The 50 Greatest Pieces of Classical Music: Orf, Bach & Grieg

Audio Samples

>Orff, Carl : Carmina Burana
>     O Fortuna
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 3
>     Air
>Grieg, Edvard : Peer Gynt
>     Morning Mood
>     In the Hall of the Mountain King
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 5
>     Allegro con brio
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109
>Pachelbel, Johann : Canon and Gigue for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major
>Barber, Samuel : Adagio for Strings
>Vivaldi, Antonio : The Four Seasons
>     Spring. Allegro
>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre
>     Ride of the Valkyries
>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera
>     Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves
>Holst, Gustav : The Planets
>     Jupiter
>Dvorak, Antonin : Symphony no 9 "From the New World"
>     Largo
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 3 in G major, BWV 1048
>     Allegro
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 21
>     Andante
>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in G minor, WoO 1/5
>Massenet, Jules : Thais
>     Meditation
>Elgar, Edward : Pomp and Circumstance March no 1
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Requiem Mass
>     Lacrimosa
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : An der schonen, blauen Donau, Op. 314
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen Suite for orchestra no 1
>     Habanera
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Swan Lake Suite
>     Scéne
>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne no 1
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 9, "Choral"
>     Ode to Joy
>Rossini, Gioachino : The Barber of Seville
>     Overture
>Gounod, Charles : Ave Maria
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Moonlight Sonata
>     Adagio sostenuto
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
>     Allegro
>Giazotto, Remo : Adagio in C minor for strings & organ (previously attributed to Tomaso Albinoni)
>Sibelius, Jean : Finlandia, Op. 26
>Boccherini, Luigi : Menuett
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 40
>     Allegro molto
>Myers, Stanley : The Deer Hunter
>Dvorak, Antonin : Slavonic Dances (8) for Orchestra, Op. 46/B 83
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Messa de Requiem
>     Dies irae - Tuba mirum
>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 5
>     Adagietto
>Smetana, Bedrich : Ma Vlast
>     Vitava
>Fauré, Gabriel : Pavane, Op. 50
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Double Violin Concerto
>     Vivace
>Offenbach, Jacques : The Tales of Hoffman
>     Barcarolle
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : The Magic Flute
>     Overture
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 11
>     Rondo Alla Turca
>Bizet, Georges : L' Arlesienne, suite for orchestra no 1
>     Prelude
>Corelli, Arcangelo : Christmas Concerto
>     Allegro
>Strauss I (Senior), Johann : Radetzky March, Op. 228
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Songs (14), Op. 34
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Egmont, incidental music, Op. 84
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
>     Hallelujah Chorus

Album Summary

>Orff, Carl : Carmina Burana
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 3
>Grieg, Edvard : Peer Gynt
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 5
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109
>Pachelbel, Johann : Canon and Gigue for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major
>Barber, Samuel : Adagio for Strings
>Vivaldi, Antonio : The Four Seasons
>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre
>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera
>Holst, Gustav : The Planets
>Dvorak, Antonin : Symphony no 9 "From the New World"
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 3 in G major, BWV 1048
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 21
>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in G minor, WoO 1/5
>Massenet, Jules : Thais
>Elgar, Edward : Pomp and Circumstance March no 1
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Requiem Mass
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : An der schonen, blauen Donau, Op. 314
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen Suite for orchestra no 1
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Swan Lake Suite
>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne no 1
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 9, "Choral"
>Rossini, Gioachino : The Barber of Seville
>Gounod, Charles : Ave Maria
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Moonlight Sonata
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
>Giazotto, Remo : Adagio in C minor for strings & organ (previously attributed to Tomaso Albinoni)
>Sibelius, Jean : Finlandia, Op. 26
>Boccherini, Luigi : Menuett
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 40
>Myers, Stanley : The Deer Hunter
>Dvorak, Antonin : Slavonic Dances (8) for Orchestra, Op. 46/B 83
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Messa de Requiem
>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 5
>Smetana, Bedrich : Ma Vlast
>Fauré, Gabriel : Pavane, Op. 50
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Double Violin Concerto
>Offenbach, Jacques : The Tales of Hoffman
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : The Magic Flute
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 11
>Bizet, Georges : L' Arlesienne, suite for orchestra no 1
>Corelli, Arcangelo : Christmas Concerto
>Strauss I (Senior), Johann : Radetzky March, Op. 228
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Songs (14), Op. 34
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Egmont, incidental music, Op. 84
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
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Notes & Reviews:

In '09 the esteemed London Philharmonic Orchestra entered Abbey Road studios to record a legendary session. Led by conductor David Parry, the LPO performed 50 pieces selected from every classical era & every thinkable composer. The result is a stunning collection of symphonies, fugues, operatic pieces & overtures, all put together into an organic compilation. This compilation can be enjoyed by both the curious beginner & classical aficionado.



