Greatest Orchestral Works

The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works  eBooks & eLearning

Posted by FenixN at Dec. 7, 2011
The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works

The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works
32xDVDRip | MPEG-4 / AVC, ~1500 kb/s | 640x480 | ~32x50 min | English: AAC, 128 kb/s (2 ch) | + PDF Guide | 16.96 GB
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In The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works, Great Courses favorite Professor Robert Greenberg of San Francisco Performances takes you on a sumptuous grand tour of the symphonic pieces he counts, as a highly respected composer and music historian, as being among the very greatest ever written—inviting you to an in-depth contemplation of what makes these works so memorable, and why they live at the center of our musical culture. These 30 masterworks form an essential foundation for any music collection and a focal point for understanding the orchestral medium and deepening your insight into the communicative power of music. While seasoned music lovers will find the lectures a fascinating and revealing journey through the repertoire, the course welcomes newcomers to orchestral music, offering a very accessible point of entry to this magnificent repertoire.
Yan Pascal Tortelier, BBC Philharmonic - Rimsky-Korsakov, Mussorgsky: Orchestral Works (1994)

Yan Pascal Tortelier, BBC Philharmonic - Rimsky- Korsakov: Introduction And Wedding March From The Golden Cockerel, Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition (1994)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue, log) ~ 215.79 Mb | 55:41 | Scans included
Orchestral | Label: BBC Music Magazine (BBC MM121)

Nickolai Rimsky-Korsakov was a master orchestrator who became especially known for his colorful use of woodwinds and brass, perhaps as a result of his conducting the Russian Navy Band in his early days. He put this talent to excellent use in his "Capriccio Espagnol," which is based on Spanish folk tunes, according to the composer. There are five sections: Alborada, Variazioni, Alborada (repeated with changed orchestration in a different key), Scena e canto gitano (gypsy street song), leading into Fandango asturiano. There is a brief concluding reference to the Alborada in the coda. Rimsky-Korsakov was likely inspired to compose this orchestral piece by Tchaikovsky's similar "Capriccio Italien."
Münchner Rundfunkorchester & David Reiland - Godard: Orchestral Works (2016)

Münchner Rundfunkorchester & David Reiland - Godard: Orchestral Works
Classical, Orchestral | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 69:04 min | 25 MB
Label: CPO | Tracks: 12 | 2016

A composition student of Napoleon-Henri Reber and a violin student of Henri Vieuxtemps, Benjamin Godard received a thorough education before beginning his teaching career at the Paris Conservatory in 1887. Although much of Godard’s works are forgotten, possibly due to his untimely death, his symphonic works featured here show an original outlook on the genre, fusing together melodic qualities with technical brilliance. This release features his Symphonie no. 2 op. 57, his Trois Morceaux op. 51, and his Symphonie gothique op. 23 performed by the Munchner Rundfunkorchester, conducted by David Reiland.
Tokyo Metropolitan SO, Hiroshi Wakasugi - Toru Takemitsu, Orchestral Works II: Gemeaux; Dream/Window; Spirit Garden (1995)

Toru Takemitsu - Orchestral Works II: Gémeaux; Dream/Window; Spirit Garden (1995)
Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra; Hiroshi Wakasugi, Ryusuke Numajiri
Masashi Honma, oboe; Christian Lindberg, trombone

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 253 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 137 Mb | Scans ~ 58 Mb
Classical, Contemporaty | Label: Denon | # CO-78944 | Time: 00:59:52

"Gemeaux" (1971-1986) is one of Takemitsu's grandest works in terms of musical arc, scoring and length of gestation. It is written for two orchestras with two conductors, and with solo trombone at one orchestra and solo oboe at the other. As half of it was written during Takemitsu's "modernist apogee" of the turn of the '70s, we find a host of extended techniques, and at one point the soloists even speak through the mouthpieces of their instruments. As the other half of the work belongs to Takemitsu's late period, we find a successful of elegant self-contained gestures, his musical "gardens". The synthesis of two creative periods, however, makes for a piece singular in its impact in Takemitsu's oeuvre.
Leos Janacek - Chamber Music, Orchestral Works (2004) 5CD Box Set

Leos Janáček - Chamber Music, Orchestral Works (2004) 5CD Box Set
Paul Crossley, Christopher Van Kampen, Kenneth Sillito, Thomas Trotter
Gabrieli String Quartet, London Sinfonietta, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Slovak Philharmonic Choir, Wiener Philharmoniker, Riccardo Chailly
Charles Mackerras, François Huybrechts, Neville Marriner, David Atherton
Eva Urbanová, Vladimir Bogachov, Marta Benacková, Richard Novák

