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The Essentials

Five new collections of the most important works from the most popular composers performed by DG’s legendary artists – that’s ‘The Essentials’. The collections of 25 tracks display each inimitable master composer.

A comprehensive introduction to five composers

Enjoy Chopin from the ‘Minute Waltz’ to the ‘Military Polonaise’Debussy from the much-loved piano music to orchestral and chamber music masterpieces, as well as Beethoven’s landmark symphonies, concertos, chamber music and solo piano music, Puccini’s most performed operas and Tchaikovsky’s most important works.

Chopin: The Essentials

From the Minute Waltz to the Military Polonaise these 25 tracks display the inimitable master composer for the piano at his best in performances from some of the greatest Chopin interpreters: Martha Argerich, Emil Gilels, Maria João Pires, Maurizio Pollini, Yundi and more.

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Frédéric Chopin Waltz No.6 in D flat, Op.64 No.1 -"Minute" Molto vivace Maria João Pires

Debussy: The Essentials

These 25 tracks demonstrate Debussy’s incomparable ability to create atmosphere, drama and beautiful melodies. From the much-loved piano music, including Clair de Lune and La Cathédrale Engloutie, to orchestral and chamber music masterpieces – La Mer, Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, Sonata for Violin & Piano – all are featured here in landmark performances.

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Claude Debussy Suite bergamasque, L.75 3. Clair de lune Alexis Weissenberg

Beethoven: The Essentials

Beethoven is undoubtedly one of the most influential and important composers of all time. This album features the landmark symphonies, concertos, chamber music and solo piano music from this giant of music, all performed by the greatest interpreters – Claudio Abbado, Martha Argerich, Wilhelm Kempff, Carlos Kleiber, Rafael Kubelik and many others.

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Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op.67 1. Allegro con brio Wiener Philharmoniker, Carlos Kleiber

Puccini: The Essentials

Puccini wrote arias like no other composer, from O Soave Fanciulla to O Mio Babbino Caro and of course Nessun Dorma. His operas are among the most performed worldwide – La Bohème, Madama Butterfly, Turandot, Manon Lescaut and Tosca are all featured here. Singers include Anna Netrebko, Plácido Domingo, Mirella Freni, José Carreras and Monsterrat Caballé among others.

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Giacomo Puccini Gianni Schicchi "O mio babbino caro" Anna Netrebko, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Tchaikovsky: The Essentials

This album takes you through the most important of Tchaikovsky’s works: the groundbreaking ballets and monumental symphonies, the concertos and works for string orchestra, arias from Eugene Onegin and of course the 1812 Overture. Performers include Hilary Hahn, Herbert von Karajan, James Levine, Mikhail Pletnev, Msitislav Rostropovich and many others. 

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Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Swan Lake (Suite), Op.20a, TH 219 1. Scene - Swan Theme Leon Spierer, Eberhard Finke, Berliner Philharmoniker, Mstislav Rostropovich