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100 Greatest Classical Pieces

The greatest classical compositions of all time.

100 songs (9 hours and 56 minutes) curated by Amazon's Music Experts
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Beethoven: Symphony No.5 In C Minor, Op.67 - 1. Allegro con brio (Live At Deutsches Museum, Munich / 1976)
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Leonard Bernstein & Ludwig van Beethoven - Beethoven: The Amnesty International Concert; Symphonies Nos.7 & 9; Overtures; String Quartet Arr.; Missa solemnis (6 CDs)
8:05
2
Mozart: Serenade in G Major, K. 525 "Eine kleine Nachtmusik" - 1. Allegro
Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik
6:14
3
An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314: An der schonen, blauen Donau (The Beautiful Blue Danube), Op. 314
Strauss Festival Orchestra - Strauss II: Most Famous Waltzes
9:27
4
Wagner: Die Walküre, WWV 86B - Concert version / Act 3 - The Ride of the Valkyries
National Symphony Orchestra Washington, Antal Doráti & Richard Wagner - Twilight Of The Gods: The Essential Wagner Collection
5:06
5
Le quattro stagioni (The Four Seasons), Violin Concerto in E Major Op. 8 No. 1, RV 269, "Spring": I. Allegro
Itzhak Perlman/London Philharmonic Orchestra - Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
3:27
6
Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: I. Prélude
Yo-Yo Ma - Six Evolutions - Bach: Cello Suites
2:31
7
Handel: Messiah - Part 2 - Chorus: "Hallelujah"
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Utah Symphony Orchestra & Joseph Silverstein - Hallelujah! Great Choral Classics
3:53
8
The Rite of Spring (Scenes of Pagan Russia in Two Parts): The Rite of Spring (Scenes of Pagan Russia in Two Parts): Part One - Adoration of the Earth. Introduction. Lento
Leonard Bernstein - Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring & Suite from "The Firebird" [Expanded Edition]
3:20
9
Pachelbel: Canon And Gigue In D Major - Arr. Max Seiffert
Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan & Frank Maus - Albinoni: Adagio in G minor / Pachelbel: Canon
7:09
10
Beethoven: Symphony No.9 In D Minor, Op.125 - "Choral" - 4a. Presto
Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan & Ludwig van Beethoven - Beethoven: The Symphonies
6:22
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Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op.71, TH.14 / Act 2 - No. 13 Waltz of the Flowers
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker
6:24
12
J.S. Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 - Toccata
Daniel Chorzempa - Essential Baroque
3:18
13
Mussorgsky: A Night on the Bare Mountain (Arr. Rimsky-Korsakov)
Los Angeles Philharmonic & André Previn - Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet / Smetana: Vltava / Mussorgsky: A Night On The Bare Mountain / Glinka: Russlan & Ludmilla Overture
10:53
14
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Overture
London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro (3 CDs)
3:51
15
Verdi: Rigoletto / Act 3 - "La donna è mobile"
Juan Diego Flórez, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi & Carlo Rizzi - The Tenor
2:24
16
Schubert: Ave Maria, "Ellens Gesang III", D839
Renée Fleming & Christoph Eschenbach - Schubert: Lieder - Ave Maria; Die Forelle; Heidenröslein; Gretchen am Spinnrade; Der Tod und das Mädchen
8:09
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R. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30, TrV 176 - Prelude (Sonnenaufgang)
Berliner Philharmoniker & Herbert von Karajan - Strauss, R.: Also sprach Zarathustra; Till Eulenspiegel; Don Juan; Salome's Dance Of The Seven Veils
