1. Overture: The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart)
2. Enigma Variations No.
9 Nimrod (Op. 36) (Elgar)
3. Air on a 'G' String
4. Clair de Lune
Piano solo: Neil Rhoden
5. Jesu, Joy of Man's
From Cantata No. 147 (Bach)
Oboe solo: Judith Thomas
6. Ave Maria
1. Morning (Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 Op. 46) (Grieg)
2. Elizabethan Serenade
3. Largo (Handel)
4. Moonlight Sonata
Piano solo: Neil Rhoden
5. The Blue Danube (J. Strauss)
The concept of a hit-parade
of all-time classical favourites was inspired by the B.B.C. radio programme
"Your Hundred Best Tunes", and with this in mind Geoff Love has selected eleven
titles which feature in this top hundred. These he presents on this album with
his own distinctive style of arrangement to provide a permanent tribute to the
That Live Forever.
Although the gay and scampering Marriage of Figaro Overture does not quote from the music which follows, there could not be a more appropriate introduction to the story of Count Almaviva's straying affections or the wit of Mozart's music.
Each of Elgar's variations depicts one of the composer's friends. Nimrod was
August Johannes Jaeger, artistic
adviser to the composer's publishers.
Bach's Air on A 'G' String derives its name from the fact that August Wilhelmj, the famous violinist, arranged it for playing on the lowest string of his instrument. Originally it was a movement in the orchestral Suite in D major.
The deliciously atmospheric Clair de Lune is the third movement of Debussy's Suite Bergamasque for solo piano.
Now familiar in many forms, Jesu, Joy of Alan's Desiring comes from a cantata in which it is allotted to a four-part chorus, with a lovely oboe obbligato.
Ave Maria is a transcription of the first prelude of Bach's 48 Preludes and Fugues in which Gounod adapted the Bach original as an accompaniment to a melody of his own. Grieg wrote his incidental music to Ibsen's drama Peer Gynt for a performance in Christiana in 1875. Morning depicts sunrise as the wandering Peer Gynt stands before the statue of Memnon in Morocco. The Elizabethan Serenade of Binge may be twentieth century in style but is older in spirit.
Surprisingly enough Handel's Largo was not conceived as religious music. It is a song in the opera Serse expressing gratitude for the cool shade provided by a plane tree.
The Moonlight Sonata was not so called by Beethoven. An early critic called Rellstab wrote that the first movement reminded him of moonlight on Lake Lucerne, and the name stuck.
The Blue Danube was Strauss's contribution towards the raising of morale in Vienna after the disastrous war with Prussia.
W. A. Chislett
Produced by Norman Newell
Assistant Producer Gil King
(P) 1975 A Supertunes Production
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