The second volume of this well‐received series again features some of the world’s most popular masterpieces of classical music performed by the ever‐reliable Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and some of the most experienced British conductors of our day. From the grand opening of Richard Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra, promising an atheist sunrise of new and clearer light, to the kitsch‐folk fantasy of Borodin’s imaginative recreation of the lives and loves of the Tartars and the people of the Steppes in Prince Igor, this generous collection includes the Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves (Verdi’s Nabucco), the good burghers of Nuremburg (Wagner’s Meistersinger), Rossini’s sparkling and flirtatious Italian Girl in Algiers, Bizet’s cigarette‐toting Sevillian femme fatale (Carmen), Mendelssohn’s impressions of the Hebrides and Grieg’s poetic idea of a sunset over the Arabian desert (Peer Gynt); truly a world tour in music.
A good, old fashioned, success‐proven compilation of Classical Hits, Orchestral Favourites, or whatever you would like to call these ever popular works, which still have a chance to find a new audience.
Excellent performances by one of the world’s best orchestras, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Booklet includes detailed notes on the music.Generous and accessible programme notes for each track.