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>Hildegard of Bingen : O viridissima virga
>Anonymous, Cantigas de Santa Maria : Work(s)
>Anonymous, Worcester Antiphonarium : Salve virgo virginum
>Anonymous, Trouveres : Au renouvel
>Dufay, Guillaume : Tibi, Christe, splendor patris, hymn for 3 voices
>Tertre, Etienne du : Pavane & Galliard (from Attaignant's Danceries, 1557)
>Lassus, Orlando de : S'io fusse ciaul'ettu, villanelle for 4 voices, S. x/92
>Tallis, Thomas : I call and cry to thee
>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Canzon in echo, for 12 parts, C. 192
>Lassus, Orlando de : Lauda anima mea Dominum, motet for 4 voices, M. ix (S. iii/75)
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Come away, song arranged for lute, P 60
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Vespers of the Blessed Virgin
>Purcell, Henry : Abdelazer, Z 570 "Moor's Revenge"
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera"
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 3 in D major, BWV 1068
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 5 in D major, BWV 1050
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Requiem for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, K. 626
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in D major, Op. 76 no 5/H 3 no 79
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 5 "Emperor"
>Schubert, Franz : Moments musicaux (6) for Piano, D 780/Op. 94
>Schubert, Franz : "Trout" Quintet
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral"
>Grieg, Edvard : Peer Gynt
>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Samson et Dalila, Op. 47
>Mendelssohn, Felix : A Midsummer Night's Dream
>Chopin, Frédéric : Prelude for piano no 15 in D flat major, Op. 28/15, CT. 180
>Brahms, Johannes : German Requiem, Op. 45
>Mussorgsky, Modest : Night on the Bare Mountain
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen Suite for orchestra no 2
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Requiem Mass
>Dvorak, Antonin : Slavonic Dances (8) for Orchestra, Op. 46/B 83
>Fauré, Gabriel : Requiem, Op. 48
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Pathétique Symphony, Op. 74
>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 2 in C minor "Resurrection"
>Debussy, Claude : Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
>Strauss, Richard : Also Sprach Zarathustra
>Sibelius, Jean : Finlandia Hymn (Finlandia Hymni), for chorus & organ (or harmonium), Op. 113/12
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini
>Holst, Gustav : The Planets, Op. 32/H 125
>Stravinsky, Igor : Firebird
>Orff, Carl : Carmina burana
>Barber, Samuel : Adagio for Strings
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 5 in D minor, Op. 47
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Romeo and Juliet
>Copland, Aaron : Appalachian Spring, ballet for 13 instruments
>Bartók, Béla : Concerto for Orchestra, Sz 116
>Gorecki, Henryk M. : Symphony no 3, Op. 36 ("Symphony of Sorrowful Songs")
>Adams, John : China Gates, for piano
>Gandolfi, Michael : The Garden of Cosmic Speculation
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Works Details

>Hildegard of Bingen : O viridissima virga :: Excerpt
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: circa 1140-1179

>Anonymous, Cantigas de Santa Maria : Work(s) :: Cantigas Nos. 7 & 338
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Galilei
  • Running Time: 4 min. 27 sec.

>Anonymous, Worcester Antiphonarium : Salve virgo virginum
  • Ensemble: Ensemble P.A.N. [Project Ars Nova]
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.

>Anonymous, Trouvères : Au renouvel
  • Performer: Shira Kammen (Vielle)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble P.A.N. [Project Ars Nova]
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Dufay, Guillaume : Tibi, Christe, splendor patris, hymn for 3 voices
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Étienne du Tertre (15th Century - 15th Century) : Pavane & Galliard (from Attaignant's Danceries, 1557)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1557

>Lassus, Orlando de : S'io fusse ciaul'ettu, villanelle for 4 voices, S. x/92
  • Running Time: 1 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Tallis, Thomas : I call and cry to thee
  • Conductor: Norman Mackenzie
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1575

>Gabrieli, Giovanni : Canzon in echo, for 12 parts, C. 192
  • Ensemble: Empire Brass & Friends
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Lassus, Orlando de : Lauda anima mea Dominum, motet for 4 voices, M. ix (S. iii/75)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Come away, song arranged for lute, P 60
  • Performer: David Russell (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Vespers of the Blessed Virgin
  • Conductor: Martin Pearlman
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1610

>Purcell, Henry : Abdelazer, Z 570 "Moor's Revenge" :: Rondeau
  • Conductor: Martin Pearlman
  • Running Time: 1 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1695

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera"
  • Performer: Joseph Silverstein (Violin)
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1725

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 3 in D major, BWV 1068 :: 1. Air
  • Conductor: Martin Pearlman
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1731

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: And He Shall Purify
  • Conductor: Martin Pearlman
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 :: Variation 1
  • Performer: Simone Dinnerstein (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1741

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 5 in D major, BWV 1050 :: 1. Allegro
  • Conductor: Martin Pearlman
  • Running Time: 9 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 03/24/1721

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492 :: Overture
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1786

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Eine Kleine Nachtmusik :: 2. Romance
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Running Time: 5 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1787

