The Greatest Classical Music Ever! 50 Best Classical Hits
 
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The Greatest Classical Music Ever! 50 Best Classical Hits

June 26, 2012

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  Song Title Artist
Time
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1
Solomon, HWV 67: Sinfonia: The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields/Ian Watson/Sir Neville Marriner
2:50
2
The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 1 in E, RV 269 'La primavera/Spring' (Op.8 No. 1): I. Allegro Yehudi Menuhin/Camerata Lysy Gstaad/Alberto Lysy
3:41
3
Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565: Toccata Wayne Marshall
3:22
4
Horn Concerto No. 4 in E flat K495: III. Rondo (Allegro vivace) Barry Tuckwell/Sir Neville Marriner/Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
3:37
5
Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op.67 - I. Allegro con brio Philharmonia Orchestra/Kurt Sanderling
6:35
6
1812 Overture, Op.49 (conclusion) Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra/Mariss Jansons
3:35
7
'Ode to Joy' from Symphony No. 9 in D minor 'Choral', Op.125 James Morris/Westminster Choir/Philadelphia Orchestra/Riccardo Muti
3:22
8
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.16: I. Allegro molto moderato (excerpt) Cécile Ousset/Sir Neville Marriner/London Symphony Orchestra
4:27
9
Karelia Suite, Op.11: III. Alla marcia Hallé Orchestra/Sir John Barbirolli
4:41
10
The Planets, Op.32: Jupiter, the Bringer of Jolity (conclusion) Philharmonia Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle
4:50
11
Piano Concerto No. 1 in B Flat minor, Op.23 - I. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso (opening) (1994 Digital Remaster) Horacio Gutiérrez/London Symphony Orchestra/André Previn
3:23
12
Finlandia - Symphonic Poem, Op.26 (2000 - Remaster) Hallé Orchestra/Sir John Barbirolli
8:28
13
Aida: Triumphal Chorus & Grand March (Gloria all'Egitto) Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/New Philharmonia Orchestra/Riccardo Muti
4:34
14
Romeo and Juliet - Suites Nos.1 & 2, Suite No. 2, Op.64 b: Montagues and Capulets (Dance of the Knights) (extract) Philadelphia Orchestra/Riccardo Muti
1:53
15
Radetzky March, Op.228 (1989 - Remaster) Wiener Johann Strauss-Orchester/Willi Boskovsky
2:54
16
Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in D (Land of Hope and Glory) (conclusion) (1996 Digital Remaster) Sir Andrew Davis/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Royal Choral Society
2:37
17
Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor: I. Allegro ma non tanto (opening) Mikhail Rudy/Mariss Jansons/St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra (Leningrad)
2:54
18
Symphony No. 3, 'Organ' Op. 78: Maestoso_Allegro Orchestre Du Capitole De Toulouse/Michel Plasson
8:08
Disc 2
1
Cavalleria Rusticana: Intermezzo Philharmonia Orchestra/Riccardo Muti
3:44
2
Piano Concerto No.2 in C Minor, Op.18: II. Adagio sostenuto (excerpt) Cécile Ousset/Sir Simon Rattle/City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
4:32
3
Peer Gynt: Prelude (Morning) Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields/Sir Neville Marriner
4:17
4
Romance from the Gadfly Tasmin Little/Piers Lane
3:15
5
Adagio for Strings, Op.11 Philadelphia Orchestra/Eugene Ormandy
6:22
6
Scheherazade, Op.35: The Story of the Kalender Prince (opening) Philadelphia Orchestra/Riccardo Muti
3:53
7
Thaïs: Méditation Anne-Sophie Mutter/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan
6:47
8
