Classical: 30 of the Best / Various

Release Date: 4/24/2020
Label: Naxos
Catalog Number: 8578355-56
Number of Discs: 2

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
This introduction to the exciting world of classical music will take you on a voyage of discovery as you experience the beauty and drama of some of the most famous music ever written. This essential collection presents something for every moment: excitement, relaxation, elation and more, with critically acclaimed recordings selected from the vast Naxos catalogue. Let your mind and emotions be transported by the greatest music from the greatest composers. We have always been keen to lower the barriers to classical music as much as possible, and the Naxos label has had great success with various ‘Best Of’ collections in the past. These have until now tended to focus on single composers, but with Classical Music: 30 of the Best we have brought together a stunning programme of some of the most iconic and famous movements in all music for the enjoyment and exploration of as wide a public as possible. This release is part of a series of 30 of the Best in substantial 2- or 3-album sets. 30 of the Best: Mozart can be found on 8.578353-54 and 30 of the Best: Beethoven on 8.578350-52.
Works on This Recording
1. Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Der Hölle Rache by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Donna Robin (Soprano)
Conductor: Konrad Leitner
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Mozart Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1791 ; Vienna, Austria
2. Peer Gynt Suite no 1, Op. 46: no 4, Hall of the mountain king by Edvard Grieg
Conductor: Jerzy Maksymiuk
Orchestra/Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1875/1888 ; Norway
3. Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1: no 1 in G minor by Johannes Brahms
Conductor: István Bogár
Orchestra/Ensemble: Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1868 ; Austria
4. Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera": 1st movement, Allegro by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Takako Nishizaki (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Capella Istropolitana
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1725 ; Venice, Italy
5. Swan Lake, Op. 20: no 10, Act 2 - Scène, Allegro moderato by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor: Dmitry Yablonsky
Orchestra/Ensemble: Russian State Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1875-1876 ; Russia
6. Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op. 43: Variation 18 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Idil Biret (Piano)
Conductor: Antoni Wit
Period: Romantic
Written: 1934 ; USA
7. Canon and Gigue for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major: Canon by Johann Pachelbel
Conductor: Richard Edlinger
Orchestra/Ensemble: Capella Istropolitana
Period: Baroque
8. An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor: Ondrej Lenárd
Orchestra/Ensemble: Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1867 ; Vienna, Austria
9. Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67: 1st movement, Allegro con brio by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor: Richard Edlinger
Orchestra/Ensemble: Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1807-1808 ; Vienna, Austria
10. Liebesträume for Piano, S 541: no 3, O Lieb, so lang by Franz Liszt
Performer: Balázs Szokolay (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: circa 1850 ; Weimar, Germany
11. Bagatelle for Piano in A minor, WoO 59 "Für Elise" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Balázs Szokolay (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1808 ; Vienna, Austria
12. Brandenburg Concerto no 3 in G major, BWV 1048: 3rd movement, Allegro by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: 1711-1713 ; ?Weimar, Germany
13. Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries by Richard Wagner
Conductor: Uwe Mund
Orchestra/Ensemble: Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1856 ; Germany
14. Symphony no 94 in G major, H 1 no 94 "Surprise": 2nd movement, Andante by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble: Capella Istropolitana
Period: Classical
Written: 1791 ; London, England
15. Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9: no 2 in E flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1830-1831 ; Poland
16. Requiem in D minor, K 626: Confutatis maledictis by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble: Leipzig Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1791 ; Vienna, Austria
17. Requiem in D minor, K 626: Lacrymosa by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble: Leipzig Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1791 ; Vienna, Austria
18. The Planets, Op. 32/H 125: Jupiter by Gustav Holst
Conductor: Adrian Leaper
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1914-1916 ; England
19. Concerto for Viola in G major, TV 51 no G 9: 2nd movement, Allegro by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer: Ladislav Kyselak (Viola)
Conductor: Richard Edlinger
Orchestra/Ensemble: Capella Istropolitana
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1716-1721 ; Frankfurt, Germany
20. Requiem, Op. 48: Pie Jesu by Gabriel Fauré
Performer: Colm Carey (Organ), Lisa Beckley (Soprano)
Conductor: Jeremy Summerly
Period: Romantic
Written: 1888 rev 1893 ; France
21. Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Agnus Dei by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Martina Koppelstetter (Contralto)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Capella Istropolitana
Period: Baroque
Written: 1747-1749 ; Leipzig, Germany
22. Sonata for Piano no 11 in A major, K 331 (300i): 3rd movement, Rondo alla turca by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Jenö Jandó (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1781-1783 ; Vienna, Austria
23. Gymnopédies (3) for Piano: no 1, Lent et douloureux by Erik Satie
Period: Romantic
Written: 1888 ; France
24. Serenade no 13 in G major, K 525 "Eine kleine Nachtmusik": 1st movement, Allegro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor: Petter Sundkvist
Orchestra/Ensemble: Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1787 ; Vienna, Austria
25. Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue no 1 in C major, BWV 846 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Jenö Jandó (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1722 ; Cöthen, Germany
26. Concerto for Violin in F minor, Op. 8 no 4/RV 297 "L'inverno": 2nd movement, Largo by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Takako Nishizaki (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Capella Istropolitana
Period: Baroque
Written: 1725 ; Venice, Italy
27. Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight": 1st movement, Adagio sostenuto by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Jenö Jandó (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1801 ; Vienna, Austria
28. Suite bergamasque: 3rd movement, Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy
Conductor: Leif Segerstam
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1890/1905 ; France
29. Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: no 3, Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor: Michael Halász
Orchestra/Ensemble: Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1892 ; Russia
30. Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Miriam Gauci (Soprano)
Conductor: Alexander Rahbari
Period: Romantic
Written: 1918 ; Italy
31. Messiah, HWV 56: Hallelujah! by George Frideric Handel
Orchestra/Ensemble: Scholars Baroque Ensemble
Period: Baroque
Written: 1742 ; London, England
32. Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Miriam Gauci (Soprano)
Conductor: Alexander Rahbari
Period: Romantic
Written: 1918 ; Italy
33. Messiah, HWV 56: Hallelujah! by George Frideric Handel
Orchestra/Ensemble: Scholars Baroque Ensemble
Period: Baroque
Written: 1742 ; London, England
34. Messiah, HWV 56: Hallelujah! by George Frideric Handel
Orchestra/Ensemble: Scholars Baroque Ensemble
Period: Baroque
Written: 1742 ; London, England
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