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50 Most Beautiful Classical Pieces by Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Dvorak, Grieg, Handel, Mozart et al. played by Pires, Previn, Rattle, Vengerov et al.

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K. 467
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Keyboard Concerto in F minor, BWV 1056
>Vivaldi, Antonio : The Four Seasons
>Ravel, Maurice : Pavane pour une infante défunte
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Requiem Mass
>Dvorak, Antonin : Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95 'From the New World'
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620
>Bellini, Vincenzo : Norma, opera
>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 30 in E major, Op. 109
>Chopin, Frédéric : Sonata for Piano no 3 in B minor, Op. 58
>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Te Deum, H. 146
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Mass in B minor, BWV 232
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Stabat Mater, RV 621
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 5 "Emperor"
>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 8 in B minor, D. 759 'Unfinished'
>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Premier Livre
>Ravel, Maurice : Ma Mère I'Oye
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Prelude for piano no 6 in G minor, Op. 23/5
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Symphony no 5 in E minor, Op. 64
>Fauré, Gabriel : Requiem, Op. 48
>Schumann, Robert : Kinderszenen no 7 ("Träumerei"), for piano, Op. 15/7
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Concerto for Cello no 1 in C major, Hob. VIIb
>Purcell, Henry : Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary, Z. 860
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Requiem in D minor, K. 626
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 'Pathétique'
>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin
>Britten, Benjamin : Four Sea Interludes, Op. 33a
>Schubert, Franz : Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in E flat major, D. 929
>Grieg, Edvard : Peer Gynt
>Handel, George Frideric : Harpsichord Suite no 4 in D minor, HWV 437
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64
>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne no 1
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Carnival of the Animals
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Nutcraker, Ballet Op. 71
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : An der schönen, blauen Donau (On the Beautiful, Blue Danube), waltz for orchestra (with chorus ad li
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Concerto for Violin in D minor
>Schumann, Robert : Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 97 'Rhenan'
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen Suite for orchestra no 1
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 'Moonlight'
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 3 in D major, BWV 1068
>Chopin, Frédéric : Waltz for piano no 2 in A flat major, Op. 34/1, CT. 208
>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
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Works Details

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K. 467 :: II. Andante
  • Performer: Christian Zacharias (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Zinman
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1785

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 :: 'Choral'
  • Performers: Gré Brouwenstijn (Soprano); Nicolai Gedda (Voice); Frederick Guthrie (Bass); Kerstin Meyer (Voice)
  • Conductor: André Cluytens
  • Running Time: 6 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1824

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Keyboard Concerto in F minor, BWV 1056 :: II. Adagio
  • Performer: David Fray (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Fray
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1738

>Vivaldi, Antonio : The Four Seasons :: Concerto Op. 8 no 4 'Winter'
  • Conductor: Fabio Biondi
  • Ensemble: Europa Galante
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1725

>Ravel, Maurice : Pavane pour une infante défunte
  • Performer: Samson Francois (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1899

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Requiem Mass :: Sequenza
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874

>Dvorak, Antonin : Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95 'From the New World' :: I. Allegro con fuoco
  • Conductor: Carlo Giulini
  • Notes: Composition written: 01/10/1893-05/24/1893.
  • Running Time: 11 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620 :: Act II
  • Performer: Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Louis Langrée
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1791

>Bellini, Vincenzo : Norma, opera :: Act I
  • Performer: Maria Callas (Voice)
  • Conductor: Tullio Serafin
  • Running Time: 5 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1831

>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77 :: III. Allegro giocoso
  • Performer: Frank Zimmermann (Violin)
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Sawallisch
  • Running Time: 7 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1878

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera :: Act II
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Notes: Composition written: 1871.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1871

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 30 in E major, Op. 109 :: II. Prestissimo
  • Performer: Hélène Grimaud (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1820

>Chopin, Frédéric : Sonata for Piano no 3 in B minor, Op. 58 :: IV. Finale
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1844

>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre :: Act III
  • Conductor: Mariss Jansons
  • Running Time: 4 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1854-1856

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part II
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Te Deum, H. 146 :: Prélude
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
  • Running Time: 1 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: ?1692

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 :: Aria
  • Performer: Maria Tipo (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1741

