Andante con moto in E major, Op. 19 No. 1
Andante espressivo in A minor, Op. 19 No. 2
Molto allegro in A major, Op. 19 No. 3, 'Jagerlied'
Moderato in A major, Op. 19 No. 4
Agitato in F sharp minor, Op. 19 No. 5
Andante sostenuto in G minor, Op. 19 No. 6. 'Venetian Gondola Song' 
18.
Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Française
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; France 
19.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in A major, S 125 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839/1861; Weimar, Germany 
20.
Russlan and Ludmilla: Overture by Mikhail Glinka
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1842; Russia 
21.
Der fliegende Holländer: Overture by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
22.
Quintet for Piano and Strings in E flat major, Op. 44 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Christian Zacharias (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
23.
Concerto for Violin in E minor, Op. 64 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Sarah Chang (Violin)
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Germany 
24.
Symphony no 3 in C major "Singuličre" by Franz Berwald
Conductor:  Ulf Björlin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Sweden 
25.
Barcarolle for Piano in F sharp major, B 158/Op. 60 by Frédéric Chopin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Paris, France 
26.
Symphony no 2 in C major, Op. 61 by Robert Schumann
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Germany 
27.
Radetzky March, Op. 228 by Johann Strauss Sr.
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848; Vienna, Austria 
28.
Lohengrin: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
29.
Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178 by Franz Liszt
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852-1853; Weimar, Germany 
30.
Symphony in C major by Georges Bizet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855; France 
31.
Faust: Ballet Music by Charles Gounod
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
32.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854-1858; Germany 
33.
Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke, S 514 "Mephisto Waltz no 1" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859-1860; Weimar, Germany 
34.
Union, RO 269/Op. 48 by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; USA 
35.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 22 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Jean-Philippe Collard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; France 
36.
Romeo and Juliet Overture by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869/1880; Russia 
37.
Siegfried Idyll by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870; Germany 
38.
Aida: Excerpt(s) by Giuseppe Verdi
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Notes: Gloria all Egitto, ad Iside
Marcia trionfale
Ballabile
Vieni, o guerriero vindice 
39.
Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868/1907; Norway 
40.
Má vlast: no 2, Moldau, T 111 by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Libor Pesek
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Czech Republic 
41.
Serenade for Strings in E major, Op. 22 by Antonín Dvorák
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; Bohemia 
42.
Requiem, Op. 48 by Gabriel Fauré
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887-1890; France 
43.
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Sarah Chang (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
44.
Symphony for Organ no 5 in f minor, Op. 42 no 1: 5th movement, Toccata by Charles-Marie Widor
Performer:  Fernando Germani (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1880; Paris, France 
45.
Das Spitzentuch der Königin: Rosen aus dem Süden Waltzes, Op. 388 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Johann Strauss Orchestra Vienna
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Vienna, Austria 
46.
Kol Nidrei for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 47 by Max Bruch
Performer:  Han-Na Chang (Cello)
Conductor:  Mstislav Rostropovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Liverpool, England 
47.
Parsifal: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1882; Germany 
48.
Symphonic Variations for Piano and Orchestra, M 46 by César Franck
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; France 
49.
Mörike Lieder: no 12, Verborgenheit by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
50.
Mörike Lieder: no 36, Lebe wohl by Hugo Wolf
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
51.
Don Juan, Op. 20 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888-1889; Germany 
52.
Gnossiennes (6) for Piano: no 1 by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890; France 
53.
Gnossiennes (6) for Piano: no 2, Avec étonnement by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890; France 
54.
Gnossiennes (6) for Piano: no 3, Lent by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890; France 
55.
Symphony no 9 in D minor, WAB 109 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1896; Vienna, Austria 
56.
Prélude ŕ l'aprčs-midi d'un faune by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Emmanuel Pahud (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1892-1894; France 
57.
Symphony no 4 in G major by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Lucia Popp (Soprano)
Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1900; Vienna, Austria 
58.
Lemminkäinen Suite, Op. 22: no 3, Swan of Tuonela by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1897; Finland 
59.
La Bohčme: Excerpt(s) by Giacomo Puccini
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Notes: Che gelida manina! (Rodolfo)
Sě. Mi chiamano Mimi (Mimi/Rodolfo)
Ehi! Rodolfo! (Schaunard/Colline/Marcello/Rodolfo/Mimi)
O soave fanciulla, o dolce viso (Rodolfo/Marcello/Mimi) 
60.
L'apprenti sorcier by Paul Dukas
Conductor:  Michel Plasson
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; France 
61.
Tsar's Bride: In Novgorod by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898-1899; Russia 
62.
Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 "Enigma" by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898-1899; England 
63.
Verklärte Nacht for String Sextet, Op. 4 by Arnold Schoenberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Artemis String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; Vienna, Austria 

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