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100 BEST 20TH CENTURY CLASSICS

100 BEST 20TH CENTURY CLASSICS

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100 BEST 20th CENTURY CLASSICS is another release in EMI’s highly successful 100 BEST series.

This 6 CD set covers many of the most popular works composed between 1900 and 1999, as well as representative pieces by composers who broadened the concept of classical music during that period and those who pushed its boundaries to the limits.

CD1: The Last of the Romantics

The first disc opens with an extract from Rachmaninov’s 2nd Piano Concerto, written in 1901. This is followed by favourite works by Prokofiev, Khachaturian, Falla, Holst, Elgar and Vaughan Williams, all of which look back to the romantic style of the 19th century. The disc also includes part of the slow movement of the most successful concerto written during the 20th century, the Concierto de Aranjuez by Rodrigo.

CD2: Innovators

The composers on this disc include some who broke new ground in tonality and form at the beginning of the century, such as Stravinsky and the Second Viennese school of Webern, Berg and Schoenberg, and others who continued to use the more traditional methods of composition but who wrote in a more advanced style such as Bartók, Britten, Hindemith and Walton.

CD3: Brave New World

The works heard here range across the incredible proliferation of musical language during the last 50 years, from hard-edged modernism to chilled-out minimalism, religiously inspired and otherwise, and include pieces by the older generation of composers like Messiaen, Henze, Lutoslawski and Takemitsu, as well as more recent compositions by Turnage, Tavener, Gubaidulina, Adès and Knussen.

CD4: America

The large and prolific school of American composers active during the 20th century is represented by some extremely popular pieces like Barber’s Adagio for Strings, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, as well as more adventurous works by Ives, Cage, Reich, Carter and Adams.

CD5: Instrumental and Chamber

This CD presents a number of popular pieces for piano, violin and guitar by Falla, Scriabin, Kreisler, Pärt and Villa-Lobos, followed by chamber works such as Schoenbeg’s Verklärte Nacht, Schnittke’s Menuet and Ravel’s String Quartet.

CD6: Choral and Vocal

The final disc begins with one of the 20th century’s most successful choral works, Orff’s Carmina Burana. This is followed by extracts from other choral pieces by Boulez, Pärt, Tavener, Rutter and McCartney as well as vocal compositions by Rachmaninov, Berio and Lloyd Webber. The set concludes with three romantic operatic arias by Korngold and Puccini, ending with a spectacular performance of ‘Nessun dorma’ from Puccini’s final opera, Turandot.


