The 50 Most Essential Classical Music Pieces Ever

The 50 Most Essential Classical Music Pieces Ever

The 50 Most Essential Classical Music Pieces Ever

1 1. Allegro
03:20 Janine Jansen, Candida Thompson, Henk Rubingh, Julian Rachlin, Stacey Watton, Maarten Jansen, Liz Kenny, Jan Jansen
Recording Producer: Dominic Fyfe - Violin: Janine Jansen - Violin: Candida Thompson - Balance Engineer: Philip Siney - Violin: Henk Rubingh - Recording Engineer: Jürgen Bulgrin - Viola: Julian Rachlin - Double Bass: Stacey Watton - Cello: Maarten Jansen - Theorbo: Liz Kenny - Harpsichord: Jan Jansen - Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
2 Nocturne No.2 in E flat, Op.9 No.2
03:59 Vladimir Ashkenazy
Recording Producer: James Walker - Piano: Vladimir Ashkenazy - Recording Engineer: Simon Eadon - Composer: Frédéric Chopin
3 1. Morning Mood [Peer Gynt Suite No.1, Op.46]
04:03 Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker - Conductor: Herbert von Karajan - Producer: Guenther Breest - Recording Producer: Michel Glotz - Balance Engineer: Günter Hermanns - Recording Engineer: Volker Martin - Recording Engineer: Joerg Iwaschuta - Recording Engineer: Jürgen Bulgrin - Recording Engineer: Jost Michael Haase - Editor: Reinhild Schmidt - Composer: Edvard Grieg
4 Prelude [Strauss, R.: Also Sprach Zarathustra, Op.30] (From "2001: A Space Odyssey")
01:37 Berliner Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm
Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker - Producer: Wolfgang Lohse - Balance Engineer: Heinrich Keilholz - Conductor: Karl Böhm - Editor: Hans-Peter Schweigmann - Composer: Richard Strauss
5 1. Allegro con brio [Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67]
07:19 Wiener Philharmoniker, Carlos Kleiber
Producer: Werner Mayer - Orchestra: Wiener Philharmoniker - Conductor: Carlos Kleiber - Recording Producer: Werner Mayer - Balance Engineer: Hans-Peter Schweigmann - Recording Engineer: Hans-Rudolf Müller - Recording Engineer: Wolf-Dieter Karwatky - Editor: Jobst Eberhardt - Editor: Hans-Peter Schweigmann - Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
6 1. Allegro molto moderato [Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16]
12:25 Stephen Kovacevich, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis
Piano: Stephen Kovacevich - Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra - Conductor: Sir Colin Davis - Recording Producer: Vittorio Negri - Recording Engineer: Ko Witteveen - Recording Engineer: Cees Heijkoop - Composer: Edvard Grieg
7 Hojotoho! Hojotoho! (Ride Of The Valkyries) [Die Walküre / Act 3]
06:20 Birgit Nilsson, Berit Lindholm, Brigitte Fassbaender, Claudia Hellmann, Helen Watts, Helga Dernesch, Marilyn Tyler, Vera Schlosser, Wiener Philharmoniker, Sir Georg Solti
Soprano: Birgit Nilsson - Soprano: Berit Lindholm - Contralto: Brigitte Fassbaender - Mezzo-Soprano: Claudia Hellmann - Contralto: Helen Watts - Soprano: Helga Dernesch - Soprano: Marilyn Tyler - Soprano: Vera Schlosser - Orchestra: Wiener Philharmoniker - Conductor: Sir Georg Solti - Producer: Christopher Raeburn - Composer/Author: Richard Wagner - Balance Engineer: James Lock - Balance Engineer: Gordon Parry
8 Scene 2: Scène (Moderato) [Swan Lake, Op.20 / Act 1]
02:21 Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Valery Gergiev
Orchestra: Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre - Conductor: Valery Gergiev - Producer: Andrew Cornall - Balance Engineer: Philip Siney - Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
9 Bagatelle in A minor, WoO 59 -"Für Elise"
02:58 Vladimir Ashkenazy
Producer: Andrew Cornall - Piano: Vladimir Ashkenazy - Balance Engineer: Colin Moorfoot - Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
10 Suite bergamasque, L.75; 3. Clair de lune
05:36 Pascal Rogé
Piano: Pascal Rogé - Composer: Claude Debussy - Producer: Richard Beswick - Balance Engineer: Colin Moorfoot
11 4. Finale (Presto - Allegro assai)
25:36 Anja Harteros, Waltraud Meier, Peter Seiffert, René Pape, Vokalensemble Kölner Dom, West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim
Soprano: Anja Harteros - Mezzo-Soprano: Waltraud Meier - Tenor: Peter Seiffert - Bass: René Pape - Chorus: Vokalensemble Kölner Dom - Orchestra: West-Eastern Divan Orchestra - Conductor: Daniel Barenboim - Producer: Magdalena Herbst - Recording Producer: Friedemann Engelbrecht - Recording Engineer: Tobias Lehmann - Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
12 1. Canon [Canon and Gigue in D major - arr. Max Seiffert]
