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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 03:37
Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23
2 03:57
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492
3 04:09
Work(s)
4 01:27
5 01:29 SpotifyAmazon
Symphony No. 8 in B minor ("Unfinished"), D. 759
6 02:24
Work(s)
7 00:36 SpotifyAmazon
8 03:11
9 02:28
Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71
10 02:06
Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major ("Eine kleine Nachtmusik"), K. 525
11 03:04
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16
12 05:19 SpotifyAmazon
Symphony No. 9 in E minor ("From the New World"), B. 178 (Op. 95) (first published as No. 5)
13 03:08
14 02:51
Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71
15 02:50
16 02:56
17 03:41
Carmen, opera
18 02:18
Toccata and Fugue, for organ in D minor, BWV 565 (BC J37)
19 02:22
20 03:58
Fra Holbergs tid (From Holberg’s Time), for string orchestra ("Holberg Suite"), Op. 40
21 04:11
L' Arlésienne, suite for orchestra No. 1, from the incidental music
22 04:38
Work(s)
23 01:02
Cantata No. 208, "Was mir behagt," (Hunt Cantata), BWV 208 (BC G1, G3)
24 04:41
Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75
25 03:07

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Romeo and Juliet, Suite No. 2 for orchestra, Op. 64 ter
1 01:40
2 04:11
3 05:33
Preludes (3) for piano
4 04:15
5 02:20
Henry V, film score
6 02:53 SpotifyAmazon
Musette for keyboard in D major (AMN II/22; doubtful), BWV Anh. 126
7 00:40
8 03:41
Simple Symphony, for string orchestra, Op. 4
9 03:12
Preludes (3) for piano
10 01:30
Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act
11 03:18
Canon and gigue, for 3 violins & continuo in D major, T. 337
12 04:04
13 03:32
Bryllupsdag på Troldhaugen (Wedding Day at Troldhaugen), lyric piece for piano, Op. 65/6
14 02:31
Pavane, for orchestra & chorus ad lib in F sharp minor, Op. 50
15 02:37
Preludes (3) for piano
16 01:11
Gayane, ballet in 4 acts
17 02:33
18 04:02
Rhapsody in Blue, for piano & orchestra (orchestrated by F. Grofé)
19 05:10
Cantata No. 140, "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," BWV 140 (BC A166)
20 04:21
The Swan Lake, ballet, Op. 20
21 03:49
22 02:06
Masquerada, suite from the incidental music for orchestra (or piano)
23 03:26
Work(s)
24 01:06
1812 -- Festival Overture, for orchestra in E flat major, Op. 49
25 03:52

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Symphony No. 5 in C minor ("Fate"), Op. 67
1 03:09 SpotifyAmazon
Scheherazade, symphonic suite for orchestra, Op. 35
2 01:43
Water Music Suites Nos 1-3 for orchestra, HWV 348-350
3
Air
02:04
Serenade for strings (or piano, 4 hands) in C major, Op. 48
4 04:02 SpotifyAmazon
Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23
5 02:34
6 00:50
Hungarian Dances (21) for orchestra, WoO 1
7 02:32
8 04:14
Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92
9 05:04 SpotifyAmazon
10 01:17
Symphony No. 6 in B minor ("Pathétique"), Op. 74
11 05:33
12 01:54
Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068
13 05:20
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35, CT. 202
14 02:23 SpotifyAmazon
Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major ("Eine kleine Nachtmusik"), K. 525
15 03:44
16 04:07
Fra Holbergs tid (From Holberg’s Time), for string orchestra ("Holberg Suite"), Op. 40
17 02:50
18 02:05
Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2
19 03:01 SpotifyAmazon
20 01:56
Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90
21 05:49 SpotifyAmazon
22 02:06
Romeo and Juliet, fantasy-overture for orchestra in B minor (3 versions)
23 03:16
Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622
24 03:23 SpotifyAmazon
Overture to Guillaume Tell (William Tell)
25 03:25

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
The Swan Lake, ballet, Op. 20
1 03:15
2 03:23
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048
3 06:32 SpotifyAmazon
4 03:20
Carmen, opera
5 02:11
6 02:00
Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71
7 03:53 SpotifyAmazon
Prodaná nevesta (The Bartered Bride), opera, JB 1:100
8 04:21
9 03:14
Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23
10 03:26
Méditation, for violin & orchestra (or other arrangement) (from opera "Thaïs")
11 02:40
L' Arlésienne, incidental music for voices & orchestra for the play by Alphonse Daudet
12 03:02
Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23
13 04:33
Arabeske for piano in C major, Op. 18
14 03:23
Adagietto, for orchestra (from the Symphony No. 5)
15 04:09
Hungarian Dances (21) for orchestra, WoO 1
16 01:14
17 04:19
The Swan Lake, ballet, Op. 20
18 01:39
Work(s)
19 02:50 SpotifyAmazon
Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067
20 01:32 SpotifyAmazon
Hungarian Dances (21) for orchestra, WoO 1
21 01:32
Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor ("Pathétique"), Op. 13
22 03:22 SpotifyAmazon
Work(s)
23 00:43 SpotifyAmazon
24 02:48
Symphonie fantastique for orchestra ("Episode de la vie d'un Artiste...en cinq parties"), H.48 (Op. 14)
25 04:48
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