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Best Romantic Classics 100 Enhanced

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With more than 7 hours of tender music by Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Debussy, Puccini and more, performed by greats like Luciano Pavarotti, Andre Previn and Jose Carreras, this set can complete any romantic evening at home. And if we can't play upon your heart strings, 100 classics for this low price is quite a deal.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concerto No.1 in B flat minor Op.23- 1 I: Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso (opening) , Horacio Gutierrez piano, London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn (P) 1976/1994*
  2. PROKOFIEV: Balcony Scene (Romeo & Juliet) (extract)- Philadelphia Orchestra / Riccardo Muti (P) 1981
  3. SHOSTAKOVICH: Romance (The Gadfly)- Tasmin Little (violin) ∙ Piers Lane (piano) (P) 1992
  4. TCHAIKOVSKY: Romeo and Juliet (Fantasy Overture) (extract)- Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra / Mariss Jansons (P) 1987
  5. RACHMANINOV: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini - Variation 18- Cécile Ousset piano , City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle (P) 1984 ,
  6. KHACHATURIAN: Masquerade − Waltz- Philharmonia Orchestra / Efrem Kurtz (P) 1964/1993*
  7. RACHMANINOV: Vocalise- Natalie Clein (cello) ∙ Charles Owen (piano) (P) 2006
  8. TCHAIKOVSKY: Grand Pas de Deux (The Nutcracker)- Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra / Mariss Jansons (P) 1998
  9. SHOSTAKOVICH: Piano Concerto No.2 in F Op.102 - II. Andante- Dmitri Alexeev (piano) , English Chamber Orchestra / Jerzy Maksymiuk (P) 1983,
  10. RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Scheherazade Symphonic Suite, Op.35- 10 II. The Story of the Kalendar Prince (opening) , Philadelphia Orchestra / Riccardo Muti (P) 1983,
  11. KHACHATURIAN: Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia (Spartacus) (extract)- Royal Philharmonic Orchestra /Yuri Temirkanov (P) 1986
  12. TCHAIKOVSKY: Swan Lake Scene (Act II No.10)- London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn (P) 1976/1988*
  13. RACHMANINOV: Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor Op.18- 13 II: Adagio sostenuto (opening) , Cécile Ousset (piano), City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle (P) 1984
  14. BORODIN: Polovtsian Dances (Prince Igor) (opening)- Beecham Choral Society, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Sir Thomas Beecham (P) 1974/1999*,
  15. RACHMANINOV: Symphony No.2 in E minor Op.27 − III. Adagio (opening)- St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra / Mariss Jansons (P) 1994
  16. TCHAIKOVSKY: Waltz (The Sleeping Beauty)- Philharmonia Orchestra / John Lanchbery (P) 1982
  17. STRAVINSKY: Le Oiseau de feu (conclusion)- Boston Symphony Orchestra / Seiji Ozawa (P) 1984/1995*

