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Ultimate Classics - The Essential Masterpieces

Ultimate Classics / Various
Release Date: 11/14/2006 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 000766302   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachLudwig van BeethovenJeremiah ClarkeAntonín Dvorák,   ... 
Performer:  Elgar HowarthPhilip JonesNigel KennedyDame Joan Sutherland,   ... 
Conductor:  George GuestHerbert von KarajanSir Neville MarrinerGianandrea Gavazzeni,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Mozart Ensemble
Number of Discs: 5 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Works on This Recording

1.
Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Jesu bleibet meine Freude "Jesu, joy of man's desiring" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  George Guest
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
2.
Suite in D major: Prince of Denmark's March "Trumpet Voluntary" by Jeremiah Clarke
Performer:  Elgar Howarth (Trumpet), Philip Jones (Trumpet)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1700; England 
3.
Peer Gynt Suite no 1, Op. 46: no 1, Prelude "Morning" by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875/1888; Norway 
4.
Solomon, HWV 67: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1749; London, England 
5.
Cavalleria Rusticana: Intermezzo by Pietro Mascagni
Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Notes: Composition written: Italy (1888).
Composition revised: Italy (1889). 
6.
Thaďs: Meditation by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Nigel Kennedy (Violin)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; France 
7.
Hebrides Overture, in B minor Op. 26 "Fingal's Cave" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1832; Rome, Italy 
8.
Orphée aux enfers: Overture by Jacques Offenbach
Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
Period: Romantic 
Written: Paris, France 
Notes: Composition written: Paris, France (1858).
Composition revised: Paris, France (1874). 
9.
Canon and Gigue for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major: Canon by Johann Pachelbel
Conductor:  Karl Münchinger
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
10.
Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland ()
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
11.
Rigoletto: La donna č mobile by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti ()
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
12.
(The) Lord's Prayer by Albert Hay Malotte
Performer:  Stuart Burrows (), Martin Neary (Organ)
Conductor:  Wyn Morris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
13.
Serenade no 13 in G major, K 525 "Eine kleine Nachtmusik": 1st movement, Allegro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 56 Secs. 
14.
Concerto for Violin in E minor, Op. 64: 2nd movement, Andante by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Ruggiero Ricci (Violin)
Conductor:  Piero Gamba
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 50 Secs. 
15.
Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: One Fine Day by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Renata Tebaldi ()
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904 
Length: 4 Minutes 55 Secs. 
16.
Nutcracker, suite from the ballet, Op. 71a: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy/Waltz of the Flowers by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
Length: 7 Minutes 41 Secs. 
17.
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16: Allegro molto e marcato by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Radu Lupu (Piano)
Conductor:  André Previn
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Norway 
Length: 10 Minutes 34 Secs. 
18.
Nabucco: Va, pensiero by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 52 Secs. 
19.
Pomp and Circumstance Marches (5), Op. 39: no 1 in D major by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; England 
Length: 6 Minutes 36 Secs. 
20.
Casanova: O Madonna, auf uns sieh "Nuns' Chorus" by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland ()
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Period: Romantic 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
21.
Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!, BWV 208 "Hunt Cantata": Schafe können sicher weiden by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Karl Münchinger
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1713; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 37 Secs. 
22.
Bagatelle for Piano in A minor, WoO 59 "Für Elise" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
23.
The Lost Chord by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Martin Neary (Organ), Stuart Burrows ()
Conductor:  Wyn Morris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 
24.
Zémire et Azor, opera in 4 acts: Pantomime and Finale by André Modeste Grétry
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Period: Classical 
Written: 1771; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 15 Secs. 
25.
Messiah, HWV 56: I know that my redeemer liveth by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa ()
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 59 Secs. 
26.
Jerusalem ("And did those feet in ancient time"), for chorus & organ (or orchestra) by Charles H. Parry
Performer:  David Flood (Organ)
Conductor:  Allan Wicks
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1916; United Kingdom 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
27.
La traviata: Act 1 Prelude by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 11 Secs. 
28.
Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major ("Emperor"), Op. 73: Rondo. Allegro by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809 
Length: 10 Minutes 41 Secs. 
29.
Fantasia on Greensleeves by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  William Bennett (Flute)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 25 Secs. 
30.
Boléro, ballet for orchestra: Finale by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
Period: Modern 
Written: 1928; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 3 Secs. 
31.
All in the April evening, partsong by Hugh S. Roberton
Period: Modern 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
32.
Aida, opera: Grand March and Ballet by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Carlo Franci
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871 
Length: 11 Minutes 44 Secs. 
33.
The Holy City by Stephen Adams
Performer:  Martin Neary (Organ), Stuart Burrows ()
Conductor:  Wyn Morris
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1892; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 59 Secs. 
34.
Elijah (Elias), oratorio, Op. 70: Oh rest in the Lord by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Boyd Neel
Period: Romantic 
Written: 08/11/1846 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 
35.
The Crucifixion, for tenor, bass, chorus & organ: God so loved the world by John Stainer
Conductor:  George Guest
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 7 Secs. 
36.
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18: Moderato by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Conductor:  André Previn
