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8.558212-13 - A TO Z OF CLASSICAL MUSIC (The) (3rd Expanded Edition, 2009)


The third edition of The A–Z of Classical Music has been greatly expanded, now including most of the composers represented in the Naxos catalogue. Entries remain, however, restricted by space and by the immense proliferation of classical recordings in which Naxos has been a notable participant. For the same reason the recommended recordings of the earlier editions have been omitted; such information can now be obtained from the previous edition of The A–Z of Classical Music. Rather than describing the A–Z as a list of the great composers and their greatest works, the new edition, while not quite ‘All Composers, Great and Small’, now includes a number of less familiar figures, some eclipsed by passing contemporary fashions and others now finding their way back into current concert repertoire. Once again the attempt has been made to provide a modicum of information for the interested, intelligent listener, without the burden of technical jargon, much of which is, in any case, explained in the Glossary of Musical Terms. The new edition is accompanied by two CDs with a brand new selection of sample tracks, ranging from John Adams’s Short Ride in a Fast Machine to Palestrina’s Hodie Christus natus est to ‘Isolde’s Liebestod’ from Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. And with 150 more tracks (over 15 hours of music) there is a Bonus Area online: www.naxos.com/atozclassicalmusic. Thanks to Naxos’s extraordinary library of recordings, this new edition of The A–Z of Classical Music is a remarkable musical resource.


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CD Track Lists

CD 1

John Adams (b.1947)
[1] Short Ride in a Fast Machine 4:05
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Marin Alsop

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Double Violin Concerto
[2] II. Largo ma non tanto 6:46
Takako Nishizaki, violin; Alexander Jablokov, violin; Capella Istropolitana; Oliver Dohnányi

Béla Bartók (1881–1945)
44 Duos for Two Violins
[3] No. 14: Párnás Tánc (Pillow Dance) 0:40
György Pauk, violin; Kazuki Sawa, violin

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 ‘Pathétique’
[4] I. Grave—Allegro di molto e con brio 8:28
Jenő Jandó, piano

Hector Berlioz (1803–1869)
Symphonie fantastique
[5] IV. Marche au supplice 4:43
San Diego Symphony Orchestra; Yoav Talmi

Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90
[6] III. Poco allegretto 5:49
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Marin Alsop

Benjamin Britten (1913–1976)
Simple Symphony
[7] II. Playful Pizzicato 3:00
Northern Sinfonia; Steuart Bedford

Fryderyk Chopin (1810–1849)
[8] Impromptu No. 1 in A flat major, Op. 29 4:32
Idil Biret, piano

Claude Debussy (1862–1918)
[9] No. 2: Fêtes 6:39
Orchestre National de Lyon; Jun Märkl

Antonín Dvořák (1841–1904)
Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 33
[10] III. Allegretto grazioso—Molto vivace 5:46
Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra; Stephen Gunzenhauser

Sir Edward Elgar (1857–1934)
Sea Pictures, Op. 37
[11] IV. Where Corals Lie 3:35
Sarah Connolly, mezzo-soprano; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Simon Wright

Edvard Grieg (1843–1907)
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16
[12] II. Adagio 6:16
Håvard Gimse, piano; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Bjarte Engeset

George Frideric Handel (1685–1759)
[13] Part I. Chorus: For unto us a child is born 4:03
The Scholars Baroque Ensemble

Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)
Trumpet Concerto in E flat major, Hob.VIIe:1
[14] III. Finale: Allegro 4:39
Jürgen Schuster, trumpet; Cologne Chamber Orchestra; Helmut Müller-Brühl

Leoš Janáček (1854–1928)
Sinfonietta, JW VI/18
[15] IV. Allegretto 2:38
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra; Ondrej Lenárd

Franz Liszt (1811–1886)
Two Concert Études, S145/R6
[16] No. 2: Gnomenreigen (Dance of the Gnomes) 3:09
William Wolfram, piano

Gustav Mahler (1860–1911)
Das Lied von der Erde
[17] Von der Jugend 3:10
Thomas Harper, tenor; National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland; Michael Halász

CD 2

Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847)
Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49
[1] II. Andante con moto tranquillo 6:39
Gould Piano Trio

Claudio Monteverdi (1567–1643)
Madrigals, Book 3
[2] Occhi, un tempo mia vita, SV 71 3:03
Delitiæ Musicæ; Marco Longhini

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)
Clarinet Quintet in A major, K. 581
[3] II. Larghetto 5:57
József Balogh, clarinet; Danubius Quartet

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525/6–1594)
[4] Motet: Hodie Christus natus est 2:47
Schola Cantorum of Oxford; Jeremy Summerly

Sergey Prokofiev (1891–1953)
Piano Concerto No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 53
[5] IV. Vivace 1:33
Kun Woo Paik, piano; Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra; Antoni Wit

Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924)
Gianni Schicchi
[6] O mio babbino caro 2:27
Miriam Gauci, Lauretta; BRT Philharmonic Orchestra; Alexander Rahbari

Sergey Rachmaninov (1873–1943)
[7] Prelude in G minor, Op. 23 No. 5 3:51
Eldar Nebolsin, piano

Gioachino Rossini (1792–1868)
Il Signor Bruschino
[8] Sinfonia 4:34
I Virtuosi Italiani; Claudio Desderi

Arnold Schoenberg (1874–1951)
Six Little Piano Pieces, Op. 19
[9] II. Langsam 0:53
Peter Hill, piano

Franz Schubert (1797–1828)
Piano Quintet in A major, D.667 ‘The Trout’
[10] IV. Theme and Variations: Andante 7:12
Jenő Jandó, piano; Kodály Quartet; István Tóth, double bass

Robert Schumann (1810–1856)
String Quartet in F major, Op. 41 No. 2
[11] I. Allegro vivace 4:41
Fine Arts Quartet

Dmitry Shostakovich (1906–1975)
Jazz Suite No. 1
[12] I. Waltz 2:29
Russian State Symphony Orchestra; Dmitry Yablonsky

Richard Strauss (1864–1949)
Four Last Songs, Op. posth., TrV 296
[13] No. 1: Frühling 3:41
Ricarda Merbeth, soprano; Weimar Staatskapelle; Michael Halász

Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971)
Petrushka (1946 version)
[14] Tableau I: Russian Dance 2:46
Philharmonia Orchestra; Robert Craft

Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)
Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64
[15] III. Valse: Allegro moderato 5:39
Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra; Antoni Wit

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681–1767)
Viola Concerto, TWV 51:G9
[16] IV. Presto 2:46
Ladislav Kyselak, viola; Capella Istropolitana; Richard Edlinger

Giuseppe Verdi (1813–1901)
[17] Act III. La donna è mobile 2:16
Yordy Ramiro, Duke of Mantua; Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra; Alexander Rahbari

Antonio Vivaldi (1678–1741)
Bassoon Concerto in B flat major, RV 501 ‘La notte’
[18] III. Il sonno 1:46
[19] IV. Sorge l’aurora 2:50
Tamás Benkócs, bassoon; Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia; Béla Drahos

Richard Wagner (1813–1883)
[20] Isolde’s Liebestod 7:14
Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra; Johannes Wildner



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