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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.
WORK OF ART
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 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 &
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.
The 1990s were a peak period for historically informed performances, and the most praised box set to emerge from this boom time was John Eliot Gardiner's 1994 survey of Ludwig van Beethoven's nine...
Joshua Bell and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields present two of Ludwig van Beethoven's most graceful and buoyant symphonies for this Sony release and play them with a lightness and freshness...
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