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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

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 
Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807 
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 
Les abencérages: Overture by Luigi Cherubini
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1813; France 
Il barbiere di Siviglia: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
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 
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 
Operatic Airs, WO 10: no 2, Batti, batti by Muzio Clementi
Period: Classical 
Written: 1820; London, England 
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 
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 
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 
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 
Oberon, J 306: Overture by Carl Maria von Weber
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825-1826; Dresden, Germany 
Symphony in D major by Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga
Conductor:  Harry Blech
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1825; Spain 
Il pirata: Overture by Vincenzo Bellini
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Italy 
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 
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' 
Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Française
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; France 
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 
Russlan and Ludmilla: Overture by Mikhail Glinka
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1842; Russia 
Der fliegende Holländer: Overture by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
Quintet for Piano and Strings in E flat major, Op. 44 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Christian Zacharias (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
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 
Symphony no 3 in C major "Singuličre" by Franz Berwald
Conductor:  Ulf Björlin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Sweden 
Barcarolle for Piano in F sharp major, B 158/Op. 60 by Frédéric Chopin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Paris, France 
Symphony no 2 in C major, Op. 61 by Robert Schumann
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Germany 
Radetzky March, Op. 228 by Johann Strauss Sr.
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848; Vienna, Austria 
Lohengrin: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178 by Franz Liszt
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852-1853; Weimar, Germany 
Symphony in C major by Georges Bizet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855; France 
Faust: Ballet Music by Charles Gounod
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
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 
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 
Union, RO 269/Op. 48 by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; USA 
Concerto for Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 22 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Jean-Philippe Collard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; France 
Romeo and Juliet Overture by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869/1880; Russia 
Siegfried Idyll by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870; Germany 
Aida: Excerpt(s) by Giuseppe Verdi
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Notes: Gloria all Egitto, ad Iside
Marcia trionfale
Vieni, o guerriero vindice 
Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868/1907; Norway 
Má vlast: no 2, Moldau, T 111 by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Libor Pesek
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Czech Republic 
Serenade for Strings in E major, Op. 22 by Antonín Dvorák
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; Bohemia 
Requiem, Op. 48 by Gabriel Fauré
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887-1890; France 
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 
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 
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 
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 
Parsifal: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1882; Germany 
Symphonic Variations for Piano and Orchestra, M 46 by César Franck
Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; France 
Mörike Lieder: no 12, Verborgenheit by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Mörike Lieder: no 36, Lebe wohl by Hugo Wolf
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Don Juan, Op. 20 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888-1889; Germany 
Gnossiennes (6) for Piano: no 1 by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890; France 
Gnossiennes (6) for Piano: no 2, Avec étonnement by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890; France 
Gnossiennes (6) for Piano: no 3, Lent by Erik Satie
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890; France 
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 
Prélude ŕ l'aprčs-midi d'un faune by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Emmanuel Pahud (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1892-1894; France 
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 
Lemminkäinen Suite, Op. 22: no 3, Swan of Tuonela by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1897; Finland 
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) 
L'apprenti sorcier by Paul Dukas
Conductor:  Michel Plasson
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; France 
Tsar's Bride: In Novgorod by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898-1899; Russia 
Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 "Enigma" by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898-1899; England 
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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