1:49
18
Carmen (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 1: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle (Habanera)
Maria Callas/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris/Georges Prêtre - Bizet: Carmen
4:18
19
Suite bergamasque: Clair de lune
Francois-Joel Thiollier - Debussy: Piano Favourites
5:11
20
Delibes: The Flower Duet (From "Lakmé")
Katherine Jenkins, Kiri Te Kanawa, Philharmonia Orchestra & Anthony Inglis - Katherine Jenkins: The Ultimate Collection / Standard Edition
3:50
21
Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No.1, Op.46 - 4. In The Hall Of The Mountain King
Berliner Philharmoniker & Herbert von Karajan - Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites / Sibelius: Valse triste
2:10
22
J.S. Bach: Orchestral Suite No.3 in D Major, BWV 1068 - 2. Air
Münchener Bach-Orchester, Karl Richter & Johann Sebastian Bach - Bach: 6 Brandenburg Concertos; 4 Ouvertures; Tripel Concerto BWV 1044
5:44
23
1812 Overture, Op. 49, TH 49
Leonard Bernstein, New York Philharmonic Orchestra & Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture; Marche Slave; Romeo and Juliet; Capriccio Italien; Hamlet [Expanded Edition]
15:30
24
Orff: Carmina Burana / Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi - 1. O Fortuna
Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Eugen Jochum, Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin & Carl Orff - Orff: Carmina Burana
2:36
25
Holst: The Planets, Op.32 - 4. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal & Charles Dutoit - Holst: The Planets
8:01
26
Puccini: Turandot / Act 3 - "Nessun dorma!"
Luciano Pavarotti, The John Alldis Choir, Wandsworth School Boys Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta & Giacomo Puccini - Nessun Dorma - Puccini's Greatest Arias
3:00
27
Rhapsody in Blue
Leonard Bernstein - Gershwin: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story; Candide Overture; Rhapsody in Blue; An American in Paris
16:24
28
Chopin: Nocturne No.2 In E Flat, Op.9 No.2
Daniel Barenboim & Frédéric Chopin - Chopin: The Complete Nocturnes (2 CD's)
4:32
29
Rossini: William Tell - Overture
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields & Sir Neville Marriner - Rossini: Complete Overtures
11:03
30
String Quintet in E Major, Op. 11, No. 5, G. 275: III. Minuetto
Budapest Strings - Chamber Music (Romantic 19Th Century) - Schubert, F. / Weber, C.M. Von / Spohr, L. / Brahms, J. / Grieg, E. / Schumann, R. / Boccherini, L.
3:35
31
Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, Enigma: IX. Nimrod (Adagio)
London Symphony Orchestra & Sir Adrian Boult - Elgar: Enigma Variations & Pomp & Circumstance Marches Nos 1-5
3:54
32
Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake (Suite), Op.20a, TH 219 - 1. Scene - Swan Theme
Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Sir Georg Solti - The Tchaikovsky Album (2 CDs)
2:46
33
Satie: 3 Gymnopédies - No.1 Lent et douloureux
Jean-Yves Thibaudet - Erik Satie: The Complete Solo Piano Music
3:39
34
Leoncavallo: Pagliacci / Act 1 - "Vesti la giubba"
José Carreras, London Symphony Orchestra & Jesús López-Cobos - Legends - Jose Carreras
3:47
35
Brahms: Hungarian Dance No.5 In G Minor, WoO 1 (Orchestrated By Albert Parlow)
Berliner Philharmoniker & Herbert von Karajan - Brahms: 8 Hungarian Dances / Dvorák: 5 Slavonic Dances; Scherzo capriccioso
2:37
36
Dvorák: Symphony No.9 In E Minor, Op.95, B. 178 "From The New World" - 3. Molto vivace
Wiener Philharmoniker & Herbert von Karajan - Dvorák: Symphony No.9 , Op.95, B. 178 "From the New World" / Smetana: The Moldau
8:36
37
Verdi: La Traviata / Act 1 - "Libiamo ne'lieti calici"