Polovtsian Dances (beginning) from Prince Igor (1987 Digital Remaster) Beecham Choral Society/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham
3:51
9
Spartacus Ballet Suite No. 2: Adagio Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Yuri Temirkanov
4:46
10
Fantasy Overture - Romeo and Juliet (extract) Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra/Mariss Jansons
5:04
11
II. Allegretto (abbrev. version) from Symphony No. 7 in A Op. 92 Philharmonia Orchestra/Kurt Sanderling
3:57
12
Concerto for 2 Violins in D Major, BWV 1043: Largo ma non tanto Yehudi Menuhin/Christian Ferras/Bath Festival Orchestra
7:43
13
Schindler's List - Theme Tasmin Little/New World Philharmonic/Iain Sutherland
5:04
14
The Nutcracker - Ballet, Op.71, No. 12 - Divertissement (Act II): V. Danse des mirlitons (Dance of the Reed Pipes) André Previn/London Symphony Orchestra
2:21
15
Symphony No. 6 in F, Op.68 'Pastoral': V. Allegretto (Shepherds' Hymn) Philadelphia Orchestra/Riccardo Muti
6:41
Disc 3
1
Zadok the Priest (1996 Digital Remaster) Royal Choral Society/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Andrew Davis
6:05
2
Zion hört die Wächter singen (Cantata No. 140) Consortium Musicum/Wolfgang Gönnenwein/South German Madrigal Choir
4:48
3
Miserere a 9 (vv.1-4 & 17-20) Timothy Beasley-Murray/Gerald Finley/King's College Choir, Cambridge/Stephen Cleobury
5:48
4
Deutsche Messe D. 872 (mit "Gebet des Herrn"): Zum Sanctus Chor der St. Hedwigs-Kathedrale Berlin/Berliner Symphoniker/Wolfgang Meyer/Karl Forster
3:47
5
Panis angelicus Hallé Choir/Hallé Orchestra/Maurice Handford
4:58
6
L'Enfance du Christ Op. 25: L'Adieu des bergers (Shepherds' Farewell) (1994 Digital Remaster) André Cluytens/Choeurs René Duclos/Orchestre De La Société Des Concerts Du Conservatoire
3:50
7
Requiem, Op.48: In Paradisum King's College Choir, Cambridge/English Chamber Orchestra/Peter Barley/Stephen Cleobury
3:29
8
St Cecilia Mass: Sanctus Jean-Claude Hartemann/Heinz Hoppe/Choeurs René Duclos/Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire
5:20
9
Vesperae solennes de confessore (Solemn Vespers), K.339: Laudate Dominum Edda Moser/Julia Hamari/Nicolai Gedda/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Chor Des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Symphonieorchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Eugen Jochum
5:09
10
Cantique De Jean Racine Monks And Choir Boys Of Downside Abbey
5:12
11
Messa da Requiem, Sequenza:: Ingemisco Luciano Pavarotti/Riccardo Muti/Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano
3:43
12
Ave verum corpus, K.618 Hilliard Ensemble/King's College Choir, Cambridge/Cambridge Classical Players/Stephen Layton/Stephen Cleobury
3:05
13
Messiah highlights (ed. Basil Lam): I know that my Redeemer liveth (soprano) Sir Charles Mackerras/English Chamber Orchestra/Elizabeth Harwood
6:42
14
The heavens are telling (The Creation: Part 1) (1988 - Remaster) Sir David Willcocks/Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields/Heather Harper/Robert Tear/John Shirley-Quirk/King's College Choir, Cambridge
4:47
15
Requiem, Op.48: IV. Pie Jesu Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Victoria De Los Angeles/Choeurs Elisabeth Brasseurs/Henriette Puig-Roget/André Cluytens/Orchestre De La Société Des Concerts Du Conservatoire
3:19
16
Requiem in D Minor, K.626, III. Sequenz: 6. Lacrimosa London Philharmonic Choir/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Franz Welser-Möst
2:58
17
Messiah highlights (ed. Basil Lam): Hallelujah (Chorus) Sir Charles Mackerras/English Chamber Orchestra/Ambrosian Singers
4:03


