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>Coates, Eric : By the Sleepy Lagoon
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : An der schonen, blauen Donau, Op. 314
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 2
>     Adagio sostenuto
>Puccini, Giacomo : Madame Butterfly
>     Un bel dì
>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for 2 violins
>     Largo ma non tanto
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Romeo & Juliet Ouverture
>     Largo ma non tanto
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Fantasia on Greensleeves
>Elgar, Edward : Enigma Variations
>     Nimrod
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Cosi fan tutte, K 588
>     Nimrod
>Mendelssohn, Felix : A Midsummer Night's Dream
>     Soave sia il vento
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 9 'Choral'
>     Wedding March
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Clarinet in A major, K 622
>     Adagio
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Nabucco
>     Adagio
>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 2
>     Va pensiero (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves)
>Elgar, Edward : Coronation Ode, Op. 44
>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody in Blue
>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot
>     Nessun dorma!
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sympony no 6 'Pastorale'
>     Finale
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Paganini Variations
>     Variation no 18
>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Violin
>     Adagio
>Ravel, Maurice : Pavane pour une infante défunte
>Dvorak, Antonin : Symphony no 9 "New World"
>     Largo [Excerpt]
>Bellini, Vincenzo : Norma, opera
>     Casta diva
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" BWV 147
>     Jesu, joy of man's desiring
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 5
>     Allegro
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 5
>     Allegro con brio
>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre
>     The Ride of the Valkyries
>Schubert, Franz : Quintet in C
>     Adagio [Excerpt]
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 21
>     Andante
>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers
>     Au fond du temple saint (Duet)
>Elgar, Edward : Concerto for Cello
>     Adagio
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The lark ascending
>Purcell, Henry : Dido & Aeneas
>     When I am laid in earth
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni
>     La ci darem la mano (Duet)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
>     Allegro
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Moonlight Sonata
>     Adagio sostenuto
>Grieg, Edvard : Piano Concerto
>     Adagio
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Requiem
>     Dies Irae
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
>     Hallelujah Chorus

Album Summary

>Coates, Eric : By the Sleepy Lagoon
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : An der schonen, blauen Donau, Op. 314
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 2
>Puccini, Giacomo : Madame Butterfly
>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for 2 violins
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Romeo & Juliet Ouverture
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Fantasia on Greensleeves
>Elgar, Edward : Enigma Variations
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Cosi fan tutte, K 588
>Mendelssohn, Felix : A Midsummer Night's Dream
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 9 'Choral'
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Clarinet in A major, K 622
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Nabucco
>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 2
>Elgar, Edward : Coronation Ode, Op. 44
>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody in Blue
>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sympony no 6 'Pastorale'
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Paganini Variations
>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Violin
>Ravel, Maurice : Pavane pour une infante défunte
>Dvorak, Antonin : Symphony no 9 "New World"
>Bellini, Vincenzo : Norma, opera
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" BWV 147
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 5
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 5
>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre
>Schubert, Franz : Quintet in C
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 21
>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers
>Elgar, Edward : Concerto for Cello
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The lark ascending
>Purcell, Henry : Dido & Aeneas
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Moonlight Sonata
>Grieg, Edvard : Piano Concerto
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Requiem
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
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Works Details

>Coates, Eric : By the Sleepy Lagoon
  • Conductor: Vernon Handley
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930

>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314
  • Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
  • Running Time: 7 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1867

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 2 :: Adagio sostenuto
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Running Time: 12 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1900-1901

>Puccini, Giacomo : Madame Butterfly :: Un bel dì
  • Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: John Pritchard
  • Notes: Composition written: 1904.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1904

>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune
  • Performer: Kathryn Stott (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890-1905

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for 2 violins :: Largo ma non tanto
  • Performers: Jose-Luis Garcia (Violin); Pinchas Zukerman (Violin)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1730-1731

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Romeo & Juliet Ouverture :: Largo ma non tanto
  • Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1880

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Fantasia on Greensleeves
  • Conductor: Nicholas Cleobury
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1934

>Elgar, Edward : Enigma Variations :: Nimrod
  • Conductor: Paul Daniel
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898-1899

