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Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Coronation Anthem
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite no 3 in D
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : An der schönen, blauen Donau (On the Beautiful, Blue Danube), waltz for orchestra (with chorus ad li
>Mendelssohn, Felix : A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Horn no 4 in E flat major, K 495
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Sleeping Beauty
>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers
>Liszt, Franz : Liebesträume, notturno for piano no 3 in A flat major ("O Lieb, so lang du lieben kannst"), S. 541/
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Nutcracker
>Elgar, Edward : Land of Hope and Glory, for voice & piano (arr. by Benson from March Op.39/1 & Coronation Ode Op.44)
>Dvorak, Antonin : Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95 'From the New World'
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Serenade in G, K. 525 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'
>Grieg, Edvard : Peer Gynt Suite no 2, Op. 55
>Ravel, Maurice : Boléro
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : 1812 Overture, Op. 49
>Rossini, Gioachino : William Tell, Overture
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : The Carnival of the Animals
>Borodin, Alexander : Prince Igor
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67
>Schumann, Robert : Kinderszenen no 7 ("Träumerei"), for piano, Op. 15/7
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
>Pachelbel, Johann : Canon and Gigue for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major
>Rodrigo, Joaquín : Concierto de Aranjuez
>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera
>Sibelius, Jean : Karelia Suite, Op. 11
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Paino Sonata no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27, no 2 'Moonlight'
>Massenet, Jules : Méditation, for violin & orchestra (or other arrangement) (from opera "Thaïs")
>Schubert, Franz : Piano Quintet in A, D. 667, Op. 114 'The Trout'
>Delibes, Léo : Lakmé
>Strauss, Richard : Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30
>Khachaturian, Aram : Gayaneh
>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op. 43
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Romeo and Juliet
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23
>Sibelius, Jean : Finlandia, Op. 26
>Barber, Samuel : Adagio for Strings
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125
>Vivaldi, Antonio : The Four Seasons
>Handel, George Frideric : Water Music
>Dvorak, Antonin : Rusalka
>Elgar, Edward : Variations on an original theme, Op. 36 'Enigma'
>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dances
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Swan Lake
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18
>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre
>Offenbach, Jacques : The Tales of Hoffmann
>Fauré, Gabriel : Requiem, Op. 48
>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act
>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot
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Works Details

>Handel, George Frideric : Coronation Anthem
  • Conductor: Geraint Jones
  • Running Time: 5 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1727

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite no 3 in D :: Air on the G string
  • Conductor: Karl Munchinger
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1731

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture :: Love Theme
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1880

>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : An der schönen, blauen Donau (On the Beautiful, Blue Danube), waltz for orchestra (with chorus ad li
  • Conductor: Willi Boskovsky
  • Running Time: 9 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1867

>Mendelssohn, Felix : A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61 :: Wedding March
  • Conductor: George Szell
  • Running Time: 4 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1843

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Horn no 4 in E flat major, K 495 :: 4th movement. Rondo
  • Performer: Dennis Brain (Horn)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1786

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Sleeping Beauty :: Waltz
  • Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1888-1889

>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers :: Au fond du temple saint
  • Performers: Jussi Björling; Robert Merrill
  • Conductor: Renato Cellini
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1863

>Liszt, Franz : Liebesträume, notturno for piano no 3 in A flat major ("O Lieb, so lang du lieben kannst"), S. 541/
  • Performer: György Cziffra (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1843-1850

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Nutcracker :: Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy
  • Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
  • Running Time: 1 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Elgar, Edward : Land of Hope and Glory, for voice & piano (arr. by Benson from March Op.39/1 & Coronation Ode Op.44)
  • Conductor: Sir Bliss
  • Running Time: 5 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1902

>Dvorak, Antonin : Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95 'From the New World' :: [Excerpt]
  • Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
  • Notes: Composition written: 01/10/1893-05/24/1893.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Serenade in G, K. 525 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik' :: 4th movement. Allegro
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1787

>Grieg, Edvard : Peer Gynt Suite no 2, Op. 55
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874-1875

>Ravel, Maurice : Boléro :: [Excerpt]
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Running Time: 5 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1928

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : 1812 Overture, Op. 49 :: Finale
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 7 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1880

>Rossini, Gioachino : William Tell, Overture :: Finale
  • Conductor: Peter Maag
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1829