Product Details

  • Original Release Date: June 25, 2012
  • Release Date: June 25, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: ANGEL RECORDS
  • Copyright: (C) 2012 Angel Records
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  • Total Length: 3:45:11
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  • ASIN: B008BCDWGS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,085 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great performances on here... August 17, 2012
By M303
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There's lots of these classical "best of"s out there, though it's important to note that not only is this collection only 99 cents for 50 tracks, but these are EMI Classics recordings, which means they're better than most of the eastern European orchestras that are all over the more budget collections. Yehudi Menuhin, Simon Rattle, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau - these are all top-level artists, so you can pick this up without worrying that you'll be settling for second-rate performances.
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5.0 out of 5 stars can't beat the price August 25, 2012
By qVs
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I'm no classical buff, just have always enjoyed listening to it as an alternative to alternative. I didn't think that 50 songs for 99 cents was such a gamble, so I went for it and was stoked to have done so. I didn't realize there was an entire collection of this series but ended up downloading 3 more albums once I found them. None have been a disappointment thus far.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY, COMPOSERS IDENTIFIED ! August 26, 2012
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Unlike Other Amazon Compilations, the Composer of each Piece Is Displayed
(at least in Windows Media Player).

This seems to be the case with all in the "Best 50" Series.

Hopefully, Amazon has gotten The Message and will continue to do so.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get it for Finlandia, and the 49 other "bonus tracks" September 27, 2012
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This collection is almost entirely parts of larger works, or in some cases edited snippets. Nonetheless, these are well-recorded first-rate performances by stellar orchestras, singers, and conductors, and serve to whet the appetite for the full works. Many musical periods and styles are represented, from the Baroque to modern music, and orchestral, vocal, and organ performances. Even if you don't "upgrade" these excerpts to the full works, this collection is pleasant listening, and offers many familiar passages from the classical repetoire.

We start with the Sinfonia from Handel's Soloman, performed by the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields with Neville Marriner. It's a great performance.

Then Yehudi Menuhin performs with the opening of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons. Again, a very nice recording that encourages you to seek out the complete recording.

The Tocatta and Fugue in D Minor (Bach) isn't really that, because we have here only the Tocatta. Very nice performance from Wayne Marshall.

The Ode to Joy, from the finale of Beethoven's 9th Symphony is perhaps the most puzzling. It's a splendid performance led by Riccardo Muti, but edited in two spots to make it fit in 3 minutes 22 seconds. If you know the 9th Symphony, you'll wonder how it ends so quickly. But if you're new to Beethoven, it's an excellent way to discover the 9th Symphony and send you off looking for the complete performance.

The Intermezzo from the Cavalleria Rusticana is beautiful, and is again led by Riccardo Muti.

The longest track is the eight-and-a-half minute recording of the complete Finlandia (Sibelius), composed in 1899. It's a first-rate performance, and by itself is well worth the bargain price of this collection.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Classical Hits but not the quality of great performances September 26, 2012
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At less than a dollar, I do hot regret the purchase, but was sorely disappointed when I played several of the pieces online. I have a quality Klipsch sound system attached to my computer and regularly listen and enjoy many of these pieces from "the Cloud" storage. The difference in quality in playing the pieces from this album was immediately noticeable. If you are using this album to become acquainted with the classics of great music, it might be of benefit. I will probably download this to a CD and play in the car stereo for background music, not to savor and enjoy quality music.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great classical songs September 7, 2012
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Like this album very much. I will never tire of it. Too many songs to ever get bored with.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Music October 20, 2013
By Greg
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This album is the best for classical hits. It has hours of entertainment that is non-stop. Very enjoyable and relaxing sounds for traveling or just sitting around home drinking a hot beverage.
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5.0 out of 5 stars worth more than every penny February 27, 2013
By Ryan
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I bought this collection when it was very cheap; I think it was $.99. I am not a classical music fan in general, but I wanted to learn more about it. This collection is easy to listen to, and is great for putting on while reading.
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