Various Artists

111 Years of Deutsche Grammophon: The Collector's Edition

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In 2009 the Deutsche Grammophon label celebrated its 111th anniversary, and as part of that celebration, produced this box set of 55 albums, each one complete in its original program, with original sleeve art reproduced as well. (The set was followed in 2010 with volume 2, offering another 56 discs for a total of 111 recordings.) These recordings are a mixture of the old and the new, with more from the digital era than from earlier eras, but they include a wide variety of music -- from solo keyboard to concerto to musical theater -- and represent not just Deutsche Grammophon, but its period-performance sister label Archiv. Many of the recordings are classics in the DG library: The Art of the Fugue by the Emerson Quartet; Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto by David Oistrakh; The Four Seasons by Trevor Pinnock and the English Concert; West Side Story with Kiri Te Kanawa and José Carreras conducted by Leonard Bernstein; Beethoven piano sonatas by Emil Gilels. The breadth of artists and repertoire is deep and quite impressive. This box not only samples the history of a great label, it also would serve as a high-quality, immersive introduction to the world of classical music for anyone who is not familiar with it and is serious about becoming so. As with any collection of this sort, the variety of recording dates and places means that sound quality can vary widely from disc to disc.

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
24 Préludes, Op. 28
1 00:31 Amazon
2 02:09 Amazon
3 00:51 Amazon
4 01:51 Amazon
5 00:30 Amazon
6 01:46 Amazon
7 00:44 Amazon
8 01:29 Amazon
9 01:30 Amazon
10 00:24 Amazon
11 00:32 Amazon
12 00:57 Amazon
13 02:44 Amazon
14 00:29 Amazon
15 04:50 Amazon
16 00:58 Amazon
17 02:50 Amazon
18 00:46 Amazon
19 01:04 Amazon
20 01:32 Amazon
21 01:33 Amazon
22 00:34 Amazon
23 00:42 Amazon
24 02:15 Amazon
25 04:02 Amazon
26 00:46 Amazon
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35
27 06:40 Amazon
28 06:03 Amazon
29 08:34 Amazon
30 01:27 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 6

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
West Side Story
1 04:07 Amazon
2 03:12 Amazon
3 02:34 Amazon
4 01:45 Amazon
5 00:27 Amazon
6 02:22 Amazon
7 00:53 Amazon
8 01:26 Amazon
9 00:50 Amazon
10 02:57 Amazon
11 07:33 Amazon
12 04:48 Amazon
13 04:39 Amazon
14 05:39 Amazon
15 03:42 Amazon
16 03:02 Amazon
17 03:24 Amazon
18 01:05 Amazon
19 00:37 Amazon
20 01:31 Amazon
21 02:37 Amazon
22 03:13 Amazon
23 04:19 Amazon
24 02:05 Amazon
25 03:29 Amazon
26 01:25 Amazon
27 02:35 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 12

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080
1 03:03 Amazon
2 02:44 Amazon
3 02:30 Amazon
4 03:30 Amazon
5 02:32 Amazon
6 04:10 Amazon
7 03:06 Amazon
8 04:54 Amazon
9 02:13 Amazon
10 03:02 Amazon
11 04:43 Amazon
12 05:18 Amazon
13 01:49 Amazon
14 01:53 Amazon
15 04:02 Amazon
16 03:41 Amazon
17 04:12 Amazon
18 02:05 Amazon
19 02:08 Amazon
20 06:53 Amazon
21 08:12 Amazon
22 03:15 Amazon