Features the high-fidelity SHM-CD format. [Machine Translation] [Classical Department Store - French Chronicle] 1st release. 100 titles of masterpieces of French music from the Renaissance and Baroque periods to the present day! From orchestral to chamber music, instrumental music, and opera, this collection covers the essential works in the history of French music! The 100 titles include highly acclaimed albums from Deutsche Grammophon and Decca, as well as masterpieces by both greats and current artists. The booklet includes a foreword by music writer Hiroyuki Yagi. The booklet also includes an easy-to-understand new album commentary. All albums are recorded on high-quality SHM-CDs with green color label coatings to bring out the full potential of the masters. The autograph score of Berlioz's "Solemn Mass," which was supposedly composed at the age of 20 and discarded, was discovered in 1992 and performed throughout Europe under Gardiner's direction, and the world premiere recording was made in Westminster Cathedral in 1993. The dramatic orchestration of this work is the origin of Berlioz's later style. The lyrics are not accompanied by a bilingual translation. [Donna Brown (soprano), Jean-Luc Viala (tenor), Gilles Cachemaille (bass-baritone), Monteverdi Choir, Orchestre Revolutionnelle et Romantique, conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, recorded October 1993 London (live)