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A-Z of Classical Music (The A-Z of Classical Music By Keith Anderson) Double CD

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  • Composer: Various
  • Audio CD (1 Feb. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B002TF9EP6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 429,981 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine
  2. J.S. Bach: Double Violin Concerto (mvt II)
  3. Bartók: 44 Duos for Two Violins (No. 14)
  4. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 8 'Pathétique' (mvt I)
  5. Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique (Marche au supplice)
  6. Brahms: Symphony No. 3 (mvt III)
  7. Britten: Simple Symphony (Playful Pizzicato)
  8. Chopin: Impromptu No. 1
  9. Debussy: Nocturnes (No. 2: Fêtes)
  10. Dvorák: Symphony No. 8 (mvt III)
  11. Elgar: Sea Pictures (Where Corals Lie)
  12. Grieg: Piano Concerto (mvt II)
  13. Handel: Messiah (For unto us a child is born)
  14. Haydn: Trumpet Concerto (Finale)
  15. Janácek: Sinfonietta (mvt IV)
  16. Liszt: Gnomenreigen
  17. Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde (Von der Jugend)

Disc: 2

  1. Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No. 1 (mvt II)
  2. Monteverdi: Occhi, un tempo mia vita
  3. Mozart: Clarinet Quintet (mvt II)
  4. Palestrina: Motet: Hodie Christus natus est
  5. Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 4 (mvt IV)
  6. Puccini: Gianni Schicchi (O mio babbino caro)
  7. Rachmaninov: Prelude in G minor
  8. Rossini: Il Signor Bruschino (Sinfonia)
  9. Schoenberg: Six Little Piano Pieces (II. Langsam)
  10. Schubert: 'Trout' Quintet (mvt IV)
  11. Schumann: String Quartet No. 2 (mvt I)
  12. Shostakovich: Jazz Suite No. 1 (Waltz)
  13. R. Strauss: Four Last Songs (No. 1: Frühling)
  14. Stravinsky: Petrushka (Russian Dance)
  15. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 (mvt III)
  16. Telemann: Viola Concerto (mvt IV)
  17. Verdi: Rigoletto (La donna è mobile)
  18. Vivaldi: Bassoon Concerto 'La notte' (mvts III-IV);
  19. Wagner: Isolde's Liebestod

Product Description

The A Z of Classical Music 3rd edition has been expanded to include even more composers and 150 bonus music tracks. The 930-page illustrated book details the lives of hundreds of composers, from Aaltoila to Zwilich, via Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and others.

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Not being someone who usually enjoys compilations I approached this one with some caution. After hearing it however my view is that if you are new to classical music or have only a limited appreciation this set is an absolute must. Even those with a great deal of knowledge will find something new.
Instead of trying to collect 'the most famous bits' Naxos have provided an overview of a thousand years of music. Composers who a few years ago would have been considered obscure (Hidegard of Bingen, von Ditterdorf) or thought too 'avant garde' (Philip Glass) are included.
After hearing it you'll be certain to want to follow up many of the composers or their contemporaries.
The massive accompanying booklet is unpretentious and hugely helpful. The performances are of Naxos' usual exemplary standard, not outstanding but never tedious or too extreme in interpretation.
Overall, and at this price, about the best introductory compilation to classical music available.
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Obviously the incentive here is to purchase this for the 550+ page book.
Newcomers to the world of classical music will decide which kind to explore further.If you want Charles Ives or Penderecki you won't find them here but its a surprise ommission as much as the inclusion of Hildegarde von Bingen and Philip Glass IS.Very odd as Naxos have issued both Ives and Penderecki.But then you can go on forever and include today's neo classical eg Jocelyn Pook or Sonia Slaney
Classical is too vague a description anyway as what is sometimes called concert or Art music embraces different periods from Medieaval to Avant Garde
While the 50 CD sets in the IN A CLASSICAL MOOD series are more complete-each CD has a built in picture book plus a thick loose leaf book-it might be worth adding these as well.But the trouble is so many are sold seperately in charity shops and the set in 2 huge boxes a little more difficult to come by nowadays
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It's only just arrived and there is no book. Music compilations I can get anywhere. It is the book AND the CD that are the selling point. Looks like this is going back unopened in the morning.
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Good collection.
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