Ileana Cotrubas, Plácido Domingo, Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper München, Bavarian State Orchestra & Carlos Kleiber - Verdi: La Traviata (2 CD's)
2:55
38
Mozart: Requiem in D minor, K.626 - 1. Introitus: Requiem
Sylvia McNair, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Mozart: Requiem
5:03
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Trumpet Voluntary
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London & Frank Shipway - Pachelbel: Canon in D - Bach: Air on a G String - Handel: Largo from 'Xerxes' - Hallelujah Chorus - Clarke: Trumpet Voluntary
3:02
40
Palladio, for Strings (Excerpt, Allegretto)
Karl Jenkins feat. London Symphony Orchestra - Karl Jenkins: Quirk, Sarikiz & Over the Stone
3:46
41
Carmen, GB 9: Prelude (Allegro giocoso)
Orchestre De L'Opéra National De Paris/Georges Prêtre - Bizet: Carmen
2:14
42
Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia / Act 1 - "Largo al factotum"
Plácido Domingo, The Chamber Orchestra Of Europe & Claudio Abbado - Forever Domingo
4:48
43
Shostakovich: Jazz Suite No.2 - 6. Waltz II
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra & Riccardo Chailly - Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5/Festive Overture/Tahiti Trot
3:42
44
Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Incidental Music, Op.61, MWV M 13 - No.9 Wedding March
Boston Symphony Orchestra & Seiji Ozawa - Mendelssohn: The Essentials
5:12
45
Rimsky-Korsakov: The Tale of Tsar Saltan - Suite - 3. The Flight of the Bumble-Bee
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, David Zinman & Rimsky-Korsakov - Rimsky-Korsakov: The Tale Of Tsar Saltan Suite; The Golden Cockerel Suite
1:26
46
Sibelius: Finlandia, Op.26
Philharmonia Orchestra & Vladimir Ashkenazy - Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1, 2 & 4; Finlandia; Karelia Suite (2 CDs)
7:57
47
Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor (1998 Remastered Version): Fourth movement: Adagietto (Sehr langsam)
Sir John Barbirolli/New Philharmonia Orchestra - Mahler: Symphony No. 5
9:51
48
Die Zauberflöte, K. 620, Act 2 Scene 8: No. 14, Arie, "Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen" (Königin)
Edita Gruberova/Symphonieorchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Bernard Haitink - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die Zauberflote (Highlights)
2:51
49
Norma, Act 1 Scene 4: No. 4b, Aria, "Casta diva" (Norma, Chorus)
Maria Callas/Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin - Bellini Norma
7:18
50
Ave verum Corpus
The King's Singers - English Renaissance
4:36
51
Handel: Water Music Suite in D Major, HWV 349 - Hornpipe
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner & George Frideric Handel - Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks; Water Music Suites
4:03
52
Verdi: Messa da Requiem - 2. "Dies irae"
Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Claudio Abbado & Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano - Verdi: Opera Choruses
2:24
53
Massenet: Méditation de Thaïs
Joshua Bell, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Litton & Jules Massenet - The Romantic Violin
5:13
54
Appalachian Spring: Appalachian Spring: VII. Doppio movimento
Aaron Copland - Copland: Appalachan Spring, Lincoln Portrait & Billy the Kid Suite
2:35
55
Beethoven: Symphony No.6 in F Major, Op.68 -"Pastoral" - 3. Lustiges Zusammensein der Landleute (Allegro)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti & Ludwig van Beethoven - Beethoven: The Nine Symphonies (6 CDs)
5:20
56
Wagner: Götterdämmerung, WWV 86D - Concert version / Dritter Aufzug - Siegfried's Funeral March
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & James Levine - Wagner: Orchestral Music
