40 Most Beautiful Classical Anthems

Album Summary

>Orff, Carl : Carmina burana
>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Nabucco
>Elgar, Edward : Coronation Ode, Op. 44
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata and Fugue for Organ in D minor, BWV 565
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67
>Handel, George Frideric : Coronation Anthem
>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot
>Strauss, Richard : Also Sprach Zarathustra
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Romeo and Juliet
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : 1812 Overture, Op. 49
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera"
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
>Parry, Charles Hubert : Jerusalem
>Holst, Gustav : The Planets, Op. 32/H 125
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral"
>Mussorgsky, Modest : Pictures at an exhibition
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Symphony no 3 in C minor, Op. 78 "Organ"
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in G minor, Op. 8 no 2/RV 315 "L'estate"
>Spiegl, Fritz : Radio 4 UK, television theme for orchestra
>Elgar, Edward : Enigma Variations
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Fantasia on Greensleeves
>Coates, Eric : The Dam Busters
>Binge, Ronald : Sailing By, for orchestra (theme for BBC Radio 4's Late Night Shipping Forecast)
>Coates, Eric : By the Sleepy Lagoon
>Wood, Arthur : My Native Heath, suite for orchestra
>Wood, Henry J. : Fantasia on British Sea Songs
>Fucik, Julius : Einzug der Gladiatoren, Op. 68
>Barber, Samuel : Adagio for Strings
>Wagner, Richard : Tannhäuser
>Sibelius, Jean : Finlandia, Op. 26
>Sibelius, Jean : Karelia Suite, Op. 11
>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Prelude to the Te Deum
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
>Ravel, Maurice : Boléro
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il Trovatore
>Khachaturian, Aram : Gayaneh
>Arne, Thomas Augustine : Rule Britannia
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>Orff, Carl : Carmina burana :: O Fortuna
  • Performer: Stuart Wilson (Descant)
  • Conductor: Zubin Mehta
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre :: Ride of the Valkyries
  • Performer: Stuart Wilson (Descant)
  • Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
  • Running Time: 5 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1854-1856

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Nabucco :: Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves
  • Performer: Stuart Wilson (Descant)
  • Conductor: Carlo Rizzi
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1842

>Elgar, Edward : Coronation Ode, Op. 44
  • Performer: Stuart Wilson (Descant)
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Running Time: 6 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1901

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata and Fugue for Organ in D minor, BWV 565 :: [Excerpt]
  • Performers: Stuart Wilson (Descant); Marie-Claire Alain (Organ)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1708

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67 :: 1st movement
  • Performer: Stuart Wilson (Descant)
  • Conductor: Joseph Keilberth
  • Running Time: 8 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1808

>Handel, George Frideric : Coronation Anthem :: [Excerpt]
  • Performer: Stuart Wilson (Descant)
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1727

>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot :: Nessun dorma
  • Performers: Stuart Wilson (Descant); Placido Domingo (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Nello Santi
  • Notes: Composition written: 1926.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1926

>Strauss, Richard : Also Sprach Zarathustra :: Opening
  • Performer: Stuart Wilson (Descant)
  • Conductor: Alain Lombard
  • Running Time: 1 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1896

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Romeo and Juliet :: Dance of the Knights
  • Performer: Stuart Wilson (Descant)
  • Conductor: Jukka-Pekka Saraste
  • Notes: Composition written: 1935-36.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : 1812 Overture, Op. 49 :: Finale
  • Performer: Stuart Wilson (Descant)
  • Conductor: Zubin Mehta
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1880

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera"
  • Performers: Piero Toso (Violin); Stuart Wilson (Descant)
  • Conductor: Claudio Scimone
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1725

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Hallelujah Chorus
  • Performer: Stuart Wilson (Descant)
  • Conductor: Raymond Leppard
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Parry, Charles Hubert : Jerusalem
  • Performer: Stuart Wilson (Descant)
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1916