05:02 Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan, Frank Maus
Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker - Conductor: Herbert von Karajan - Harpsichord: Frank Maus - Executive Producer: Guenther Breest - Recording Producer: Werner Mayer - Balance Engineer: Günter Hermanns - Recording Engineer: Volker Martin - Recording Engineer: Rainer Hoepfner - Recording Engineer: Wolf-Dieter Karwatky - Editor: Reinhild Schmidt - Composer: Johann Pachelbel
13 Adagio For Strings, Op.11
09:47 London Symphony Orchestra, Kristjan Järvi
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra - Executive Producer: Ute Fesquet - Conductor: Kristjan Järvi - Recording Producer: Philip Traugott - Recording Engineer: Mike Hatch - Asst. Recording Engineer: Craig Jenkins - Composer: Samuel Barber
14 1. Adagio sostenuto
06:06 Vladimir Ashkenazy
Producer: James Walker - Piano: Vladimir Ashkenazy - Balance Engineer: John Dunkerley - Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
15 Intermezzo Sinfonico [Cavalleria rusticana]
03:45 Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Alberto Erede
Balance Engineer: Cyril Windebank - Orchestra: Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino - Conductor: Alberto Erede - Producer: James Walker - Engineer: Roy Wallace - Recording Engineer: Roy Wallace - Composer: Pietro Mascagni
16 Nessun dorma!
02:57 Luciano Pavarotti, John Alldis Choir, Wandsworth School Boys Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta
Tenor: Luciano Pavarotti - Chorus: John Alldis Choir - Choir: Wandsworth School Boys Choir - Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra - Conductor: Zubin Mehta - Producer: Ray Minshull - Assistant Producer: Michael Woolcock - Balance Engineer: James Lock - Balance Engineer: Kenneth Wilkinson - Recording Producer: Ray Minshull - Composer: Giacomo Puccini
17 9. Nimrod (Adagio) [Variations on an Original Theme, Op.36 "Enigma"]
03:45 Los Angeles Philharmonic, Zubin Mehta
Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic - Conductor: Zubin Mehta - Composer: Edward Elgar - Producer: Ray Minshull - Balance Engineer: James Lock - Balance Engineer: Gordon Parry
18 1. Allegro [Serenade in G Major, K. 525 "Eine kleine Nachtmusik"]
06:13 Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm
Producer: Werner Mayer - Orchestra: Wiener Philharmoniker - Conductor: Karl Böhm - Recording Producer: Werner Mayer - Balance Engineer: Günter Hermanns - Recording Engineer: Volker Martin - Recording Engineer: Manfred Bartel - Editor: Jobst Eberhardt - Editor: Günter Hermanns - Editor: Hans-Rudolf Müller - Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
19 I giorni [I giorni] (Radio Edit)
03:22 Daniel Hope, Jacques Ammon, Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin
Producer: Christian Badzura - Violin: Daniel Hope - Recording Producer: Andreas Neubronner - Piano: Jacques Ammon - Chamber Orchestra: Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin - Recording Engineer: Markus Heiland - Editor: Andreas Neubronner - Editor: Markus Heiland
20 2. Air [Suite No.3 In D, BWV 1068]
05:59 David Bell, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
Organ: David Bell - Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker - Conductor: Herbert von Karajan - Producer: Guenther Breest - Recording Producer: Michel Glotz - Balance Engineer: Günter Hermanns - Recording Engineer: Volker Martin - Recording Engineer: Joerg Iwaschuta - Recording Engineer: Jürgen Bulgrin - Editor: Reinhild Schmidt - Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
21 2b. Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy [Nutcracker Suite, Op.71a]
01:45 Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Georg Solti
Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Producer: Michael Haas - Conductor: Sir Georg Solti - Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Balance Engineer: John Pellowe
22 1. (Allegro)
06:10 I Musici
Ensemble: I Musici - Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
23 Liebestraum No.3 in A flat, S.541 No.3
04:54 Jorge Bolet
Piano: Jorge Bolet - Composer: Franz Liszt - Producer: Peter Wadland - Balance Engineer: John Dunkerley
24 Ave Maria, D. 839
04:19 Renée Fleming, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Andreas Delfs
Recording Producer: Chris Hazell - Soprano: Renée Fleming - Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Balance Engineer: Tom Lazarus - Conductor: Andreas Delfs - Recording Engineer: Neil Hutchinson
25 2. Bailero [Chants d'Auvergne]
