The 99 Most Essential Pieces of Classical Music

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1 The Magic Flute, K. 620: Overture-London Philharmonic Orchestra and David Parry
2 Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068: Air-London Philharmonic Orchestra and David Parry
3 Canon in D Major-London Philharmonic Orchestra and David Parry
4 Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67, "Fate": Allegro con brio-London Philharmonic Orchestra and David Parry
5 Nocturne No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 9-Finghin Collins
6 Xerxes, HWV 40: "Ombra mai fu": Largo-Yoshikazu Mera
7 Bagatelle in A Minor, Woo 59, "Für Elise"-Finghin Collins
8 Cantata, BWV 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben": X. Chorale: "Jesu bleibet meine Freude" (Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring)-Bach Collegium Japan
9 The Four Seasons, Op. 8, "Spring": Allegro-Pieter Schoeman, London Philharmonic Orchestra and David Parry
10 Ellen's Chants, D. 839: Ave Maria-Musica Antiqua New York
11 Toccata and Fugue in D Minor for Organ, BWV 565-Klemens Schnorr
12 Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550: Allegro molto-London Philharmonic Orchestra and David Parry
13 Also Sprach Zarathustra - Tone Poem for Large Orchestra, Op. 30: Introduction-Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
14 Piano Sonata No. 11 in A Major, K. 331: Rondo: Alla Turca-Finghin Collins
15 Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46: In the Hall of the Mountain King-London Philharmonic Orchestra and David Parry
16 Partita No. 2 in D Minor for Solo Violin, BWV 1004: Chaconne-Conrad von der Goltz
17 Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467: Andante-Finghin Collins, London Philharmonic Orchestra and David Parry
18 The Nutcracker, Op. 71a: XIV. Waltz of the Flowers: Tempo di valse-Bonn Classical Philharmonic
19 Gymnopédie No. 1-Finghin Collins
20 Carmina Burana: O Fortuna-London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Choir, The London Chorus and David Parry
21 Serenade No. 13 in G Major, K. 525, "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik": Allegro-London Philharmonic Orchestra and David Parry
22 Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20: Scéne-London Philharmonic Orchestra and David Parry
23 Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27:2, "Moonlight Sonata": Adagio sostenuto-Finghin Collins
24 Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G Minor-London Philharmonic Orchestra and David Parry
25 Adagio in G Minor for Strings and Organ-London Philharmonic Orchestra and David Parry
26 Liebestraum No. 3 in A-Flat Major, G 541, Op. 62: "O lieb so lang' du lieben kannst"-Jerome Rose
27 Vocalise for Cello and Piano, Op. 34: Lentamente-Markus Stocker
28 On the Beautiful Blue Danube, Op. 314-London Philharmonic Orchestra and David Parry
29 Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 23: I. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso - Allegro con spirito-London Symphony Orchestra
30 Requiem Mass in D Minor, K. 626: III. Dies Irae-Amor Artis Orchestra
31 The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846: I. Prelude and Fugue in C Major-Johannes Schmidt
32 Cavatina-Craig Ogden
33 Concerto No. 1 in C Major for Cello and Orchestra, Hob. VIIb/1: III. Allegro molto-Laszlo Varga, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and Roland Keller
34 Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95, "From the New World": Largo-London Philharmonic Orchestra and David Parry
35 Two Elegiac Melodies, Op. 34: II. Last Spring-Bonn Classical Philharmonic
36 Concerto No. 5 in E-Flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 73, "Emperor": II. Adagio un poco mosso - III. Rondo: Allegro-Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra
37 Suite Bergamasque, L 75: Clair De Lune-Finghin Collins
38 Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351: III. La réjouissance-Berlin Symphony Orchestra
39 Pavane-London Philharmonic Orchestra and David Parry
40 String Quartet No. 2 in D Major: III. Notturno-Lucerne String Quartet
41 Symphony No. 8 in B Minor, D. 759, "The Unfinished": I. Allegro moderato-Munich Symphony Orchestra
42 Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048: Allegro-London Philharmonic Orchestra and David Parry
43 Adagio for Strings-London Philharmonic Orchestra and David Parry
44 Thaïs: Meditation-Pieter Schoeman, London Philharmonic Orchestra and David Parry
45 Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16: I. Allegro molto moderato-Eva Knardahl
46 Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 27: III. Adagio-Royal Scottish National Orchestra
47 Concerto in C Major for Sopranino Recorder and String, RV 443: II. Largo-Dan Laurin
48 Egmont, Op. 84: Overture-London Philharmonic Orchestra and David Parry
49 Concerto in E Minor for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 64: I. Allegro molto appassionato (attacca)-Jaime Laredo and Scottish Chamber Orchestra
50 The Messiah, HWV 56: Hallelujah Chorus-London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Choir and David Parry
51 Quintet in A Major, D. 667, "The Trout": II. Andante-Rochester Chamber Players
52 Cantata BWV 208, "Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!": IX. Schäfe können sicher weiden (Sheep may safely graze)-Musica Antiqua New York
