These three quartets are probably the
most popular, and most appealing, quartets written by non-Germanic
composers. The slow movements of the Tchaikovsky and Borodin
quartets are exceptionally beautiful. The Emerson Quartet does full justice
to them in their original settings. They also give a fine performance of
Dvorak's "American" Quartet which is his most popular piece of chamber
Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Borodin.
includes samples from many of Mozart's best-known and most popular
works-sonatas, operas, etc. It's a good starting point for those new to
Mozart or the casual classical listener.
Eine kleine Nachtmusik
Piano Concerto No.21 In C Major
Le nozze di Figaro
This CD is an
excellent introduction to Opera for those who don't think they like Opera.
These are older recordings, mostly from the 1960's. The recording quality is
exceptional for the day.
Donizetti, Puccini, Verdi, Mozart, Puccini etc.
Joshua Bell is one of the leading violinists of our time. He enjoys immense
success and popularity in every recital and concert hall in the States and
around the world. He is blessed with the gift of using romantic inflection
in his mastership of the violin. On this
recording, Joshua Bell treats us with mostly gentle music, romantic music, perfect for a romantic evening at home.
Puccini, Chopin, Debussy, Saint-SaŽns etc.
most attractive thing about this Beethoven compilation CD is the price. For
around five dollars, you get almost 77 minutes of music, which makes this CD
useful as a very basic introduction to Beethoven, although I think some of
the track selections are a bit obscure.
The DVD is the full 77 minute concert with two features previously released
alone. The CD is the full 72 minute concert previously released alone, except
that two bonus tracks have been added. The video quality of the DVD is astonishing.
I highly recommend this CD/DVD combination Special Edition while it is still
Mascagni, Gounod, Schubert, Rossini etc.