07:09 Renée Fleming, English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate
Producer: Michael Haas - Soprano: Renée Fleming - Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra - Conductor: Jeffrey Tate - Balance Engineer: James Lock - Composer: Joseph Canteloube
26 An der schönen blauen Donau, Op.314
09:37 Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm
Producer: Fr. Dr. Ellen Hickmann - Orchestra: Wiener Philharmoniker - Conductor: Karl Böhm - Recording Producer: Wolfgang Lohse - Balance Engineer: Günter Hermanns - Recording Engineer: Wolfgang Werner - Editor: Wolfgang Lohse - Editor: Christa Conrad - Composer: Johann Strauss II
27 1. Molto allegro [Symphony No.40 In G Minor, K.550]
08:12 Staatskapelle Dresden, Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden - Conductor: Sir Colin Davis - Producer: Rupert Faustle - Producer: Volker Straus - Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
28 "La donna è mobile"
02:26 Luciano Pavarotti, London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Bonynge
Recording Producer: David Harvey - Tenor: Luciano Pavarotti - Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra - Assistant Producer: Michael Woolcock - Conductor: Richard Bonynge - Recording Engineer: Stan Goodall - Recording Engineer: Kenneth Wilkinson - Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
29 Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour
04:08 Dame Joan Sutherland, Huguette Tourangeau, Chorus Pro Arte Lausanne Du Brassus, Radio Suisse Romande Chorus, L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Richard Bonynge
Soprano: Dame Joan Sutherland - Producer: John Mordler - Producer: Michael Woolcock - Mezzo-Soprano: Huguette Tourangeau - Chorus: Chorus Pro Arte Lausanne Du Brassus - Chorus: Radio Suisse Romande Chorus - Orchestra: L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande - Conductor: Richard Bonynge - Composer: Jacques Offenbach
30 Pavane, Op.50
05:06 Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Jean Fournet
Orchestra: Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra - Conductor: Jean Fournet - Recording Producer: Wilhelm Hellweg - Recording Engineer: Joost Hummeling - Composer: Gabriel Fauré
31 "Mais nous ne voyons pas la Carmencita" - "L'amour est un oiseau rebelle" [Carmen / Act 1]
05:33 Tatiana Troyanos, The John Alldis Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Georg Solti
Producer: Christopher Raeburn - Producer: Richard Beswick - Mezzo-Soprano: Tatiana Troyanos - Choir: John Alldis Choir - Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra - Conductor: Sir Georg Solti - Composer: Georges Bizet
32 "Viens, Mallika, ... Dôme épais" (Flower Duet)
06:03 Dame Joan Sutherland, Jane Berbié, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte‐Carlo, Richard Bonynge
Soprano: Dame Joan Sutherland - Mezzo-Soprano: Jane Berbié - Recording Engineer: Kenneth Wilkinson - Recording Engineer: Michael Mailes - Orchestra: Orchestre National de l'Opéra de Monte-Carlo - Conductor: Richard Bonynge - Producer: John Mordler - Composer: Léo Delibes
33 Ouverture solennelle "1812," Op.49
14:49 Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, University Of Minnesota Brass Band
Orchestra: Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra - Ensemble: University Of Minnesota Brass Band - Conductor: Antal Doráti - Engineer: C. Robert Fine - Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
34 Fanfare for the Common Man
02:47 Los Angeles Philharmonic, Zubin Mehta
Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic - Conductor: Zubin Mehta - Composer: Aaron Copland - Producer: Ray Minshull - Balance Engineer: Simon Eadon - Balance Engineer: James Lock - Engineer: Michael Mailes
35 2. Adagio sostenuto [Piano Concerto No.2 In C Minor, Op.18] (Live)
12:28 Lang Lang, Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Valery Gergiev
Piano: Lang Lang - Producer: Martin T:son Engstroem - Recording Producer: Christian Gansch - Orchestra: Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre - Balance Engineer: Stephan Flock - Conductor: Valery Gergiev - Recording Engineer: Jürgen Bulgrin - Recording Engineer: Wolf-Dieter Karwatky - Editor: Stephan Flock - Composer: Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov
36 Aria
03:53 András Schiff
Piano: András Schiff - Producer: Michael Haas - Balance Engineer: Simon Eadon - Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
37 No.1
03:06 Pascal Rogé
Piano: Pascal Rogé - Composer: Erik Satie - Producer: Michael Haas - Balance Engineer: Simon Eadon
