Classical 2013

Classical 2013

Various Artists and Orchestras (please see Tracklisting)

Virgin 2012

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Beethoven: Fidelio Overture Op. 72c, Otto Klemperer

Bizet: Carmen: Prelude to Act I, Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle

Bizet: Les tringles des sistres tintaient (from Carmen), Magdalena Kozena (mezzo), Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle

Bizet: La fleur que tu m’avais jetée (from Carmen), Jonas Kaufmann (tenor), Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle

Delibes: Les filles de Cadix, Tine Thing Helseth (trumpet)

Fauré: Sicilienne, Op. 78, Gautier Capucon (cello)

Gluck: Che faro’ senza Euridice? (from Orfeo ed Euridice), Kathleen Ferrier (contralto)

Gluck: Divinités du Styx (from Alceste), Maria Callas (soprano)

Handel: Atalanta: Overture, Alison Balsom (trumpet), The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock

Heggie: This journey…This journey to Christ (from Dead Man Walking), Joyce DiDonato (mezzo)

Leoncavallo: Qual fiamma avea nel guardo!…. Hui! Stridono lassù (from I Pagliacci), Angela Gheorghiu (soprano)

Leontovich: Carol of the Bells, Libera

Liszt: Bist du!, S277, Diana Damrau (soprano)

Puccini: Donde lieta usci (from La Bohème), Angela Gheorghiu (soprano)

Purcell: Sound the trumpet, beat the drum, Z335, Alison Balsom (trumpet), The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock

Rachmaninov: Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14 – arrangement for orchestra, Vasily Petrenko

Rodgers, R: The King And I: Overture, The John Wilson Orchestra, John Wilson

Verdi: Ingemisco (from Requiem), Rolando Villazon (tenor)

Vivaldi: Vedro con mio diletto (from Giustino), Philippe Jaroussky (countertenor)


Covering a wide array of genres and styles, Classical 2013 is a double-disc survey of artists on EMI’s distinguished roster. Some names will be instantly familiar from their long standing with the label, such as cellist Jacqueline du Pré, soprano Maria Callas, contralto Kathleen Ferrier, and conductor Otto Klemperer, and their historic significance grounds this compilation. Far more of the artists are contemporary figures, some well-established and others rising stars. Certainly conductor Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic need no introduction, and soprano Angela Gheorghiu, the Artemis Quartet, pianist Alexandre Tharaud, tenor Ian Bostridge, soprano Diana Damrau, and the brothers violinist Renaud Capuçon and cellist Gautier Capuçon have lasting tenure with the label. The up-and-coming artists list presents such sensations as pianist Li Yundi, violinist Vilde Frang, trumpeters Alison Balsom and Tine Thing Helseth, conductor Vasily Petrenko, the boy choir Libera, and many others who enliven the concert scene with their talents and the catalog with their artistry. The tracks run between two and eight minutes, giving a generous sampling of the music of Bach, Beethoven, Bizet, Britten, Fauré, Gluck, Handel, Puccini, Rachmaninov, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, and Verdi among the classics, and pieces by contemporary composers Jake Heggie and Karl Jenkins. Because the collection encompasses small and large forces, encompassing a wide dynamic range, listeners should be prepared to adjust the volume as needed.

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