The Premium Collection: 75 Classical Masterworks [Box Set]

The Premium Collection: 75 Classical Masterworks [Box Set]

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Overview

This six-disc collection from the German label Deutsche Grammophon (now part of the Universal conglomerate) is intended for newcomers to classical music. As such, it raises a number of objections. The buyer is given only a narrow slice of the repertory -- for the most part, the program consists of Romantic favorites of the nineeenth century or what might be called honorary Romantic music ("Messiah," "Carmina Burana"). Much of the music is for full symphony orchestra, although there is one disc of piano music ("Nocturne") and one of opera ("Grand Opera"). The buyer who enjoys a particular selection will not find much help in pursuing similar music -- there is no booklet, and the track list identifies performers in only an abbreviated way (conductor Rafael Kubelik, for instance, is listed only as Kubelik). All this said, the conception of the set is original. Most sets of this size divide up the repertory by chronology or medium, but The Premium Collection offers six themes: "Meditation," "Orchestral Fireworks," "Invitation to the Dance," "Nocturne," "Pomp & Circumstance," and "Grand Opera." What's appealing about these is that they are not forced onto the music, as in the various classical lifestyle discs that infest discount-store bins, but are durable concepts within the classical tradition itself; the set offers music to have on hand for a variety of uses without doing violence to the music involved. There are many other ways of approaching the question of how to build a classical collection, but for someone who has attended a big symphonic performance at the local orchestra hall and found it enjoyable, this may be a good place to start.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/09/2007
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
UPC: 0028947770183
catalogNumber: 000988602
Rank: 117189

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: Morning Mood

    1. Morning Mood  (04:20)
  2. Canon in D major, instrumental arrangement  (06:27)
  3. Carnival of the Animals, zoological fantasy for 2 pianos & ensemble: Le Cygne (The Swan)

    1. Le Cygne (The Swan)  (02:56)
  4. Pavane, for orchestra & chorus ad lib in F sharp minor, Op. 50  (06:51)
  5. Concierto de Aranjuez for guitar & orchestra: Adagio

    1. Adagio  (10:56)
  6. Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air

    1. Air  (04:44)
  7. Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor: Adagietto

    1. Adagietto  (09:51)
  8. Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85: Adagio

    1. Adagio  (07:07)
  9. Adagio in C minor for strings & organ (previously attributed to Tommaso Albinoni)  (06:57)
  10. Symphony No. 9 in E minor ("From the New World"), B. 178 (Op. 95) (first published as No. 5): Largo

    1. Largo  (05:14)
  11. Les contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Barcarolle

    1. Barcarolle  (04:41)

Disc 2

  1. Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Les Toréadors

    1. Les Toréadors  (02:08)
  2. Carmina Burana, scenic cantata for soloists, choruses & orchestra: O Fortuna

    1. O Fortuna  (02:39)
  3. Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: In the Hall of the Mountain King

    1. In the Hall of the Mountain King  (03:02)
  4. The Four Seasons (Il quattro stagione), concertos (4) for violin, strings & continuo ("Il cimento" Nos. 1-4) , Op. 8/1 - 4: Winter

    1. Winter  (07:57)
  5. Pictures at an Exhibition (Kartinki s vïstavski), for orchestra, orchestrated by Ravel: Promenade

    1. Promenade  (01:54)
  6. 1812 -- Festival Overture, for orchestra in E flat major, Op. 49: [Excerpt]

    1. [Excerpt]  (04:13)
  7. Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: The Knights' Dance

    1. The Knights' Dance  (05:27)
  8. Requiem Mass, for soloists, chorus & orchestra (Manzoni Requiem): Dies irae

    1. Dies irae  (02:49)
  9. Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Der Walkürenritt (The Ride of the Valkyries)

    1. Der Walkürenritt (The Ride of the Valkyries)  (04:59)
  10. Also sprach Zarathustra (Thus Spoke Zoroaster), tone poem for orchestra, Op. 30 (TrV 176): [Excerpt]

    1. [Excerpt]  (02:02)
  11. Rhapsody in Blue, for piano & orchestra (orchestrated by F. Grofé)  (15:58)
  12. Boléro, ballet for orchestra (or piano)  (15:02)

Disc 3

  1. Invitation to the Dance (Aufforderung zum Tanze), for orchestra (orchestrated by Berlioz)  (10:28)
  2. Hungarian Dances (21) for orchestra, WoO 1: Hungarian Dances Nos. 1, 3 & 6

    1. Hungarian Dances Nos. 1, 3 & 6  (08:26)
  3. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy / Waltz of the Flowe

    1. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy / Waltz of the Flowers  (08:55)
  4. Gaîté Parisienne, ballet (music by Offenbach arranged by Manuel Rosenthal): Vivo

    1. Vivo  (01:01)
  5. Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: Anitra's Dance

    1. Anitra's Dance  (03:43)
  6. Water Music Suite No.2 for orchestra in D major, HWV 349: Alla Hornpipe

    1. Alla Hornpipe  (04:19)
  7. Horn Concerto No. 4 in E flat major, K. 495: Rondo

    1. Rondo  (03:43)
  8. An der schönen, blauen Donau (On the Beautiful, Blue Danube), waltz for orchestra (with chorus ad lib), Op. 314 (RV 314)  (09:46)
  9. Prodaná nevesta (The Bartered Bride), opera, JB 1:100: Polka / Furiant / Dance of the Comedians