Disc: 2

  1. MOZART: Piano Concerto No.21 in C `Elvira Madigan' K467- 1 II. Andante (extract) , Stephen Hough piano , Hallé Orchestra / Bryden Thomson (P) 1987
  2. MOZART: Serenade in G `Eine kleine Nachtmusik' K525- 2 II. Romanze (Andante) , Academy of St Martin in the Fields / Sir Neville Marriner (P) 1977/1997*
  3. BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor `Moonlight' Op.27/2- 3 I. Adagio sostenuto (extract) , Dame Moura Lympany piano (P) 1991
  4. BEETHOVEN: `Emperor' Concerto Op.73 - II. Adagio (trans. Craig Leon)- Julia Thornton harp , National Radio Orchestra of the Netherlands / Erno Olah (P) 2003
  5. MOZART: Horn Concerto No.4 in E flat K495- 5 II. Romanza (Andante cantabile) , Radovan Vlatkovič horn , English Chamber Orchestra / Jeffrey Tate (P) 1987
  6. MOZART: Un'aura amorosa (Così fan tutte)- John Aler tenor, London Philharmonic Orchestra / Bernard Haitink (P) 1987
  7. BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No.8 in C minor `Pathétique' Op.31- 7 II. Adagio cantabile , Stephen Kovacevich piano (P) 1998,
  8. MENDELSSOHN: Violin Concerto in E minor Op.64 - II. Andante (extract)- Yehudi Menuhin violin, Philharmonia Orchestra / Efrem Kurtz (P) 1959/1997*
  9. MOZART: Clarinet Concerto - II. Adagio- Sabine Meyer clarinet , Dresden Staatskapelle / Hans Vonk (P) 1990 EMI Electrola GmbH
  10. MENDELSSOHN: Frühlingslied (Lieder ohne Wörte No.30 in A, Op.62 No.6)- Daniel Adni piano (P) 1973/1996*
  11. BRUCH: Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor Op.26 - II. Adagio (opening)- Yehudi Menuhin violin , Philharmonia Orchestra / Walter Susskind (P) 1959/1997*
  12. MENDELSSOHN: Nocturne (A Midsummer Night's Dream)- Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment / Sir Charles Mackerras , (P) 1988 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics
  13. RICHARD STRAUSS: Beim Schlafengehen (Vier letzte Lieder) (conclusion)- Lucia Popp soprano, London Philharmonic Orchestra / Klaus Tennstedt (P) 1982
  14. J. STRAUSS II: An der schönen blauen Donau Walzer, Op.314 (extract)- Berliner Philharmoniker / Herbert von Karajan (P) 1976/1987*
  15. KREISLER: Liebesleid- Maxim Vengerov violin ∙ Ian Brown piano (P) 2004
  16. MENDELSSOHN: Wedding March (A Midsummer Night's Dream)- Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra / Jeffrey Tate (P) 1991

Disc: 3

  1. OFFENBACH: Belle nuit (Barcarolle) (Les Contes d'Hoffmann)- Jessye Norman soprano ∙ Ann Murray mezzo-soprano, Orchestre Symphonique et Chaeurs de l'Opéra National, du Théatre Royal de la Monnai, Bruxelles / Sylvain Cambreling (P) 1988
  2. SAINT-SAËNS: The Swan from The Carnival of the Animals (arr. Chris Hazell)- Hah-Na Chang cello , Philharmonia Orchestra / Leonard Slatkin (P) 2000
  3. BIZET: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle (Habanera) (Carmen)- Maria Callas soprano, Chaeurs René Duclos , Orchestre du Théâtre National de l'Opéra de Paris / Georges Prêtre (P) 1964
  4. DEBUSSY: Clair de lune (arr. Stokowski)- Philadelphia Orchstra / Wolfgang Sawallisch (P) 1996
  5. DELIBES: Flower Duet (Dôme épais) (Lakmé)- Natalie Dessay soprano ∙ Delphine Haidan mezzo-soprano, Orchestre de Capitole de Toulouse / Michel Plasson (P) 1998 EMI Music France
  6. GOUNOD: Les nubiennes (Faust Ballet Music)- New Philharmonia Orchestra / Sir Charles Mackerras (P) 1970/1988*
  7. SAINT-SAËNS : Mon caeur s'ouvre à ta voix (Samson et Dalila)- Maria Callas soprano, Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Française / Georges Prêtre (P) 1982/1997*
  8. FAURÉ: Pavane- Gareth Morris flute ∙ New Philharmonia Orchestra , Sir David Willcocks (P) 1968/1997*
  9. MARTINI: Plaisir d'amour- Barbara Hendricks soprano , Michel Dalberto (piano) (P) 1996 EMI France
  10. SAINT-SAËNS: Romance Op.37- Ulf Hoelscher violin, New Philharmonia Orchestra / Pierre Dervaux (P) 1977/1993*
  11. FAURÉ: Berceuse (Dolly Suite Op.56)- Jean-Philippe Collard & Bruno Rigutto pianos, (P) 1983 EMI France
  12. BIZET: Entr'acte to Act III (Carmen)- French National Orchestra / Seiji Ozawa (P) 1984
  13. FAURÉ: Chanson d'amour (arr. Craig Leon) Natasha Marsh soprano- London Symphony Orchestra / Michael Francis (P) 2007
  14. SATIE: Gymnopédie No.1 (arr. Debussy)- City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Louis Frémaux (P) 1974/1990*
  15. DELIBES: Intermezzo & Valse lente (Sylvia)- New Philharmonia Orchestra / Sir Charles Mackerras (P) 1970/1988*
  16. MESSAGER: Pas de deux pigeons (Les deux pigeons)- Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden , Sir Charles Mackerras (P) 1958/1988*
  17. MASSENET: Méditation (Thais)- Anne-Sophie Mutter violin, Berliner Philharmoniker / Herbert von Karajan (P) 1981