CD 1 THE LAST OF THE ROMANTICS
RACHMANINOV
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor
1 I. Moderato opening
Jean-Bernard Pommier piano
Hallé Orchestra / Lawrence Foster (P) 1993 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics
PROKOFIEV
2 Dance of the Knights (Romeo and Juliet)
London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn (P) 1973/1987*
KHACHATURIAN
3 Waltz (Masquerade)
Philharmonia Orchestra / Efrem Kurtz (P) 1964/1993*
PROKOFIEV
4 Troika (Lieutenant Kijé Suite)
London Philharmonic Orchestra / Klaus Tennstedt (P) 1984
RACHMANINOV
Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor
5 I. Allegro ma non tanto opening
Mikhail Rudy piano
St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra / Mariss Jansons (P) 1993
RODRIGO
Concierto de Aranjuez
6 II. Adagio opening
Julian Bream guitar
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle (P) 1993
KHACHATURIAN
7 Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia extract (Spartacus)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Yuri Temirkanov (P) 1986
ELGAR
Cello Concerto
8 I. Adagio – Moderato
Jacqueline du Pré cello
LSO / Sir John Barbirolli (P) 1965/2004*
RACHMANINOV
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
9 Variation 18
Cécile Ousset piano
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle (P) 1984
DEBUSSY
Images
10 II. Iberia: 3. Le matin d’un jour de fête
London Symphony Orchestra / Andre Previn (P) 1979
SIBELIUS
11 Valse triste (Kuolema Incidental Music)
Hallé Orchestra / Sir John Barbirolli (P) 1966/2000*
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
12 The Lark Ascending opening
Hugh Bean violin
New Philharmonia Orchestra / Sir Adrian Boult (P) 1967/1987*
FALLA
Nights in the Gardens of Spain
13 I. In the Generalife extract
Gonzalo Soriano piano
Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire
Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos (P) 1963/1987*
SZYMANOWSKI
14 Harnasie extract (Rural Scene)
Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra of Krakow / Antoni Wit (P) 1982/1994*
Recorded in co-production with Polish Radio and TV
SHOSTAKOVICH
Piano Concerto No.2 in F
15 II. Andante
Dmitri Alexeev (piano) • English Chamber Orchestra / Jerzy Maksymiuk (P) 1983
HOLST
16 Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity conclusion (The Planets)
Philharmonia Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle (P) 1981
CD 2 INNOVATORS
JANÁCEK
Sinfonietta
1 IV. Allegretto
Chicago Symphony Orchestra / Seiji Ozawa (P) 1970/1998*
WEBERN
6 Orchestral Pieces Op.6 (Revised version)
2 VI. Langsam
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle (P) 1989
SCHOENBERG
5 Orchestral Pieces Op.16 (Original version)
3 IV. Peripetie (Sehr rasch)
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle (P) 1989
BERG
Lulu-Suite
4 IV. Variationem: Moderato
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle (P) 1989
STRAVINSKY
Petrushka
5 Russian Dance (1st Tableau)
Peter Donohoe piano
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle (P) 1988
BRITTEN
6 Four Sea Interludes (Sunday Morning) (Peter Grimes)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra / Libor Pešek
(P) 1990 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics
NIELSEN
Symphony No.5 Op.50
7 II. Allegro conclusion
Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra / Herbert Blomstedt (P) 1975/1996*
POULENC
8 Rondeau (Les Biches)
Philharmonia Orchestra / Georges Prêtre (P) 1981/1990*
BARTÓK
Concerto for Orchestra
9 IV. Intermezzo interotto (Allegretto)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra / Seiji Ozawa (P) 1970/1998*
WALTON
Violin Concerto (1939 rev.1943)
10 II. Presto capriccioso alla napolitana & Trio (Canzonetta)
Yehudi Menuhin violin
London Symphony Orchestra / Sir William Walton (P) 1979/1994*
RESPIGHI
11 I pini di Villa Borghese (Pini di Roma)
London Symphony Orchestra / Lamberto Gardelli (P) 1977/1996*
ZEMLINSKY
Sinfonietta Op.23
12 Rondo. Sehr lebhaft
Gürzenich-Orchester Kölner Philharmoniker / James Conlon
(P) 1996 EMI Electrola GmbH
STRAVINSKY
Le Sacre du printemps
13 L’adoration de la terre opening
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle (P) 1989
WEILL
Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny Suite
14 II. Moderato assai
Berliner Philharmoniker / Mariss Jansons (P) 1998
Live recording
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
15 Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis opening
London Philharmonic Orchestra / Sir Adrian Boult (P) 1976/1985*
HONNEGER
16 Pacific 231
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra / Mariss Jansons (P) 1994
HINDEMITH
Kammermusik No.1
17 IV. Finale: 1921. Lebhaft
Berliner Philharmoniker / Claudio Abbado (P) 1996
RAVEL
18 Bolero conclusion
