Ludwig van Beethoven
La Mer/Afternoon of a Faun/Jeux/Two Nocturnes
Beethoven: Symphonien Nos. 5 & 7
Bach: Brandenburg Concertos; Orchestral Suites

Classical

Classical music is hard to define in specific terms, but it is generally understood to be music rooted in Western European traditions performed by trained musicians in formal settings like concert halls, opera houses, and churches. Its key emphasis is the faithful interpretation of composers' written scores. Classical music's roots lie in the chant melodies of Medieval religious rites. Its contemporary incarnation encompasses everything from opera and the symphony orchestra to chamber ensembles, solo works, choral music, songs, film music, and the avant-garde. Works from the intervening centuries make up the bulk of the recorded repertory, and they mirror the artistic and architectural trends of the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern eras in their sound worlds and conception. The dichotomy between classical and popular music is a fairly recent cultural development. In fact, much of what is considered classical music today grew out of, was influenced by, or was popular music of its time.

Classical Album Highlights grid list

La Mer/Afternoon of a Faun/Jeux/Two Nocturnes
Leonard Bernstein
La Mer/Afternoon of a ...
8
Beethoven: Symphonien Nos. 5 & 7
Carlos Kleiber / Wiener ...
Beethoven: Symphonien Nos.
10
Bach: Brandenburg Concertos; Orchestral Suites
Neville Marriner
Bach: Brandenburg ...
9
Bach: Cello Suites Nos. 1, 4, 5
Mstislav Rostropovich
Bach: Cello Suites Nos. 1, ...
7
Philip Glass: Music in Twelve Parts
Philip Glass
Philip Glass: Music in ...
10
Collection
Maria Callas
Collection
8
Handel: Messiah (Highlights)
Leonard Bernstein
Handel: Messiah ...
8
Franck: Violin Sonata; Brahms: Horn Trio
Vladimir Ashkenazy / ...
Franck: Violin Sonata; ...
10
Martha Argerich, The Collection, Vol. 1: The Solo Recordings
Martha Argerich
Martha Argerich, The ...
10
Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen
Georg Solti
Wagner: Der Ring des ...
10
The Warsaw Recital: Daniel Barenboim Plays Chopin
Daniel Barenboim
The Warsaw Recital: Daniel ...
9
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas
Artur Schnabel
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas
10
Tschaikovsky: Klavierkonzert No. 1; Violinkonzert
Martha Argerich / Gidon ...
Tschaikovsky: ...
10
Elgar: Cello Concerto; Sea Pictures
Janet Baker / Jacqueline ...
Elgar: Cello Concerto; Sea ...
A Feather on the Breath of God
Gothic Voices / Emma ...
A Feather on the Breath of ...
10
Philip Glass: Glassworks
Philip Glass
Philip Glass: Glassworks
9
The Art of Piano: Great Pianists of the 20th Century
Various Artists
The Art of Piano: Great ...
9
Richard Strauss: Orchestral Works
Rudolf Kempe / ...
Richard Strauss: ...
10
Dvorak, Elgar: Cello Concertos; Bruch: Kol Nidrei
Pablo Casals
Dvorak, Elgar: Cello ...
10
Tenor of the Century: 44 Classical Recordings 1903-1920
Enrico Caruso
Tenor of the Century: 44 ...
9
Mark O'Connor: The American Seasons
Mark O'Connor
Mark O'Connor: The ...
9
Appalachian Journey
Yo-Yo Ma / Edgar Meyer / ...
Appalachian Journey
8
Opera Heroes: Alfredo Kraus
Alfredo Kraus
Opera Heroes: Alfredo Kraus
9
Wagner: Das Rheingold
Georg Solti / Wiener ...
Wagner: Das Rheingold
10
Barber, Korngold: Violin Concertos; Korngold: Much Ado about Nothing - Suite
Gil Shaham / André Previn
Barber, Korngold: Violin ...
9
Rachmaninov: 24 Preludes
Vladimir Ashkenazy
Rachmaninov: 24 Preludes
10
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
Academy of St. Martin in ...
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
10
Mahler: Symphony No. 1
Chicago Symphony Orchestra ...
Mahler: Symphony No. 1
9
The Ultimate Copland Album
1999
Various Artists
Various Artists
The Ultimate Copland Album
8
Elgar & Carter: Cello Concertos
Alisa Weilerstein / Daniel ...
Elgar & Carter: Cello ...
9
Out of My Hands
Christopher O'Riley
Out of My Hands
10
Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2
Arthur Rubinstein
Chopin: Piano Concertos ...
8
Stefan Wolpe: Passacaglia, First Recordings, 1954
Samuel Baron / Frances ...
Stefan Wolpe: Passacaglia, ...
9
Beethoven: Fidelio
