Various Artists

100 Classical Masterworks

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This 2015 box set from Deutsche Grammophon is a five-CD collection of short excerpts and single movements from the best-known classical works. Like most labels' greatest-hits compilations, perennial favorites are included, such as the Allegro from Vivaldi's "Spring" Concerto, Bach's Air on the G string, Pachelbel's Canon, Beethoven's "Für Elise" and the Adagio sostenuto from the "Moonlight" Sonata, Orff's "O Fortuna" from Carmina Burana, Handel's Largo from Serse, the Adagietto from Mahler's Fifth Symphony, and many more of the most popular pieces, in performances drawn from Deutsche Grammophon's extensive catalog. While this package can help listeners identify familiar melodies in a relatively short span of time, it may actually be more helpful in acquainting them with the great artists who have recorded for Deutsche Grammophon over the decades, including Claudio Abbado, Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim, Plácido Domingo, Carlo Maria Giulini, James Levine, Seiji Ozawa, Maria João Pires, Sviatoslav Richter, and many more who have achieved legendary status. Because the selections date from 1964 to 1996, there is a mix of analog and digital recordings that are slightly variable in quality, though the remastering has helped smooth out any minor sound differences.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Also sparch Zarathustra
1 2:02
Peer Gynt
2 4:16
Serenade in G major "Eine kleine Nachtmusik"
3 5:23
Il Trovatore
4 2:56
Orpheus in the Underworld
5 2:08
Orchestral Suite No. 3
6
Air
4:40
7 2:43
Má vlast (My Country): The Moldau
8 3:54
Symphony No. 9 "From the New World"
9 2:08
10 2:34
11 3:26
The Four Seasons: Violin Concerto in E major "Spring"
12 3:28
Symphony No. 3
13 5:55
Piano Sonata No. 14 "Moonlight"
14 6:04
15 1:13
Violin Concerto No. 2
16 1:37
17 6:03
Piano Sonata No. 2
18 8:40
An American in Paris
19 5:42
Boléro, M.81
20 5:16

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Symphony No. 5
1 3:16
Romeo and Juliet
2 5:25
Concierto de Aranjuez
3 3:07
Carmen
4 4:26
Rigoletto
5 3:09
Gaîté Parisienne
6 3:51
7 1:53
8 4:54
Il barbiere di Siviglia
9 4:52
La Damnation de Faust
10 4:31
11 2:24
Water Music (Suite II)
12 4:28
The Nutcracker Suite
13 7:08
Requiem
14 3:31
Messa da Requiem
15 2:42
Pavane, Op. 50
16 2:40
17 9:37
Prelude & Fugue BWV 846
18 1:31
Requiem
19 4:06
Turandot
20 3:04 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Toccata and Fugue in D minor
1 2:42
Cantata "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben"
2 3:33
Suite Bergamasque, L. 75
3 5:20
Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major
4 7:17
An der schönen blauen Donau, Op. 314
5 3:38 Amazon
6 2:08
7 2:04
8 3:57
Samson et Dalila
9 5:31
10 4:37
11 2:52
Aida
12 5:10
13 4:04
14 4:28
Gianni Schicchi
15 2:09
16 5:32
17 4:06
18 2:58 Amazon
Orchestral Suite No. 2
19 1:30
Serse
20 2:57
Messiah
21 4:00

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Carmina Burana
1 2:42
Peer Gynt Suite No. 1
2 2:34 Amazon
Gayane
3 2:21
4 4:00
Cello Suite No. 1
5 2:51
Dido and Aeneas
6 4:31
Canon and Gigue in D major
7 3:17
Solomon
8 3:13
Trumpet Concerto in E flat major
9 4:35
10 5:43
11 6:22
12 2:55
13 2:55
Sleeping Beauty, Suite
14 4:16 Amazon
Rhapsody in Blue
15 3:02
Symphony No. 40 in G minor
16 4:52
Adagio for Strings
17 4:18
Piano Concerto No. 2
18 2:29
19 6:18
20 2:31
Tristan und Isolde
21 6:17
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