12:40
57
Barber: Adagio For Strings Op. 11
Leonard Slatkin & Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra - Adagio for Strings / 3 Essays for Orchestra
9:08
58
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) *: Overture
Ganassi, Sonia - Rossini: The Barber of Seville (Highlights)
6:43
59
Chopin: Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.35 - 3. Marche funèbre (Lento)
Vladimir Ashkenazy & Frédéric Chopin - Chopin: Piano Sonatas Nos.1-3
9:02
60
Mozart: Don Giovanni / Act 2 - "Don Giovanni, a cenar teco m'invitasti"
Bernd Weikl, Gabriel Bacquier, Kurt Moll, The London Opera Chorus, London Philharmonic Orchestra & Sir Georg Solti - Mozart: Don Giovanni
6:24
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The Firebird Suite (1919 Version): The Firebird Suite (1919 Version): The Firebird Suite (1919 Version): The Firebird Suite (1919 Version): VII. Finale
Leonard Bernstein & New York Philharmonic Orchestra - Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring & Suite from "The Firebird" [Expanded Edition]
3:27
62
Chopin: Waltz No.6 in D Flat, Op.64 No.1 -"Minute"
Vladimir Ashkenazy & Frédéric Chopin - Chopin: Favourite Piano Works
1:55
63
Un bel dì from Madama Butterfly (Act II) (Voice)
Kiri Te Kanawa - Puccini: Great Opera Arias
4:29
64
Trumpet Concerto in E-Flat Major, Hob. VIIe:1: III. Finale. Allegro
Raymond Leppard, Wynton Marsalis & National Philharmonic Orchestra - Haydn: 3 Favorite Concertos
4:28
65
O mio babbino caro from Gianni Schicchi
Kiri Te Kanawa - Greatest Hits - Puccini
2:26
66
Khachaturian: Gayaneh - Sabre Dance
Wiener Philharmoniker & Aram Khachaturian - Khachaturian: Spartacus; Gayaneh; The Seasons
2:32
67
Ponchielli: La Gioconda / Act 3 - Dance of the Hours
Berliner Philharmoniker & Herbert von Karajan - Herbert von Karajan - Invitation to the Dance
10:33
68
4 Dance Episodes from Rodeo: 4 Dance Episodes from Rodeo: IV. Hoe Down
London Symphony Orchestra & Aaron Copland - Copland Conducts Copland - Expanded Edition (Fanfare for the Common Man, Appalachian Spring, Old American Songs (Complete), Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes)
3:32
69
Ave Maria (Franz Biebl)
Chanticleer - Our Heart's Joy: A Chanticleer Christmas
7:32
70
Puccini: La Bohème / Act 1 - "Che gelida manina"
José Carreras, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden & Sir Colin Davis - José Carreras - Memories
4:53
71
Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043: I. Vivace
Oliver Dohnanyi - Bach, J.S. / Vivaldi: Violin Concertos
4:00
72
Suppé: Light Cavalry - Overture
Detroit Symphony Orchestra & Paul Paray - Suppé: Overtures / Auber: The Bronze Horse, etc.
6:26
73
Piazzolla: Libertango
Milos Karadaglic, Studioorchester der Europäischen FilmPhilharmonie & Christoph Israel - Pasión
3:03
74
Purcell: The Old Bachelor, Z.607 - Rondeau - Menuet - Boree - March - Jig
The Academy of Ancient Music & Christopher Hogwood - Purcell: Sweeter Than Roses
4:15
75
Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor Op.26 : III Finale - Allegro energico
Maxim Vengerov - Bruch & Mendelssohn : Violin Concertos
7:34
76
Smetana: The Bartered Bride / Act 3 - Dance of the Comedians
The Cleveland Orchestra & Christoph von Dohnányi - Music of Bedrich Smetana
5:55
77
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Andrew Davis - Vaughan Williams : Symphony No.6, Fantasia On A Theme By Thomas Tallis & The Lark Ascending - Apex
15:52
78
Fauré: Pavane, Op.50
Leone Buyse, The Boston Pops Orchestra, John Williams & Gabriel Faure - Pops In Love
6:28
79
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody On A Theme By Paganini, Op.43 - Variation 18 (Live)
