The 50 Most Essential Pieces of Classical Music

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1 Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67, "Fate": I. Allegro con brio-Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
2 Nocturnes, Op. 9: No. 2 in E-Flat Major-Peter Schmalfuss
3 Xerxes, HWV 40: "Ombra mai fu": Largo-Jennifer Lane, Brewer Baroque Orchestra and Rudolph Palmer
4 Bagatelle in A Minor, WoO 59, "Für Elise"-Leonard Hokanson
5 Canon in D Major-Musica Antiqua New York
6 The Four Seasons (Le quattro stagioni), Op. 8 - Violin Concerto No. 1 in E Major, RV 269, "Spring" (La primavera): I. Allegro-Emmy Verhey, Camerata Antonio Lucio and Alun Francis
7 Suite No. 3 in D Major for Orchestra, BWV 1068: II. Air-Ama Deus Ensemble
8 Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 23: I. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso - Allegro con spirito-Berlin Symphony Orchestra
9 Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550: I. Allegro molto-Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra and Ernest Bour
10 Also Sprach Zarathustra - Tone Poem for Large Orchestra, Op. 30: Introduction-Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
11 Sonata No. 11 in A Major for Piano, K. 331: III. Alla Turca: Allegretto-Walter Klien
12 Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46: IV. In the Hall of the Mountain King: Alla marcia e molto marcato - Piu vivo-Utah Symphony Orchestra
13 Adagio for Strings-New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
14 Concerto No. 21 in C Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 467: II. Andante ("Elvira Madigan")-Cologne Chamber Orchestra
15 Vocalise for Cello and Piano, Op. 34: Lentamente-Markus Stocker
16 Carmina Burana (Cantiones Profanae), Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi: I. O Fortuna-Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra
17 Suite Bergamasque, L 75: III. Clair de lune (Moonlight)-Peter Frankl
18 Serenade No. 13 in G Major, K. 525, "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik": I. Allegro-Camerata Salzburg
19 Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20: Scéne: Moderato-Vienna State Opera Orchestra
20 Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor for Piano, Op. 27:2, "Moonlight": I. Adagio sostenuto-Dubravka Tomsic
21 Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G Minor-Kosice State Philharmonic Orchestra
22 Liebestraum No. 3 in A-Flat Major, G 541, Op. 62: "O lieb so lang' du lieben kannst"-Jerome Rose
23 The Magic Flute, K. 620: Aria of the Queen of the Night - "Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen"-Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
24 Spartacus: Adagio-Sofia Symphony Orchestra
25 Toccata and Fugue in D Minor for Organ, BWV 565-Klemens Schnorr
26 Boléro, M. 81-London Symphony Orchestra
27 Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95, "From the New World": II. Largo-London Philharmonic Orchestra
28 Turandot: Nessun Dorma-Charles K. L. Davis, New York Stadium Symphony Orchestra and Wilfred Pelletier
29 Pavane-The New York Philomusica Winds
30 Chorale from Cantata BWV 147: Jesu bleibet meine Freude (Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring)-Susanne Doll
31 Adagio in G Minor for Strings and Organ-London Festival Orchestra and Ross Pople
32 Thaïs: Meditation-Caffé Concerto Ensemble
33 Concerto in E Minor for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 64: I. Allegro molto appassionato (attacca)-Jaime Laredo and Scottish Chamber Orchestra
34 Symphony No. 5 in C-Sharp Minor: IV. Adagietto-London Symphony Orchestra and Harold Farberman
35 The Messiah, HWV 56: Hallelujah Chorus-Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
36 Carnival of the Animals: The Swan (Le Cygne)-Stockholm Chamber Duo
37 Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar and Orchestra: II. Adagio-Orchestra of St. John's Smith Square and John Lubbock
38 Ellen's Chants, D. 839: Ave Maria-Musica Antiqua New York
39 The Planets, Suite for Large Orchestra, Op. 32: Jupiter, The Bringer of Jollity-Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
40 Two Elegiac Melodies, Op. 34: II. Last Spring-Bonn Classical Philharmonic
41 Rhapsody in Blue-Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
42 Sonata No. 8 in C Minor for Piano, Op. 13, "Sonata Pathétique": II. Adagio cantabile-Alfred Brendel
43 Rinaldo, HWV 7: "Lascia ch'io pianga"-Madeleine Tsingopoulos
44 Partita No. 2 in D Minor for Solo Violin, BWV 1004: Chaconne-Conrad von der Goltz
45 Romeo and Juliet, Ballet Suite No. 2, Op. 64: I. Montagues and Capulets-Minnesota Orchestra and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
46 Requiem Mass in D Minor, K. 626: VIII. Sequentia: Lacrimosa dies illa-Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
47 Festival Overture in E-Flat Major, "The Year 1812", Op. 49-Utah Symphony Orchestra
48 The Valkyrie: Ride of the Valkyries-Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
49 Gianni Schicchi: "O mio babbino caro"-Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
50 Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125, "Choral": IV. Presto - Allegro assai - Choral Finale (Ode an der Freude - Ode to Joy)-London Symphony Orchestra and Josef Krips