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Classical Moods: 100 Top Classical Favorites of All Time

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Classical Moods is a four-disc collection of short pieces of classical music put together with the thought of soothing listeners with nice melodies. The collection has all the big names, like Mozart, Debussy, Bach, Gershwin, and Rachmaninov, and their big hits, like "Swan Lake," "Clair de Lune," "The William Tell Overture," "Sabre Dance," and "Rhapsody in Blue." Each disc contains a great deal of music, as many of the pieces are excerpts and movements taken from larger works. The set may be a nice starting point for a new fan of classical, as all the great melodies are here and presented on a platter for easy consumption. More sophisticated fans of the music won't have much use for it.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in E major ("La Primavera," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 1), Op.8/1, RV 269
1 3:37
Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23
2
3:57
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492
3 4:09
Work(s)
4 1:27
5 1:29 Spotify
Symphony No. 8 in B minor ("Unfinished"), D. 759
6
2:24
Work(s)
7 0:36 Spotify
8 3:11
9 2:28
Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71
10 2:06
Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major ("Eine kleine Nachtmusik"), K. 525
11 3:04
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16
12 5:19 Spotify
Symphony No. 9 in E minor ("From the New World"), B. 178 (Op. 95) (first published as No. 5)
13 3:08
14 2:51
Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71
15 2:50
16 2:56
17
3:41
Carmen, opera
18
2:18
Toccata and Fugue, for organ in D minor, BWV 565 (BC J37)
19 2:22
20
3:58
Fra Holbergs tid (From Holberg’s Time), for string orchestra ("Holberg Suite"), Op. 40
21
4:11
L' Arlésienne, suite for orchestra No. 1, from the incidental music
22
4:38
Work(s)
23 1:02
Cantata No. 208, "Was mir behagt," (Hunt Cantata), BWV 208 (BC G1, G3)
24 4:41
Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75
25
3:07

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Romeo and Juliet, Suite No. 2 for orchestra, Op. 64 ter
1
1:40
2 4:11
3 5:33
Preludes (3) for piano
4 4:15
5
2:20
Henry V, film score
6
2:53 Spotify
Musette for keyboard in D major (AMN II/22; doubtful), BWV Anh. 126
7
0:40
8 3:41
Simple Symphony, for string orchestra, Op. 4
9
3:12
Preludes (3) for piano
10 1:30
Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act
11 3:18
Canon and gigue, for 3 violins & continuo in D major, T. 337
12 4:04
13
3:32
Bryllupsdag på Troldhaugen (Wedding Day at Troldhaugen), lyric piece for piano, Op. 65/6
14 2:31
Pavane, for orchestra & chorus ad lib in F sharp minor, Op. 50
15 2:37
Preludes (3) for piano
16 1:11
Gayane, ballet in 4 acts
17 2:33
18 4:02
Rhapsody in Blue, for piano & orchestra (orchestrated by F. Grofé)
19 5:10
Cantata No. 140, "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," BWV 140 (BC A166)
20 4:21
The Swan Lake, ballet, Op. 20
21 3:49
22 2:06
Masquerada, suite from the incidental music for orchestra (or piano)
23
3:26
Work(s)
24 1:06
1812 -- Festival Overture, for orchestra in E flat major, Op. 49
25 3:52

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Symphony No. 5 in C minor ("Fate"), Op. 67
1 3:09 Spotify
Scheherazade, symphonic suite for orchestra, Op. 35
2 1:43
Water Music Suites Nos 1-3 for orchestra, HWV 348-350
3
Air
2:04
Serenade for strings (or piano, 4 hands) in C major, Op. 48
4 4:02 Spotify
Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23
5 2:34
6
0:50
Hungarian Dances (21) for orchestra, WoO 1
7 2:32
8 4:14
Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92
9 5:04 Spotify
10 1:17
Symphony No. 6 in B minor ("Pathétique"), Op. 74
11 5:33
12
1:54
Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068
13 5:20
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35, CT. 202
14 2:23 Spotify
Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major ("Eine kleine Nachtmusik"), K. 525
15 3:44
16 4:07
Fra Holbergs tid (From Holberg’s Time), for string orchestra ("Holberg Suite"), Op. 40
17
2:50
18
2:05
Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2
19 3:01 Spotify
20 1:56
Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90
21
5:49 Spotify
22
2:06
Romeo and Juliet, fantasy-overture for orchestra in B minor (3 versions)
23 3:16
Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622
24 3:23 Spotify
Overture to Guillaume Tell (William Tell)
25 3:25

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
The Swan Lake, ballet, Op. 20
1 3:15
2 3:23
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048
3 6:32 Spotify
4 3:20
Carmen, opera
5 2:11
6 2:00
Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71
7 3:53 Spotify
Prodaná nevesta (The Bartered Bride), opera, JB 1:100
8
4:21
9
3:14
Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23
10
3:26
Méditation, for violin & orchestra (or other arrangement) (from opera "Thaïs")
11 2:40
L' Arlésienne, incidental music for voices & orchestra for the play by Alphonse Daudet
12 3:02
Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23
13 4:33
Arabeske for piano in C major, Op. 18
14
3:23
Adagietto, for orchestra (from the Symphony No. 5)
15
4:09
Hungarian Dances (21) for orchestra, WoO 1
16 1:14
17 4:19
The Swan Lake, ballet, Op. 20
18 1:39
Work(s)
19 2:50 Spotify
Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067
20 1:32 Spotify
Hungarian Dances (21) for orchestra, WoO 1
21
1:32
Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor ("Pathétique"), Op. 13
22 3:22 Spotify
Work(s)
23 0:43 Spotify
24 2:48
Symphonie fantastique for orchestra ("Episode de la vie d'un Artiste...en cinq parties"), H.48 (Op. 14)
25
4:48
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