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Symphonie Fantastique, by Hector Berlioz

Symphonie Fantastique
Hector Berlioz
The quintessential Romantic, Berlioz built this lush, emotional work around the story of a gifted artist who, in the depths of lovesickness, poisons himself with opium. Leonard Bernstein said this was the first musical expedition into psychedelia, due to its hallucinatory, dream-like nature.


intense, emotional

WORK OF ART

Rite of Spring, by Igor Stravinsky

Rite of Spring
Igor Stravinsky
When first performed in 1913, this complex and unpredictable masterpiece caused fistfights in the aisles. It continues to shock, stir, and confound listeners to this day. Written as a ballet around a series of episodes depicting a pagan spring ritual, it's a powerful and dramatic statement.

dazzling & powerful

SYMPHONY

Symphony No. 1, by Johannes Brahms

Symphony No. 1
Johannes Brahms
Brahms's First is surely the most overtly dramatic of his four symphonies. Grand in its large and emphatic gestures and integrating high drama, lyricism, and an emotional, magnificent finale, this work firmly established Brahms as a worthy successor to Beethoven.

final masterwork &

TRUE GENIUS

Requiem, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Requiem
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Mystery and myth still surround this, one of classical music's most towering and iconic artistic achievements. Featuring solo voices, chorus, and orchestra, much of this solemn and powerful rumination on the gravitas of mortality was written from Mozart's own deathbed.


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Beethoven: Violin Concerto (1981)

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Telemann: Overture; Concertos

Telemann: Overture; Concertos

by Musica Antiqua Köln
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Horowitz Plays Rachmaninoff

Horowitz Plays Rachmaninoff (1989) more music like this

by Vladimir Horowitz (piano), RCA Victor Orchestra, Fritz Reiner (conductor)
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Giuseppe Verdi: Nabucco

Giuseppe Verdi: Nabucco (1986)

by Anna D'Auria (vocals), Bruno Prevedi (vocals), Carlo Cava (vocals), Dora Carral (vocals), Elena Souliotis (vocals), Giovanni Foiani (vocals), Tito Gobbi (vocals), Walter Krautler (vocals), Vienna State Opera Chorus (choir, chorus)
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Together Again: Julian Bream, John Williams

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by John Williams (guitar), Julian Bream (guitar)
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Schubert: String Quintet

Schubert: String Quintet (1992)

by Emerson String Quartet, Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)
composed by Franz Schubert

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Bach: Sonatas & Partitas, Vol. 1

Bach: Sonatas & Partitas, Vol. 1 (2013)

by Chris Thile (mandolin)
composed by Johann Sebastian Bach

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Violin for Relaxation

Violin for Relaxation (2000) more music like this

by Anne Akiko Meyers (violin), Jon Klibonoff (piano), Jose-Luis Garcia (Asensio) (violin), Kyoko Takezawa (violin), Maria Bachmann (violin), Moscow Virtuosi, Phillip Moll (piano), Pinchas Zukerman (violin), Sandra Rivers (piano), Sergei Bezrodny (piano)
composed by Claude Debussy, Edward Elgar, Felix Mendelssohn, Johann Sebastian Bach, Jules Massenet, Kosaku Yamada, Manuel de Falla, Maria Theresia von Paradis, Olivier Messiaen, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Sergey Rachmaninov, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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The Great Paraguayan: Guitar Music of Barrios

The Great Paraguayan: Guitar Music of Barrios

by John Williams (guitar)
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Wagner: The "Ring" Without Words

Wagner: The "Ring" Without Words (1988)

by Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Lorin Maazel (conductor)
composed by Richard Wagner

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Rumi Symphony Project: Untold

Rumi Symphony Project: Untold

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Chant: Music for the Soul

Chant: Music for the Soul (2008) more music like this

by Cistercian Monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz
composed by Gregorian Chant, Recorded Sound

Decca's recording of chant sung by the Cistercian Monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz in southern Austria fulfills the purpose of this type of album: mellow, slow, reflective, unison chant melodies for... read more

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