Disc: 4

  1. GRIEG : Morning (Peer Gynt Incidental Music, Op.23)- Academy of St Martin in the Fields / Sir Neville Marriner (P) 1983
  2. SMETANA: The Moldau (Ma Vlast) (extract)- Dresden Staatskapelle / Paavo Berglund (P) 1979/1995
  3. GRIEG: Piano Concerto in A minor − II Adagio- Dmitri Alexeev piano, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Yuri Temirkanov (P) 1989
  4. DVOŘÁK: Symphony No.9 `From the New World' - II. Largo (opening)- Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra / Mariss Jansons (P) 1989
  5. GRIEG: Wedding Dayuat Troldhaugen (Lyric Pieces Book VIII, Op.65 No.6)- Daniel Adni piano (P) 1974/1995*
  6. DVOŘÁK: Song to the Moon (Rusalka)- Lucia Popp soprano, Münchner Rundfunk Orchester / Stefan Soltesz (P) 1988
  7. CHOPIN: Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor Op.11- 7 II. Romance (Larghetto) (opening) , Martha Argerich piano , Montreal Symphony Orchestra / Charles Dutoit (P) 1999
  8. DVORÁK: Humoresque Op.107 No.7- Dame Moura Lympany piano (P) 1988
  9. CHOPIN: Prelude in A (Les Sylphides)- Philharmonia Orchestra / Robert Irving (P) 1959/1994*
  10. LISZT: Piano Concerto No.1 in E flat − II. Quasi adagio- Michel Beroff piano, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra / Kurt Mazur (P) 1980/1990*
  11. SIBELIUS: At the Castle Gate (Pelléas et Mélisande)- Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra / Paavo Berglund (P) 1979/1997*
  12. CHOPIN: Berceuse in D flat Op. 57- Peter Donohoe piano (P) 1993
  13. GADE: Jealousy-Tango- Stig Nilsson violin, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra / Mariss Jansons (P) 1998
  14. CHOPIN: Nocturne No. 2 in E flat Op.9 No. 2- John Ogdon piano (P) 1969/1992*
  15. LISZT: Liebestraum No.3 in A flat- Leif Ove Andsnes piano (P) 2006
  16. LEHÁR: Vilja (Die lustige Witwe)- Elisabeth Schwarzkopf soprano, Philharmonia Orchestra with Chorus / Lovro von Matačić (P) 1963/2000*

