The Classic 100: Love - Deluxe Edition + Book of 40 Love Poems (8CD)

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Deluxe Edition: Includes all top 100 tracks, plus a book of 40 greatest love poems.

Australia’s favourite classical music phenomenon returns, as the Classic 100 celebrates the music of love – the greatest of all human experiences, from the passion of first love to the heartbreak of love lost.

Love has inspired some of the most expressive and moving music of all time. In the drama of opera and the grace of the ballet, the tenderness of a love song and the soundtracks from our favorite romantic movies, music can reach into our hearts and awaken our deepest memories and dreams.

When ABC Classic FM asked listeners across Australia to nominate the music that has spoken to them most powerful of love, they were eager to respond, sharing their musical experiences of love’s journey: passion and euphoria, lust and longing, seduction, separation and heartbreak, devotion and delight.

This 8CD set presents the results of this Classic 100 Countdown – Australian’s favourite classical music event. It features highlights from all 100 of Australia’s most treasured musical love stories: passionate opera arias and duets by Puccini, Strauss, Bizet and Wagner; luscious orchestral romances by Rachmaninoff, Vaughan Williams, Mozart and Beethoven; classic movie themes including Out of Africa, Cinema Paradiso, and Doctor Zhivago; as well as intimate songs and soaring anthems.

This exclusive Deluxe Edition contains the complete top 100 tracks (over 10 hours of music on 8CDs), as well as a booklet containing the complete text of 40 of the greatest love poems ever written.

Classic 100: Love fun facts

Number of composers:
Number of Australian composers: 
Most popular composer (by number of tracks): 
Puccini (8 works)
Most popular country (by composer): 
France and Germany (13 works each)
Most-popular era: 
20th Century (43 works)
Earliest work: John Dowland’s Come Again, Sweet Love Doth Now Invite (1597)

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The Classic 100: Love – Complete List

1 BIZET The Pearl Fishers: Duet
2 PURCELL Dido and Aeneas: Dido’s Lament
3 WAGNER Tristan und Isolde: Liebestod
4 DVOŘÁK Rusalka: Song to the Moon
5 PUCCINI Madama Butterfly: Un bel dì
6 R. STRAUSS Four Last Songs: Im Abendrot
7 KHACHATURIAN Spartacus: Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia
8 BARBER Adagio for Strings
9 GLUCK Orpheus and Eurydice: Che farò senza Euridice
10 DELIBES Lakmé: Flower Duet
11 PUCCINI Madama Butterfly: Love Duet
12 SHOSTAKOVICH The Gadfly: Romance
13 BARRY Out of Africa: Love Theme
14 PUCCINI La bohème: Che gelida manina
15 MOZART Clarinet Concerto: Adagio
16 ELGAR ‘Enigma’ Variations: Nimrod
17 SAINT-SAËNS Samson and Delilah: Mon cœur s’ouvre à ta voix
18 PUCCINI La bohème: O soave fanciulla
19 TCHAIKOVSKY Romeo and Juliet: Love Theme
20 MAHLER Symphony No. 5: Adagietto
21 RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 2: Adagio sostenuto
22 MASCAGNI Cavalleria rusticana: Intermezzo
23 MORRICONE Cinema Paradiso: Love Theme
24 MOZART Così fan tutte: Soave sia il vento
25 BACH Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
26 VAUGHAN WILLIAMS The Lark Ascending
27 WHITWELL She Walks in Beauty
28 RODRIGO Concierto de Aranjuez: Adagio
29 MASSENET Thaïs: Méditation
30 ELGAR Cello Concerto: Adagio – Moderato
31 BEETHOVEN ‘Emperor’ Concerto: Adagio un poco moto
32 JARRE Doctor Zhivago: Lara’s Theme
33 ELGAR Salut d’amour
34 STÖLZEL Bist du bei mir
35 VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
36 KORNGOLD Die tote Stadt: Glück, das mir verblieb
37 MONTEVERDI The Coronation of Poppea: Pur ti miro
38 TCHAIKOVSKY Swan Lake: Grand Adagio (Love Duet)
39 PUCCINI Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro
40 BIZET Carmen: Habanera
41 DEBUSSY Clair de lune
42 RACHMANINOFF Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: 18th Variation
43 BURGON Brideshead Revisited
44 ROTA Romeo and Juliet: Love Theme
45 ALBINONI Adagio in G minor
46 MOZART Piano Concerto No. 21 ‘Elvira Madigan’: Andante
47 PROKOFIEV Romeo and Juliet: Balcony Scene
48 BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9: Ode to Joy
49 SCHUBERT Ave Maria
50 R. STRAUSS Der Rosenkavalier: Final Trio
51 PÄRT Spiegel im Spiegel
52 BOWMAN Now Touch the Air Softly
53 STRAUSS Morgen!
54 PUCCINI Madama Butterfly: Humming Chorus
55 CANTELOUBE Songs of the Auvergne: Baïlèro
56 GREENAWAY Stay Awhile
57 BACH Suite for Solo Cello No. 1: Prelude
58 MENDELSSOHN A Midsummer Night’s Dream
59 BACH Double Violin Concerto: Largo ma non tanto
60 KATS-CHERNIN Wild Swans: Eliza Aria
61 CATALANI La Wally: Ebben?...Ne andro lontana
62 BRUCH Violin Concerto No. 1: Adagio
63 MYERS The Deer Hunter: Cavatina
64 RAVEL Boléro
65 WAGNER Tristan und Isolde: Love Duet
66 SCHUBERT Notturno
67 BEETHOVEN Für Elise
68 RACHMANINOFF Symphony No. 2: Adagio
69 SATIE Gymnopédie No. 1
70 MOZART The Marriage of Figaro: Dove sono
71 PROKOFIEV Romeo and Juliet: Montagues and Capulets
72 RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Sheherazade
74 VINE The Battlers: Love Me Sweet
75 TCHAIKOVSKY Eugene Onegin: Tatyana’s Letter Scene
76 MARTINI Plaisir d’amour
77 PUCCINI Tosca: E lucevan le stelle
78 GRIEG Peer Gynt: Solveig’s Song
79 MOZART Zaide: Ruhe sanft
80 DAVIS Pride and Prejudice: Theme
81 HANDEL Rinaldo: Lascia ch’io pianga
82 BACH / GOUNOD Ave Maria
83 GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue
85 SCHUBERT Winterreise
86 FAURÉ Pavane
87 DOWLAND Come Again
88 BIZET Carmen: La fleur que tu m’avais jetée
89 PARRY Jerusalem
91 WAGNER Die Walküre: Love Duet
92 HANDEL Xerxes: Ombra mai fù
93 CHOPIN Piano Concerto No. 1: Romanze
94 GERSHWIN Porgy and Bess: Bess, You Is My Woman Now
95 HANDEL / SOMERVELL Silent Worship
96 RAVEL Pavane pour une infante défunte
97 VERDI Nabucco: Va’, pensiero
98 BACH Goldberg Variations: Aria
99 NYMAN The Piano: The Heart Asks Pleasure First
100 PUCCINI Turandot: Nessun dorma

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