53 Concerto Grosso in G Minor, Op. 6:8, "Christmas Concerto": V. Allegro - VI. Pastorale: Largo-Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn
54 Symphony No. 5: Adagietto-London Philharmonic Orchestra and David Parry
55 Messa da Requiem: Dies irae - Tuba mirum-London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Choir, The London Chorus and David Parry
56 Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (Prelude to a Faun's Afternoon), L 86-Paris Radio Symphony Orchestra
57 Carnival of the Animals: The Swan (Le Cygne)-Stockholm Chamber Duo
58 Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar and Orchestra: II. Adagio-Orchestra of St. John's Smith Square and John Lubbock
59 Serenade No. 10 in B-Flat Major, K. 361, "Gran Partita": III. Adagio-The New York Philomusica Winds
60 Tristan and Isolde: Prelude to Act 1-Innsbruck Symphony Orchestra
61 Concerto in E Minor for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 85: I. Adagio - Moderato-Torleif Thedéen, Malmö Symphony Orchestra and Lev Markiz
62 Turandot: Nessun Dorma-Brno Janácek Opera Orchestra
63 The Planets, Op. 32: Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity-London Philharmonic Orchestra and David Parry
64 Orpheus and Eurydice: Dance of the Blessed Spirits-Gunilla von Bahr
65 Sonata No. 8 in C Minor for Piano, Op. 13, "Sonata Pathétique": II. Adagio cantabile-Alfred Brendel
66 The Four Seasons (Le quattro stagioni), Op. 8 - Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, RV 315, "Summer" (l'Estate): III. Presto: Tempo impetuoso d'Estate-Nils-Erik Sparf
67 Requiem, K. 626: Lacrimosa dies illa-London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Choir and David Parry
68 The Tale of Tsar Saltan, Op. 57: Flight of the Bumblebee-Orchestra of the Saint Petersburg Hermitage Museum
69 Rinaldo, HWV 7: "Lascia ch'io pianga"-Yoshikazu Mera
70 Festival Overture in E-Flat Major, "The Year 1812", Op. 49-Utah Symphony Orchestra
71 Partita No. 3 in E Major for Solo Violin, BWV 1006: I. Preludio-Nobuko Imai
72 Symphony No. 94 in G Major, Hob. 1/94, "The Surprice": II. Andante-Camerata Rhenania and Eugen Duvier
73 Suite from "The Gadfly", Op. 97a: VIII. Romance-Sofia Symphony Orchestra
74 Symphonie Fantastique, Op. 14, "Episode de la vie d'un artiste": V. Songe d'une Nuit du Sabbat (The Witches' Sabbath)-Slovenian Radio Symphony Orchestra
75 Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46: Morning Mood-London Philharmonic Orchestra and David Parry
76 Má Vlast (My Fatherland): Vltava (The Moldau River)-London Philharmonic Orchestra and David Parry
77 Tragic Overture in D Minor, Op. 81: Allegro ma non troppo - Molto più moderato - Tempo primo ma tranquillo-Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
78 24 Caprices for Solo Violin, Op. 1: XXIV. Caprice No. 24 in A Minor: Tema con variazioni (Quasi Presto)-Ruggiero Ricci
79 The Valkyrie: Ride of the Valkyries-London Philharmonic Orchestra and David Parry
80 String Quartet No. 62 in C Major, Op. 76:3, "Emperor": II. Poco adagio: Cantabile-Quartetto Pressenda
81 Ave Maria (after J.S. Bach)-Musica Antiqua New York
82 Double Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins, BWV 1043: Vivace-Pieter Schoeman, Vesselin Gellev, London Philharmonic Orchestra and David Parry
83 Concerto in B Minor for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 104: I. Allegro-Frans Helmerson, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Neeme Järvi
84 Syrinx for Solo Flute, L 129-Jadviga Kotnovska
85 Trumpet Voluntary in D Major (The Prince of Denmark's March)-Musica Antiqua New York
86 Rhapsody in Blue-Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
87 Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-Flat Major, BWV 1051: I. Allegro-Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra and Karel Brazda
88 Romeo and Juliet, Ballet Suite No. 2, Op. 64: I. Montagues and Capulets-Minnesota Orchestra and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
89 Pomp and Circumstance, Op. 39: Land of Hope and Glory-London Philharmonic Orchestra and David Parry
90 Piano Trio in E-Flat Major, Op. 100, D. 929: II. Andante con moto-Benedikt Köhlen, Helmar Stiehler and Heidrun Ganz
91 Symphony No. 41 in C Major, K. 551, "Jupiter": I. Allegro vivace-Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra and Ernest Bour
92 Concerto in D Major for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 77: I. Allegro non troppo-Aaron Rosand, Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra and Derrick Inouye
93 Gloria in D Major, RV 589: I. Gloria in excelsis-Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
94 Gianni Schicchi: "O mio babbino caro"-Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
95 Boléro, M. 81-London Symphony Orchestra
96 Suite No. 1 in G Major for Solo Cello, BWV 1007: I. Prelude-Torleif Thedéen
97 Pavane pour une infante défunte (Pavane for a Dead Princess), M. 19-Minnesota Orchestra and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
98 The Magic Flute, K. 620: Aria of the Queen of the Night - "Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen"-Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
99 Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125, "Choral": An die Freude-London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Choir, The London Chorus and David Parry