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1900-1901; Russia 
Length: 11 Minutes 13 Secs. 
37.
Jocelyn: Berceuse by Benjamin Godard
Performer:  Kenneth McKellar ()
Conductor:  Peter Knight
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 4 Secs. 
38.
Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World": 2nd movement, Largo by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  István Kertész
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; USA 
Length: 5 Minutes 15 Secs. 
39.
Les Pęcheurs de perles, opera in 3 acts: Pearl Fishers' Duet (Au fond du temple saint) by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (), Nicolai Ghiaurov ()
Conductor:  Robin Stapleton
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; France 
Length: 6 Minutes 38 Secs. 
40.
La Bohčme: Che gelida manina by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti ()
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 45 Secs. 
41.
Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar: 2nd movement, Adagio by Joaquin Rodrigo
Performer:  Carlos Bonell (Guitar)
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; Spain 
Length: 11 Minutes 0 Secs. 
42.
Bohemian Girl, opera: I dreamt I dwelt in marble halls by Michael Balfe
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland ()
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843 
Length: 4 Minutes 43 Secs. 
43.
String Quartet in F major, (prev. attr. Haydn, Op.3/5): Serenade by Roman Hoffstetter
Conductor:  Karl Münchinger
Period: Classical 
Length: 4 Minutes 7 Secs. 
44.
Gondoliers: Take a pair of sparkling eyes by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Thomas Round ()
Conductor:  Isidore Godfrey
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; England 
Length: 5 Minutes 15 Secs. 
45.
Sanctuary of the Heart by Albert William Ketčlbey
Conductor:  Eric Rogers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 3 Secs. 
46.
Ave Maria by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Leontyne Price ()
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
47.
The Lord's my shepherd by J. Seymour Irvine
Conductor:  Wyn Morris
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1860; Scotland 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
48.
Blow the Wind Southerly (Northumbrian Folk Song) by Traditional
Written: England 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
49.
Danny Boy "Londonderry Air" by Traditional
Written: Ireland 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
50.
Karelia Suite, for orchestra, Op. 11: Alla Marcia by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1893; Finland 
Length: 4 Minutes 37 Secs. 
51.
Suite bergamasque: 3rd movement, Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Pascal Rogé (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890/1905; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 42 Secs. 
52.
Symphony No. 9 in D minor ("Choral"), Op. 125: Ode to Joy (Excerpt) by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Pilar [Lyric soprano] Lorengar (), Martti Talvela (), Stuart Burrows (),
Yvonne Minton ()
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Period: Classical 
Written: 1824; Austria 
Length: 7 Minutes 32 Secs. 
53.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 0 Secs. 
54.
Serse, HWV 40: Ombra mai fu "Largo" by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  George Szell
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738; London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 37 Secs. 
55.
Ave verum corpus in D major, K 618 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Peter White (Organ)
Conductor:  George Guest
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 55 Secs. 
56.
Mors et vita: Judex by Charles Gounod
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1885; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 38 Secs. 
57.
Tolomeo, HWV 25: Non lo dirň con labbro "Silent Worship" by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Kenneth McKellar ()
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1728; London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
58.
Romance for Violin and Orchestra no 2 in F major, Op. 50 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Willi Boskovsky (Violin)
Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Mozart Ensemble
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1798; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 9 Minutes 35 Secs. 
59.
Chants d'Auvergne: Volume 1 - no 2, Baďlčro by Joseph Canteloube
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa ()
Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1930; France 
Length: 6 Minutes 50 Secs. 
60.
Scheherazade, Op. 35: 3rd movement, The young prince and princess by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Erich Gruenberg (Violin)
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Russia 
Length: 12 Minutes 1 Secs. 
61.
Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23: Allegro non troppo (excerpt) by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Russia 
Length: 9 Minutes 14 Secs. 
62.
Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 49: Lullaby by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Renata Tebaldi ()
Conductor:  Anton Guadagno
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864-1868; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
63.
Abide with me by William Henry Monk
Performer:  Bruce Blyth (Treble), Richard Farnes (Organ)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 30 Secs. 
64.
Concerto for Horn no 4 in E flat major, K 495: 3rd movement, Rondo by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Barry Tuckwell (Horn)
Conductor:  Peter Maag
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 7 Secs. 
65.
Messiah, HWV 56: Hallelujah! by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Solomon HWV 67 / Act 3: The Arrival Of The Queen Of Sheba
"Ellens Gesang III", D839: Ave Maria
Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, Cantata BWV 147: 6. Choral: Jesu, joy of man's desiring
Canon in D
The Lord's Prayer
Serenade in G, K.525 "Eine kleine Nachtmusik": 1. Allegro
Violin Concerto in E minor, Op.64: 2. Andante
Madama Butterfly / Act 2: Un bel dě vedremo
Nutcracker Suite, Op.71a: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy...Waltz of the Flowers
Messiah / Part 3: I Know That My Redeemer Liveth
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16: 3. Allegro moderato molto e marcato - Quasi presto - Andante maestoso
Jerusalem
Nabucco / Act 3: Va, pensiero (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves)
"Pomp and Circumstance," Op.39: March, No.1 in D
La traviata / Act 1: Prelude
Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major Op.73 -"Emperor": 3. Rondo (Allegro)
Fantasia on Greensleeves
Boléro - Excerpt (Finale)
Orpheus in the Underworld (Orphée aux enfers): Overture
Casanova: Nuns' Chorus
Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd, Cantata BWV 208: Sheep May Safely Graze
Für Elise
The lost chord
Pantomine and Finale
Rigoletto / Act 3: "La donna č mobile"
Cavalleria rusticana: Intermezzo
Trumpet Voluntary

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