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The Classical Album 2011


Release Date: 06/14/2011 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 001566202   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Vincenzo BelliniFranz LisztJules MassenetGiacomo Puccini,   ... 
Performer:  Cecilia BartoliLang LangAnne-Sophie MutterAnna Netrebko,   ... 
Conductor:  Adám FischerJames LevineClaudio AbbadoRiccardo Chailly,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  International Chamber Soloists
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 39 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A beautiful introduction for those new to classical music while also rich and carefully crafted to cater to those well-versed in the genre.

This stunning collection showcases the greatest stars of classical music with dazzling performances from Gustavo Dudamel, Cecilia Bartoli, Lang Lang and Anna Netrebko, to name but a few...

Also includes legendary performances from some of the greatest artists of all time, including Luciano Pavarotti, Sir Georg Solti, Plácido Domingo and Daniel Barenboim.

Introducing the exciting talents of a number of rising stars such as Jonas Kaufmann, Danielle De Niese, Julia Fischer and Sarah Alice Ott.

With 40 tracks and over 2½ hours of music
Read more this collection is an outstanding value, providing the foundation for a library of classical music.
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Works on This Recording

1. Norma: Casta diva by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli ()
Conductor:  Adám Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  International Chamber Soloists
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 48 Secs. 
2. Liebesträume for Piano, S 541: no 3, O Lieb, so lang by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Lang Lang (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1850; Weimar, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 52 Secs. 
3. Thaïs: Meditation by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Anne-Sophie Mutter (Violin)
Conductor:  James Levine
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; France 
Length: 6 Minutes 40 Secs. 
4. Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Anna Netrebko ()
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
5. Suite for Jazz Orchestra no 2, Op. 50b: Waltz no 2 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
6. Tosca: E lucevan le stelle by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann ()
Conductor:  Marco Armiliato
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
7. Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 1 in D flat major "Minute Waltz" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alice Sara Ott (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 57 Secs. 
8. Après un rêve, Op. 7 no 1 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Alexei Grynyuk (Piano), Nicola Benedetti (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
9. Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1: no 1 in G minor by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Iván Fischer
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
10. La Bohème: Che gelida manina by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Roberto Alagna ()
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 41 Secs. 
11. Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op. 43: Excerpt(s) by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Tamás Vásáry (Piano)
Conductor:  Yuri Ahronovitch
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1934; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
12. Premier livre de pièces: Troisième Suite - Le coucou by Louis-Claude Daquin
Performer:  Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1735; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 2 Secs. 
13. Concerto for Violin in G minor, Op. 8 no 2/RV 315 "L'estate": 3rd movement, Presto by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Simon Preston (Harpsichord), Alan Loveday (Violin), Simon Preston (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
14. O sole mio, for voice & piano (or orchestra) by Eduardo Capua
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti ()
Conductor:  Giancarlo Chiaramello
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1900; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
15. Madama Butterfly: Un bel dì vedremo by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Renée Fleming ()
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 55 Secs. 
16. Frühlingsstimmen, Op. 410 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1883; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 3 Secs. 
17. Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9: no 2 in E flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
Length: 4 Minutes 4 Secs. 
18. Concerto for Trumpet in E flat major, H 7e no 1: 3rd movement, Finale by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Håkan Hardenberger (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 29 Secs. 
19. Granada by Agustín Lara
Performer:  Placido Domingo ()
Conductor:  Marcel Peeters
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; Mexico 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
20. Recuerdos de la Alhambra by Francisco Tarrega
Performer:  Eduardo Fernández (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1880-1905; Spain 
Length: 4 Minutes 46 Secs. 
21. Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
22. Carmina burana: no 5, Ecce gratum by Carl Orff
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
23. Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 80: Sicilienne by Gabriel Fauré
