FAVOURITES FROM THE CLASSICS (Series)




In 1990, RD UK looked at the 1989 German success with the “Klassische Kostbarkeiten” series of classical releases. Originally released on vinyl in ‘87, the collections were now 3CD sets and issued at regular intervals to subscribing customers, each set featuring a leading classical composer, and presenting sometimes complete works, rather than the edited highlights for which RD had recently become more popular with their audience.
After the inevitable elongated period of market research, in 1991 the British RD decided to release their own “Favourites From The Classics” series, which was to run for 25 editions making it the longest running series released by RD. Taking a softer approach to their German counterparts, they lost the image of the composer and the ‘high-brow’ classical look that the Germans had used, and went with a simple silk background underneath a bold composer name check. The colour of the silk changed with each edition. Johann Strauss was the most popular composer to UK markets in research, and so it was this that was to launch the first of several series in the UK.
The series was subsequently picked up by the USA who went even further with ‘softening’ the concept by adding several volumes of multiple composers to replace the less ‘well known’ composers of the UK series.
Other editions were released throughout the world based on either the UK or German concepts including France, South Africa, Australia, Poland & Canada.
Many countries also reissued the collections with different designs and different configurations, to capitalise on the original success of the series.

ORIGINAL GERMAN SERIES ‘Klassische Kostbarkeiten’ (1987)


ORIGINAL UK SERIES ‘Favourites From The Classics’ (1991)

ORIGINAL US SERIES ‘Favorites From The Classics’ (1993)


UK REISSUES (2000)


GLOBAL EDITIONS

COMPLETE UK LISTING (Release Order)

WORLD'S MOST BEAUTIFUL MELODIES - Musical Portraits



Final issue of 'The World's Most Beautiful Melodies' series which ran for 15 volumes.

3CD Set
Released January 1997
Cat No.: RDCD1491-3  RDC93161-3
RD Code: MUPO 015
Series Code 062
Compilation by M Moritz, Production by P Marchant


1             Showpieces for Orchestra

Pictures At An Exhibition(Mussorgsky, orch. Ravel)
1 - Promenade
2 - The Gnome
3 - Promenade
4 - The Old Castle
5 - Promenade
6 - Tuileries
7 - Bydlo (The Ox - Cart)
8 - Promenade
9 - Ballet Of The Unhatched Chickens
10 - Samuel Goldenburg And Schmulye
11 - Market Place At Limoges
12 - Catacombs
13 - Baba - Jaga (The Hut On Fowls' Legs)
14 - The Great Gate At Kiev
National Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin

Enigma Variations, Op.36(Elgar)
15 - Enigma
16 - I (C.A.E)
17 - II (H.D.S.–P.)
18 - III (R.B.T.)
19 - IV (W.M.B.)
20 - V (R.P.A.)
21 - VI (Ysobel)
22 - VII (Troyte)
23 - VIII (W.N.)
24 - IX (Nimrod)
25 - X (Dorabella)
26 - XI (G.R.S.)
27 - XII (B.G.N.)
28 - XIII (***) Romanza
29 - XIV (E.D.U.) Finale
English Symphony Orchestra conducted by William Boughton

2             Fate and Destiny

1 - Francesca Da Rimini, Op. 32 - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Charles Munch (Tchaikovsky)
2 - Les Préludes - New Symphony Orchestra of London conducted by Sir Adrian Boult (Liszt)
3 - Hamlet, Fantasy Overture, Op. 67 - Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (Katowice) conducted by Adrian Leaper (Tchaikovsky)
4 - The Wild Huntsman (Le Chasseur Maudit) - RCA Symphony Orchestra conducted by Massimo Freccia (Franck)

3             Sound and Spectacle

Roman Festivals (Fontane Di Roma)(Respighi)
1 - Circus Maximus
2 - The Jubilee
3 - The October Festival
4 - The Epiphany
New Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Massimo Freccia

Rapsodie Espagnole(Ravel)
5 - Prélude À La Nuit
6 - Malagueña
7 - Habañera
8Fería
Orchestra Filarmonica di Roma conducted by René Leibowitz

Escales (Ports Of Call)(Ibert)
9 - Rome – Palermo
10 - Tunis – Nefta
11Valencia
Orchestra Filarmonica di Roma conducted by René Leibowitz

12 - An American In Paris - National Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Morton Gould (Gershwin)

TIMELESS FAVOURITES - You Are My Heart's Delight - Friml, Lehar & Romberg



Eighth issue in the “Timeless Favourites” series, which was to run for 13 editions.

3CD Set
Released August 1996
Cat No.: RDCD1471-3 (RDC93141-3)
RD Code: FNR 008
Series Code 58

1               Enchanting Moments

1 - Student Prince Highlights - Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Lehman Engel
2 - Gold And Silver Waltz - National Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Charles Gerhardt
3 - Czardas From 'Gypsy Love' - National Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Eric Hammerstein
4 - Serenade From 'Frasquita' - National Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Charles Gerhardt
5 - Merry Widow Highlights - Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Lehman Engel
6 - You Are My Heart's Delight - Rosalind Page with Hill Bowen and his Orchestra
7 - Patiently Smiling #from 'The Land of Smiles' - Douglas Gamley and his Orchestra

2               Romantic Favourites

1 - Desert Song Highlights - Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Lehman Engel
2 - Friederike Suite (Minuet, Intermezzo, Polka) - National Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Eric Hammerstein
3 - Say Not Love Is A Dream #from 'The Count of Luxembourg' - Vienna State Opera Orchestra conducted by Reg Owen
4 - Champagne Waltz - Douglas Gamley and his Orchestra
5 - Wolgalied #from 'Der Zarewitsch' - Douglas Gamley and his Orchestra
6 - Vagabond King Highlights - Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Lehman Engel

3               Treasured Souvenirs

1 - Rose - Marie Highlights - Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Lehman Engel
2 - Giannina Mia #from 'The Firefly' - Douglas Gamley and his Orchestra
3 - O Maiden, My Maiden #from 'Friederike' - National Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Charles Gerhardt
4 - Waltzes Of Youth - RCA Symphony Orchestra conducted by Douglas Gamley
5 - New Moon Highlights - Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Lehman Engel
6 - Love – What Has Given You This Magic Power #from 'The Land of Smiles' - Douglas Gamley and his Orchestra
7 - Waltz From 'Gypsy Love' - National Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Eric Hammerstein