Classic 100: Voice (8CD)

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The Classic 100 – ABC Classic FM’s annual survey of listener favourites – returns with a celebration of the musical instrument with which we are all born: the human voice.

Composers have created some of the most beautiful classical music for singers – whether it’s the drama of the opera stage or the delights of operetta, the sublime beauty of great choral music or the intimate intensity of classical song.

Singing is as old as human society. We lift our voices to celebrate and remember, to pour out our deepest emotions and to make our spirits soar, to tell one another stories and to make ourselves laugh. Long before music was written down, we sang to one another to pass on legends and traditions, and to express love and praise.

In the Middle Ages, song was a vital part of religious and secular life. From the Renaissance, vocal music evolved from simple chants to more complex music, often with instrumental accompaniment. Over time, music written for the voice has become central to the classical tradition.

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CD 1:

1 .LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 ‘Choral’: IV. Finale (Ode to Joy)
2. GEORGE BIZET The Pearlfishers: Au fond du temple saint (In the depths of the holy temple)
3-9. GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL Messiah, HWV56 – selections
10–13. GABRIEL FAURÉ Requiem, Op. 48 – selections

CD 2:

2-9. WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Requiem, KV626 – selections
10-11. LÉO DELIBES Lakmé – selections
12-15. RICHARD STRAUSS Vier letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs)
16.CARL ORFF Carmina burana: Ave formosissima – O Fortuna

CD 3:

1-2. GIACOMO PUCCINI Madama Butterfly – selection
3. JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH St Matthew Passion, BWV244: Mache dich, mein Herze, rein (Purify yourself, my heart)
4. GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL Zadok the Priest – Coronation Anthem No. 1, HWV258
5. WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Ave, verum Corpus, KV618
6. ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK Rusalka: Měsíčku na nebi hlubokém (Song to the Moon)
7. HENRY PURCELL Dido and Aeneas: Thy hand, Belinda…When I am laid in earth (Dido’s Lament)
8. GIACOMO PUCCINI Turandot: Nessun dorma (None shall sleep)
9. JOSEPH CANTELOUBE Songs of the Auvergne: Baïlèro (Book 1, No. 2)
10. GIACOMO PUCCINI La bohème: O soave fanciulla (O lovely maiden)
11. GEORGES BIZET Carmen: Votre toast (Toreador’s Song)
12. ANTONIO VIVALDI Gloria in D major, RV589: Gloria in excelsis Deo (Opening Chorus)
13. WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Così fan tutte: Soave sia il vento
14. WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Der Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), KV620: Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen (The vengeance of Hell is boiling in my heart – Queen of the Night Aria)
15. GEORGE GERSHWIN Porgy and Bess: Summertime
16. GIUSEPPE VERDI Nabucco: Va’, pensiero (Fly, my thoughts, on golden wings – Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves)
17. HUBERT PARRY Jerusalem
18. WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), KV492: Non più andrai (No more gallivanting for you)
19. JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Cantata BWV147 ‘Herz und Mut und Tat und Leben’: Jesus bleibet meine Freude (Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring)
20. ELENA KATS-CHERNIN Wild Swans – Concert Suite: II. Eliza Aria

CD 4:

1. THOMAS TALLIS Spem in alium (I have never hoped in any but you, Lord)
2. JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Mass in B minor, BWV232: Christe eleison (Christ, have mercy)
3. EDWARD ELGAR Sea Pictures, Op. 37: I. Sea Slumber-Song
4. WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Exsultate, jubilate (Rejoice, be glad), KV165: IV. Alleluia
6. HENRYK GÓRECKI Symphony No. 3 ‘Symphony of Sorrowful Songs’: II. Lento e largo
7. FRANZ SCHUBERT Winterreise (Winter Journey), D911: No. 5 Der Lindenbaum (The Linden Tree)
8. GIACOMO PUCCINI Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro (Papa dearest)
9. JOHANNES BRAHMS Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem): IV. Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen (How lovely are thy dwellings)
10. KARL JENKINS The Armed Man – A Mass for Peace: Benedictus
11. GIACOMO PUCCINI Tosca: E lucevan le stelle (And the stars were shining)
12. GIUSEPPE VERDI La traviata: È strano…Ah, fors’è lui…Sempre libera (It’s strange…Ah, perhaps he is the one…I must always be free)
13. GIOVANNI BATTISTA PERGOLESI Stabat mater: I. Stabat mater dolorosa (The mother stood weeping)
14. CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI Vespers of the Blessed Virgin: Deus in adiutorium (O God, come to my aid)
15. SERGEI RACHMANINOFF All-Night Vigil (Vespers), Op. 37: Slava v vïshnikh Bogu (Glory to God in the highest)

CD 5:

1. RICHARD WAGNER Tristan und Isolde: Liebestod: ‘Mild und leise’ (Love-Death: ‘How gently, how softly’)
2. GIUSEPPE VERDI Messa da Requiem: Dies irae
3. GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL Serse (Xerxes), HWV40: Ombra mai fù
4. SAMUEL BARBER Agnus Dei, Op. 11
6. CHRISTOPH WILLIBALD VON GLUCK Orfeo ed Euridice (Orpheus and Eurydice): Che farò senza Euridice? (What shall I do without Eurydice?)
7. GIUSEPPE VERDI Aida: Gloria all’Egitto (Triumphal March)
8. GABRIEL FAURÉ Cantique de Jean Racine
9. ROSS EDWARDS Dawn Mantras
10. VINCENZO BELLINI Norma: Casta diva (Chaste goddess)
11. CÉSAR FRANCK Panis angelicus (The bread of angels)
12. JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Cantata ‘Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd’ (What I love best is a lively hunt), BWV208: IX. Schafe können sicher weiden (Sheep may safely graze)

