50 Classical Music Favorites

Release Date: 6/8/2010
Label: Decca
Catalog Number: B001388102
Orchestra/Ensemble: I Musici
Number of Discs: 3

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Over three hours of the best classical music by the most well-known composers and interpreters of our time.

This set is wonderful for the everyday classical music listener and is perfect for completing your classical music library. It features an extensive repertoire, with music from Bach to Dvorak, from Mozart to Brahms. Famous pieces include Bach's brandenburg concerto, Brahms' Hungarian Dances, Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, and Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata...Also includes performances by influetial artists such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Marta Argerich, Nelson Freire and many others!
Works on This Recording
1. Brandenburg Concerto no 1 in F major, BWV 1046: Excerpt(s) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Guy Touvron (Trumpet), Italo Colandrea (Violin), Antonio Perez (Violin), Heinz Holliger (Oboe), Pina Carmirelli (Violin), Michael Copley (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble: I Musici
Period: Baroque
Written: 1717 ; ?Cöthen, Germany
2. Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550: 1st movement, Molto allegro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor: Frans Brüggen
Period: Classical
Written: 1788 ; Vienna, Austria
3. Quintet for 2 Violins, Viola and 2 Cellos in E major, Op. 11 no 5/G 275: 3rd movement, Minuet in A by Luigi Boccherini
Orchestra/Ensemble: I Musici
Period: Classical
Written: 1771 ; Spain
4. Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Jesu bleibet meine Freude "Jesu, joy of man's desiring" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Barry Rose (Oboe), Neil Black (Oboe)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1723 ; Leipzig, Germany
5. Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight": 1st movement, Adagio sostenuto by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1801 ; Vienna, Austria
6. Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467: 2nd movement, Andante by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
Conductor: Sir Colin Davis
Period: Classical
Written: 1785 ; Vienna, Austria
7. Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1: no 5 in G minor by Johannes Brahms
Conductor: Kurt Masur
Period: Romantic
Written: 1868 ; Austria
8. Aida: Gloria all' Egitto by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Silvio Varviso
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871 ; Italy
9. Concerto for Violin in E minor, Op. 64: 1st movement, Allegro molto appassionato by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer: Henryk Szeryng (Violin)
Conductor: Bernard Haitink
Period: Romantic
Written: 1844 ; Germany
10. 1812 Overture, Op. 49: Excerpt(s) by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor: Bernard Haitink
Period: Romantic
Written: 1880 ; Russia
11. Water Music, HWV 348-350: Hornpipe by George Frideric Handel
Conductor: Eduard van Beinum
Period: Baroque
Written: 1715/1736 ; London, England
12. Carnival of the animals: no 13, The swan by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer: Mischa Maisky (Cello), Nelson Freire (Piano), Martha Argerich (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1886 ; France
13. Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor: 4th movement, Adagietto by Gustav Mahler
Conductor: Bernard Haitink
Period: Romantic
Written: 1901-1902 ; Vienna, Austria
14. Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9: no 2 in E flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1830-1831 ; Poland
15. Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67: 1st movement, Allegro con brio by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor: Bernard Haitink
Period: Classical
Written: 1807-1808 ; Vienna, Austria
16. Guillaume Tell: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Period: Romantic
Written: 1829 ; Italy
17. L'apprenti sorcier: Excerpt(s) by Paul Dukas
Conductor: David Zinman
Period: Romantic
Written: 1897 ; France
18. Concerto for Violin in F minor, Op. 8 no 4/RV 297 "L'inverno": 2nd movement, Largo by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Federico Agostini (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: I Musici
Period: Baroque
Written: 1725 ; Venice, Italy
19. Suite for Orchestra no 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor: Peter Schreier
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1729-1731 ; Leipzig, Germany
20. Requiem in D minor, K 626: Dies irae by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor: Peter Schreier
Period: Classical
Written: 1791 ; Vienna, Austria
21. Carmen: Suite no 1 - Act 1 Prelude "Les toréadors" by Georges Bizet
Conductor: Semyon Bychkov
Period: Romantic
Written: 1875 ; France
22. Serenade no 13 in G major, K 525 "Eine kleine Nachtmusik": 1st movement, Allegro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble: I Musici
Period: Classical
Written: 1787 ; Vienna, Austria
23. Liebesträume for Piano, S 541: no 3, O Lieb, so lang by Franz Liszt
Performer: Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: circa 1850 ; Weimar, Germany
