The Classical Album 2011

Release Date: 6/14/2011
Label: Decca
Catalog Number: B001566202
Orchestra/Ensemble: International Chamber Soloists
Number of Discs: 2

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
A beautiful introduction for those new to classical music while also rich and carefully crafted to cater to those well-versed in the genre.

This stunning collection showcases the greatest stars of classical music with dazzling performances from Gustavo Dudamel, Cecilia Bartoli, Lang Lang and Anna Netrebko, to name but a few...

Also includes legendary performances from some of the greatest artists of all time, including Luciano Pavarotti, Sir Georg Solti, Plácido Domingo and Daniel Barenboim.

Introducing the exciting talents of a number of rising stars such as Jonas Kaufmann, Danielle De Niese, Julia Fischer and Sarah Alice Ott.

With 40 tracks and over 2½ hours of music this collection is an outstanding value, providing the foundation for a library of classical music.
Works on This Recording
1. Norma: Casta diva by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer: Cecilia Bartoli
Conductor: Adám Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble: International Chamber Soloists
Period: Romantic
Written: 1831 ; Italy
2. Liebesträume for Piano, S 541: no 3, O Lieb, so lang by Franz Liszt
Performer: Lang Lang (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: circa 1850 ; Weimar, Germany
3. Thaïs: Meditation by Jules Massenet
Performer: Anne-Sophie Mutter (Violin)
Conductor: James Levine
Period: Romantic
Written: 1894 ; France
4. Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Anna Netrebko
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Period: Romantic
Written: 1918 ; Italy
5. Suite for Jazz Orchestra no 2, Op. 50b: Waltz no 2 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1938 ;
6. Tosca: E lucevan le stelle by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Jonas Kaufmann
Conductor: Marco Armiliato
Period: Romantic
Written: 1900 ; Italy
7. Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 1 in D flat major "Minute Waltz" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Alice Sara Ott (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1846-1847 ; Paris, France
8. Après un rêve, Op. 7 no 1 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer: Alexei Grynyuk (Piano), Nicola [Violin] Benedetti (Violin)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1877 ; France
9. Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1: no 1 in G minor by Johannes Brahms
Conductor: Iván Fischer
Period: Romantic
Written: 1868 ; Austria
10. La Bohème: Che gelida manina by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Roberto Alagna
Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
Period: Romantic
Written: 1896 ; Italy
11. Premier livre de pièces: Troisième Suite - Le coucou by Louis-Claude Daquin
Performer: Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1735 ; France
12. Concerto for Violin in G minor, Op. 8 no 2/RV 315 "L'estate": 3rd movement, Presto by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Alan Loveday (Violin), Simon Preston (Harpsichord), Simon Preston (Organ)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1725 ; Venice, Italy
13. 'O sole mio by Eduardo Di Capua
Performer: Luciano Pavarotti
Period: Romantic
Written: 1898 ; Italy
14. Madama Butterfly: Un bel dì vedremo by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Renée Fleming
Period: Romantic
Written: 1904 ; Italy
15. Frühlingsstimmen, Op. 410 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor: Willi Boskovsky
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1883 ; Vienna, Austria
16. Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9: no 2 in E flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1830-1831 ; Poland
17. Concerto for Trumpet in E flat major, H 7e no 1: 3rd movement, Finale by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer: Håkan Hardenberger (Trumpet)
Period: Classical
Written: 1796 ; Vienna, Austria
18. Granada by Agustín Lara
Performer: Placido Domingo
Conductor: Marcel Peeters
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1932 ; Mexico
19. Recuerdos de la Alhambra by Francisco Tarrega
Performer: Eduardo [Guitar] Fernández (Guitar)
Period: Romantic
Written: circa 1880-1905 ; Spain
20. Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries by Richard Wagner
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Period: Romantic
Written: 1856 ; Germany
21. Carmina burana: no 5, Ecce gratum by Carl Orff
Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1936 ; Germany
22. Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 80: Sicilienne by Gabriel Fauré
Period: Romantic
Written: 1898 ; France
23. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 7, Träumerei by Robert Schumann
Performer: Nelson Freire (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1838 ; Germany
24. Gayaneh: Sabre Dance by Aram Khachaturian
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1942/1957 ; USSR
25. Peer Gynt Suite no 1, Op. 46: no 4, Hall of the mountain king by Edvard Grieg
Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
Period: Romantic
Written: 1875/1888 ; Norway
26. Grandes Etudes (6) de Paganini, S 141: no 3 in G sharp minor by Franz Liszt
Performer: Yundi Li (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1851 ; Weimar, Germany
27. Gnossiennes (6) for Piano: no 1 by Erik Satie
Performer: Pascal Rogé (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1890 ; France
28. Schindler's List: Main Theme by John Williams
Performer: Janine Jansen (Violin)
Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1993 ; USA
29. Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67: 1st movement, Allegro con brio by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel
Period: Classical
Written: 1807-1808 ; Vienna, Austria
30. Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight": 1st movement, Adagio sostenuto by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1801 ; Vienna, Austria
31. Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 12c, Act 2 - Chinese Dance "Tea" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor: Charles Dutoit
Period: Romantic
Written: 1891-1892 ; Russia
32. Vesperae solennes de confessore, K 339: Laudate Dominum by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Danielle De Niese
Period: Classical
Written: 1780 ; Salzburg, Austria
33. Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Non più andrai farfallone amoroso by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor: James Levine
Period: Classical
Written: 1786 ; Vienna, Austria
34. Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043: 2nd movement, Largo ma non tanto by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque
Written: 1717-1723 ; Cöthen, Germany
35. Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565: Toccata by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Simon Preston (Organ)
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1708 ; Arnstadt, Germany
36. Concerto for Piano no 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor": 2nd movement, Adagio un poco mosso by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Hélène Grimaud (Piano)
Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
Period: Classical
Written: 1809 ; Vienna, Austria
37. Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Voi che sapete che cosa è amor by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Magdalena Kozená
Conductor: Simon Rattle
Period: Classical
Written: 1786 ; Vienna, Austria
38. Fantasía para un gentilhombre: 4th movement, Danza de las Hachas by Joaquin Rodrigo
Performer: Carlos Bonell (Guitar)
Conductor: Charles Dutoit
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1954 ; Spain
39. Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Introduction; Variations 1-6 by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer: Tamás Vásáry (Piano)
Conductor: Yuri Ahronovitch
Period: Romantic
Written: 1934 ; Russia
40. La fille mal gardée: Act 1 - no 17a, Clog Dance by Louis Ferdinand Herold
Conductor: John Lanchbery
Period: Romantic
Written: 1828 ;
41. Madama Butterfly: Un bel dì vedremo by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Renée Fleming
Period: Romantic
Written: 1904 ; Italy
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