38 1. Toccata [Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565]
02:31 Simon Preston
Producer: Dr. Gerd Ploebsch - Organ: Simon Preston - Producer: Charlotte Kriesch - Recording Producer: Dr. Gerd Ploebsch - Balance Engineer: Hans-Peter Schweigmann - Recording Engineer: Klaus Behrens - Editor: Klaus Behrens - Editor: Hans-Ulrich Bastin - Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
39 4. In The Hall Of The Mountain King
02:07 Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker - Conductor: Herbert von Karajan - Producer: Guenther Breest - Recording Producer: Michel Glotz - Balance Engineer: Günter Hermanns - Recording Engineer: Volker Martin - Recording Engineer: Joerg Iwaschuta - Recording Engineer: Jürgen Bulgrin - Recording Engineer: Jost Michael Haase - Editor: Reinhild Schmidt - Composer: Edvard Grieg
40 2. Largo [Symphony No.9 in E minor, Op.95 "From the New World"]
13:18 Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Riccardo Chailly
Producer: Andrew Cornall - Orchestra: Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam - Conductor: Riccardo Chailly - Recording Engineer: Stanley Goodall - Composer: Antonín Dvorák
41 3. The Flight Of The Bumble-Bee [The Tale Of Tsar Saltan]
01:16 Philharmonia Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra - Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy - Composer: Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov - Balance Engineer: John Dunkerley - Producer: Andrew Cornall
42 Main Theme From "Schindler's List"
03:53 Nicola Benedetti, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Kirill Karabits
Recording Producer: Andrew Walton - Violin: Nicola Benedetti - Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Recording Engineer: Mike Clements - Conductor: Kirill Karabits - Composer: John Williams
43 1. Allegro [Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major Op.73 -"Emperor"] (Live In Bochum/2007)
21:12 Daniel Barenboim, Staatskapelle Berlin
Piano: Daniel Barenboim - Recording Producer: Georg Obermayer - Orchestra: Staatskapelle Berlin - Recording Engineer: Toine Mertens - Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
44 Rhapsody In Blue
13:51 Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, André Previn
Orchestra: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra - Recording Producer: Wilhelm Hellweg - Conductor: André Previn - Recording Engineer: Onno Scholze - Recording Engineer: John Newton - Composer: George Gershwin
45 Miserere
11:53 The Sixteen, Harry Christophers
Choir: The Sixteen - Conductor: Harry Christophers - Composer: Gregorio Allegri
46 4. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity [The Planets, Op. 32]
07:15 London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra - Conductor: Sir Georg Solti - Composer: Gustav Holst - Producer: James Mallinson - Balance Engineer: Kenneth Wilkinson - Recording Engineer: Andrew Pinder
47 "Hallelujah" [Messiah, HWV 56 / Pt. 2]
03:41 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner
Chorus: Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chorus - Producer: Chris Hazell - Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields - Conductor: Sir Neville Marriner - Composer: George Frideric Handel - Balance Engineer: Simon Eadon
48 "O Fortuna" [Carmina Burana / Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi]
02:25 Brighton Festival Chorus, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Antal Doráti
Chorus: Brighton Festival Chorus - Recording Producer: Raymond Few - Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Recording Producer: Tim McDonald - Conductor: Antal Doráti - Recording Engineer: Arthur Lilley - Recording Engineer: Kenneth Wilkinson - Composer: Carl Orff
49 Méditation religieuse - Symphonie [Thaïs / Acte Deux]
05:36 Nigel Kennedy, National Philharmonic Orchestra, Richard Bonynge
Producer: James Mallinson - Violin: Nigel Kennedy - Orchestra: National Philharmonic Orchestra - Recording Engineer: Stanley Goodall - Conductor: Richard Bonynge - Composer: Jules Massenet
50 2b. Maestoso - Più allegro - Molto allegro [Symphony No.3 in C minor, Op.78 "Organ Symphony"]
07:44 Peter Hurford, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Charles Dutoit
Organ: Peter Hurford - Orchestra: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal - Conductor: Charles Dutoit - Producer: Ray Minshull - Composer: Camille Saint-Saëns - Balance Engineer: James Lock
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