Christa Ludwig / Jon ...
Beethoven: Fidelio
10
John Tavener: The Veil of the Temple
Stephen Layton / Patricia ...
John Tavener: The Veil of ...
10
A Tribute to Segovia
Christopher Parkening
A Tribute to Segovia
9
Leonard Bernstein: A Tribute
Leonard Bernstein
Leonard Bernstein: A ...
10
Mahler: Symphony No. 1 [1983 Recording]
Georg Solti / Chicago ...
Mahler: Symphony No. 1 ...
9
J.S. Bach: Six Suites for Solo Cello
Pablo Casals
J.S. Bach: Six Suites for ...
10
Complete EMI Recordings, Vol. 2
Joseph Schmidt
Complete EMI Recordings, ...
9
Orchestral Works IV: Coral Island for Soprano and Orchestra (1962)
Toru Takemitsu
Orchestral Works IV: Coral ...
9
Beethoven: The Complete Symphonies and Piano Concertos
Daniel Barenboim / Otto ...
Beethoven: The Complete ...
10
Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier
Herbert von Karajan
Richard Strauss: Der ...
10
James Tenney: Music for Violin and Piano
Stephen Clarke / Marc Sabat
James Tenney: Music for ...
9
John Davis Plays Blind Tom, The Eighth Wonder
John Davis
John Davis Plays Blind ...
9
Steve Reich: Four Organs; Phase Patterns
Philip Glass / Steve Reich
Steve Reich: Four Organs; ...
9
Masters in This Hall
Washington Men's Camerata
Masters in This Hall
8
Brahms, Stravinsky: Violin Concertos
Hilary Hahn / Neville ...
Brahms, Stravinsky: Violin ...
9
Bach: 4 Toccatas, BWV 913-916; English Suite No.6
João Carlos Martins
Bach: 4 Toccatas, BWV ...
10
Inner Journey: Thomas Buckner, Baritone
Thomas Buckner
Inner Journey: Thomas ...
9
Greatest Hits
Netherlands Wind Ensemble
Greatest Hits
8
Arvo Pärt: Creator Spiritus
Paul Hillier / Ars Nova ...
Arvo Pärt: Creator ...
9
Complete Landmark Sessions
Kronos Quartet
Complete Landmark Sessions
9
The Immortal Hour
Rutland Boughton
The Immortal Hour
9
Franz Lehár: Schön ist die Welt
Franz Lehár
Franz Lehár: Schön ist ...
9
Bridge & Flocking
James Tenney
Bridge & Flocking
9
Xenakis: Electronic Music
Iannis Xenakis
Xenakis: Electronic Music
9
Yo-Yo Ma: Music That Matters To Him
Yo-Yo Ma
Yo-Yo Ma: Music That ...
9
Dreaded P.D.Q. Bach Collection, Vol. 1
P.D.Q. Bach
Dreaded P.D.Q. Bach ...
9
Enclosure Five
Harry Partch
Enclosure Five
9
Giacinto Scelsi: Music for Wind Instruments and Percussion
Giacinto Scelsi
Giacinto Scelsi: Music for ...
9
Russian Folk Songs, Vol. 2
Red Army Chorus
Russian Folk Songs, Vol. 2
8
John Philip Sousa: The March King
John Philip Sousa
John Philip Sousa: The ...
8
Amores Profunhu - Voches de Sardinna (1)
Tenore de Orosei
Amores Profunhu - Voches ...
8
Elogio per Un'ombra
Michelle Makarski / Thomas ...
Elogio per Un'ombra
10
Cold Water Dry Stone: New Music with Traditional Roots
Quorum
Cold Water Dry Stone: New ...
9
Romantica: The Very Best of Luciano Pavarotti
Luciano Pavarotti
Romantica: The Very Best ...
8
Hidden Corners (Recoins)
Erik Satie / Eve Egoyan
Hidden Corners (Recoins)
Alvin Lucier: Vespers and Other Early Works
Alvin Lucier
Alvin Lucier: Vespers and ...
8
Milton Babbitt: Occasional Variations
Milton Babbitt
Milton Babbitt: Occasional ...
8
Steve Reich: Music for 18 Musicians (Live in Budapest)
Amadinda Percussion Group
Steve Reich: Music for 18 ...
8
Trumpet of the Century
Maurice André
Trumpet of the Century
8
Chanterai: Music of Medieval France
Sonus
Chanterai: Music of ...
8
Philip Glass: Satyagraha
Philip Glass
Philip Glass: Satyagraha
8
At Carnegie Hall: Historic Concerts of 1965, '66, '68
Vladimir Horowitz
At Carnegie Hall: Historic ...
8
Great Cello Concertos
Yo-Yo Ma
Great Cello Concertos
8
Horowitz in Concert 1967, 1968
Vladimir Horowitz
Horowitz in Concert 1967, ...
8
Bernstein Favorites: Twentieth Century
Leonard Bernstein
Bernstein Favorites: ...
8
Expressions, New Music for Piano
David Erskine
Expressions, New Music for ...
8
Verdi: Don Carlo
Bernard Haitink
Verdi: Don Carlo
8
Ancient Voices
Michael Vetter
Ancient Voices
8
Humoresque: Favorite Violin Encores
Isaac Stern
Humoresque: Favorite ...
8
Kiri Te Kanawa: Greatest Hits
Kiri Te Kanawa
Kiri Te Kanawa: Greatest ...
8
Ensemble Renaissance Anthology
Ensemble Renaissance
Ensemble Renaissance ...
8
Electronic Sonata for Souls Loved by Nature - 1968
George Russell
Electronic Sonata for ...
10

Classical subgenres and styles