VA – The History of Classical Music on 100 CD’s [Limited Edition] (2013)

Artist: Various Artists
Title Of Album: The History of Classical Music on 100 CD's
Year Of Release: 2013
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Genre: Classical
Quality: Mp3 / FLAC (tracks,digital booklet)
Bitrate: CBR 320 kbps / Lossless
Full Size: 16.01 gb / 29.90 gb

This is the era of the mega-box set featuring the complete recordings of a performer, or the collected works of a composer, or the anniversary of a record label. It keeps the catalogue full, is vastly cheaper than equivalent new recordings, and keeps music lovers like myself interested – and a little irritated. What do you do when you already have half the CDs in a mega-box: duplicate them to get the ones you don't have or shrug and miss out? Often the sets are so enticingly priced – the cost of two or three of the CDs first time round – that it is not much of an issue.

For their latest excursion into this genre, DG have found an ingenious marketing ploy: a set that aims to cover the entire history of what is loosely called classical music, from Gregorian chant to the present. DG notes there are 400 works by 80 composers, 120 hours of music by 150 artists, orchestras and ensembles, and a 250-page booklet with informative introductions. Annoyingly, the booklet lacks recording information – work, artists, timings – so you have to pull out the CDs and look at the back.

Naturally there can only be a small sample from each era, but they are well chosen. Part of the fun about collections such as this is arguments about what has been left out. For example, I consider perhaps the most movingly profound music in the canon to be the Bach solo cello suites and the late Beethoven quartets. I could live to 400 and not plumb their depths. Neither is represented here. Among the five CDs devoted to Beethoven there is one quartet, but it is the middle-period first Razumovsky. Bach also gets five CDs, featuring two Brandenburg concertos and an orchestral suite, the Goldberg variations, Italian concerto and a fantasia, a CD of organ music, another of cantatas and one of excerpts from the St Matthew Passion. A good case can be made for the selection, not least as an attempt to express the breadth of Bach's genius. In general the works are excellent choices.

The set starts with 11th-century Gregorian chant, continues through Renaissance (such as Tallis and Palestrina), Baroque (Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, Purcell), classical (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven), early Romantic (Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt), late Romantic (Bizet, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Verdi) to modern (Debussy, Richard Strauss, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Stockhausen, and contemporaries Reich, Glass and Adams). There are plenty of operas, but highlights only – Wagner's 15-hour Ring tetralogy gets one CD.

No one has a better back-catalogue to draw on than DG, and the performers include many of the great names of the past half-century. Performances are first-rate. For example, the pianists include Kempff, Gilels, Barenboim and Pollini. This set is a superb way to start or enhance a music collection.