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Così fan tutte, K 588 :: Nimrod
  • Performers: Francois Roux; Lynne Dawson; Della Jones (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1790

>Mendelssohn, Felix : A Midsummer Night's Dream :: Soave sia il vento
  • Conductor: George Szell
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1843

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 9 'Choral' :: Wedding March
  • Performers: Gary Lakes (Tenor); Roberta Alexander; Paul Pishka; Florence Quivar
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1824

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Clarinet in A major, K 622 :: Adagio
  • Performer: Joy Farrall (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Nicholas Cleobury
  • Running Time: 7 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1791

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Nabucco :: Adagio
  • Conductor: Lawrence Foster
  • Running Time: 4 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1842

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 2 :: Va pensiero (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves)
  • Conductor: Lorin Maazel
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1901-1902

>Elgar, Edward : Coronation Ode, Op. 44
  • Conductor: Carl Davis
  • Running Time: 6 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1901

>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody in Blue
  • Performers: Michael Boriskin (Piano); Todd Levy (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Jonathan Sheffer
  • Running Time: 17 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1924

>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot :: Nessun dorma!
  • Performer: Johan Botha (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Edward Downes
  • Notes: Composition written: 1926.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1926

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sympony no 6 'Pastorale' :: Finale
  • Conductor: David Zinman
  • Running Time: 9 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1808

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Paganini Variations :: Variation no 18
  • Performer: Evelyn Chen (Piano)
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1934

>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Violin :: Adagio
  • Performer: Jascha Heifetz (Violin)
  • Conductor: Fritz Reiner
  • Running Time: 8 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1878

>Ravel, Maurice : Pavane pour une infante défunte
  • Performer: Kathryn Stott (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1899

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Symphony no 9 "New World" :: Largo [Excerpt]
  • Conductor: Libor Pesek
  • Notes: Composition written: 01/10/1893-05/24/1893.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral

>Bellini, Vincenzo : Norma, opera :: Casta diva
  • Performer: Lesley Garrett
  • Conductor: Peter Robinson
  • Running Time: 5 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1831

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" BWV 147 :: Jesu, joy of man's desiring
  • Conductor: Andrew Watkinson
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 07/02/1723

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 5 :: Allegro
  • Performers: Donald Peck (Flute); Samuel Magad (Violin); James Levine (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: James Levine
  • Running Time: 10 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 03/24/1721

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 5 :: Allegro con brio
  • Conductor: Günter Wand
  • Running Time: 7 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1808

>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre :: The Ride of the Valkyries
  • Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
  • Running Time: 5 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1854-1856

>Schubert, Franz : Quintet in C :: Adagio [Excerpt]
  • Performer: Bernard Greenhouse (Cello)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1828

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 21 :: Andante
  • Performer: Arthur Rubenstein (Piano)
  • Conductor: Alfred Wallenstein
  • Running Time: 6 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1785

>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers :: Au fond du temple saint (Duet)
  • Performers: Robert Merrill; Jussi Björling
  • Conductor: Renato Cellini
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1863

>Elgar, Edward : Concerto for Cello :: Adagio
  • Performer: Alexander Baillie (Cello)
  • Conductor: Edward Downes
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1919

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The lark ascending
  • Performer: Pauline Lowbury (Violin)
  • Conductor: Nicholas Cleobury
  • Running Time: 13 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914

>Purcell, Henry : Dido & Aeneas :: When I am laid in earth
  • Performer: Emily van Evera (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Ensemble: Taverner Players
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1689

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni :: La ci darem la mano (Duet)
  • Performers: Kwangchul Youn (Bass); Birgid Steinberger (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Bertrand De Billy
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1787

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Eine Kleine Nachtmusik :: Allegro
  • Conductor: Andrew Watkinson
  • Running Time: 5 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1787

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Moonlight Sonata :: Adagio sostenuto
  • Performer: Andrew Wilde (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1801

>Grieg, Edvard : Piano Concerto :: Adagio
  • Performer: Arthur Rubenstein (Piano)
  • Conductor: Alfred Wallenstein
  • Running Time: 6 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1868

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Requiem :: Dies Irae
  • Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Hallelujah Chorus
  • Conductor: Mark Stephenson
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741