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Great Artists of the Century

An artist-based series celebrating many of EMI's greatest artists.

The mid-price series Great Artists of the Century celebrates the art and artistry of a roster of the most distinguished musicians of the 20th century and of the first decade of the 21st century.

Each release in Great Artists of the Century focuses on one eminent musician. The CD offers a programme of important EMI recordings chosen to demonstrate the qualities and achievements of the featured artist, and major works in notable performances taken from EMI's vast and unique catalogue of great recordings.

The lavish packaging of Great Artists of the Century includes a striking cover photograph plus a facsimile of the artist's signature and new accounts of the artists' lives and assessments of their achievements by leading writers. The superb recordings have been transferred and, where appropriate, newly remastered from the original source materials (78s and tapes) by EMI's renowned team of engineers at Abbey Road Studios.

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  • Roberto Alagna (tenor), Thomas Hampson (baritone)

    London Symphony Chorus & Orchestra, Antonio Pappano

    Puccini's early (1880) Mass is not a great piece of religious music, but its virtues shine forth in Pappano's loving performance. More…

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  • Elizabeth Schwarzkopf, Hans Hotter

    Vienna Philharmonic, Herbert von Karajan

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  • Galina Vishnevskaya (soprano)

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  • Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Française, Thomas Beecham

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  • (Recorded 1967 & 1971)

    Daniel Barenboim

    English Chamber Orchestra

    These performances now seem a bit overpowering, in the wrong way, with the young pianist-conductor underlining and over-phrasing, though he was to get much worse later. Excellent accompanying. More…

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  • Brahms, Chapí, Delibes, Dvorák, Grieg, Hahn, Iradier, Irish traditional, Luna, Martini, Mendelssohn, Ovalle & Sadero

    Victoria De Los Angeles

    The Spanish soprano in repertoire ranging from Mendelssohn and Brahms to 'Plaisir d'amour', but focusing on a speciality in the form of zarzuela - Spanish operetta - in which she is utterly captivating. More…

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