London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn (P) 1980/1992*
CD 3 BRAVE NEW WORLD
PÄRT
1 Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten
Bournemouth Sinfonietta / Richard Studt (P) 1994
TOYAMA
2 Dance of Men (Ballet Suite–Yugen)
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra / Mariss Jansons (P) 1998
TAKEMITSU
Cassiopeia
3 Scene
Stomu Yamash’ta percussion
Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra / Seiji Ozawa (P) 1971/2000*
GORÉCKI
Symphony No.3 ‘Symphony of Sorrowful Songs
4 II. Lento e largo, tranquillissimo extract
Zofia Kilanowicz (soprano)
Kraków Symphony Orchestra/Jacek Kasprzyk
(P) 1995 EMI Electrola GmbH under exclusive licence from JARO Medien GmbH.
Recorded live at the 28th International Oratorio-Cantata Festival
WRATISLAVIA CANTANS Wroclaw 1993
PENDERECKI
5 Anaklasis for strings & percussion (1959)
London Symphony Orchestra / Krzysztof Penderecki (P) 1973/1994*
HENZE
Symphony No.8
6 II. Ballabile conclusion
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle (P) 1996
Live recording
MESSIAEN
Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum
7 Des profondeurs de l’abîme’
Ensemble de Percussion de l’Orchestre de Paris
Orchestre de Paris / Serge Baudo (P) 1968/1991*
TURNAGE
8 Drowned Out excerpt
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle (P) 1994
LUTOSLAWSKI
Symphony No.1
9 I. Allegro giusto
Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra / Witold Lutoslawski (P) 1978/1994*
Recorded in co-production with Polish Radio and TV
ARNOLD
Guitar Concerto
10 I. Allegro
Julian Bream guitar
Members of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Sir Simon Rattle (P) 1993
NYMAN
11 The Heart asks Pleasure First / The Promise (The Piano) Music composed, directed and produced by Michael Nyman
(P) 1993 Michael Nyman Ltd under exclusive licence to Virgin Records Ltd
TAKEMITSU
12 Rain Coming (1982)
London Sinfonietta / Oliver Knussen (P) 1991
TAVENER
The Protecting Veil
13 The Incarnation
Steven Isserlis cello
London Symphony Orchestra / Gennadi Rozhdestvensky (P) 1980 Virgin
GUBAIDULINA
14 The Canticle of the Sun extract
Mstislav Rostropovich cello • Simon Carrington & Neil Percy percussion
London Voices / Ryusuke Numajiri (P) 2001
ADÈS
Asyla
15 IV.
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle (P) 1999
KNUSSEN
16 Flourish with Fireworks
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle (P) 1996
Live recording
CD 4 AMERICA
BERNSTEIN
1 Candide – Overture
London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn (P) 1971/1994*
IVES
A Set of Pieces for Theatre or Chamber Orchestra
2 No.3. In the Night
Ensemble Modern / Ingo Metzmacher (P) 1992 EMI Electrola GmbH
GLASS
3 Façades
John Harle & Simon Haram soprano saxophones
London Chamber Orchestra / Christopher Warren-Green
(P) 1990 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics
JOHN WILLIAMS
4 Schindler’s List Main Theme
Tasmin Little violin
New World Philharmonic / Iain Sutherland (P) 1994
COPLAND
5 Fanfare for the Common Man
Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra / Enrique Bátiz
(P) 1986 EMI Records Ltd as exclusive licensee
BARBER
6 Adagio for Strings
Philadelphia Orchestra / Eugene Ormandy (P) 1985/1985*
HORNER
7 My Heart Will Go On (Titanic)
Orchestra / David Abel (P) 1998
REICH
8 Nagoya Marimbas
Colin Currie & Sam Walton marimbas (P) 1998
CARTER
9 A Celebration of some 100 X 150 Notes
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle (P) 1996
Live recording
BARBER
Cello Concerto
10 II. Andante sostenuto
Ralph Kirshbaum cello
Scottish Chamber Orchestra / Jukka-Pekka Saraste
(P) 1989 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics
ADAMS
Shaker Loops
11 IV. A Final Shaking
London Chamber Orchestra / Christopher Warren-Green
(P) 1990 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics
COPLAND
12 Hoe-Down (Rodeo)
Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra / Leonard Slatkin (P) 1986 Angel Records
GERSHWIN
13 Rhapsody in Blue (jazzband version arr. Grofé) opening
Wayne Marshall piano
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle (P) 1996
CAGE
Three Dances for two amplified prepared pianos
14 Dance No.1
Ralph Grierson, Michael Tilson Thomas prepared pianos
(P) 1973/2002* Angel Records
NEWMAN
15 Any Other Name (American Beauty)
Produced and performed by Nikolaj Bloch & Sally Herbert (P) 2001
ADAMS
16 Short Ride in a Fast Machine
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle (P) 1994
CD 5 INSTRUMENTAL & CHAMBER
FALLA
1 Ritual Fire Dance (El amor brujo)
Dame Moura Lympany piano (P) 1988
SCRIABIN
Two Poèmes Op.63
2 II. Étrangeté
John Ogdon piano (P) 1971/1998*
DEBUSSY
Estampes
3 II. Pagodes
Cécile Ousset piano (P) 1983
SHOSTAKOVICH
4 Romance (The Gadfly)
Tasmin Little violin • Piers Lane piano (P) 1992
KREISLER
5 Liebesfreud
