The 50 Greatest Pieces of Classical Music

The 50 Greatest Pieces of Classical Music

by London Philharmonic Orchestra


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The 50 Greatest Pieces of Classical Music consists of famous selections performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of David Parry, with additional appearances by violinist Pieter Schoeman, pianist Finghin Collins, and guitarist Craig Ogden. While the term "greatest" may be debatable in the instance of some of the pieces, "popular" is a description that's easier to support, for there's no denying the staying power of these pieces. Indeed, some are so well-loved, they have become obligatory on such collections and are likely found in most listeners' collections. Pachelbel's ubiquitous "Canon in D major" and the spurious Albinoni "Adagio" (actually composed by Remo Giazotto) are here, as is Stanley Myers' "Cavatina" from The Deer Hunter, though most of the tracks are excerpted sections from longer works, such as operas, concertos, symphonies, and choral works. In this way, the masters from Bach and Vivaldi to Rachmaninov and Mahler are generously represented, so even though the album gives merely a sample of what each composer's music is like, the quantity of tracks makes it a broad introductory survey.

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Release Date: 10/25/2011
Label: X5 Music Group
UPC: 7340070436136
catalogNumber: 105
Rank: 8440


  1. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Hallelujah Chorus
  2. Egmont, incidental music, Op. 84: Overture
  3. Vocalise, instrumental arrangement, Op. 34/14
  4. Radetzky-Marsch, for orchestra, Op. 228
  5. Concerto Grosso in G minor ("Christmas Concerto"), Op. 6/8: Allegro
  6. L' Arlésienne, suite for orchestra No. 1, from the incidental music: Prelude
  7. Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major ("Alla Turca") K. 331 (K. 300i): Rondo Alla Turca
  8. Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Overture
  9. Les contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Barcarolle
  10. Concerto for 2 violins, strings & continuo in D minor ("Double"), BWV 1043: Vivace
  11. Pavane, for orchestra & chorus ad lib in F sharp minor, Op. 50
  12. Má Vlast (My Fatherland), symphonic poems (6), JB 1:112: Vitava
  13. Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor: Adagietto
  14. Requiem Mass, for soloists, chorus & orchestra (Manzoni Requiem): Dies irae - Tuba mirum
  15. Slavonic Dance No. 2 for orchestra in E minor, B. 83/2 (Op. 46/2)
  16. Cavatina (from "The Deer Hunter")
  17. Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550: Allegro molto
  18. Minuet in A major, arrangement (after String Quintet in E major, Op.11/5 [aka Op. 13/5], G. 275)
  19. Finlandia, tone poem for orchestra, Op. 26
  20. Adagio in C minor for strings & organ (previously attributed to Tomaso Albinoni)
  21. Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major ("Eine kleine Nachtmusik"), K. 525: Allegro
  22. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2: Adagio sostenuto
  23. Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: In the Hall of the Mountain King
  24. Ave Maria, for voice & piano (after Bach's Prelude No. 1 from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1)
  25. Il barbière di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), opera: Overture
  26. Symphony No. 9 in D minor ("Choral"), Op. 125: Ode to Joy
  27. Gymnopedie for piano No. 1
  28. The Swan Lake, suite, Op. 20a: Scéne
  29. Carmen Suite for orchestra No. 2 (assembled by Ernest Guirard): Habanera
  30. Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59
  31. An der schönen, blauen Donau (On the Beautiful, Blue Danube), waltz for orchestra (with chorus ad lib), Op. 314 (RV 314)
  32. Requiem for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, K. 626: Lacrimosa
  33. Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1, for orchestra in D major, Op. 39/1
  34. Thaïs, opera in 3 acts: Meditation
  35. Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in G minor, WoO 1/5
  36. Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major ("Elvira Madigan") K. 467: Andante
  37. Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048: Allegro
  38. Symphony No. 9 in E minor ("From the New World"), B. 178 (Op. 95) (first published as No. 5): Largo
  39. The Planets, suite for orchestra & female chorus, Op. 32, H. 125: Jupiter
  40. Aida, opera: Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves
  41. Clair de lune, for piano (Suite Bergamasque No. 3), L. 75/3
  42. Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Ride of the Valkyries
  43. The Four Seasons (Il quattro stagione), concertos (4) for violin, strings & continuo ("Il cimento" Nos. 1-4) , Op. 8/1 - 4: Spring. Allegro
  44. Adagio for strings (or string quartet; arr. from 2nd mvt. of String Quartet), Op. 11
  45. Canon in D major, instrumental arrangement
  46. Nocturne for piano No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109
  47. Symphony No. 5 in C minor ("Fate"), Op. 67: Allegro con brio
  48. Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: Morning Mood
  49. Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air
  50. Carmina Burana, scenic cantata for soloists, choruses & orchestra: O Fortuna

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