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Romy the Cat

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EMI rollercoaster across 20 century.

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Here is wonderful one hour-long trip across the sonic history of the EMI recordings. The collection contains 37 narrated musical fragments covering whole 20 century. Some of the fragments in there are absolutely unique!


Romy the Cat

"I wish I could score everything for horns." - Richard Wagner. "Our writing equipment takes part in the forming of our thoughts." - Friedrich Nietzsche
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Antonio J.
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It's a pity that the pieces are just fragments, I wish they were the whole performances. Some of them are just unbelieveable. I wonder how modern engineers could forget that things made simple and easy sound more like music. These mp3 convey more emotion and content than most modern recordings, even through my crappy PC system.

Where did you get that from? I'd like to find some of those recordings. I've had problems playing some of the higher BR files due to a lack of bandwith.

thanks and regards,

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Centenary Edition - 100 Years of Great Music

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The cuts are from a bonus disc that came with EMIs "Centenary Edition - 100 Years of Great Music", a 10 CD set issued in 1997. Each CD was dedicated to a decade long span, beginning with 1897-1907.

I bought the set when it came out, and I must say that it has both great and less great sides to it. The early discs are of course very great performancewise, but the CDs dedicated to the second half of the century aren't that exciting. Also, the cuts are just too short, basically. Having no more than an excerpt of one movement of a symphony just ain't enough (just an example, not too many of those "bleeding chunks", thankfully), apart from maybe wetting one's appetite. I guess this is what you inevitably end up with when trying to cram a whole century of recording onto 10 CDs.
The box-set is apparently out of print (according to Amazon.com) (see here).

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Antonio J.
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Thanks for the info
You're right, one doesn't want more excerpts, but having the whole performance, maybe they selected the best fragments, but I believe that it's the whole work what gives the real deal.
I've checked the link, in those discs there are very interesting things. I'll have to look for the recordings including the whole works.


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Romy the Cat

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A Documentary History Of EMI Classics

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 1    MENDELSSOHN: Spring Song/Adolf Umbach (clarinet)  2'17"
 2  TCHAIKOVSKY: Forgive me (The Queen of Spades)/Nikolai Figner (tenor)  2'54"
 3  GRIEG: Norwegian Bridal Procession, Op. 19 No. 2/Edvard Grieg (piano)  2'06"
 4  LEONCAVALLO: Mattinata/Enrico Caruso (tenor)/Ruggero Leoncavallo (piano)  2'29"
 5  LEONCAVALLO: Ah! Tu mi sfidi! (Pagliacci)Agusto Barbaini (tenor)/Josefina Huguet(soprano)/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Carlo Sabajno   2'42"
 6  WEBER: Oberon-Overture/London Symphony Orchestra/Arthur Nikisch  2'09"
 7  Gas Shell Bombardment by the Royal Garrison Artillery outside Lille  1'29"
 8  BEETHOVEN (arr. Busoni): Ecossaise, WoO 83/Ferruccio Busoni (piano)  3'00"
 9  A Message to the Children of the Empire/King George V and Queen Mary  1'24"
 10  ROSSINI (arr. Respighi): La Boutique fantasque (excerpt)British Symphony Orchestra/Adrian Boult   2'10"
 11  ROSSINI (arr. Respighi): La Boutique fantasque (excerpt)Royal Albert Hall Orchestra/Eugene Goossens   1'16"
 12  HANDEL: Behold the Lamb of God (Messiah)Crystal Palace Handel Festival Choir & Orchestra/Sir Henry Wood   2'16"
 13  WAGNER: Transformation Scene (Parsifal, Akt.I)Bayreuth Festival Orchestra/Karl Muck   2'11"
 14  CHOPIN: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op.11-III. Rondo. VivaceMoriz Rosenthal (piano)/Orchester der Staatsoper Berlin/Frieder Weissmann   2'15"
 15  WOLF: Epiphanias/Gerhard Hüsch (baritone)/Coenraad Bos (piano)  2'19"
 16  MOZART: Symphony No. 41 in C, K. 551 "Jupiter"-I. Allegro vivaceLondon Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham  1'57"
 17  BACH: Partita No. 3 in E, BWV 1006-Gavotte en rondeau/Yehudi Menuhin (violin)  2'01"
 18  BARTÓK: Mikrokosmos, Vol. VI No. 146-Ostinato/Béla Bartók (piano)  2'39"
 19  SARASTE: Zigeunerweisen/Jascha Heifetz (violin)London Symphony Orchestra/John Barbirolli   1'59"
 20  MAHLER: Symphony No. 9-II. Im Tempo eines gemächlichen LändlersWiener Philharmoniker/Bruno Walter   1'57"
 21  DEBUSSY: Vous ne savez pas (Pelléas et Mélisande, Acte II)Joachim (soprano)/Jansen (baritone)/Orchestre Symphonique/Désormière   2'03"
 22  BRAHMS: Haydn Variations, Op. 56a/Wiener Philharmoniker/Wilhelm Furtwängler  1'51"
 23  WALTON: Belshazzar's Feast-Praise ye the god of gold/Dennis Noble (baritone)Huddersfield Choral Society/Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Walton   2'30"
 24  BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9-IV. Poco adagio - Tempo 1 - Poco adagioElisabeth Schwarzkopf/Julius Patzak/Elisabeth Höngen/Hans HotterSingverein der Musikfreunde/Wiener Philharmoniker/Karajan  1'43"
 25  SCRIABIN: Piano Concerto in F sharp minor, Op. 20-II. Theme and VariationsSolomon (piano)/ Philharmonia Orchestra/Issay Dobrowen   1'40"
 26  TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64-III. Valse. Allegro moderatoOrchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Guido Cantelli  1'57"
 27  WAGNER: Quintet (Die Meistersinger, Akt III)Schwarzkopf/Hopf/Unger/Malaniuk/Edelmann/Bayreuth Festival Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan   2'08"
 28  PROKOFIEV: Symphony No. 7-II. Allegretto/Philharmonia Orchestra/Nikolai Malko  1'35"
 29  RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Scheherazade-IV. Festival at BaghdadRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham   1'53"
 30  MAHLER: Das Lied von der Erde-Von der Jugend/Fritz Wunderlich (tenor)Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer   2'08"
 31  MENDELSSOHN: Ich wollt' mein Lieb', Op. 63 No. 1Los Angeles/Fischer-Dieskau/Moore  2'11"
 32  CHOPIN: Cello Sonata-Largo/Jacqueline du Pré (cello)/Daniel Barenboim (piano)  2'15"
 33  DEBUSSY: Images-Rondes de printemps/London Symphony Orchestra/André Previn  1'55"
 34  SCHUBERT: "Death and the Maiden" Quartet-III. Allegro molto/Alban Berg Quartett  1'38"
 35  WAGNER: Der dort mich ruft (Die Walküre, Akt II)/Reiner Goldberg/Cheryl StuderSymphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Bernard Haitink   2'19"
 36  BRAHMS: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15-I. MaestosoStephen Kovacevich (piano)/The London Philharmonic/Sawallisch   2'05"
 37  MAHLER: Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection" (conclusion)/Arleen Augér/Janet BakerCity of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra & Chorus/Sir Simon Rattle   2'33"


"I wish I could score everything for horns." - Richard Wagner. "Our writing equipment takes part in the forming of our thoughts." - Friedrich Nietzsche
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