Disc: 5

  1. ELGAR: Salut d'amour- Northern Sinfonia of England / Richard Hickox (P) 1986
  2. VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Fantasia on `Greensleeves' (Sir John in Love) (arr. Greaves)- Sinfonia of London / Sir John Barbirolli (P) 1963/1986*
  3. ELGAR: Cello Concerto in E minor Op.85 - I. Adagio-Moderato (opening)- Jacqueline du Pré cello , London Symphony Orchestra / Sir John Barbirolli (P) 1965/1997*
  4. VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: The Lark Ascending (opening)- Hugh Bean violin , New Philharmonia Orchestra / Sir Adrian Boult (P) 1967/1987*
  5. ELGAR: Chanson de matin- London Philharmonic Orchestra / Sir Adrian Boult (P) 1968/1985*
  6. VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (opening)- London Philharmonic Orchestra / Sir Adrian Boult (P) 1976/1985*
  7. LENNON & McCARTNEY: Michelle (arr. Ron Goodwin)- Rostal & Schaefer pianos , Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra / Ron Goodwin (P) 1979/2000*
  8. HOLST: Venus (The Planets) (conclusion)- London Philharmonic Orchestra / Sir Adrian Boult (P) 1979/1987*
  9. McCARTNEY: Celebration (Standing Stone)- London Symphony Chorus & Orchestra / Lawrence Foster, (P) 1997 MPL Communications Ltd under exclusive licence to EMI Records Ltd,
  10. NYMAN: The Heart Asks Pleasure First/The Promise (from the film The Piano)- Music composed, directed and produced by Michael Nyman, (P) 1993 Michael Nyman Ltd under exclusive licence to Virgin Records Ltd,
  11. MYERS: Cavatina (from the film The Deer Hunter)- Manuel Barrueco & Steve Morse (guitars) (P) 2001 Angel Records
  12. NEWMAN: Any Other Name (from the film American Beauty)- Produced and performed by Nikolaj Bloch & Sally Herbert (P) 2001
  13. HORNER: My Heart Will Go On (from the film Titanic)- Orchestra / David Abel (P) 1998
  14. VILLA-LOBOS: Sentimental Melody (arr. Barbosa-Lima)- Sharon Isbin guitar (P) 1990 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics
  15. GERSHWIN: Summertime (Porgy and Bess)- Kiri Te Kanawa soprano ∙ The New York Choral Artists, The New Princess Theater Orchestra / John McGlinn (P) 1987
  16. BERNSTEIN: West Side Story Symphonic Dances − II. Somewhere- City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Paavo Järvi , (P) 1998 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics
  17. GERSHWIN: Rhapsody in Blue (arr. Grofé) (conclusion)- André Previn piano, London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn (P) 1971/1998*

Disc: 6

  1. MASCAGNI: Intermezzo (Cavalleria rusticana)- Philharmonia Orchestra / Riccardo Muti (P) 1980/1987*
  2. PUCCINI: O mio babbino caro (Gianni Schicchi)- Angela Gheorghiu soprano, London Symphony Orchestra / Antonio Pappano (P) 1999
  3. ALBÉNIZ: Tango (España Op.165 No.2) Leif Ove Andsnes piano (P) 2006-
  4. PUCCINI: Chi il bel sogno di Doretta (La rondine)- Montserrat Caballé soprano, London Symphony Orchestra / Sir Charles Mackerras (P) 1970/2002*
  5. VIVALDI: Spring (The Four Seasons) - I. Allegro- Yehudi Menuhin violin, Camerata Lysy Gstaad / Alberto Lysy (P)1981,
  6. MONTEVERDI: Pur ti miro (L'incoronazione di Poppea) (arr. Craig Leon)- Natasha Marsh soprano ∙ Fernando Lima countertenor, David Parsons lute, London Symphony Orchestra / Craig Leon (P) 2007
  7. BOCCHERINI: Minuet (arr. Woodhouse)- Academy of St Martin in the Fields / Sir Neville Marriner (P) 1980/1997*
  8. MASCAGNI: O amore, o bella luce del core (L'amico Fritz)- Luciano Pavarotti tenor, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Gianandrea Gavazzeni (P) 1969/2000*
  9. TÁRREGA: Recuerdos de la Alhambra- Christopher Parkening guitar (P) 1976/2005* Angel Records
  10. ROTA: Ai Giochi Addio (love theme from the Zeffirelli film Romeo & Juliet)- Natasha Marsh soprano , London Symphony Orchestra / François-Xavier Roth (P) 2007
  11. RODRIGO: Concierto de Aranjuez − II. Adagio (opening)- Julian Bream guitar , City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle (P) 1993
  12. PUCCINI: Vogliatemi bene (Love Duet) (Madama Butterfly)- Renata Scotto soprano ∙ Carlo Bergonzi tenor , Orchestra del Teatro dell' Opera di Roma / Sir John Barbirolli (P) 1966/2002*
  13. VIVALDI: Guitar Concerto in D (arr. Emilio Pujol; ed. Isbin) - II. Largo- Sharon Isbin guitar , Lausanne Chamber Orchestra / Lawrence Foster , (P) 1991 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics
  14. SARASATE: Zigeunerweisen Op.20- Anne-Sophie Mutter violin, Orchestre National de France / Seiji Ozawa (P) 1985
  15. QUARANTOTTO: Time to Say Goodbye (adapt. F. Peterson)- Amy Nuttall soprano, Orchestra conducted by Julian Kershaw (P) 2005
  16. ALBÉNIZ: Sevilla (arr. Byzantine)- Julian Byzantine guitar (P) 1993
  17. PUCCINI: Nessun dorma (Turandot)- José Carreras tenor ∙ Rhine Opera Chorus , Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra / Alain Lombard (P) 1978/1990*

