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The 50 Most Essential Pieces of Classical Music

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The 50 Most Essential Pieces of Classical Music is a collection of famous selections from operas, concertos, symphonies, ballets, and other popular compositions that almost every casual listener will recognize and certainly all serious classical fans know well. The great masters are well represented here, and the themes by Bach, Pachelbel, Vivaldi, Mozart, Beethoven, Wagner, Brahms, Dvorák, Tchaikovsky, and many others are among the most beloved melodies of all time. This program is certainly helpful to anyone trying to get acquainted with classical music, and quite easy to use for identifying names, though it really is just an introduction and the excerpts should encourage listeners to seek out the complete works. The performances are by soloists and orchestras from around the world, including a few with international reputations. While some listeners will use this album as a starting point for pursuing classical studies, others will enjoy it simply as pleasant background music.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620
1 7:13
Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068
2 3:25
The Four Seasons Concerto for Violin in E Major, RV 269, Op. 8:1, "Spring"
3 3:12
Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20
4 2:49
Partita No. 3 in E Major for Solo Violin, BWV 1006
5 3:36
Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46
6 2:46
Canon & Gigue
7 4:48
Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67, "Fate"
8 8:19
9 4:18
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048:
10 6:40
Concerto No. 21 in C Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 467
11 6:09
Concerto in C Major for Mandolin and Orchestra, RV 425:
12 3:29
Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550:
13 7:53
14 3:42
Concerto in D Minor for 2 Violins, Strings and B.C, BWV 1043:
15 4:07
16 7:49
17 2:46
Cantata BWV 208, "Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!"
18 4:35
Egmont, Op. 84
19 8:06
20 5:45
The Valkyrie
21 5:33
22 6:28
Symphony No. 94 in G Major, Hob. I:94, "Surprise"
23 6:32
24 15:23
25 4:41
Turandot
26 3:21
Requiem Mass in D Minor, K. 626
27 3:57
The Planets, Op. 32
28 8:10
Concerto in G Major for Viola and Orchestra, TWV 51:G9
29 3:41
Requiem Mass
30 4:10
Symphony No. 5 in C-Sharp Minor
31 12:04
Mass in B Minor, BWV 232
32 4:33
Concerto in E Minor for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 64
33 13:06
String Quartet No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Hob. III:1, Op. 1, "La Chasse"
34 4:20
Concerto Grosso in G Minor, Op. 6/8, "Christmas Concerto"
35 2:18
Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95, "From the New World"
36 12:14
Concerto No. 1 in C Major for Cello and Orchestra, Hob. VIIb/1
37 8:28
Sonata No. 11 in A Major for Piano, K. 331
38 3:07
39 15:33
40 2:57
Concerto in A Minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 16
41 13:05
42 4:50
Hungarian Dances for orchestra
43 2:44
44 9:03
45 3:06
String Quartet No. 2 in D Major:
46 8:45
Water Music Suite No. 1 in F Major, HWV 348:
47 4:10
48 5:10
Suite Bergamasque, L 75
49 5:12
50 17:57
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