Naxos 25th Anniversary. Great Romantic Symphonies (10 CD box set FLAC)
Naxos 25th Anniversary. Great Romantic Symphonies (10 CD box set FLAC)

Audio CD
Number of Discs: 10 CD box set
Format: FLAC (image+cue)
Label: Naxos
Size: 3.19 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

CD 01 Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 8 & 9
Franz Schubert (1797–1828)
Symphony No 8 in B minor ‘Unfinished’ D 759
Symphony No 9 in C major ‘Great’ D 944

Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor Michael Halasz
Budapest Failoni Chamber Orchestra
Conductor Michael Halasz

01. I. Allegro moderato
02. II. Andante con moto
03. I. Andante – Allegro ma non troppo
04. II. Andante con moto
05. III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
06. IV. Finale: Allegro vivace

CD 02 Brahms: Symphony No. 1 / Schumann: Symphony No. 1
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Symphony No 1 in C minor, Op 68
Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Symphony No 1 in B flat major, Op 38 ‘Spring’

Belgian Radio and Television Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor Alexander Rahbari
Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Antoni Wit

01. I. Un poco sostenuto – Allegro
02. II. Andante sostenuto
03. III. Un poco allegretto e grazioso
04. IV. Adagio – Allegro non troppo ma con brio
05. I. Andante un poco maestro – Allegro molto vivace
06. II. Larghetto
07. III. Scherzo: Molto vivace
08. IV. Allegro animato e grazioso

CD 03 Brahms: Symphony No. 4 / Schumann: Symphony No. 4
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Symphony No 4 in E minor, Op 98
Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Symphony No 4 in D minor, Op 120

Belgian Radio and Television Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor Alexander Rahbari
Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Antoni Wit

01. I. Allegro non troppo
02. II. Andante Moderato
03. III. Allegro Giocoso – Poco meno Presto
04. IV. Allegro Energico e Passionato – Piu Allegro
05. I. Ziemlich langsam – Lebhaft
06. II. Romanze: Ziemlich langsam
07. III. Scherzo: Lebhaft
08. IV. Langsam – Lebhaft

CD 04 Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Symphony No 3 in A minor, Op 56 ‘Scottish’ • Symphony No 4 in A major, Op 90 ‘Italian’

Ireland National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Reinhard Seifried

01. I. Andante con moto – Allegro un poco agitato – Andante come prima
02. II. Vivace non troppo
03. III. Adagio
04. IV. Allegro vivacissimo – Allegro maestoso assai
05. I. Allegro vivace
06. II. Andante con moto
07. III. Con moto moderato
08. IV. Saltarello: Presto

CD 05 Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique / Benvenuto Cellini / Roman Carnival
Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)
Symphonie Fantastique, Op 14
Overtures: Benvenuto Celini & Roman Carnival

San Diego Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Yoav Talmi

01. I. Reveries: Largo – Passions: Allegro agitato e appassionato assai
02. II. Un Bal (Valse): Allegro non troppo
03. III. Scene aux Champs: Adagio
04. IV. Marche au Supplice: Allegretto non troppo
05. V. Songe d’une Nuit du Sabbat: Larghetto – Allegro
06. Benvenuto Cellini, Op. 23
07. Le carnaval romain, Op. 9

CD 06 Mahler Symphony No. 1
Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
Symphony No 1 in D major ‘Titan’

Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Michael Halasz

01. I. Langsam, schleppend
02. II. Kraftig bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell
03. III. Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppen
04. IV. Sturmisch bewegt
05. Blumine (original second movement)

CD 07 Bruckner: Symphony No. 4
Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)
Symphony No 4 in E flat major ‘Romantic’

Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Conductor Georg Tintner

01. I. Bewegt, nicht zu schnell
02. II. Andante quasi allegretto
03. III. Scherzo: Bewegt
04. IV. Finale: Bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell

CD 08 Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 / Franck: Symphony in D Minor
Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
Symphony No 3 in C minor, Op 78 ‘Organ Symphony’
César Franck (1822-1890)
Symphony in D minor