    1. Polka / Furiant / Dance of the Comedians  (13:16)
  10. Prince Igor, opera (completed by Rimsky-Korsakov & Glazunov): Polovtsian Dances

    1. Polovtsian Dances  (11:29)
  11. Radetzky-Marsch, for orchestra, Op. 228  (02:20)

Disc 4

  1. Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major ("Elvira Madigan") K. 467: Andante

    1. Andante  (07:19)
  2. Nocturne for piano No. 5 in F sharp major, Op. 15/2, CT. 112  (03:58)
  3. Kinderszenen No. 7 ("Träumerei"), for piano, Op. 15/7  (02:59)
  4. Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59  (04:03)
  5. Suite bergamasque, for piano, L. 75: Clair de lune

    1. Clair de lune  (05:08)
  6. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2: Adagio sostenuto

    1. Adagio sostenuto  (06:06)
  7. Prelude for piano No.21 in B minor, Op. 32/10  (05:03)
  8. Ballad aus Der fliegende Holländer (after Wagner), for piano, S. 441 (LW A259)  (05:55)
  9. Prelude for piano No. 15 in D flat major, Op. 28/15, CT. 180  (05:38)
  10. Préludes (12) for piano, Book I, L. 117: La fille aux cheveux de lin

    1. La fille aux cheveux de lin  (02:39)
  11. Prelude for piano No.23 in G sharp minor, Op. 32/12  (02:31)
  12. Moment musical for piano in A flat major, D. 780/2 (Op. 94/2)  (05:47)
  13. Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488: Adagio

    1. Adagio  (06:58)

Disc 5

  1. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: "Hallelujah" Chorus

    1. "Hallelujah" Chorus  (04:05)
  2. Fantasia on Greensleeves, for harp, flute & strings (arranged by R. Greaves; from the opera "Sir John In Love")  (04:32)
  3. Vltava (The Moldau), symphonic poem (Má Vlast No. 2), JB 1:112/2  (12:02)
  4. Toccata and Fugue, for organ in D minor, BWV 565 (BC J37)  (08:29)
  5. Finlandia, tone poem for orchestra, Op. 26  (09:06)
  6. The Planets, suite for orchestra & female chorus, Op. 32, H. 125: Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity

    1. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity  (08:05)
  7. Symphonic Dances (9) from "West Side Story", for orchestra (orchestrated with Ramin & Kostal): Prologue / Mambo / Finale

    1. Prologue / Mambo / Finale  (09:41)
  8. The Hebrides, overture for orchestra in B minor ("Fingal's Cave"), Op. 26  (10:27)
  9. Pomp and Circumstance March No.1, for orchestra in D major, Op. 39/1  (05:53)

Disc 6

  1. Turandot, opera: Nessun dorma

    1. Nessun dorma  (03:29)
  2. L'elisir d'amore, opera: Una furtiva lagrima

    1. Una furtiva lagrima  (04:42)
  3. Il Trovatore, opera: Di quella pira

    1. Di quella pira  (02:03)
  4. Nabucco, opera (Nabucodonosor): Va, pensiero, sull'ali dorate

    1. Va, pensiero, sull'ali dorate  (04:59)
  5. Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: La fleur que tu m'afais jetée

    1. La fleur que tu m'afais jetée  (04:01)
  6. Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle

    1. L'amour est un oiseau rebelle  (04:02)
  7. La bohème, opera: Che gelida manina

    1. Che gelida manina  (04:58)
  8. Il Trovatore, opera: Vedi! le fosche notturnespoglie

    1. Vedi! le fosche notturnespoglie  (03:02)
  9. Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90: Mild und leise wie er lächelt

    1. Mild und leise wie er lächelt  (07:28)
  10. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Un bel di vedremo

    1. Un bel di vedremo  (05:04)
  11. Aida, opera: Triumphal march

    1. Triumphal march  (01:43)
  12. Aida, opera: Vieni, o guerriero vindice

    1. Vieni, o guerriero vindice  (02:31)
  13. Il barbière di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), opera: Largo al factotum

    1. Largo al factotum  (04:40)
  14. Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Der Vogelfängerbin ich ja

    1. Der Vogelfängerbin ich ja  (02:41)
  15. Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: O Isis und Osiris

    1. O Isis und Osiris  (03:00)
  16. Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen

    1. Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen  (03:02)
  17. Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Intermezzo sinfonico

    1. Intermezzo sinfonico  (04:21)
  18. Guillaume Tell (William Tell), opera: Overture [excerpt]

    1. Overture [excerpt]  (03:28)
  19. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Treulich geführt ziehet dahin

    1. Treulich geführt ziehet dahin  (04:41)

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The Premium Collection: 75 Classical Masterworks [Box Set] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
korak More than 1 year ago
I recommend this box set. It is very convenient and portable and can be carried in a backpack on trips. it has the best of everything. The one thing it doesn't have are any Beethoven symphonies, but then, of course, you will doubtless be carrying a matching Beethoven symphonies box too! It does have some good Beethoven, however-- Moonlight sonata, etc.