The 100 Most Essential Pieces of Classical Music

The 100 Most Essential Pieces of Classical Music

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Carmina Burana: O Fortuna
London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Choir, The London Chorus, David Parry
    02:42
2
The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue No. 1 in C Major, BWV 846: I. Prelude
Masaaki Suzuki
    02:25
3
Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068: Air
London Philharmonic Orchestra, David Parry
    04:14
4
Suite Bergamasque, L 75: Clair de lune
Finghin Collins
    05:13
5
The Tale of Tsar Saltan, Op. 57: Flight of the Bumblebee
Hermitage Museum Orchestra
    01:34
6
Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67, "Fate": Allegro con brio
London Philharmonic Orchestra
    07:28
7
Canon in D Major
London Philharmonic Orchestra, David Parry
    03:30
8
Toccata and Fugue in D Minor for Organ, BWV 565
Klemens Schnorr
    08:54
9
The Four Seasons (Le quattro stagioni), Op. 8 - Violin Concerto No. 1 in E Major, RV 269, "Spring" (La primavera): I. Allegro
Camerata Antonio Lucio
    03:31
10
The Four Seasons (Le quattro stagioni), Op. 8 - Violin Concerto No. 4 in F Minor, RV 297, "Winter" (L'inverno): II. Largo
Camerata Antonio Lucio
    02:01
11
Rinaldo, HWV 7: "Lascia ch'io pianga"
Yoshikazu Mera
    03:51
12
Serenade No. 13 in G Major, K. 525, "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik": Allegro
London Philharmonic Orchestra, David Parry
    05:51
13
Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27:2, "Moonlight Sonata": Adagio sostenuto
Finghin Collins
    05:36
14
The Nutcracker, Op. 71a: III. March: Tempo di marcia viva
Bonn Classical Philharmonic
    02:27
15
The Nutcracker, Op. 71a: XVC. Pas de deux - Variation II: Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy
Bonn Classical Philharmonic
    02:14
16
Adagio for Strings, Op. 11a
London Philharmonic Orchestra
    08:22
17
Symphony No. 94 in G Major, Hob. I/94, "The Surprice": II. Andante
Bonn Classical Philharmonic
    06:44
18
Morceaux de Fantasie, Op. 3: II. Prélude in C-Sharp Minor: Lento
Tomislav Bavnov
    04:13
19
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048: Allegro
London Philharmonic Orchestra, David Parry
    05:44
20
Ellen's Chants, D. 839: Ave Maria
The Budapest Strings
    04:47
21
L'Arlesienne Suite No. 1: Prelude
London Philharmonic Orchestra, David Parry
    06:53
22
Also Sprach Zarathustra - Tone Poem for Large Orchestra, Op. 30: Introduction
SWR Symphony Orchestra
    01:32
23
String Quartet No. 13 in A Minor, D. 804, "Rosamunde": II. Andante
Quartetto Pressenda
    07:09
24
The Love for Three Oranges, Op. 33: March
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
    01:47
25
Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances
London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
    13:24
26
Gymnopédie No. 1
Finghin Collins
    03:40
27
Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550: Allegro molto
London Philharmonic Orchestra, David Parry
    07:02
28
Fratres for Strings and Percussion (1977/1991)
Tapiola Sinfonietta, Juho Vartiainen
    09:48
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
    20:29
30
The Valkyrie: Ride of the Valkyries
London Philharmonic Orchestra
    05:11
31
Double Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins, BWV 1043: Vivace
London Philharmonic Orchestra, Pieter Schoeman, Vesselin Gellev
    03:38
32
Piano Sonata No. 11 in A Major, K. 331: Rondo: Alla turca
Sylvia Cápová
    03:27
33
Boléro, M. 81
London Symphony Orchestra
    15:33
34
Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467: Andante
London Philharmonic Orchestra, Finghin Collins
    07:17
35
Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46: In the Hall of the Mountain King
London Philharmonic Orchestra, David Parry
    02:43
36
Suite No. 1 in G Major for Solo Cello, BWV 1007: I. Prelude
Torleif Thedéen
    02:11
37
String Quintet in E Major, Op. 13: Minuet
London Philharmonic Orchestra, David Parry
    03:48
38
Nocturne No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 9
Finghin Collins
    04:53
39
Carmen Suite No. 2: Habanera
London Philharmonic Orchestra, David Parry
    02:12
40
Requiem Mass in D Minor, K. 626: VIII. Sequentia: Lacrimosa dies illa
SWR Symphony Orchestra
    03:24
41
The Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Aria
Nodar Gabunia
    02:36
42
Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20: Scéne
London Philharmonic Orchestra
    03:01
43
Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G Minor
London Philharmonic Orchestra, David Parry
    02:38
44
Three Nocturnes for Piano, Op. 62: Liebestraum No. 3 in A-Flat Major, G 541: "O lieb so lang' Du lieben kannst": Poco allegro con affetto
Dubravka Tomsic
    05:12
45
Panis Angelicus
Latvian Philharmonic Orchestra
    03:23
46
Adagio in G Minor for Strings and Organ, "Albinoni's Adagio"
London Philharmonic Orchestra, David Parry
    08:37
47
Gianni Schicchi: "O mio babbino caro"
Eteri Lamoris
    03:06
48
Bagatelle in A Minor, WoO 59, "Für Elise"
Finghin Collins
    03:15
49
Vocalise, Op. 34
London Philharmonic Orchestra, Pieter Schoeman
    05:50
50
On the Beautiful Blue Danube, Op. 314
London Philharmonic Orchestra, David Parry
    05:51
51
The Tales of Hoffmann: Barcarolle
London Philharmonic Orchestra, David Parry
    03:33
52
Xerxes, HWV 40: "Ombra mai fu": Largo
Yoshikazu Mera
    03:03
53