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 
24. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 7, Träumerei by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Nelson Freire (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
25. Gayaneh: Sabre Dance by Aram Khachaturian
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942/1957; USSR 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
26. Peer Gynt Suite no 1, Op. 46: no 4, Hall of the mountain king by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875/1888; Norway 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
27. Grandes Etudes (6) de Paganini, S 141: no 3 in G sharp minor by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Yundi Li (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Weimar, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 40 Secs. 
28. Gnossiennes (6) for Piano: no 1 by Erik Satie
Performer:  Pascal Rogé (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
29. Schindler's List: Main Theme by John Williams
Performer:  Janine Jansen (Violin)
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 
30. Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67: 1st movement, Allegro con brio by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807-1808; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 7 Minutes 26 Secs. 
31. Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight": 1st movement, Adagio sostenuto by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 38 Secs. 
32. Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 12c, Act 2 - Chinese Dance "Tea" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
Length: 1 Minutes 16 Secs. 
33. Vesperae solennes de confessore, K 339: Laudate Dominum by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Danielle De Niese ()
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Period: Classical 
Written: 1780; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 29 Secs. 
34. Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Non più andrai farfallone amoroso by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  James Levine
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
35. Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043: 2nd movement, Largo ma non tanto by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Alexander Sitkovetsky (Violin), Julia Fischer (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 43 Secs. 
36. Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565: Toccata by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Simon Preston (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1708; Arnstadt, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
37. Concerto for Piano no 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor": 2nd movement, Adagio un poco mosso by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Hélène Grimaud (Piano)
Conductor:  Vladimir Jurowski
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 8 Minutes 7 Secs. 
38. Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Voi che sapete che cosa è amor by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená ()
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
39. La fille mal gardée: Act 1 - no 17a, Clog Dance by Louis Ferdinand Herold
Conductor:  John Lanchbery
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828 
Length: 2 Minutes 14 Secs. 
40. Fantasía para un gentilhombre: 4th movement, Danza de las Hachas by Joaquin Rodrigo
Performer:  Carlos Bonell (Guitar)
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; Spain 
Length: 2 Minutes 5 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Symphony No.5 In C Minor, Op.67: 1. Allegro con brio
Norma / Act 1: Casta Diva
Liebestraum No.3 In A Flat, S.541 No.3
Thaïs / Acte Deux: Meditation
Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro
Jazz Suite No.2: Waltz II
Tosca / Act 3: "E lucevan le stelle"
La fille mal gardée / Act 1: Clog Dance
"Minute" Waltz
Apres Une Reve
Hungarian Dance No.1 in G minor
Piano Sonata No.14 In C Sharp Minor, Op.27 No.2 -"Moonlight": Adagio sostenuto
La Bohème / Act 1: "Che gelida manina"
Nutcracker Suite, Op.71a: Chinese Dance (Tea)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op.43: Introduction, Variation 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Vesperae solennes de confessore in C, K.339: Laudate Dominum omnes gentes
Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 / Act 1: "Non più andrai"
Gnossiennes: No. 1 - Lent
Premier livre de pieces de clavecin (1735) / Troisième Suite: Le coucou
Concerto for Violin and Strings in G minor, Op.8, No.2, R.315 "L'estate": Presto (Summer - The Four Seasons)
'O sole mio
Grandes Etudes de Paganini, S141: La Campanella
Madama Butterfly / Act 2: Un bel dì vedremo
Schindler's List Main Theme
Voices Of Spring, Op.410 (Frühlingsstimmen)
Concerto for 2 Violins, Strings, and Continuo in D minor, BWV 1043: Largo ma non tanto
Nocturne No.2 in E Flat, Op.9 No.2
Trumpet Concerto in E flat, H.VIIe No.1: Allegro
"Granada" (Fantasía Espanola)
Recuerdos De La Alhambra
Fantasía para un gentilhombre for Guitar and Small Orchestra: Danza de las hachas
Die Walküre: The Ride of the Valkyres
Toccata And Fugue In D Minor, BWV 565: Toccata
Carmina Burana - 1. Primo vere: "Ecce gratum"
Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major Op.73 -"Emperor": Adagio un poco mosso
Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - With Embellishments By Domenico Corri / Act 2: Voi che sapete
Pelléas et Mélisande, Op.80: Sicilienne
Kinderszenen, Op.15: Traumerei
Gayaneh: Sabre Dance
Peer Gynt Suite No.1, Op.46: In the Hall of the Mountain King

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