CD 6:

1. GUSTAV MAHLER Symphony No. 2 in C minor ‘Resurrection’: IV. Urlicht (Primeval light): Sehr feierlich, aber schlicht (Very solemn, but simple)
2. CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS Samson et Dalila (Samson and Delilah): Mon cœur s’ouvre à ta voix (My heart opens at the sound of your voice)
3. GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL Rinaldo, HWV7: Lascia ch’io pianga (Let me weep at my cruel fate)
4. ARTHUR SULLIVAN The Pirates of Penzance: I am the Very Model of a Modern Major General
5. GUSTAV MAHLER Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth): III. Von der Jugend (On Youth)
6. FRANZ SCHUBERT Erlkönig (The Erl-King), D328
7. WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Don Giovanni, KV527: Madamina, il catalogo è questo (Little lady, here’s the catalogue – Catalogue Aria)
8. RICHARD STRAUSS Der Rosenkavalier: Marie Theres’ … Hab’ mir’s gelobt’ … Ist ein Traum … Spür nur dich (Marie Therese … I vowed to love him in the right way … This is a dream … I feel your presence – Act III Trio and Finale)
9. ERICH KORNGOLD Die tote Stadt (The Dead City): Glück, das mir verblieb (Happiness that did not abandon me)
10. ARTHUR SULLIVAN The Mikado: As Some Day It May Happen
11. BENJAMIN BRITTEN A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28: VI. This Little Babe
12. JOHN RUTTER For the Beauty of the Earth
13. JOHN TAVENER Song for Athene
14. SERGEI RACHMANINOFF Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14
15. NIGEL WESTLAKE Missa Solis – Requiem for Eli: VIII. O Sol almo immortale (O Sun, immortal life-giver)
16. GIUSEPPE VERDI Rigoletto: La donna è mobile (Women are fickle)

CD 7:

1. JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH St John Passion, BWV245: Ruht wohl, ihr heiligen Gebeine (Rest in piece, sacred bones)
2. LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Missa solemnis, Op. 123: I. Kyrie
3. GAETANO DONIZETTI Lucia di Lammermoor: Ardon gl’incensi (The incense is burning – Mad Scene)
4. FRANZ SCHUBERT An die Musik (To Music), D547
5. JOSEPH HAYDN Die Schöpfung (Creation), Hob.XXI:2: Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes (The Heavens are telling the glory of God)
6. MORTEN LAURIDSEN O magnum mysterium
7. JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Christmas Oratorio, BWV248/IV: Flösst, mein Heiland, flösst dein Namen (My Saviour, does your name hold even a hint of Death’s terror?)
8. FELIX MENDELSSOHN A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op. 61: Ye Spotted Snakes
9. GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL Samson, HWV57: Let the Bright Seraphim
10. FELIX MENDELSSOHN Elijah, Op. 70: Thanks be to God
11. JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Magnificat in D major, BWV243: I. Magnificat anima mea Dominum (My soul magnifies the Lord)
12. JOHN RUTTER The Lord Bless You and Keep You
13. RICHARD WAGNER Die Walküre (The Valkyrie): Leb’ wohl (Farewell)
14. FRANZ LEHÁR Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow): Vilia
15. HEITOR VILLA-LOBOS Bachianas brasileiras No. 5: Cantilena

CD 8:

1. BENJAMIN BRITTEN War Requiem, Op. 66: Agnus Dei ‘One ever hangs where shelled roads part’
3. ANONYMOUS Greensleeves: Song and Divisions
4. FRANZ SCHUBERT Ellens Gesang III (Ave Maria), D839
5. GIOACHINO ROSSINI The Barber of Seville: Largo al factotum (Make way for the jack-of-all-trades)
6. WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Zaide, KV344: Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben (Rest gently, my dearest one)
7. PIETRO MASCAGNI Cavalleria rusticana: Regina coeli laetare (Rejoice, Queen of Heaven – Easter Hymn)
8. FRANZ SCHUBERT Die schöne Müllerin, D795: No. 18 Trockne Blumen (Dry flowers)
9. ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK Hänsel und Gretel (Hansel and Gretel): Evening Prayer
10. LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Fidelio: O welche Lust (O what joy – Prisoners’ Chorus)
11. RICHARD STRAUSS Morgen! (Tomorrow!), Op. 27 No. 4
12. JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Cantata BWV140 ‘Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme’ (Awake, a voice is calling to us): Zion hört die Wächter singen (Zion hears the watchmen singing)
13. GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL Giulio Cesare in Egitto (Julius Caesar in Egypt): E pur così in un giorno…Piangerò la sorte mia (And can I lose everything in just one day…I will weep at my fate)
14. LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Fantasia in C minor for piano, chorus and orchestra, Op. 80 ‘Choral Fantasy’: Finale (excerpt)

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