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The 50 Greatest Pieces of Classical Music consists of famous selections performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of David Parry, with additional appearances by violinist Pieter Schoeman, pianist Finghin Collins, and guitarist Craig Ogden. While the term "greatest" may be debatable in the instance of some of the pieces, "popular" is a description that's easier to support, for there's no denying the staying power of these pieces. Indeed, some are so well-loved, they have become obligatory on such ...

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  1. Carmina Burana, scenic cantata for soloists, choruses & orchestra: O Fortuna
  2. Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air
  3. Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: Morning Mood
  4. Symphony No. 5 in C minor ("Fate"), Op. 67: Allegro con brio
  5. Nocturne for piano No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109
  6. Canon in D major, instrumental arrangement
  7. Adagio for strings (or string quartet), Op. 11 (arr. from 2nd mvt. of String Quartet)
  8. The Four Seasons (Il quattro stagione), 4 concertos for violin, strings & continuo, Op. 8/1-4 ("Il cimento" Nos. 1-4): Spring. Allegro
  9. Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Ride of the Valkyries
  10. Clair de lune, for piano (Suite Bergamasque No. 3), L. 82/3 (75/3)
  11. Aida, opera: Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves
  12. The Planets, suite for orchestra & female chorus, Op. 32, H. 125: Jupiter
  13. Symphony No. 9 in E minor ("From the New World"), B. 178 (Op. 95) (first published as No. 5): Largo
  14. Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048: Allegro
  15. Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major ("Elvira Madigan") K. 467: Andante
  16. Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in F sharp minor, WoO 1/5
  17. Thaďs, opera in 3 acts: Meditation
  18. Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1, for orchestra in D major, Op. 39/1
  19. Requiem for soloists, chorus & orchestra, K. 626: Lacrimosa
  20. An der schönen, blauen Donau (On the Beautiful, Blue Danube), waltz for orchestra (with chorus ad lib), Op. 314 (RV 314)
  21. Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59
  22. Carmen Suite for orchestra No. 2 (assembled by Ernest Guirard): Habanera
  23. The Swan Lake, suite, Op. 20a: Scéne
  24. Gymnopédie for piano No. 1
  25. Symphony No. 9 in D minor ("Choral"), Op. 125: Ode to Joy
  26. Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), opera: Overture
  27. Ave Maria, for voice & piano, CG 89e (after Bach's Prelude No. 1 from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1)
  28. Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: In the Hall of the Mountain King
  29. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2: Adagio sostenuto
  30. Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major ("Eine kleine Nachtmusik"), K. 525: Allegro
  31. Adagio in C minor for strings & organ (previously attributed to Tomaso Albinoni)
  32. Finlandia, tone poem for orchestra, Op. 26
  33. Minuet in A major, arrangement (after String Quintet in E major, Op.11/5, G. 275)
  34. Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550: Allegro molto
  35. Cavatina (from "The Deer Hunter")
  36. Slavonic Dance for orchestra No. 2 in E minor, B. 83/2 (Op. 46/2)
  37. Requiem Mass, for soloists, chorus & orchestra ("Manzoni Requiem"): Dies irae - Tuba mirum
  38. Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor: Adagietto
  39. Má Vlast (My Fatherland), symphonic poems (6), JB 1:112: Vitava
  40. Pavane, for orchestra & chorus ad lib in F sharp minor, Op. 50
  41. Concerto for 2 violins, strings & continuo in D minor ("Double"), BWV 1043: Vivace
  42. Les contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Barcarolle
  43. Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Overture
  44. Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major ("Alla Turca") K. 331 (K. 300i): Rondo Alla Turca
  45. L' Arlésienne, suite for orchestra No. 1, from the incidental music: Prelude
  46. Concerto Grosso in G minor ("Christmas Concerto"), Op. 6/8: Allegro
  47. Radetzky-Marsch, for orchestra, Op. 228
  48. Vocalise, instrumental arrangement, Op. 34/14
  49. Egmont, incidental music, Op. 84: Overture
  50. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Hallelujah Chorus
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