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : The Carnival of the Animals :: The Swan
  • Conductor: Skitch Henderson
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Borodin, Alexander : Prince Igor :: Polovtsian Dances - excerpt
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1869-1887

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67 :: 1st movement. Allegro con brio
  • Conductor: Otto Klemperer
  • Running Time: 8 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1808

>Schumann, Robert : Kinderszenen no 7 ("Träumerei"), for piano, Op. 15/7
  • Performer: Clifford Curzon (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550 :: 1st movement. Allegro molto
  • Conductor: Erich Kleiber
  • Running Time: 5 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1788

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Hallelujah Chorus
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Pachelbel, Johann : Canon and Gigue for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major
  • Conductor: Karl Munchinger
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: after 1700

>Rodrigo, Joaquín : Concierto de Aranjuez :: 2nd movement. Adagio - excerpt
  • Performer: Narciso Yepes (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Ataúlfo Argenta
  • Running Time: 5 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1939

>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera :: O mio babbino caro
  • Performer: Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Gabriele Santini
  • Running Time: 2 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918

>Sibelius, Jean : Karelia Suite, Op. 11 :: Alla Marcia
  • Conductor: Thomas Jensen
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1893

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Paino Sonata no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27, no 2 'Moonlight' :: 1st movement. Adagio sostenuto
  • Performer: Wilhelm Kempff (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1801

>Massenet, Jules : Méditation, for violin & orchestra (or other arrangement) (from opera "Thaïs")
  • Performer: Manoug Parikian (Violin)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 5 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Schubert, Franz : Piano Quintet in A, D. 667, Op. 114 'The Trout' :: 4th movement. Theme and Variations
  • Performer: Clifford Curzon (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Vienna Octet
  • Running Time: 7 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1819

>Delibes, Léo : Lakmé :: Flower Duet 'Sous le dome epais'
  • Performers: Agnes Disney (Voice); Mado Robin (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Georges Sebastian
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1883

>Strauss, Richard : Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 :: Opening
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1896

>Khachaturian, Aram : Gayaneh :: Sabre Dance
  • Conductor: Gennady Rozhdestvensky
  • Notes: Composition written: 1941-42.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1941-1942

>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly :: Humming Chorus
  • Conductor: Tullio Serafin
  • Notes: Composition written: 1904.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1904

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op. 43 :: Variation 18
  • Performer: Julius Katchen (Piano)
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1934

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: Prelude to Act One
  • Conductor: Thomas Beecham
  • Notes: Composition written: 1875.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1875

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Romeo and Juliet :: Dance of the Knights
  • Conductor: Karel Ancerl
  • Notes: Composition written: 1935-36.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 :: Opening
  • Performer: Clifford Curzon (Piano)
  • Conductor: Georg Solti
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1874

>Sibelius, Jean : Finlandia, Op. 26
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 9 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1900

>Barber, Samuel : Adagio for Strings
  • Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
  • Running Time: 7 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 :: 4th movement. Ode to Joy - excerpt
  • Performers: Otto Edelmann (Bass); Elisabeth Schwarzkopf; Ernst Vocals] (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 6 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1824

>Vivaldi, Antonio : The Four Seasons :: Spring
  • Conductor: Felix Ayo
  • Ensemble: I Musici
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1725

>Handel, George Frideric : Water Music :: Allegro deciso
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Notes: Composition written: 1717.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1717

>Dvorak, Antonin : Rusalka :: Song to the Moon
  • Performer: Milada Subrtova (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Zdenek Chalabala
  • Running Time: 5 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Elgar, Edward : Variations on an original theme, Op. 36 'Enigma' :: Nimrod
  • Conductor: John Barbirolli
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898-1899

>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dances :: no 5 in G minor
  • Conductor: Fritz Reiner
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Swan Lake :: Dance of the Little Swans
  • Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
  • Running Time: 1 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1875-1876

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18 :: Opening
  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
  • Conductor: Kurt Sanderling
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1900-1901

>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre :: Ride of the Valkyries
  • Conductor: Hans Knappertsbusch
  • Running Time: 5 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1854-1856

>Offenbach, Jacques : The Tales of Hoffmann :: Barcarolle
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Fauré, Gabriel : Requiem, Op. 48 :: In paradisum
  • Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1887-1900

>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act :: Intermezzo
  • Conductor: Tullio Serafin
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot :: Nessun dorma
  • Performer: Jussi Björling
  • Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
  • Notes: Composition written: 1926.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1926