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  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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By Edwin C. Pauzer VINE VOICE on January 16, 2008
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Two weeks ago, I was sitting in a bookstore when the strains of music came over the sound system and distracted me from my reading several times. But this distraction wasn't Johnny Paycheck's "Take This Job and Shove It" (vile), "The Streak," or "Honey, I Miss You." (Oh, the bile)!

This is one of those DVD's you don't have to think about if you have any inclination to the classical. It was a case of how soon can I have it. Not until the 16th it turned out. I eagerly counted the days. Yesterday became one of those special treats where you bring home a great personal gift, pour a glass of wine, sit back, and just enjoy.

There are six DVD's here: 1) From Russia with Romance 2) An Austro-German Romance [without boots] 3) A French Romance 4) Romance in a Cold Climate, 5) England & America in Love [at least after 1812], 6) Mediterranean Romance. This is a part of the "Best 100" series, which offers classics and movies, etc.

For those who know classical only by sound and not by name or snob, you will recognize strains you heard in "The Shawshank Redemption," "The Truman Show," "Billy Elliot," or "Seven Years in Tibet," but you won't find the love theme from "I'm Going to Get You Sucka" or that other classic "All Surf Nazis Must Die."

Alone or with your Snookums, this is the music that calms the nerves and soothes the soul. More importantly, it is music that plays in your head, long after it is turned off.

Can I give a better recommendation than that?
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I just received my CD set and was disappointed to find how much duplication there was with the previous EMI compilations (such as Best Classics V.1 & 2, Best Guitar etc.), so be warned if you want new experiences. Luckily I wasn't paying full price so they will be added to my background music selections when I can't give full attention. I have no musical training, so I can't speak of the quality of the performances, however generally speaking they are quite good and some are exceptional. Hopefully, they will lead you to try some of the complete works or find a composer or performer or two that you weren't familiar with.
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I don't care if you are an advanced classical collector or a novice just starting out. This set of six discs is a must have! There are so many outstanding pieces of music included that it is impossible to resist. You could spend hundreds to buy recordings that are included on this set and wind up with a ton of selections that you do not really care for. The greatest composers are included - Beethoven, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Borodin, etc., etc., etc.; the finest orchestras - London SO, Philadelphia, Oslo PO, etc., etc., etc.; the greatest artists - Argerich, Menuin, Marriner, Mutter, Previn,, etc., etc., etc. I could go on and on, but I'm sure that you get the point. The selections are unequaled! The price, at a few dollars a disc, make it one of the most attractive buys on the market. It won't be available forever. Buy it while you still can! A+++++
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By Blanche Rubin on February 22, 2008
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When there is an absence of classical music during some parts of the day or night,
it is very pleasant to have all of our favorites compositions as backround music.
The selections were satisfactory as were the performances.
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i believe that each of the 100 best compilations are an excellent value for those, like myself, who are relatively unknowledgeable but highly appreciative of the "classical" genre. they allow one to greatly expand their personal collection of composers, conductors, performers, etc..
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