100 Best 20th Century Classics

Release Date: 7/28/2009
Catalog Number: 5099996424926
Number of Discs: 6

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
100 BEST 20th CENTURY CLASSICS is another release in EMI’s highly successful 100 BEST series. This 6 CD set covers many of the most popular works composed between 1900 and 1999, as well as representative pieces by composers who broadened the concept of classical music during that period and those who pushed its boundaries to the limits.

CD1: The Last of the Romantics
The first disc opens with an extract from Rachmaninov’s 2nd Piano Concerto, written in 1901. This is followed by favourite works by Prokofiev, Khachaturian, Falla, Holst, Elgar and Vaughan Williams, all of which look back to the romantic style of the 19th century. The disc also includes part of the slow movement of the most successful concerto written during the 20th century, the Concierto de Aranjuez by Rodrigo.

CD2: Innovators
The composers on this disc include some who broke new ground in tonality and form at the beginning of the century, such as Stravinsky and the Second Viennese school of Webern, Berg and Schoenberg, and others who continued to use the more traditional methods of composition but who wrote in a more advanced style such as Bartók, Britten, Hindemith and Walton.

CD3: Brave New World
The works heard here range across the incredible proliferation of musical language during the last 50 years, from hard-edged modernism to chilled-out minimalism, religiously inspired and otherwise, and include pieces by the older generation of composers like Messiaen, Henze, Lutoslawski and Takemitsu, as well as more recent compositions by Turnage, Tavener, Gubaidulina, Adès and Knussen.

CD4: America
The large and prolific school of American composers active during the 20th century is represented by some extremely popular pieces like Barber’s Adagio for Strings, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, as well as more adventurous works by Ives, Cage, Reich, Carter and Adams.

CD5: Instrumental and Chamber
This CD presents a number of popular pieces for piano, violin and guitar by Falla, Scriabin, Kreisler, Pärt and Villa-Lobos, followed by chamber works such as Schoenbeg’s Verklärte Nacht, Schnittke’s Menuet and Ravel’s String Quartet.