>Holst, Gustav : The Planets, Op. 32/H 125 :: Mars
  • Performer: Stuart Wilson (Descant)
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Running Time: 6 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914-1916

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" :: Ode to Joy
  • Performer: Stuart Wilson (Descant)
  • Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1824

>Mussorgsky, Modest : Pictures at an exhibition :: Promenade
  • Performer: Stuart Wilson (Descant)
  • Conductor: James Conlon
  • Running Time: 1 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874-1922

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Symphony no 3 in C minor, Op. 78 "Organ" :: Finale (excerpt)
  • Performers: Stuart Wilson (Descant); Marie-Claire Alain (Organ)
  • Conductor: Jean Martinon
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1886

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera :: Grand March
  • Performer: Stuart Wilson (Descant)
  • Conductor: Carlo Rizzi
  • Notes: Composition written: 1871.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1871

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in G minor, Op. 8 no 2/RV 315 "L'estate"
  • Performers: Piero Toso (Violin); Stuart Wilson (Descant)
  • Conductor: Claudio Scimone
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1725

>Spiegl, Fritz : Radio 4 UK, television theme for orchestra
  • Performer: Stuart Wilson (Descant)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 5 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Holst, Gustav : The Planets, Op. 32/H 125 :: Jupiter (excerpt)
  • Performer: Stuart Wilson (Descant)
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Running Time: 1 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914-1916

>Elgar, Edward : Enigma Variations :: Nimrod
  • Performer: Stuart Wilson (Descant)
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898-1899

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Fantasia on Greensleeves
  • Performer: Stuart Wilson (Descant)
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1934

>Coates, Eric : The Dam Busters
  • Performer: Stuart Wilson (Descant)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1954

>Binge, Ronald : Sailing By, for orchestra (theme for BBC Radio 4's Late Night Shipping Forecast)
  • Performer: Stuart Wilson (Descant)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1963

>Coates, Eric : By the Sleepy Lagoon
  • Performer: Stuart Wilson (Descant)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930

>Wood, Arthur : My Native Heath, suite for orchestra :: Barwick Green (Maypole Dance)
  • Performer: Stuart Wilson (Descant)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1925

>Wood, Henry J. : Fantasia on British Sea Songs :: Sailor's Hornpipe (Jack's the Lad)
  • Performer: Stuart Wilson (Descant)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Fucik, Julius : Einzug der Gladiatoren, Op. 68
  • Performer: Stuart Wilson (Descant)
  • Conductor: Václav Neumann
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1912

>Barber, Samuel : Adagio for Strings :: [Excerpt]
  • Performer: Stuart Wilson (Descant)
  • Conductor: Lawrence Foster
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936

>Wagner, Richard : Tannhäuser :: Overture (excerpt)
  • Performer: Stuart Wilson (Descant)
  • Conductor: Marek Janowski
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1843-1865

>Sibelius, Jean : Finlandia, Op. 26
  • Performer: Stuart Wilson (Descant)
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Running Time: 7 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1900

>Sibelius, Jean : Karelia Suite, Op. 11 :: Intermezzo
  • Performer: Stuart Wilson (Descant)
  • Conductor: Kamu
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1893

>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Prelude to the Te Deum
  • Performer: Stuart Wilson (Descant)
  • Conductor: Michel Corboz
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: Overture
  • Performer: Stuart Wilson (Descant)
  • Conductor: Alain Lombard
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Ravel, Maurice : Boléro :: [Excerpt]
  • Performer: Stuart Wilson (Descant)
  • Conductor: Alain Lombard
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1928

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il Trovatore :: Anvil Chorus
  • Performer: Stuart Wilson (Descant)
  • Conductor: Carlo Rizzi
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Khachaturian, Aram : Gayaneh :: Sabre Dance
  • Performer: Stuart Wilson (Descant)
  • Conductor: Alexander Lazarev
  • Notes: Composition written: 1941-42.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1941-1942

>Arne, Thomas Augustine : Rule Britannia
  • Performers: Stuart Wilson (Descant); Bryn Terfel (Voice)
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1740