Imrich Szabo – organ
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Stephen Gunzenhauser
Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor Roberto Benzi

01. I. Adagio – Allegro moderato –
02. I. Poco adagio
03. II. Allegro moderato – Presto – Allegro moderato – Presto – Allegro moderato –
04. II. Maestoso – Allegro – Piu allegro – Molto allegro – Pesante
05. I. Lento: Allegro non troppo
06. II. Allegretto
07. III. Finale: Allegro non troppo

CD 09 Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 / Symphonic Variations
Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904)
Symphony No 9 in E minor, Op 95 ‘From the New World’ • Symphonic Variations, Op 78

Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor Stephen Gunzenhauser

01. I. Adagio
02. II. Largo
03. III. Molto vivace
04. IV. Allegro con fuoco
05. Symphonic Variations, Op. 78, B. 70 6

CD 10 Strauss: Alpine Symphony / Don Juan
Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony), Op. 64, TrV 233
Don Juan, Op. 20, TrV 156

Weimar Staatskapelle
Conductor Antoni Wit
Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor Zdenek Kosler

01. Nacht (Night) –
02. Sonnenaufgang (Sunrise) –
03. Der Anstieg (The Ascent) –
04. Eintritt in den Wald (Entry into the Wood) –
05. Wanderung neben dem Bache (Wandering by the Stream) –
06. Am Wasserfall (At the Waterfall) –
07. Erscheinung (Apparition) –
08. Auf blumigen Wiesen (On Flowering Meadows) –
09. Auf der Alm (On the Alpine Pasture) –
10. Durch Dickicht und Gestrupp auf Irrwegen (Straying through Thicket and Undergrowth) –
11. Auf dem Gletscher (On the Glacier) –
12. Gefahrvolle Augenblicke (Dangerous Moments) –
13. Auf dem Gipfel (On the Summit) –
14. Vision –
15. Nebel steigen auf (Mists rise) –
16. Die Sonne verdustert sich allmahlich (The Sun gradually darkens) –
17. Elegie –
18. Stille vor der Sturm (Calm before the Storm) –
19. Gewitter und Sturm, Abstieg (Thunder and Storm, Descent) –
20. Sonnenuntergang (Sunset) –
21. Ausklang (Final Sounds) –
22. Nacht (Night)
23. Don Juan, Op. 20, TrV 156

The word ‘symphony’ is used to describe an extended orchestral composition in Western classical music. By the eighteenth century the Italianate opera sinfonia—musical interludes between operas or concertos—had assumed the structure of three contrasting movements, and it is this form that is often considered as the direct forerunner of the orchestral symphony. With the rise of established professional orchestras, the symphony assumed a more prominent place in concert life between 1790 and 1820 until it eventually came to be regarded by many as the yardstick by which one would measure a composer’s achievement.
The nineteenth century brought various changes to the symphonic form. Although both inspired by Beethoven, Berlioz’s experiments with instrumental colour and orchestral size are a world away from the colossal symphonies of Brahms. Composers such as Mahler and Bruckner pushed the traditional symphonic landscapes to their limits, in sharp contrast to the uplifting Classically based symphonies of Mendelssohn and Schubert. The nationalistic flavours apparent in the programme symphonies of Schumann, Strauss and Dvořák exemplify the way in which the symphonic form flourished in the Romantic era, whilst the visceral impact of the Gallic panache is typified by the symphonies of Franck and Saint-Saëns.

The Great Classics series from Naxos is the perfect introduction to myriad genres of classical music. Comprising both complete and compiled selections from the greatest works in the repertoire, the boxes are bursting with wonderful pieces of music, both recognizable and unfamiliar. The boxes take the listener on a thrilling tour of some of the worlds most dramatic musical media, encompassing music from six centuries and featuring sensational performers. All boxes come with a fascinating booklet with detailed information on the genre itself, chronological placement of each work, and a comprehensive study of the music. A fitting celebration of 25 years of superb music from Naxos, the worlds favourite classical label.

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