100-CD Limited Edition

80 Composers

400 Works

120 Hours of Music

150 Artists, Orchestras and Ensembles

250-page Book with many illustrations in full colour


CD 1 Gregorian Chant – Feast Of Stephen / Marchaut: Chansons
CD 2 Dufay / Josquin Des Pres: Motets
CD 3 Wind Music From Renaissance Italy
CD 4 Tallis / Byrd / De Victoria / Palestrina / Allegri
CD 5 Monteverdi: Vespers (Highlights), Madrigals
CD 6 Sch?tz / Buxtehude / Pachelbel: Chamber Music
CD 7 Purcell: Dido And Aeneas (Highlights); The Fairy Queen (Highlights)
CD 8 Charpentier: Te Deum / Rameau: Une Symphonie Imaginaire
CD 9 Telemann: Concertos
CD 10 Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Gloria in D Major
CD 11 Bach: Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 2 & 5, Orchestral Suite No.2
CD 12 Bach: Goldberg Variations, Fantasia in C Minor, Italian Concerto
CD 13 Bach: Organ Works
CD 14 Bach: St. Matthew Passion (Highlights)
CD 15 Bach: Magnificat, Cantatas BWV 63 & 65
CD 16 Handel: "Royal Fireworks" Music, Arrival Of The Queen Of Sheba
CD 17 Handel: Harp Concerto, Organ Concerto in F, Concerto No.3
CD 18 Handel: Messiah – Arias And Choruses
CD 19 D. Scarlatti: Sonatas
CD 20 C.P.E. Bach: Symphonies For Strings (1-6) / J.C. Bach: Quintet
CD 21 Haydn: Symphonies No.45 "Farewell", No.88 & No.104 "London"
CD 22 Haydn: String Quartets Nos.3, 5, 63, 74, 77
CD 23 Haydn: The Creation (Highlights)
CD 24 Mozart: "Eine kleine Nachtmusik", Symphonies Nos.40 & 41
CD 25 Mozart: Piano Concerto Nos.20 & 21, Fantasia In D Minor
CD 26 Mozart: Clarinet Quintet, String Quintet In G Minor, K516
CD 27 Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro, K.492 (Highlights)
CD 28 Mozart: Requiem, Laudate Dominum, Exsultate, jubilate
CD 29 Beethoven: Symphonies Nos.5 & 6
CD 30 Beethoven: Symphony No.9 "Choral"
CD 31 Beethoven: Piano Concerto Nos 4 & 5
CD 32 Beethoven: Sonata For Violin And Piano No.9 "Kreutzer"
CD 33 Beethoven: Piano Sonata Nos.8, 23 & 31
CD 34 Weber: Der Freisch?tz (Highlights)
CD 35 Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Highlights)
CD 36 Schubert: Symphony No.8 "Unfinished"; Symphony No.9 "The Great"
CD 37 Schubert: Piano Quintet in A "The Trout", String Quartet No.14 in D Minor "Death And The Maiden"
CD 38 Schubert: Piano Sonata No.21 in B Flat, 3 Impromptus; 2 Moments musicaux
CD 39 Schubert: Winterreise
CD 40 Paganini: Violin Concerto No.1; 10 Capricci
CD 41 Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Overtures: Benvenuto Cellini & Le Corsaire
CD 42 Chopin: Piano Concerto No.1 in E Minor, Pr?ludes; Barcarolle in F Sharp Minor, Scherzo Nr. 3 in Sharp Minor
CD 43 Chopin: Nocturnes (Selection)
CD 44 Chopin: Ballade No.1 in G Minor, Berceuse in D Flat, Polonaise No.6 in A Flat-"Heroic, Excerpts From 12 Etudes, Op.10
CD 45 Liszt: Piano Concerto No.1 in E Flat, Piano Sonata in B Minor, Hungarian Rhapsody No.6 in D Flat, Ann?es de p?lerinage,
CD 46 Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Symphony No.4 "Italian", "The Hebrids" Overture; Excerpts Of "A Midsummer Night's Dream
CD 47 Schumann: Symphony No.2, Symphony No.3 "Rhenish"
CD 48 Schumann: Piano Concerto in A Minor, "Kinderszenen", Carnaval
CD 49 Schumann: Dichterliebe, Frauenliebe und Leben
CD 50 Bizet: Carmen (Highlights)
CD 51 Brahms: Symphonies No.1 & No.4
CD 52 Brahms: Piano Concerto No.2 in B Flat, 7 Fantasias
CD 53 Brahms: Violin Concerto in D, Sonata For Piano And Violin No.1 in G "Regenlied-Sonate"
CD 54 Bruckner: Symphony No.4 in E Flat Major – "Romantic"; Psalm 150, for Soprano, Chorus And Orchestra
CD 55 Strauss, J.: Waltzes & Polkas
CD 56 Smetana: The Moldau, From Bohemia's Meadows And Woods / Dvor?k: Symphony No.9, Op.95 "From The New World"