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Mass in B minor, BWV 232 :: I. Missa
  • Running Time: 7 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1748-1749

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Stabat Mater, RV 621 :: I. Stabat Mater dolorosa
  • Performer: David Daniels (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Fabio Biondi
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: by 1742

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550 :: I. Molto Allegro
  • Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt
  • Running Time: 6 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1788

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 5 "Emperor" :: II. Adagio un poco mosso
  • Performer: Christian Zacharias (Piano)
  • Conductor: Hans Vonk
  • Running Time: 6 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1809

>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 8 in B minor, D. 759 'Unfinished' :: I. Allegro Moderato
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Running Time: 7 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1822

>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Premier Livre :: La fille aux cheveux de lin
  • Performer: Samson Francois (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1907-1910

>Ravel, Maurice : Ma Mère I'Oye :: I. Pavane de la Belle au bois dormant
  • Conductor: Michel Plasson
  • Running Time: 1 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1911-1912

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Prelude for piano no 6 in G minor, Op. 23/5
  • Performer: Dmitri Alexeev (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1901

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Symphony no 5 in E minor, Op. 64 :: III. Valse - Allegro moderato
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Running Time: 6 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1888

>Fauré, Gabriel : Requiem, Op. 48 :: IV. Pie Jesu
  • Performer: Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Järvi Paavo
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1887-1900

>Schumann, Robert : Kinderszenen no 7 ("Träumerei"), for piano, Op. 15/7
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Concerto for Cello no 1 in C major, Hob. VIIb :: 1
  • Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
  • Notes: Composition written: By 1765.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1765

>Purcell, Henry : Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary, Z. 860 :: III. Canzona
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Running Time: 1 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1695

>Purcell, Henry : Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary, Z. 860 :: VII. March
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1695

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Requiem in D minor, K. 626 :: VIII. Lacrimosa
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1791

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 'Pathétique' :: II. Adagio cantabile
  • Performer: Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1797-1798

>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin :: Act III
  • Conductor: Rudolf Kempe
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1848

>Britten, Benjamin : Four Sea Interludes, Op. 33a :: II. Sunday Morning
  • Conductor: Libor Pesek
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Schubert, Franz : Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in E flat major, D. 929 :: II. Andante con moto
  • Performers: Frank Braley (Piano); Gautier Capuçon (Cello); Renaud Capuçon (Violin)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 11/1827

>Grieg, Edvard : Peer Gynt :: Solveig's Song
  • Performer: Camilla Tilling
  • Conductor: Järvi Paavo
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874-1875

>Handel, George Frideric : Harpsichord Suite no 4 in D minor, HWV 437 :: Sarabande
  • Conductor: Alexander Briger
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1705

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64 :: Act I
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Notes: Composition written: 1935-36.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne no 1
  • Performer: Anne Queffélec (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Carnival of the Animals :: VII. Aquarium
  • Performers: Tzimon Barto (Piano); Mikhail Rudy (Piano)
  • Conductor: Michel Plasson
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Nutcraker, Ballet Op. 71 :: Miniature overture
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1892

>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : An der schönen, blauen Donau (On the Beautiful, Blue Danube), waltz for orchestra (with chorus ad li
  • Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt
  • Running Time: 9 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1867

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Concerto for Violin in D minor :: I. Allegro molto appassionato
  • Performer: Maxim Vengerov (Violin)
  • Conductor: Kurt Masur
  • Running Time: 13 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 09/16/1844

>Schumann, Robert : Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 97 'Rhenan' :: I. Lebhaft
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Sawallisch
  • Running Time: 8 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1850

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen Suite for orchestra no 1 :: Entr'acte to Acte III
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Notes: Composition written: 1875.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1875

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 'Moonlight' :: I. Adagio sostenuto
  • Performer: Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1801

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 3 in D major, BWV 1068 :: II. Air ('Air on the G string')
  • Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt
  • Ensemble: Concentus Musicus Wien
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1731

>Chopin, Frédéric : Waltz for piano no 2 in A flat major, Op. 34/1, CT. 208
  • Performer: Samson Francois (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1835

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: Act II
  • Performer: Maria Callas (Voice)
  • Conductor: Victor De Sabata
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900