50 Most Essential Classical Music Pieces Ever

50 Most Essential
Classical Music Pieces Ever

Int. Release 25 Nov. 2013
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Antonio Vivaldi (1678 - 1741)
12 Violin Concertos, Op.8 "Il cimento dell'armonia e dell' invenzione"

Concerto No. 1 in E Major for solo violin "La Primavera" - RV269

1.
3:22

Janine Jansen, Candida Thompson, Henk Rubingh, Julian Rachlin, Stacey Watton, Maarten Jansen, Liz Kenny, Jan Jansen

Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849)
Vladimir Ashkenazy

Edvard Grieg (1843 - 1907)
Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46

3.
4:08

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Richard Strauss (1864 - 1949)
Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30, TrV 176

Berliner Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67

Wiener Philharmoniker, Carlos Kleiber

Edvard Grieg (1843 - 1907)
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16

Stephen Kovacevich, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis

Richard Wagner (1813 - 1883)
Die Walküre, WWV 86B

Act 3

Birgit Nilsson, Berit Lindholm, Brigitte Fassbaender, Claudia Hellmann, Helen Watts, Helga Dernesch, Marilyn Tyler, Vera Schlosser, Wiener Philharmoniker, Georg Solti

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 - 1893)
Swan Lake, Op.20 - Mariinsky Version

Act 1

Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Valery Gergiev

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
Vladimir Ashkenazy

Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918)
Suite bergamasque, L. 75

10.
5:29

Pascal Rogé

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 "Choral"

Anja Harteros, Waltraud Meier, Peter Seiffert, René Pape, Vokalensemble Kölner Dom, West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim

Johann Pachelbel (1653 - 1706)
Canon And Gigue In D Major, P 37

Arr. For Orchestra By Max Seiffert

12.
5:10

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan, Frank Maus

Samuel Barber (1910 - 1981)
London Symphony Orchestra, Kristjan Järvi

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27 No. 2 "Moonlight"

Vladimir Ashkenazy

Pietro Mascagni (1863 - 1945)
Cavalleria rusticana

Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Alberto Erede

Giacomo Puccini (1858 - 1924)
Turandot

Completed by Franco Alfano

Act 3

16.
3:00

Luciano Pavarotti, The John Alldis Choir, Wandsworth School Boys Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

Edward Elgar (1857 - 1934)
Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 "Enigma"

Los Angeles Philharmonic, Zubin Mehta

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)
Serenade in G Major, K. 525 "Eine kleine Nachtmusik"

18.
6:15

Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm

Ludovico Einaudi (1955 - )
I giorni

19.
3:23

Daniel Hope, Jacques Ammon, Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)
Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068

20.
6:05

David Bell, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 - 1893)
Nutcracker Suite, Op.71a, TH.35

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Georg Solti

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048

22.
6:14

I Musici

Franz Liszt (1811 - 1886)
Jorge Bolet

Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828)
Renée Fleming, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Andreas Delfs

Joseph Canteloube (1879 - 1957)
Chants d'Auvergne

25.
7:06

Renée Fleming, English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate

Johann Strauss II (1825 - 1899)
Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)
Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550

27.
8:13

Staatskapelle Dresden, Colin Davis

Giuseppe Verdi (1813 - 1901)
Rigoletto

Act 3

Luciano Pavarotti, London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Bonynge

Jacques Offenbach (1819 - 1880)
Les Contes d'Hoffmann

Act 2

Joan Sutherland, Huguette Tourangeau, Chorus Pro Arte Lausanne Du Brassus, Radio Suisse Romande Chorus, L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Richard Bonynge

Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924)
30.
5:12

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Jean Fournet

Georges Bizet (1838 - 1875)
Carmen, WD 31

Act 1

Tatiana Troyanos, The John Alldis Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Georg Solti

Léo Delibes (1836 - 1891)
Lakmé

Act 1

Joan Sutherland, Jane Berbié, Orchestre National de l'Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Richard Bonynge

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 - 1893)
1812 Overture, Op. 49, TH 49

Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, University Of Minnesota Brass Band, Antal Doráti

Aaron Copland (1900 - 1990)
Los Angeles Philharmonic, Zubin Mehta

Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov (1873 - 1943)
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18

Lang Lang, Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Valery Gergiev

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

36.
3:54

András Schiff

Erik Satie (1866 - 1925)
3 Gymnopédies

Pascal Rogé

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)
Toccata And Fugue In D Minor, BWV 565

38.
2:34

Simon Preston

Edvard Grieg (1843 - 1907)
Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Antonín Dvo?ák (1841 - 1904)
Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95, B. 178, "From the New World"

40.
13:24

Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Riccardo Chailly

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844 - 1908)
The Tale Of Tsar Saltan

Philharmonia Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy

John Williams (1932 - )
42.
3:49

Nicola Benedetti, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Kirill Karabits

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-Flat Major, Op. 73 "Emperor"

43.
21:03

Daniel Barenboim, Staatskapelle Berlin

George Gershwin (1898 - 1937)
44.
13:51

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, André Previn

Gregorio Allegri (1582 - 1652)
45.
11:57

The Sixteen, Harry Christophers

Gustav Holst (1874 - 1934)
The Planets, Op. 32

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Georg Solti

George Frideric Handel (1685 - 1759)
Messiah, HWV 56

Pt. 2

47.
3:42

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner

Carl Orff (1895 - 1982)
Carmina Burana

Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi

48.
2:25

Brighton Festival Chorus, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Jules Massenet (1842 - 1912)
Thaïs

Act 2

Nigel Kennedy, The National Philharmonic Orchestra, Richard Bonynge

Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921)
Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 78, R. 176 - "Organ Symphony"

Peter Hurford, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Charles Dutoit

Total Playing Time: 5:23:33