For those who are new to an instrument, the first question is often: where to start? The Best Loved series offers an easy answer to that question and a perfect introduction to the wonderful, varied world of classical music.
Spotlighting individual instruments in some of the best-loved pieces ever written, and with a mix of solo, chamber and orchestral works, the series provides a convenient introduction to classical music’s infinite variety of instrumental sounds and styles.
Three woodwind albums launch the Best Loved series this month, continuing throughout 2019 and 2020 with string instruments, keyboard instruments, and more.
Each compilation includes an extensive 16-20 page booklet which provides a full introduction to the instrument, an explanation of how its sound is produced, and descriptions of the pieces.
The series will be accompanied by supplementary online playlists with additional best-loved tracks for each instrument, beyond what can be included on a CD.
Best Loved Classical Clarinet Music
Superbly performed clarinet pieces including works by Brahms, Mendelssohn, Weber, Spohr, and others.
CRUSELL Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 1 – III. Rondo: Allegretto • SPOHR Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in C minor, Op. 26 – III. Rondo: Vivace • MOZART Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622 – II. Adagio • BRAHMS Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115 – I. Allegro • SCHUBERT Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, D. 965 • MENDELSSOHN Concert Piece in F major for clarinet, basset-horn and piano – I. Presto • MOZART Clarinet Quintet in A major, K. 581 – I. Allegro • WEBER Clarinet Concerto No.1 in F minor, Op. 73 – III. Rondo: Allegretto • BEETHOVEN Trio in B flat major, Op. 11 ‘Gassenhauer’ – II. Adagio • ROSSINI Andante e tema con variazioni for clarinet and orchestra in E flat major
Listen to an extract from Mendelssohn's Concert Piece Op. 114:
Best Loved Classical Flute Music
A timeless collection of the most soothing music written for solo flute and ensemble by some of the world’s greatest composers, including Vivaldi, C. P. E. Bach, Boccherini, Mozart and Kuhlau.
J.S. BACH Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067 – VII. Badinerie • MOZART Concerto for Flute and Harp in C major, K. 299 – II. Andantino • SCHUBERT Variations on ‘Trockne Blumen’ from Die schöne Müllerin, Op. 160, D. 802 – Theme, Variation 1, Variation 6, Variation 7 • DEBUSSY Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune • MOZART Flute Quartet No. 1 in D major, K. 285 – I. Allegro • VIVALDI Flute Concerto in G minor, Op. 10, No. 2, RV 439 ‘La notte’ – I. La notte: Largo – II. Fantasmi: Presto – Largo – Presto • BOCCHERINI Flute Quintet in D major, Op. 17, No. 1, G. 419 – I. Allegro assai • REINECKE Flute Concerto in D major, Op. 283 – I. Allegro molto moderato • C.P.E. BACH Flute Concerto in A minor, Wq. 166, H. 431 – III. Allegro assai • J.S. BACH Flute Sonata in E flat major, BWV 1031 – II. Siciliano • KUHLAU Grand Trio in G major, Op. 119 – I. Allegro moderato • F. DOPPLER / K.DOPPLER Rigoletto–fantaisie, Op. 38
Listen to an extract from Schubert's Introduction and Variations Op. 160:
Best Loved Classical Oboe Music
Enticing oboe repertoire featuring some of the best-loved concertos, quartets, and sonatas by composers that include Bach, Handel, Mozart and Albinoni.
J.S. BACH Concerto for Violin and Oboe, BWV 1060 – I. Allegro • ALBINONI Oboe Concerto in D minor, Op. 9, No. 2 • MOZART Oboe Concerto in C major, K. 314 – III. Allegro • POULENC Oboe Sonata, FP 185 – I. Élégie: Paisiblement • HANDEL Oboe Concerto No. 3 in G minor, HWV 287 – IV. Allegro • SCHUMANN 3 Romanzen, Op. 94 – No. 3, Nicht schnell • VIVALDI Oboe Concerto in A minor, RV 461 • MARCELLO Oboe Concerto in D minor • BESOZZI Oboe Concerto No. 1 in C major – III. Allegretto • CIMAROSA Oboe Concerto in C minor – III. Siciliana • SAINT-SAËNS Oboe Sonata in D major, Op. 166 – III. Molto allegro • MOZART Oboe Quartet in F major, K. 370 – II. Adagio • RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Flight of the Bumble-bee
Listen to an extract from Handel's Oboe Concerto No. 3:
Some upcoming titles in the Best Loved series
Final artworks subject to change