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467 :: 2. Andante
  • Performer: William Tritt (Piano)
  • Conductor: Erich Kunzel
  • Running Time: 6 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1785

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550 :: 1. Molto Allegro
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Running Time: 6 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1788

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Requiem for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, K. 626 :: Lacrimosa
  • Conductor: Martin Pearlman
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1791

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Requiem for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, K. 626 :: Amen
  • Conductor: Martin Pearlman
  • Running Time: 1 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1791

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in D major, Op. 76 no 5/H 3 no 79 :: 1. Allegretto - Allegro
  • Ensemble: Cleveland Quartet
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1797

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59
  • Performer: Michael Chertock (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1810

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral" :: 1. Allegro ma non troppo "Awakening of happy feeling
  • Conductor: Christoph Dohnányi
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1808

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 5 "Emperor" :: 3. Rondo
  • Performer: Rudolf Serkin (Piano)
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Running Time: 10 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1809

>Schubert, Franz : Moments musicaux (6) for Piano, D 780/Op. 94
  • Performer: John O'Conor (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1823

>Schubert, Franz : "Trout" Quintet
  • Performer: John O'Conor (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Cleveland Quartet
  • Running Time: 7 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1819

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" :: 4. Presto (excerpt)
  • Conductor: Christoph Dohnányi
  • Running Time: 11 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1824

>Grieg, Edvard : Peer Gynt :: Morning Mood
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874-1875

>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre :: Ride of the Valkyries (excerpt)
  • Conductor: Lorin Maazel
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1854-1856

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Samson et Dalila, Op. 47 :: Bacchanale
  • Conductor: Erich Kunzel
  • Running Time: 7 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1859-1877

>Mendelssohn, Felix : A Midsummer Night's Dream :: Scherzo
  • Conductor: Yoel Levi
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1843

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Prelude for piano no 15 in D flat major, Op. 28/15, CT. 180
  • Performer: John O'Conor (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838-1839

>Brahms, Johannes : German Requiem, Op. 45 :: Wie lie
  • Conductor: Robert Shaw
  • Running Time: 5 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1857-1868

>Mussorgsky, Modest : Night on the Bare Mountain
  • Conductor: Lorin Maazel
  • Running Time: 10 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1938

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen Suite for orchestra no 2 :: Danse Boheme
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Notes: Composition written: 1875.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1875

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Requiem Mass :: 2. Dies irae (excerpt)
  • Conductor: Robert Shaw
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Slavonic Dances (8) for Orchestra, Op. 46/B 83
  • Conductor: Yoel Levi
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Requiem, Op. 48 :: 4. Pie Jesu
  • Conductor: Robert Shaw
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1887-1900

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Pathétique Symphony, Op. 74 :: 2. Allegro con grazia
  • Conductor: Christoph Dohnányi
  • Running Time: 7 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1893

>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 2 in C minor "Resurrection" :: 5. Im Tempo des Scherzos - Wild herausfahrend Allegro en
  • Performer: Kathleen Battle
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1888-1894

>Debussy, Claude : Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Running Time: 10 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Strauss, Richard : Also Sprach Zarathustra :: Excerpt
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Running Time: 1 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1896

>Sibelius, Jean : Finlandia Hymn (Finlandia Hymni), for chorus & organ (or harmonium), Op. 113/12
  • Conductor: Yoel Levi
  • Running Time: 8 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1938

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini
  • Performer: Horacio Gutierrez (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Zinman
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1934

>Holst, Gustav : The Planets, Op. 32/H 125 :: Mars, the Bringer of War (excerpt)
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914-1916

>Stravinsky, Igor : Firebird :: Infernal Dance of King Kastchei
  • Conductor: Robert Shaw
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1910

>Orff, Carl : Carmina burana :: Fortune, Empress of the World (O
  • Conductor: Robert Shaw
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Barber, Samuel : Adagio for Strings
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Running Time: 7 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 5 in D minor, Op. 47 :: 2. Allegretto
  • Conductor: Yoel Levi
  • Running Time: 5 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1937

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Romeo and Juliet :: Montagues and Capulets (excerpt)
  • Conductor: Yoel Levi
  • Notes: Composition written: 1935-36.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Copland, Aaron : Appalachian Spring, ballet for 13 instruments :: Excerpt
  • Conductor: Robert Spano
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1943-1944

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Concerto for Orchestra, Sz 116 :: 4. Intermezzo interrotto
  • Conductor: Leon Botstein
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1943-1945

>Henryk Mikolaj Górecki (Composer) (1933 - 2010) : Symphony no 3, Op. 36 ("Symphony of Sorrowful Songs") :: 1. Lento
  • Performer: Christine Brewer (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Donald Runnicles
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1976

>Adams, John : China Gates, for piano
  • Performer: Gloria Cheng (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1977

>Gandolfi, Michael : The Garden of Cosmic Speculation :: The Willowtwist
  • Performer: Michael Bishop (Sound Effects)
  • Conductor: Robert Spano
  • Running Time: 4 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007