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Simply The Best - Classical Passion - Music For Lovers


Release Date: 05/20/2003 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 49754   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Erik SatieCamille Saint-SaënsDmitri ShostakovichSergei Rachmaninov,   ... 
Performer:  Michel LegrandSüher PekinelGüher PekinelElisabeth Leonskaja,   ... 
Conductor:  Marek JanowskiHugh WolffMaxim ShostakovichPlacido Domingo,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF Philharmonic OrchestraSt. Paul Chamber OrchestraLondon Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 26 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This 2CD album from Warner Music features 24 passionate classical melodies to help you and the one you love stimulate your senses. This 2CD album from Warner Music features 24 passionate classical melodies to help you and the one you love stimulate your senses. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Gymnopédies (3) for Piano: no 1, Lent et douloureux by Erik Satie
Performer:  Michel Legrand (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888; France 
2. Carnival of the animals: no 13, The swan by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Süher Pekinel (Piano), Güher Pekinel (Piano)
Conductor:  Marek Janowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
3. Concerto for Piano no 2 in F major, Op. 102: 2nd movement, Andante by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Elisabeth Leonskaja (Piano)
Conductor:  Hugh Wolff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USSR 
4. Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18: 2nd movement, Adagio - Excerpt(s) by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Alexei Sultanov (Piano)
Conductor:  Maxim Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900-1901; Russia 
5. Tosca: E lucevan le stelle by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  José Cura (Tenor)
Conductor:  Placido Domingo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
6. Daphnis et Chloé Suite no 2: Lever du jour by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
7. Samson et Dalila, Op. 47: Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  José Cura (Tenor), Olga Borodina (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
8. Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 14a, Act 2 - Pas de deux by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Ondrej Lenárd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
9. Boléro: Excerpt(s) by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; France 
10. Tristan und Isolde: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Theodor Guschlbauer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858; Germany 
Notes: This selection is presented in its excerptet form. 
11. Lemminkäinen Suite, Op. 22: no 3, Swan of Tuonela by Jean Sibelius
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1897; Finland 
12. Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 15 in D flat major "Raindrop" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838-1839; Paris, France 
13. Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23: 2nd movement, Andantino semplice by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Alexei Sultanov (Piano)
Conductor:  Maxim Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874-1875; Russia 
14. Symphony in C major: 2nd movement, Adagio by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Hugh Wolff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855; France 
15. Romance for Violin and Orchestra no 2 in F major, Op. 50 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Thomas Zehetmair (Violin)
Conductor:  Thomas Zehetmair
Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1798; Vienna, Austria 
16. Concerto for Clarinet in A major, K 622: 2nd movement, Adagio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Dieter Klöcker (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Leopold Hager
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
17. Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9: no 1 in B flat minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Elisabeth Leonskaja (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
18. Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 899/Op. 90: no 3 in G flat major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Elisabeth Leonskaja (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
19. Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Tasmin Little (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910/1919; England 
20. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 7, Träumerei by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
21. Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 "Enigma": Variation 9, Nimrod by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898-1899; England 
22. Spartacus: Adagio - Excerpt(s) by Aram Khachaturian
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954/1968; USSR 
23. Quartet for Strings no 2 in D major: 3rd movement, Andante - Excerpt(s) by Alexander Borodin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brodsky String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Russia 
24. Firebird Suite: Berceuse by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Eliahu Inbal
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; Switzerland 

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