Maxim Vengerov violin • Ian Brown piano (P) 2004
BARTÓK
44 Duos for 2 violins
6 No.28 Sorrow
Yehudi Menuhin, Nell Gotkovsky violins (P) 1966/1999*
PÄRT
7 Spiegel im Spiegel
Tasmin Little violin • Martin Roscoe piano (P) 1994
VILLA-LOBOS
8 Chôros No.1 in E minor
Manuel Barrueco guitar (P) 1989 EMI Electrola GmbH
TAKEMITSU
All in Twilight
9 I. ? = 80
Julian Bream guitar (P) 1993
SAINZ DE LA MAZA
10 Zapateado
Sharon Isbin guitar
(P) 1990 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics
LIGETI
String Quartet No 1 ‘Metamorphoses Nocturnes’
11 I. Allegro grazioso
Artemis Quartet (P) 2000 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics
BERG
Lyric Suite
12 III. Allegro misterioso
Alban Berg Quartett (P) 1994
SCHOENBERG
13 Verklärte Nacht
Artemis Quartet
Thomas Kakuska viola • Valentin Erben cello (Alban Berg Quartett)
(P) 2006 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics
MESSIAEN
Quatuor pour la fin du temps
14 I. Liturgie de cristal
Christopher Poppen violin • Manuel Fischer-Dieskau cello
Wolfgang Meyer clarinet • Yvonne Loriod piano
(P) 1991 EMI Electrola GmbH
SCHNITTKE
15 Menuet
Gidon Kremer violin • Yuri Bashmet viola
Mstislav Rostropovich cello (P) 1996
Recorded in collaboration with Radio France
RAVEL
String Quartet in F
16 Assez vif (Très rythmé)
Belcea Quartet (P) 2000
CD 6 CHORAL & VOCAL
ORFF
1 O Fortuna (Carmina Burana)
Philharmonia Chorus & Orchestra / Riccardo Muti (P) 1980/1997*
PÄRT
2 Beatus Petronius
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Christopher Bowers-Broadbent & Ene Salumäe organs
Tõnu Kaljuste (P) 1997 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics
BURGON
3 Nunc dimittis (1979)
James Bowman countertenor • Crispian Steele Perkins trumpet
City of London Sinfonia / Richard Hickox (P) 1988
LLOYD WEBBER
4 Pie Jesu (Requiem)
Jane Gilchrist soprano · Fergus Thirlwell boy soprano
Simon Gibson organ · Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra / Kirk Trevor (P) 2004
KARL JENKINS
5 Agnus Dei (The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace)
National Youth Choir of Great Britain musical director: Mike Brewer
Paul Beniston principal trumpet · London Philharmonic Orchestra / Karl Jenkins
(P) 2001 Karl Jenkins Music Ltd under exclusive licence to Virgin Records Ltd
Taken from the album ‘The Armed Man (A Mass for Peace)’
TAVENER
6 Song for Athene
Winchester Cathedral Choir / David Hill
(P) 1998 Floating Earth Ltd under exclusive licence to EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics
RUTTER
7 Pie Jesu (Requiem)
Edward Saklatvala treble • Choir of King’s College, Cambridge
City of London Sinfonia / Stephen Cleobury (P) 1998
McCARTNEY
Ecce Cor Meum
8 II. Gratia extract
Kate Royal soprano • London Voices director: Terry Edwards
Boys of Magdalen College Choir & King’s College Choir, Cambridge
Academy of St Martin in the Fields / Gavin Greenaway
(P) 2006 MPL Communications Ltd under exclusive licence to EMI Records Ltd
RACHMANINOV
9 Vocalise
Natalie Dessay soprano
Berlin Symphony Orchestra / Michael Schønwandt (P) 1998 EMI France
BUSONI
10 Wie ist ihr Schlaf, Madame? (Arlecchino)
Ernst Theo Richter baritone • Suzanne Mentzer mezzo-soprano
Orchestre de l’Opéra de Lyon / Kent Nagano (P) 1993 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics
BERIO
11 Ballo
Linda Hirst mezzo-soprano
London Sinfonietta / Diego Masson (P) 1988 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics
CANTELOUBE
12 Baïlèro (Chants d’Auvergne)
Arleen Augér soprano
English Chamber Orchestra / Yan Pascal Tortelier
(P) 1988 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics
RICHARD STRAUSS
13 Beim schlafengehen (Vier letzte Lieder)
Nina Stemme soprano
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / Antonio Pappano (P) 2007
VILLA-LOBOS
Bachianas brazileiras No.5
14 I. Aria (Cantilena): Adagio
Barbara Hendricks soprano
Cellos of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Enrique Batiz
(P) 1986 EMI Records Ltd as exclusive licensee
BOULEZ
Le Soleil des eaux
15 La Sorgue
Joséphine Nendick soprano • Barry McDaniel tenor • Louis Devos bass
BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus / Pierre Boulez (P) 1965/1991*
Recorded under the auspices of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
PUCCINI
16 O mio babbino caro (Gianni Schicchi)
Angela Gheorghiu soprano
London Symphony Orchestra / Antonio Pappano (P) 1999
Angela Gheorghiu appears by courtesy of The Decca Record Company Ltd
KORNGOLD
17 Glück, das mir verblieb (Die tote Stadt)
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa soprano
Philharmonia Orchestra / Julius Rudel (P) 1997
PUCCINI
18 Nessun dorma (Turandot)
José Carreras tenor
Chœurs de l’Opéra du Rhin / Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg
Alain Lombard (P) 1978/1990*


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