Lang Lang, Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre & Valery Gergiev - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2; Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
2:48
80
Dukas: L'Apprenti sorcier
Los Angeles Philharmonic & André Previn - Debussy: Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune / Ravel: Daphnis & Chloé Suite No. 2 / Dukas: The Sorcerer's Apprentice etc
11:19
81
J. Strauss I: Radetzky-Marsch, Op.228
Berliner Philharmoniker & Herbert von Karajan - Prussian & Austrian Marches
2:51
82
Piano Concerto No. 21 in C K467 (cadenzas Barenboim) : I. Allegro maestoso [1986 Remastered Version]
Daniel Barenboim/English Chamber Orchestra & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Mozart: The Complete Piano Concertos
14:35
83
Handel: Solomon, HWV 67 - Arrival Of The Queen Of Sheba
The English Concert & Trevor Pinnock - Pachelbel: Canon & Gigue / Handel: The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
3:10
84
5 Lieder, Op. 49: No. 4, Wiegenlied "Guten Abend, gute Nacht" (Orch. Gamley)
Victoria De Los Angeles/Sinfonia Of London/Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos - Essential Brahms
2:22
85
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Euridice), Wq.30 / Act 3 - "Che farò senza Euridice?"
Dame Janet Baker, English Chamber Orchestra & Raymond Leppard - Dame Janet Baker: Philips And Decca Recordings 1961-1979
3:46
86
Albinoni: Adagio for Strings and Organ in G Minor
Eriko Sato, Edward Brewer & Orpheus Chamber Orchestra - Orpheus Chamber Orchestra - Baroque Highlights
7:23
87
J. Strauss II: Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald, Op.325
Karl Swoboda, Wiener Philharmoniker & Lorin Maazel - Strauss, Johann & Josef:: Waltzes & Polkas
12:09
88
Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 2 - "Una furtiva lagrima"
Juan Diego Flórez, Riccardo Frizza & Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi - Juan Diego Flórez - Una Furtiva Lagrima: Donizetti & Bellini Arias
4:42
89
Tannhäuser: Overture
Mariss Jansons - Wagner: Overtures & Orchestral Music
13:51
90
Whitacre: Lux Aurumque
Eric Whitacre & Eric Whitacre Singers - Light & Gold
4:15
91
Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64, Act 1: No. 13, Dance of the Knights (Complete Ballet)
André Previn - Prokofiev: Ballets
5:41
92
Symphony No. 3, Op. 36: II. Lento e Largo - Tranquillissimo
Dawn Upshaw, London Sinfonietta & David Zinman - Górecki: Symphony No. 3
9:28
93
Má Vlast, JB 1:112: No. 2, Vltava (The Moldau)
Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra & Theodore Kuchar - Smetana: Má Vlast. Complete Orchestral Works
11:39
94
Nicolai: Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor - Overture
Wiener Philharmoniker & Christian Thielemann - German Overtures
8:49
95
Tintagel (2007 Remastered Version)
London Symphony Orchestra/Sir John Barbirolli - Bax - Delius - Ireland
15:02
96
String Quartet No. 5: I.
Kronos Quartet - Kronos Quartet Performs Philip Glass
1:11
97
Overture Orpheus In The Underworld
Philharmonia Orchestra & Sir Neville Marriner - Offenbach: Overtures - La Belle Hélène Etc.
9:18
98
Weber : Der Freischütz : Overture To Act 1
Nikolaus Harnoncourt feat. Berliner Philharmoniker - Weber : Der Freischütz
9:56
99
Corelli: Concerto Grosso in G Minor, Op. 6, No. 8, MC 6.8 "Fatto per la Notte di Natale" - 2. Allegro
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Naoko Tanaka, Eric Wyrick, Eric Bartlett & Edward Brewer - Orpheus Chamber Orchestra - Baroque Highlights
2:16
100
Suppé: Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna - Overture
Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal & Charles Dutoit - Suppé: Overtures
8:28