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.48 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 837 Mb | Scans ~ 20 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 475 523-2 DC5 | Time: 06:04:07

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Janáček’s birth, this Decca Collector Edition brings together most of the composer’s chamber works and solo pieces plus his most popular orchestral works and the magnificent Glagolitic Mass in a superb digital recording with Riccardo Chailly and Wiener Philharmoniker. The recordings of the solo works and chamber pieces feature one of the world’s most distinguished ensembles: the London Sinfonietta and David Atherton. Their recordings were originally released as a 5-LP set in 1981 and many of these performances have not been available for several years; many also make their first international appearance on CD. This set provides the listener with all the essential non-operatic Janáček in one convenient collection.
Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet - Igor Stravinsky: Ballets, Stage Works, Orchestral Works (2001) 8CD Box Set

Igor Stravinsky: Ballets, Stage Works, Orchestral Works (2001) 8CD Box Set
L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; Ernest Ansermet, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 2.25 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 1.15 Gb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 467 818-2 | Time: 08:27:52

All the Stravinsky recordings made by Ernest Ansermet and The Suisse Romande Orchestra, digitally remastered in an 8 CD box. The set includes all Stravinsky's major orchestral works at a bargain price in highly respected recordings dating from the late 50's and early 60's.
BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Kriss Russman - Butterworth: Orchestral Works (2016) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Kriss Russman - Butterworth: Orchestral Works (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 75:23 minutes | 1.27 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

When George Butterworth joined the army in 1914, his most recent works included the song cycle Six Songs from 'A Shropshire Lad' as well as the Rhapsody 'A Shropshire Lad', which he called 'an orchestral epilogue' to his settings of A. E. Housman's poems. The Rhapsody has since been described as 'one of the greatest of all English orchestral works' and when Butterworth left England to fight in the First World War, he was seen as one of the bright hopes of British music a hope that in August 1916 was extinguished in the trenches at the Somme.
Hector Berlioz - Complete Orchestral Works (1997) (6CD Box Set) {Philips Classics}

Hector Berlioz - Complete Orchestral Works (1997) (6CD Box Set)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Artwork | 1877 mb | MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 1096 mb
Classical, Romantic | Label: Philips Classics - 456 143-2

Berlioz was the first Romantic master of the orchestra. His music hasn't been surpassed in terms of sheer brilliance and accuracy of effect. This set includes all of the overtures, the Symphonie fantastique, Harold in Italy, the Royal Hunt and Storm from Les Troyens, orchestral music from The Damnation of Faust and Romeo and Juliet, and the completely insane Grande Symphonie funebre et triumphale. Davis achieved his reputation as a conductor as a Berlioz specialist, and he proves an expert advocate on behalf of this stimulating, bizarre, and totally original genius.
Zelenka - Das Neu-Eröffnete Orchestre / Sonnentheil - Complete Orchestral Works (3x CD, 2002) [RE-UP]

Jan Dismas Zelenka - Complete Orchestral Works
Das Neu-Eröffnete Orchestre - Jürgen Sonnentheil
EAC+LOG+CUE | WV: 266+287+292 MB | Full Artwork | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: CPO # 999 897-2 | Country/Year: Germany 2002
Genre: Classical | Style: Baroque

…If you haven’t heard this music, let’s just say that Zelenka wrote some of the most enjoyable and colorful music of the Baroque era, and he is supremely well served by CPO’s engineers, conductor Sonnentheil, and his New-Eröffnete Orchestre.
Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Arturo Tamayo - Iannis Xenakis: Orchestral Works, Vol.1 (2000) (Repost)

Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Arturo Tamayo - Iannis Xenakis: Orchestral Works, Vol.1 (2000)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 59:02 | 321 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Timpani | Catalog: 1057

Arturo Tamayo's recordings of the works of Iannis Xenakis on the Timpani label are among the finest available, for they are finely interpreted, expertly performed, and brilliantly recorded. Xenakis' music is always different from piece to piece, because the composer never wanted to repeat himself, and his works always present unique challenges, depending on the nature of his evolving techniques and changing expressions. Whether it is in the stark text and extreme vocalizations of Aïs (1980), or the densely dissonant aggregations of Tracées (1987), Empreintes (1975), Noomena (1974), and Roáï (1991), Tamayo keeps the energy levels high and shapes the sound to have a sharp edge and forceful impact.