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Telarc Classical - Celebrating 25 Years

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (19 Dec 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Telarc Classical
  • ASIN: B00006879K
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 461,340 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Firebird (excerpt) - Stravinsky
2. First Suite: March - Holst
3. Overture (excerpt) - Tchaikovsky
4. Pictures at an exhibition (excerpt) - Moussorgsky
5. Carmen suite No. 2: Danse Boheme - Bizet
6. Symphony No. 3, Mvt. 2 (excerpt) - Saint-Saens
7. Toccata and fudge in D minor (excerpt) - Bach
8. Piano Concerto No. 5, Mvt. 2 (excerpt) - Beethoven
9. The four seasons: Presto from summer - Vivaldi
10. Fanfare for the common man - Copland
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Disc: 2
1. Also sprach Zarathustra (excerpt) - Strauss
2. Vespers: Rejoice, O Virgin - Rachmaninoff
3. Ride of the valkyries (excerpt) - Wagner
4. Canzon septimi toni No. 2 - Gabrielli
5. The magnificent seven - Bernstein
6. Oedipus tex: "Howdy there" - P.D.Q. Bach
7. The magic flute: "Ach, ich fuhl's" - Mozart
8. Messiah: "And he shall purify" - Handel
9. The pirates of penzance: "I am the very model of a modern Major- General" - Gilbert & Sullivan
10. Church Windows: St. Michael the Archangel (excerpt) - Respighi
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5.0 out of 5 stars Telarc Classic Sampler 8 Feb 2011
By James
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If you after a good sampler disc from Telarc and there are many from their catalogue this can be rated near the top for a selection of telarc 25 years, its just a pity that this was not released as a SACD issue !!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sampler 25 Mar 2011
By KyJoe - Published on Amazon.com
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I love Telarc recordings. With their minimalist approach to miking, their CDs do the best job I've heard of reproducing the sound of actually attending a performance. With companies that employ a ton of mikes, the soundstage becomes confusing, making it seem that musicians are sitting in each others' laps. I much prefer the more natural sound of the Telarc recordings.

Keep in mind that I'm rating this CD for what it is: a sampler. You won't get the same enjoyment that you would from listening to a piece in its entirety. These are the highlights from 40 great Telarc recordings, which allows the listener to determine which ones they might want to go back and buy in full. They're long enough selections that you can get a good feel for the interpretation of a particular conductor, and the skill of the orchestra he is directing.

Also, I enjoy the sampler for listening at work. Most of these selections are the up-tempo sections, so they help me to re-energize during the dull parts of my day, or when I'm crashing after lunch and need to stay awake to knock out a project that requires focus.
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile compilation 13 Feb 2013
By GeoPat - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a good compilation overall, with some really good tracks for sound demos. As always Telarc produces some of the best recordings.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice 17 Jan 2012
By Lorraine P. Zigman - Published on Amazon.com
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A truly enjoyable collection for those who enjoy classical music. Some not entirely to my taste, but most really nice. A large collection with many of my favorite composers, giving long hours of listening pleasure.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing presentation of great music 4 Aug 2002
By A. Braid - Published on Amazon.com
I recently received this as a present but I was already familiar with many of these recordings, having owned the complete versions of the works presented. Yes, these are great recordings but if you settle for this compilation you will be missing out big time on great music. I own Fennell's recording on the Holst suite--while the March from the suite is very good, you will miss out on the beautiful 'Song Without Words' and the 'Fantasia on the Dargason,' which are the seond and fourth movements of the suite, respectively. If you get the original CD from which this movement was taken you will be able to enjoy the wonderful playing of members of the Cleveland Orchsestra as they play Holst's First suite and a wonderful rendition of Handel's Fireworks Music.
Maazel's Pictures at an Exhibition is excellnt, precise with excellent blends and fantastic orchestral playing, but you can hardly feel the power of the Great Gate of Kiev without the promenades and pictures that preceed it--you loose the whole sense of climax and fulfillment following the half hour of difficult music that preceeds the Great Gate. Beethoven's Emperor concerto is top-notch music but I think you might rather hear the second movement between the first and third movements which are full of powerful orchestral playing and keyboard virtuosity. Robert Spano's recording of Scheherazade that was released just a few months ago is brilliant. It's his first recording with the Atlanta Symphony and it's great--and you should own the complete thing which comes on a CD with the beuatiful Russian Easter Overture.
Spend some time looking for these complete recordings and you will be rewarded. What makes the compilation even worse is that in many cases the CD does not even present a full movement but just a part of a movement.
As I said, I own many of these individual recordings and they are all great: Telarc captures the best musicians at their best. Having two or three CDs from which these excerpts were taken is much better than owning this compilation. I highly recommend Fennell's Holst (Telarc - #80038), Maazel's Pictures (Telarc - #80042), and Spano's Scheherazade (Telarc - #80568), instead of this disc. Rachmaninoff's Second Sonata and Sibelius' Second Symphony are great but these are not my preferred recordings (find Van Cliburn's Rachmaninoff and Maazel's Sibelius), and you can do better by swapping some other performers as well.
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