La Traviata: Prelude to Act I
Bonn Classical Philharmonic
    03:48
54
Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95, "From the New World": Largo
London Philharmonic Orchestra, David Parry
    12:49
55
Finlandia, Op. 26
London Philharmonic Orchestra, David Parry
    08:06
56
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
    18:37
57
Pavane, Op. 50
London Philharmonic Orchestra, David Parry
    05:07
58
Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351: III. La réjouissance
Berlin Symphony Orchestra
    02:24
59
String Quartet No. 2 in D Major: III. Notturno: Andante
Lucerne String Quartet
    08:11
60
Nabucco: Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves (Va', pensiero, sull'ali dorate)
London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Choir, The London Chorus, David Parry
    04:59
61
Symphony No. 8 in B Minor, D. 759, "The Unfinished": I. Allegro moderato
RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, Anton Nanut
    13:41
62
Thaïs: Meditation
London Philharmonic Orchestra, Pieter Schoeman
    05:01
63
Concerto in A Minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 16: I. Allegro molto moderato
Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Marian Lapsansky
    13:05
64
Cantata, BWV 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben", Part 2: X. Chorale: "Jesu bleibet meine Freude" (Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring)
Bach Collegium Japan
    03:20
65
Pomp and Circumstance, Op. 39: Land of Hope and Glory
London Philharmonic Orchestra, David Parry
    05:45
66
Concerto in E Minor for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 64: I. Allegro molto appassionato (attacca)
Jaime Laredo
    13:07
67
Messiah, HWV 56: Hallelujah Chorus
London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Choir, David Parry
    03:32
68
Piano Quintet in A Major, D. 667, "The Trout": II. Andante
Colorado String Quartet
    06:57
69
Slavonic Dance No. 2, Op. 72
London Philharmonic Orchestra, David Parry
    05:35
70
Symphony No. 5: Adagietto
London Philharmonic Orchestra, David Parry
    11:00
71
Chôro no. 1, "Chôro típico"
Dakko Petrinjak
    04:13
72
Messa da Requiem: Dies irae - Tuba mirum
London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Choir, The London Chorus, David Parry
    03:54
73
Songs Without Words, Op. 62: Spring Song in A Major: Allegro grazioso
RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra
    02:05
74
Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125, "Choral": An die Freude
London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Choir, The London Chorus, David Parry
    02:32
75
Carnival of the Animals: The Swan (Le Cygne)
Stockholm Chamber Duo
    02:53
76
Radetzky March, Op. 228
London Philharmonic Orchestra, David Parry
    03:05
77
Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar and Orchestra: II. Adagio
Orchestra of St. John's Smith Square
    10:53
78
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43: Variation 18: Andante cantabile
Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra
    03:04
79
The Barber of Seville: Overture
London Philharmonic Orchestra, David Parry
    06:58
80
Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30: I. Allegro ma non tanto
Noriko Ogawa
    18:13
81
Carmen Suite No. 1: Les Toréadors
Hungarian State Orchestra
    02:22
82
Partita No. 2 in D Minor for Solo Violin, BWV 1004: V. Chaconne
Conrad von der Goltz
    15:54
83
The Planets, Op. 32: IV. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
    08:10
84
Sonata No. 8 in C Minor for Piano, Op. 13, "Pathétique": II. Adagio cantabile
Nodar Gabunia
    05:46
85
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61: III. Wedding March
Hermitage Museum Orchestra
    04:48
86
Suite from "The Gadfly", Op. 97a: VIII. Romance
Sofia Symphony Orchestra
    07:13
87
Má Vlast (My Fatherland): Vltava (The Moldau River)
London Philharmonic Orchestra, David Parry
    11:26
88
Trumpet Voluntary in D Major (The Prince of Denmark's March)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Frank Shipway, Christian Rainer
    03:02
89
Ave Maria (after J.S. Bach)
London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Choir, David Parry
    02:34
90
Rhapsody in Blue
Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Kamil Hala
    16:33
91
Romeo and Juliet, Suite No. 2, Op. 64c: Montagues and Capulets
Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra
    05:44
92
Pavane pour une infante défunte (Pavane for a Dead Princess), M. 19
London Symphony Orchestra
    06:38
93
The Magic Flute, K. 620: Queen of the Night - "Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen"
SWR Symphony Orchestra, Maszella Holzapfel
    02:53
94
Water Music Suite No. 2 in D Major, HWV 349: II. Alla Hornpipe
St. Petersburg Radio Symphony Orchestra
    04:09
95
String Quartet No. 62 in C Major, Op. 76:3, "Emperor": II. Poco adagio: Cantabile
Quartetto Pressenda
    08:40
96
Waltzes, Op. 64: No. 1 in D-Flat Major, "Minute Waltz"
Ketevan Badridze
    01:53
97
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C-Sharp Minor, S. 244
Sylvia Cápová
    09:18
98
Concerto Grosso No. 8 in G Minor, Op. 6, "Christmas Concerto": III. Vivace - Allegro - Pastorale ad libitum: Largo
London Baroque
    06:40
99
Turandot: Nessun Dorma
Andrej Kucharsky
    02:50
100
Festival Overture in E-Flat Major, "The Year 1812", Op. 49
Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra
    15:29