Friday, January 20, 2012

EMI 20th Century Classics on Spotify

This series features recordings of both popular and rare 20th Century works. All are 2CD releases, with the repertoire taken from both the EMI and Virgin Classics catalogues. It offers a wonderful introduction to the more accessible classical music from the last century, and also covers the some of the most famous avant-gardists.

EMI listed 44 titles in their official site, but thanks to Mark Whitehead, I found more than 60 titles on Spotify. Composers features in this series include: Bartók (3 volumes), Berg, Britten, Debussy, Delius, Dukas, Dutilleux, Elgar, Enescu, Falla, Glazunov, Hartmann (2 volumes), Henze, Hindemith (2 volumes), Holst, Honegger, Ibert, Janácek, Khachaturian, Kodaly, Korngold, Ligeti, Lutoslawski, Messiaen, Milhaud, Nielsen (2 volumes), Orff, Pärt, Penderecki, Poulenc, Prokofiev (2 volumes), Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Respighi, Rodrigo, Roussel, Satie, Schoenberg, Schreker, Scriabin, Shostakovich (2 volumes), Sibelius, Stockhausen, Stravinsky, Suk, Szymanowski, Tavener, Tcherepnin, Tippett, Villa-Lobos, Walton, Weill, R.V. Williams, Xenakis, Zemlinsky (2 volumes).

Here's the Spotify playlist: EMI: 20th Century Classics (1785 tracks, total time: 152 hours) Ctrl (CMD)+G to browse in album view. Albums are sorted by composer names, as listed above.


  1. Thanks for the mention. I am honoured! I noticed that you had quite a few missing when we exchanged messages last week. I guessed that the missing ones were not available outside the UK. I am still puzzling because you have 1705 tracks and I have 1811. Maybe I have some duplicates which I have not yet identified. I compiled my playlist from Best wishes, MH Whitehead.

  2. Ha ha! Neither EMI's nor Presto Classical's list covers all bases. The Shostakovich Chamber music I found is on the EMI list which you adverted to but not on Presto's. Numerous others are on the Presto list but not the EMI list. My playlist is now 1833 tracks. I still can not find duplicates. But that is no guarantee that there are none! I am dyslexic, so easily make errors in reading, writing and remembering things!

    MH Whitehead

  3. This seems to have all 65 of the EMI 20th Century Classics which I have found so far collected in one place

    MH Whitehead

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