CD6: Choral and Vocal
The final disc begins with one of the 20th century’s most successful choral works, Orff’s Carmina Burana. This is followed by extracts from other choral pieces by Boulez, Pärt, Tavener, Rutter and McCartney as well as vocal compositions by Rachmaninov, Berio and Lloyd Webber. The set concludes with three romantic operatic arias by Korngold and Puccini, ending with a spectacular performance of ‘Nessun dorma’ from Puccini’s final opera, Turandot.
Works on This Recording
1. Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18: 1st movement, Moderato by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Jean-Bernard Pommier (Piano)
Conductor: Lawrence Foster
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hallé Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1900-1901 ; Russia
2. Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64: Act 1 - Dance of the Knights by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor: André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1935-1936 ; Paris, France
3. Masquerade: Waltz by Aram Khachaturian
Conductor: Efrem Kurtz
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1941 ; USSR
4. Lieutenant Kijé Suite, Op. 60: Troika by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor: Klaus Tennstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1934 ; Paris, France
5. Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30: 1st movement, Allegro ma non tanto by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Mikhail Rudy (Piano)
Conductor: Mariss Jansons
Period: Romantic
Written: 1909 ; Russia
6. Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar: 2nd movement, Adagio - Excerpt(s) by Joaquín Rodrigo
Performer: Julian Bream (Guitar)
Conductor: Simon Rattle
Period: Modern
Written: 1939 ; Spain
7. Spartacus: Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia by Aram Khachaturian
Conductor: Yuri Temirkanov
Orchestra/Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Modern
Written: 1955 ;
8. Concerto for Cello in E minor, Op. 85: 1st movement, Adagio-Moderato by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer: Jacqueline Du Pré (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1919 ; England
9. Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op. 43: Variation 18 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Cécile Ousset (Piano)
Conductor: Simon Rattle
Period: Romantic
Written: 1934 ; USA
10. Images for Orchestra: no 2, Ibéria - Le matin d'un jour de fête by Claude Debussy
Conductor: André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1905-1912 ; France
11. Kuolema: Valse triste, Op. 44 no 1 by Jean Sibelius
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hallé Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1903-1904 ; Finland
12. The lark ascending by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer: Hugh Bean (Violin)
Conductor: Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1914/1920 ; England
13. Nights in the gardens of Spain: no 1, At the Generalife by Manuel de Falla
Performer: Gonzalo Soriano (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1911-1915 ; Spain
14. Harnasie, Op. 55: Excerpt(s) by Karol Szymanowski
Conductor: Antoni Wit
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1923-1931 ; Poland
15. Concerto for Cello no 2 in G major, Op. 126: 2nd movement, Scherzo - Allegretto by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer: Dmitri Alexeev (Piano)
Conductor: Jerzy Maksymiuk
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1966 ; USSR
16. The Planets, Op. 32/H 125: Jupiter by Gustav Holst
Conductor: Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1914-1916 ; England
17. Sinfonietta: 4th movement, Allegretto by Leoš Janáček
Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1926 ; Brno, Czech Republic
18. Pieces (6) for Orchestra, Op. 6: no 6, Langsam by Anton Webern
Conductor: Simon Rattle
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1909/1928 ; Preglhof
19. Pieces (5) for Orchestra, Op. 16: no 3, Farben by Arnold Schoenberg
Conductor: Simon Rattle
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1909 ; Vienna, Austria
20. Lulu-Suite: Variationen by Alban Berg
Conductor: Simon Rattle
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1934 ; Austria
21. Pétrouchka: Danse russe by Igor Stravinsky
Performer: Peter Donohoe (Piano)
Conductor: Simon Rattle
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1911/1947 ; Switzerland
22. Peter Grimes: Sea Interludes (4), Op. 33a - no 2, Sunday Morning by Benjamin Britten
Conductor: Libor Pesek
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1944-1945 ; England
23. Symphony no 5, Op. 50: Allegro by Carl Nielsen
Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1921-1922 ; Denmark
24. Les biches: Rondeau by Francis Poulenc
Conductor: Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1923 ; France
25. Concerto for Orchestra, Sz 116: 4th movement, Intermezzo interrotto by Béla Bartók
Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1943 ; USA
26. Concerto for Violin in B minor: 2nd movement, Presto capriccioso all napolitana by Sir William Walton
Performer: Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1938-1939 ; England
27. Pines of Rome: no 1, Pines of the Villa Borghese by Ottorino Respighi
Conductor: Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1923-1924 ; Rome, Italy
28. Sinfonietta, Op. 23: Rondo - Sehr lebhaft by Alexander von Zemlinsky
Conductor: James Conlon
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cologne Gürzenich Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1934 ; Vienna, Austria
29. Le sacre du printemps: no 7, L'adoration de la terre by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor: Simon Rattle
Period: 20th Century
30. Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny: Suite - no 2, Moderato assai by Kurt Weill
