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A-Z of Classical Music CD

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Disc: 1

  1. De Profundis - Nova Schola Gregoriana
  2. Alleluia - Oxford Camerata
  3. Gloria - Oxford Camerata
  4. Pavane for 6 Viols - Red Byrd
  5. Canon & Gigue - Capella Istropolitana
  6. Vivace - Grave - Capella Istropolitana
  7. Prelude - Laurence Cummings
  8. Allegro - Takako Nishizaki
  9. Adagio - Miroslav Kejmar
  10. Air On the G String - Capella Istropolitana
  11. Hallelujah Chorus - Scholars Baroque Ensemble
  12. Menuetto: Allegretto - Capella Istropolitana
  13. Andante - Allegretto Tranquillo - Andante - Failoni Orchestra
  14. Allegro - Capella Istropolitana
  15. Adagio - Ludwig van Beethoven
  16. Andante - Allegretto Tranquillo - Andante - Ernst Ottensamer
  17. Stabat Mater dolorosa (chorus) - Giovanni Bononcini

Disc: 2

  1. Ave Maria, Op. 23, 2 - Ingrid Kertesi
  2. Un Bal - Pinchas Steinberg
  3. Wedding March - Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
  4. Minute Waltz - Idil Biret
  5. Larghetto - Alexander Rahbari
  6. Ride of the Valkyries - Uwe Mund
  7. Prelude - Alexander Rahbari
  8. Hungarian Dance No. 3 - Budapest Symphony
  9. Scene - Ondrej Lenard
  10. Slavonic Dance No. 1 - Balazs Szokolay
  11. Nimrod - Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  12. Clair De Lune - Keith Clark
  13. Also Sprach Zarathustra (Opening) - Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
  14. Prelude in C Sharp Minor - Idil Biret
  15. Fountain of the Villa Medici at Sunset - Ludwig van Beethoven
  16. Overture - Bournemouth Sinfonietta
  17. O Fortuna - Giovanni Bononcini
  18. Playful Pizzicato - Bournemouth Sinfonietta
  19. 1st Movement - Adele Anthony

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Is it a two-CD set with a particularly thick booklet, or a 562-page book with a compilation album attached? Whichever, the unpretentious text by Keith Anderson offers a basic introduction to the lives and works of dozens of composers, together with recommended recordings from the Naxos and Marco Polo catalogues. Anderson also includes a useful 59-page glossary of musical terms and an extensive listing of which classical pieces have been employed in which films. The odd thing about the 36 extracts and complete pieces on the CDs is that they do not form an A-Z at all, but are arranged chronologically, from 1,000-year-old Gregorian chant to the opening movement of contemporary composer Philip Glass's Violin Concerto. Between these two points is the early music of Palestrina and Byrd, the baroque glories of Vivaldi and Bach, the 19th-century romantic masters from Beethoven to Tchaikovsky, and such 20th-century greats as Rachmaninov and Stravinsky. Opera, song and chamber music are barely represented, but there is only so much that can fit into 151 minutes. Essentially a deluxe sampler for the vast Naxos catalogue, the discs offer a good introduction to some of the most famous and melodic music ever composed, while the book will be very useful to the newcomer to the potentially confusing world of classical music. --Gary S Dalkin

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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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