CD 57 Dvor?k: Symphony No.8 in G Major, Cello Concerto in B Minor
CD 58 Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites Nos.1 & 2; Piano Concerto in A Minor
CD 59 Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.6, Op.74 "Path?thique"; Nutcracker Suite, Op.71a
CD 60 Tchaikovsky: Romeo And Julia – Fantasy Overture; Serenade For String Orchestra, Overture solenelle "1812" Op. 39
CD 61 Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 Op.23; Violin Concerto Op.35
CD 62 Wagner: Overtures & Preludes
CD 63 Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen (Highlights)
CD 64 Wagner: Tristan und Isolde (Highlights)
CD 65 Verdi: Aida (Highlights)
CD 66 Verdi: Rigoletto (Highlights)
CD 67 Verdi: La Traviata (Highlights)
CD 68 Saint-Sa?ns: Symphony No.3 in C Minor, Op.78 – "Organ Symphony" / Franck: Symphony in D Minor
CD 69 Glinka: Ruslan And Ludmilla – Overture / Balakirev: Islamey / Borodin: Polovtsian Dances / Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition
CD 70 Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Capriccio Espagnole
CD 71 Mahler: Symphony No.1, Songs Of A Wayfarer
CD 72 Mahler: Symphony No. 5
CD 73 Debussy: Nocturnes, Pr?lude ? l'apr?s-midi d'un faune, La Mer
CD 74 Debussy: Suite bergamasque, 12 Pr?ludes
CD 75 Strauss, R.: Also sprach Zarathustra, Don Juan, Till Eulenspiegel
CD 76 Strauss, R.: Tod und Verkl?rung, Capriccio, Vier letzte Lieder
CD 77 Puccini: La Boh?me – Highlights
CD 78 Puccini: Tosca – Highlights; "Nessun dorma"
CD 79 Elgar: Variations On An Original Theme / Holst: The Planets
CD 80 Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3 in D Minor / Scriabin: Symphony No.4 "Le Poeme De L'Extase"
CD 81 Sibelius: Symphony No.5, Finlandia, Tapiola, Valse triste
CD 82 Ives: Piano Sonata No.2 "Concord, Mass., 1840-1860", Central Park In The Dark, Three Places In New England / Barber: Adagio For Strings
CD 83 Jan?cek: Taras Bulba; Concertino; Sinfonietta
CD 84 Ravel: Bol?ro, Piano Concerto in G, Pavane pour une infante d?funte, Ma m?re l'oye
CD 85 Schoenberg: Transfigured Night, Pierrot Lunaire / Webern: Six Pieces For Orchestra, Symphony
CD 86 Berg: 3 Pieces for Orchestra, Violin Concerto, Lyric Suite – 3 Pieces For String Orchestra
CD 87 Stravinsky: Petrouchka, Apollon Musag?te (1947 Version), Circus Polka For A Young Elephant
CD 88 Stravinsky: Pulcinella, Le sacre du printemps
CD 89 Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No.1 in D, Piano Concerto No.3 in C, Lieutenant Kij?, Symphonic Suite
CD 90 Bart?k: Music For Strings, Percussion & Celesta, Concerto For Orchestra
CD 91 Hindemith: Mathis Der Maler / Weill: The Threepenny Opera – Suite / Pfitzner: Palestrina – Preludes / Busoni: Doktor Faust – Intermezzo
CD 92 Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 2, Symphony No. 5 in D Minor
CD 93 Britten: Serenade For Tenor, Horn And Strings / Delius: Two Pieces For Small Orchestra / Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending
CD 94 Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez / Falla: El amor brujo, Nights In Spanish Garden
CD 95 Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, An American In Paris / Bernstein: "Candide" Overture, Symphonic Dances From "West Side Story"
CD 96 Messiaen: Turangal?la Symphony
CD 97 Boulez: Le marteau sans maitre / Stockhausen: Gruppen
CD 98 Schnittke: Concerto Grosso No.1 / Lutoslawski: Chain 3; Novelette / Ligeti: Chamber Concerto
CD 99 Gorecki: Symphony No. 3 “Symphony Of Sorrowful Songs”
CD 100 Reich: Six Pianos / Adams: Shaker Loops / Glass: Violin Concerto






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