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Works Details

>Orff, Carl : Carmina Burana :: O Fortuna
  • Performer: Finghin Collins (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 3 :: Air
  • Performer: Finghin Collins (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1731

>Grieg, Edvard : Peer Gynt :: Morning Mood
  • Performer: Finghin Collins (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874-1875

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 5 :: Allegro con brio
  • Performer: Finghin Collins (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 7 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1808

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Nocturne for piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109
  • Performer: Finghin Collins (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 4 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1830-1832

>Pachelbel, Johann : Canon and Gigue for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major
  • Performer: Finghin Collins (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: after 1700

>Barber, Samuel : Adagio for Strings
  • Performer: Finghin Collins (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 8 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936

>Vivaldi, Antonio : The Four Seasons :: Spring. Allegro
  • Performer: Finghin Collins (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1725

>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre :: Ride of the Valkyries
  • Performer: Finghin Collins (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 5 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1854-1856

>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune
  • Performer: Finghin Collins (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 5 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890-1905

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera :: Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves
  • Performer: Finghin Collins (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Notes: Composition written: 1871.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1871

>Holst, Gustav : The Planets :: Jupiter
  • Performer: Finghin Collins (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 7 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914-1916

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Symphony no 9 "From the New World" :: Largo
  • Performer: Finghin Collins (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Notes: Composition written: 01/10/1893-05/24/1893.
  • Running Time: 12 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 3 in G major, BWV 1048 :: Allegro
  • Performer: Finghin Collins (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 5 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 03/24/1721

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 21 :: Andante
  • Performer: Finghin Collins (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 7 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1785

>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in G minor, WoO 1/5
  • Performer: Finghin Collins (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1858-1868

>Massenet, Jules : Thaïs :: Meditation
  • Performer: Finghin Collins (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Elgar, Edward : Pomp and Circumstance March no 1
  • Performer: Finghin Collins (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 5 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1901

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Requiem Mass :: Lacrimosa
  • Performer: Finghin Collins (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1791

>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314
  • Performer: Finghin Collins (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 5 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1867

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59
  • Performer: Finghin Collins (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1810

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen Suite for orchestra no 1 :: Habanera
  • Performer: Finghin Collins (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Notes: Composition written: 1875.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1875

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Swan Lake Suite :: Scéne
  • Performer: Finghin Collins (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1875-1876

>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne no 1
  • Performer: Finghin Collins (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 9, "Choral" :: Ode to Joy
  • Performer: Finghin Collins (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1824

>Rossini, Gioachino : The Barber of Seville :: Overture
  • Performer: Finghin Collins (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 6 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1816

>Gounod, Charles : Ave Maria
  • Performer: Finghin Collins (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1852

>Grieg, Edvard : Peer Gynt :: In the Hall of the Mountain King
  • Performer: Finghin Collins (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874-1875

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Moonlight Sonata :: Adagio sostenuto
  • Performer: Finghin Collins (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 5 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1801

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Eine Kleine Nachtmusik :: Allegro
  • Performer: Finghin Collins (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 5 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1787

>Giazotto, Remo : Adagio in C minor for strings & organ (previously attributed to Tomaso Albinoni)
  • Performer: Finghin Collins (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 8 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Sibelius, Jean : Finlandia, Op. 26
  • Performer: Finghin Collins (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 8 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1900

>Boccherini, Luigi : Menuett
  • Performer: Finghin Collins (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1771

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 40 :: Allegro molto
  • Performer: Finghin Collins (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 7 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1788

>Myers, Stanley : The Deer Hunter
  • Performer: Finghin Collins (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1978

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Slavonic Dances (8) for Orchestra, Op. 46/B 83
  • Performer: Finghin Collins (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 5 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Messa de Requiem :: Dies irae - Tuba mirum
  • Performer: Finghin Collins (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874

>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 5 :: Adagietto
  • Performer: Finghin Collins (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 10 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1901-1902

>Smetana, Bedrich : Má Vlast :: Vitava
  • Performer: Finghin Collins (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 11 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: circa 1872-1879

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Pavane, Op. 50
  • Performer: Finghin Collins (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 5 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1887

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Double Violin Concerto :: Vivace
  • Performer: Finghin Collins (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1730-1731

>Offenbach, Jacques : The Tales of Hoffman :: Barcarolle
  • Performer: Finghin Collins (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : The Magic Flute :: Overture
  • Performer: Finghin Collins (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 6 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1791

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 11 :: Rondo Alla Turca
  • Performer: Finghin Collins (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Notes: Composition written: 1783.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1783

>Bizet, Georges : L' Arlésienne, suite for orchestra no 1 :: Prelude
  • Performer: Finghin Collins (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 6 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1872

>Corelli, Arcangelo : Christmas Concerto :: Allegro
  • Performer: Finghin Collins (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas

>Strauss I (Senior), Johann : Radetzky March, Op. 228
  • Performer: Finghin Collins (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1848

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Songs (14), Op. 34
  • Performer: Finghin Collins (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 5 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Egmont, incidental music, Op. 84
  • Performer: Finghin Collins (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 7 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1809-1810

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Hallelujah Chorus
  • Performer: Finghin Collins (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741