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

Preface

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
8.559031

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
8.550194

Béla Bartók (1881–1945)
44 Duos for Two Violins
[3] No. 14: Párnás Tánc (Pillow Dance) 0:40
György Pauk, violin; Kazuki Sawa, violin
8.550868

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
8.550045

Hector Berlioz (1803–1869)
Symphonie fantastique
[5] IV. Marche au supplice 4:43
San Diego Symphony Orchestra; Yoav Talmi
8.553597

Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90
[6] III. Poco allegretto 5:49
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Marin Alsop
8.557430

Benjamin Britten (1913–1976)
Simple Symphony
[7] II. Playful Pizzicato 3:00
Northern Sinfonia; Steuart Bedford
8.557205

Fryderyk Chopin (1810–1849)
[8] Impromptu No. 1 in A flat major, Op. 29 4:32
Idil Biret, piano
8.550362

Claude Debussy (1862–1918)
Nocturnes
[9] No. 2: Fêtes 6:39
Orchestre National de Lyon; Jun Märkl
8.570993

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
8.550269

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
8.557710

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
8.557279

George Frideric Handel (1685–1759)
Messiah
[13] Part I. Chorus: For unto us a child is born 4:03
The Scholars Baroque Ensemble
8.550667–68

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
8.570482

Leoš Janáček (1854–1928)
Sinfonietta, JW VI/18
[15] IV. Allegretto 2:38
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra; Ondrej Lenárd
8.550411

Franz Liszt (1811–1886)
Two Concert Études, S145/R6
[16] No. 2: Gnomenreigen (Dance of the Gnomes) 3:09
William Wolfram, piano
8.557014

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
8.550933

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
8.555063

Claudio Monteverdi (1567–1643)
Madrigals, Book 3
[2] Occhi, un tempo mia vita, SV 71 3:03
Delitiæ Musicæ; Marco Longhini
8.555309

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)
Clarinet Quintet in A major, K. 581
[3] II. Larghetto 5:57
József Balogh, clarinet; Danubius Quartet
8.550390

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525/6–1594)
[4] Motet: Hodie Christus natus est 2:47
Schola Cantorum of Oxford; Jeremy Summerly
8.550836

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
8.550566

Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924)
Gianni Schicchi
[6] O mio babbino caro 2:27
Miriam Gauci, Lauretta; BRT Philharmonic Orchestra; Alexander Rahbari
8.555796

Sergey Rachmaninov (1873–1943)
[7] Prelude in G minor, Op. 23 No. 5 3:51
Eldar Nebolsin, piano
8.570327

Gioachino Rossini (1792–1868)
Il Signor Bruschino
[8] Sinfonia 4:34
I Virtuosi Italiani; Claudio Desderi
8.660128

Arnold Schoenberg (1874–1951)
Six Little Piano Pieces, Op. 19
[9] II. Langsam 0:53
Peter Hill, piano
8.553870

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
8.550658

Robert Schumann (1810–1856)
String Quartet in F major, Op. 41 No. 2
[11] I. Allegro vivace 4:41
Fine Arts Quartet
8.570151

Dmitry Shostakovich (1906–1975)
Jazz Suite No. 1
[12] I. Waltz 2:29
Russian State Symphony Orchestra; Dmitry Yablonsky
8.555949

Richard Strauss (1864–1949)
Four Last Songs, Op. posth., TrV 296
[13] No. 1: Frühling 3:41
Ricarda Merbeth, soprano; Weimar Staatskapelle; Michael Halász
8.570283

Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971)
Petrushka (1946 version)
[14] Tableau I: Russian Dance 2:46
Philharmonia Orchestra; Robert Craft
8.557500

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
8.550716

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681–1767)
Viola Concerto, TWV 51:G9
[16] IV. Presto 2:46
Ladislav Kyselak, viola; Capella Istropolitana; Richard Edlinger
8.550156

Giuseppe Verdi (1813–1901)
Rigoletto
[17] Act III. La donna è mobile 2:16
Yordy Ramiro, Duke of Mantua; Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra; Alexander Rahbari
8.553167

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
8.555938

Richard Wagner (1813–1883)
[20] Isolde’s Liebestod 7:14
Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra; Johannes Wildner
8.550498

 

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