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40 Most Beautiful Classical Pieces - Works by Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Vivaldi, Verdi, Wagner, Ravel, Chopin, Grieg, Bizet, Saint-Saëns, Puccini, Dvorák, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky and others / Various artists

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 'Choral'
>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
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620
>Bellini, Vincenzo : Norma, opera
>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77
>Schubert, Franz : Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in E flat major, D. 929
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera
>Chopin, Frédéric : Sonata for Piano no 3 in B minor, Op. 58
>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre
>Ravel, Maurice : Ma Mère l'Oye
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Carnival of the Animals
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : An der schönen, blauen Donau (On the Beautiful, Blue Danube), waltz for orchestra (with chorus ad li
>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Te Deum, H. 146
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Mass in B minor, BWV 232
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Stabt Mater, RV 621
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 30 in E major, Op. 109
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Romeo and Juliet, OP. 64
>Schumann, Robert : Kinderszenen no 7 ("Träumerei"), for piano, Op. 15/7
>Grieg, Edvard : Peer Gynt
>Dvorak, Antonin : Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95 'From the New World'
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Prelude for piano no 6 in G minor, Op. 23/5
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Symphony no 5 in E minor, Op. 64
>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne no 1
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen Suite for orchestra no 1
>Debussy, Claude : La fille aux cheveux de lin
>Fauré, Gabriel : Requiem, Op. 48
>Purcell, Henry : Music on the Death of Queen Mary (Funeral Sentences / The Queen's Epicedium)
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 'Pathétique'
>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin
>Chopin, Frédéric : Waltz for piano no 6 in D flat major ("Minute"), Op. 64/1, CT. 212
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Nutcraker, Ballet Op. 71
>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
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>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K. 467 :: 2. Andante
  • Performer: Christian Zacharias (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Zinman
  • Running Time: 5 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1785

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral' :: 4. Ode to Joy
  • Performers: Gré Brouwenstijn (Soprano); Nicolai Gedda (Voice); Frederick Guthrie (Bass); Kerstin Meyer (Voice)
  • Conductor: André Cluytens
  • Running Time: 6 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1824

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Keyboard Concerto in F minor, BWV 1056 :: 2. Adagio
  • Performer: David Fray (Piano)
  • Conductor: Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1738

>Vivaldi, Antonio : The Four Seasons :: 1. Allegro non molto
  • Performer: Fabio Biondi (Violin)
  • Conductor: Fabio Biondi
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 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. Dies irae
  • Performers: Sonia Ganassi (Mezzo Soprano); Anja Harteros (Soprano); René Pape (Bass); Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620 :: Act 2. Der Holle Rache
  • Performer: Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Louis Langrée
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1791

>Bellini, Vincenzo : Norma, opera :: Act 1. Casta Diva
  • Performer: Maria Callas (Voice)
  • Conductor: Tullio Serafin
  • Running Time: 5 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1831

>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77 :: 3. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace
  • Performer: Frank Zimmermann (Violin)
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Sawallisch
  • Running Time: 7 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1878

>Schubert, Franz : Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in E flat major, D. 929 :: 2. Andante con moto
  • Performers: Frank Braley (Piano); Gautier Capuçon (Cello); Renaud Capuçon (Violin)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 11/1827

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera :: Act 2. Marcia trionfale
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Notes: Composition written: 1871.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1871

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

>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre :: Act 3. Ride of the Valkyries
  • Conductor: Mariss Jansons
  • Running Time: 4 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1854-1856

>Ravel, Maurice : Ma Mère l'Oye :: 1. Pavane de la Belle au Bois Dormant
  • Conductor: Michel Plasson
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1911-1912

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Carnival of the Animals :: 7. Aquarium
  • Performers: Tzimon Barto (Piano); Mikhail Rudy (Piano)
  • Conductor: Michel Plasson
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>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. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1867

>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Te Deum, H. 146 :: Prelude
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
  • Running Time: 1 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: ?1692

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 2. Hallelujah!
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Ensemble: Le Concert d'Astrée
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>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 :: Gloria in excelsis
  • Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe
  • Running Time: 7 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1748-1749

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Stabt Mater, RV 621 :: 1. Stabat Mater dolorosa
  • Performer: David Daniels (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Fabio Biondi
  • Ensemble: Europa Galante
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: by 1742

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550 :: 1. Molto allegro
  • Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt
  • Running Time: 6 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1788

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 30 in E major, Op. 109 :: 2. Prestissimo
  • Performer: Hélène Grimaud (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1820

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Romeo and Juliet, OP. 64 :: Act 1. Dance of the Knights
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Notes: Composition written: 1935-36.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Schumann, Robert : Kinderszenen no 7 ("Träumerei"), for piano, Op. 15/7
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838

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

>Dvorak, Antonin : Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95 'From the New World' :: 4. Allegro con fuoco
  • Conductor: Georges Prêtre
  • Notes: Composition written: 01/10/1893-05/24/1893.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Prelude for piano no 6 in G minor, Op. 23/5
  • Performer: Dmitri Alexeev (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1901

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Symphony no 5 in E minor, Op. 64 :: 3. Valse. Allegro moderato
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Running Time: 6 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1888

>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne no 1
  • Performer: Anne Queffélec (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen Suite for orchestra no 1 :: Act 3. Entr'acte
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Notes: Composition written: 1875.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1875

>Debussy, Claude : La fille aux cheveux de lin
  • Performer: Samson Francois (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Fauré, Gabriel : Requiem, Op. 48 :: 4. Pie Jesu
  • Performer: Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Järvi Paavo
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1887-1900

>Purcell, Henry : Music on the Death of Queen Mary (Funeral Sentences / The Queen's Epicedium)
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1695

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 'Pathétique' :: 2. Adagio cantabile
  • Performer: Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1797-1798

>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin :: Overture
  • Conductor: Rudolf Kempe
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1848

>Chopin, Frédéric : Waltz for piano no 6 in D flat major ("Minute"), Op. 64/1, CT. 212
  • Performer: György Cziffra (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1846-1847

>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

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: Act 2. Vissi d'arte
  • Performer: Maria Callas (Voice)
  • Conductor: Victor De Sabata
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900