Conductor: Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 04/1927-04/1929 ; Germany
31. Fantasia on Greensleeves: Excerpt(s) by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor: Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1934 ; England
32. Mouvement symphoniques (3): no 1, Pacific 231 by Arthur Honegger
Conductor: Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble: Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
33. Kammermusik no 1 for Orchestra, Op. 24 no 1: Finale by Paul Hindemith
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
34. Boléro: Finale by Maurice Ravel
Conductor: André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1928 ; France
35. Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten by Arvo Pärt
Conductor: Richard Studt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bournemouth Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1976 ; Estonia
36. Yugen: Suite - Dance of Men by Yuzo Toyama
Conductor: Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble: Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
37. Cassiopeia: Scene by Toru Takemitsu
Performer: Stomu Yamash'ta (Percussion)
Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1971 ;
38. Symphony no 3, Op. 36 "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs": 2nd movement, Lento e largo by Henryk Mikolaj Górecki
Performer: Zofia Kilanowicz (Soprano)
Conductor: Jacek Kasprzyk
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cracow Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1976 ; Poland
39. Anaklasis by Krzysztof Penderecki
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1959-1960 ; Poland
40. Symphony no 8: 2nd movement, Ballabile - Excerpt(s) by Hans Werner Henze
Conductor: Simon Rattle
Period: 20th Century
41. Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum: no 1, Des profondeurs de l'abîme, je crie by Olivier Messiaen
Conductor: Serge Baudo
Orchestra/Ensemble: Paris Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1964 ; France
42. Drowned out: Excerpt(s) by Mark-Anthony Turnage
Conductor: Simon Rattle
43. Symphony no 1: 1st movement, Allegro giusto by Witold Lutoslawski
Period: 20th Century
44. Concerto for Guitar, Op. 67: 1st movement, Allegro by Malcolm Arnold
Performer: Julian Bream (Guitar)
Conductor: Simon Rattle
Period: 20th Century
45. The Piano: The Heart Asks Pleasure First / The Promise by Michael Nyman
Conductor: Michael Nyman
Orchestra/Ensemble: Michael Nyman Band
Period: Modern
Written: 1992 ;
46. Rain Coming by Toru Takemitsu
Conductor: Oliver Knussen
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1982 ; Japan
47. The Protecting Veil: no 4, The Incarnation by John Tavener
Performer: Steven Isserlis (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1987 ; England
48. The Canticle of the Sun: Excerpt(s) by Sofia Gubaidulina
Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello), Neil Percy (Percussion), Simon Carrington (Percussion)
Conductor: Ryusuke Numajiri
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Voices
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1997 ; Russia
49. Asyla: 4th movement by Thomas Adès
Conductor: Simon Rattle
Period: 20th Century
Written: by 1997 ; England
50. Flourish with Fireworks, Op. 22 by Oliver Knussen
Conductor: Simon Rattle
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1988/1993 ; England
51. Candide: Overture by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor: André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1956 ; USA
52. Set for Theatre or Chamber Orchestra: no 3, In the Night by Charles Ives
Conductor: Ingo Metzmacher
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Modern
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1906-1911 ; USA
53. Facades by Philip Glass
Performer: John Harle (Saxophone), Simon Haram (Saxophone)
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1981 ; USA
54. Schindler's List: Main Theme by John Williams
Performer: Tasmin Little (Violin)
Conductor: Iain Sutherland
Orchestra/Ensemble: New World Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1993 ; USA
55. Fanfare for the common man by Aaron Copland
Conductor: Enrique Bátiz
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1942 ; USA
56. Adagio for Strings, Op. 11 by Samuel Barber
Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1936 ; Rome, Italy
57. Titanic: My heart will go on by James Horner
Conductor: David Abel
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1997 ;
58. Celebration of some 100 x 150 notes by Elliott Carter
Conductor: Simon Rattle
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1986 ;
59. Concerto for Cello, Op. 22: 2nd movement, Andante sostenuto by Samuel Barber
Performer: Ralph Kirshbaum (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1945 ; USA
60. Shaker Loops: A Final Shaking by John Adams
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1978 ; USA
61. Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes - no 4, Hoe-down by Aaron Copland
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1942 ; USA
62. Rhapsody in Blue: Introduction by George Gershwin
Performer: Wayne Marshall (Piano)
Conductor: Simon Rattle
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1924 ; USA
63. Fanfares (2) for Orchestra: Short Ride in a Fast Machine by John Adams
Conductor: Simon Rattle
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1986 ; United States
64. Quartet for Strings no 1 "Métamorphoses nocturnes": 1st movement, Allegro grazioso by György Ligeti
Conductor: None
Orchestra/Ensemble: Artemis String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
65. Carmina burana: no 1, O fortuna by Carl Orff
Conductor: Riccardo Muti
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1936 ; Germany
66. Carmina burana: no 1, O fortuna by Carl Orff
Conductor: Riccardo Muti
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1936 ; Germany
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