24. Canon and Gigue for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major: Canon by Johann Pachelbel
Orchestra/Ensemble: I Musici
Period: Baroque
25. Sonata for Piano no 11 in A major, K 331 (300i): 3rd movement, Rondo alla turca by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1781-1783 ; Vienna, Austria
26. Les contes d'Hoffmann: Barcarolle by Jacques Offenbach
Conductor: Silvio Varviso
Period: Romantic
Written: 1881 ; Paris, France
27. Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61: Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor: George Szell
Period: Romantic
Written: 1842 ; Germany
28. Bagatelle for Piano in A minor, WoO 59 "Für Elise" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Bella Davidovich (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1808 ; Vienna, Austria
29. Radetzky March, Op. 228 by Johann Strauss Sr.
Period: Romantic
Written: 1848 ; Vienna, Austria
30. Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 1 in D flat major "Minute Waltz" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Nikita Magaloff (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1846-1847 ; Paris, France
31. Gymnopédies (3) for Piano: no 1, Lent et douloureux by Erik Satie
Performer: Reinbert De Leeuw (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1888 ; France
32. Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera": Allegro by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Federico Agostini (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: I Musici
Period: Baroque
Written: 1725 ; Venice, Italy
33. Nabucco: Va, pensiero by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Silvio Varviso
Period: Romantic
Written: 1842 ; Italy
34. La Gioconda: Dance of the Hours by Amilcare Ponchielli
Conductor: Silvio Varviso
Period: Romantic
Written: 1876 ; Italy
35. Pavane, Op. 50 by Gabriel Fauré
Conductor: Jean Fournet
Period: Romantic
Written: 1887 ; France
36. An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Period: Romantic
Written: 1867 ; Vienna, Austria
37. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 7, Träumerei by Robert Schumann
Performer: Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1838 ; Germany
38. Swan Lake, Op. 20: no 2, Act 1 - Valse by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor: Pierre Monteux
Period: Romantic
Written: 1875-1876 ; Russia
39. Messiah, HWV 56: Hallelujah! by George Frideric Handel
Conductor: Sir Colin Davis
Period: Baroque
Written: 1742 ; London, England
40. Suite bergamasque: 3rd movement, Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy
Performer: Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1890/1905 ; France
41. Lohengrin: Treulich geführt "Bridal Chorus" by Richard Wagner
Conductor: Silvio Varviso
Period: Romantic
Written: 1847 ; Germany
42. Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23: 1st movement, Allegro non troppo by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
Conductor: Kiril Kondrashin
Period: Romantic
Written: 1874-1875 ; Russia
43. Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World": 2nd movement, Largo by Antonín Dvořák
Conductor: Sir Colin Davis
Period: Romantic
Written: 1893 ; USA
44. Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 13, Act 2 - Waltz of the Flowers by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor: Antal Doráti
Period: Romantic
Written: 1891-1892 ; Russia
45. Hungarian Rhapsodies (6) for Orchestra, S 359: no 2 in D minor by Franz Liszt
Conductor: Kurt Masur
Period: Romantic
46. Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral": 4th movement, Finale - Ode to Joy by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor: Bernard Haitink
Period: Classical
Written: 1822-1824 ; Vienna, Austria
47. Má vlast: no 2, Moldau, T 111 - Excerpt(s) by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor: Antal Doráti
Period: Romantic
Written: 1874 ; Czech Republic
48. Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565: Toccata by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Daniel Chorzempa (Organ)
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1708 ; Arnstadt, Germany
49. Quartets (6) for Strings, Op. 3: no 5 in F major - Andante cantabile "Serenade" by Roman Hoffstetter
Orchestra/Ensemble: I Musici
Period: Classical
Written: by 1777 ; Germany
50. Polonaises (2) for Piano, Op. 40: no 1 in A major, B 120 "Military" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Nikita Magaloff (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1838 ; Poland
51. Má vlast: no 2, Moldau, T 111 - Excerpt(s) by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor: Antal Doráti
Period: Romantic
Written: 1874 ; Czech Republic
52. Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565: Toccata by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Daniel Chorzempa (Organ)
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1708 ; Arnstadt, Germany
53. Quartets (6) for Strings, Op. 3: no 5 in F major - Andante cantabile "Serenade" by Roman Hoffstetter
Orchestra/Ensemble: I Musici
Period: Classical
Written: by 1777 ; Germany
54. Polonaises (2) for Piano, Op. 40: no 1 in A major, B 120 "Military" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Nikita Magaloff (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1838 ; Poland
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