A fifteen track, full digitally recorded CD; including well-known overtures from the great composers of the world; such as Borodin, Verdi,Rossini, Bizet, Mozart, Beethoven, Gluck and Weber.
A journey through musical history - Selected works of 40 famous composers. 40 CD Box. This really is a treat for classical music lovers with so many extraordinary composers to choose from.
A journey through musical history. Enjoy the works of 40 famous composers compiled on 40 CDs. Contains works by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner, Chopin, Debussy, Dvorak, Grieg, Handel, Haydn, Mahler, Mozart, Puccini, Rossini, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Verdi, Vivaldi, Wagner and many more.
A genial conductor with a particular gift for French music, Charles Munch extended the Boston Symphony's glory years (begun under the baton of Serge Koussevitzky) into the early 1960s. Munch was so venerated that conservative Bostonians even declined to fuss over rumors that he was having an affair with his niece, pianist Nicole Henriot-Schweitzer; they wrote it off as part of his romantic French nature. Paradoxically, Munch was not precisely French. He was born in Alsace-Lorraine, which at the time (1891) was controlled by Germany and has long hovered between two cultural worlds. Munch himself benefitted from both French and German musical training, and his first important musical posts were in Germany…
“I do not know precisely what is my destination: however, I do know that 1 evening, after for the 1st time hearing a symphony by Beethoven, I became feverish & ill. As soon as I recovered, I became a musician.” Thus Richard Wagner described the enormous impression that Beethoven’s music had made on him in his novelette Eine Pilgerfahrt zu Beethoven (a pilgrimage to Beethoven). Although it is difficult to separate fact & fiction in this novelette, Beethoven’s music did indeed exert a major influence on the life of the young composer. Wagner was 17 years old when he 1st heard Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, a work which was to play a central role during his entire life, & which he was, for instance, to conduct in 1846 at the opening of the Festival Theatre in Bayreuth.
"The virtuosity and unanimity of the VPO strings command the highest respect. The grave opening fugue, the brilliant scherzo and the impassioned finale sound terrific … a fabulous disc." - Gramophone