The 50 Greatest Pieces of Classical Music

In 2009 the esteemed London Philharmonic Orchestra entered Abbey Road studios to record a legendary session. Led by conductor David Parry, the LPO performed 50 pieces selected from every classical era & every thinkable composer.

The result is a stunning collection of symphonies, fugues, operatic pieces & overtures, all put together into an organic compilation.

This compilation can be enjoyed by both the curious beginner & classical aficionado. Record Label: Naxos

Music of masters like Bach, Vivaldi, Rachmaninov and Mahler are generously represented; even though the album gives merely a sample of what each composer’s music is like, the quantity of tracks makes it a broad introductory survey.


The 50 Greatest Pieces of Classical Music Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Hallelujah Chorus
Egmont, incidental music, Op. 84: Overture
Vocalise, instrumental arrangement, Op. 34/14
Radetzky-Marsch, for orchestra, Op. 228
Concerto Grosso in G minor (“Christmas Concerto”), Op. 6/8: Allegro
L’ Arlésienne, suite for orchestra No. 1, from the incidental music: Prelude
Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major (“Alla Turca”) K. 331 (K. 300i): Rondo Alla Turca
Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Overture
Les contes d’Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Barcarolle
Concerto for 2 violins, strings & continuo in D minor (“Double”), BWV 1043: Vivace
Pavane, for orchestra & chorus ad lib in F sharp minor, Op. 50
Má Vlast (My Fatherland), symphonic poems (6), JB 1:112: Vitava
Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor: Adagietto
Requiem Mass, for soloists, chorus & orchestra (Manzoni Requiem): Dies irae – Tuba mirum
Cavatina (from “The Deer Hunter”)
Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550: Allegro molto
Minuet in A major, arrangement (after String Quintet in E major, Op.11/5 [aka Op. 13/5], G. 275)
Finlandia, tone poem for orchestra, Op. 26
Adagio in C minor for strings & organ (previously attributed to Tomaso Albinoni)
Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major (“Eine kleine Nachtmusik”), K. 525: Allegro
Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor (“Moonlight”), Op. 27/2: Adagio sostenuto
Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: In the Hall of the Mountain King
Ave Maria, for voice & piano (after Bach’s Prelude No. 1 from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1)
Il barbière di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), opera: Overture
Symphony No. 9 in D minor (“Choral”), Op. 125: Ode to Joy
Gymnopedie for piano No. 1
The Swan Lake, suite, Op. 20a: Scéne
Carmen Suite for orchestra No. 2 (assembled by Ernest Guirard): Habanera
Bagatelle for piano in A minor (“Für Elise”), WoO 59
An der schönen, blauen Donau (On the Beautiful, Blue Danube), waltz for orchestra (with chorus ad lib), Op. 314 (RV 314)
Requiem for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, K. 626: Lacrimosa
Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1, for orchestra in D major, Op. 39/1
Thaïs, opera in 3 acts: Meditation
Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in G minor, WoO 1/5
Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major (“Elvira Madigan”) K. 467: Andante
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048: Allegro
Symphony No. 9 in E minor (“From the New World”), B. 178 (Op. 95) (first published as No. 5): Largo
The Planets, suite for orchestra & female chorus, Op. 32, H. 125: Jupiter
Aida, opera: Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves
Clair de lune, for piano (Suite Bergamasque No. 3), L. 75/3
Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Ride of the Valkyries
The Four Seasons (Il quattro stagione), concertos (4) for violin, strings & continuo (“Il cimento” Nos. 1-4) , Op. 8/1 – 4: Spring. Allegro
Adagio for strings (or string quartet; arr. from 2nd mvt. of String Quartet), Op. 11
Canon in D major, instrumental arrangement
Nocturne for piano No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109
Symphony No. 5 in C minor (“Fate”), Op. 67: Allegro con brio
Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: Morning Mood
Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air
Carmina Burana, scenic cantata for soloists, choruses & orchestra: O Fortuna

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