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Classic 100: Composer (8CD)

In 2019, the Classic 100 asked the ultimate musical question: who is the composer you can’t live without?

There were those for whom this was an impossible task. One listener compared the process to choosing ‘a favourite child’; another, ‘which limb I couldn't live without’. But Australia did choose – in record numbers. Over 120,000 votes were cast, and every one had a story behind it. We heard the reasons why certain composers are an indelible part of your life: because of memories associated, or the feelings their music evokes, or often a reason beyond words.

Beethoven was perhaps an unsurprising winner. For many, he is so important because he reflects the full palette of our own lives. ‘He understands,’ said one voter, deftly capturing his ineffable genius in two words. And while your votes put the top four – rounded out with JS Bach, Mozart and Tchaikovsky – in a league of their own, other composers in the top 100 were often just a handful of votes apart.

This boxset brings together music by all 100 of the top composers – more than 10 hours of music across 8 CDs. Celebrate your favourites, and explore some new ones!

CD 1
1 BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5: I. Allegro con brio
2 JS BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 3: I. Allegro
3 MOZART Symphony No. 40: I. Molto allegro
4 TCHAIKOVSKY 1812 Overture
5 HANDEL Zadok the Priest
6 VIVALDI The Four Seasons: Spring: I. Allegro
7 CHOPIN Nocturne in E-flat major, Op. 9 No. 2
8 SCHUBERT Trout Quintet: IV. Theme and Variations
9 RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 2: I. Moderato
10 ELGAR Enigma Variations: Nimrod
11 VAUGHAN WILLIAMS The Lark Ascending – excerpt


CD 2
12 MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto No. 2: III. Allegretto non troppo – Allegro molto vivace
13 DVOŘÁK New World Symphony: II. Largo
14 BRAHMS Symphony No. 4: I. Allegro non troppo
15 WILLIAMS Raiders of the Lost Ark: Main Title
16 KATS-CHERNIN Wild Swans: Eliza Aria
17 SIBELIUS Finlandia
18 SCULTHORPE Left Bank Waltz
19 PUCCINI La bohème: O soave fanciulla
20 MAHLER Symphony No. 5: IV. Adagietto
21 VERDI Nabucco: Va’, pensiero
22 DEBUSSY Clair de lune


CD 3
23 SAINT-SAËNS Organ Symphony: IIb. Maestoso - Allegro
24 SHOSTAKOVICH Festive Overture
25 HAYDN Trumpet Concerto: III. Allegro
26 PÄRT Spiegel im Spiegel
27 GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue
28 RAVEL Boléro
29 GRIEG Piano Concerto: I. Allegro


CD 4
30 EDWARDS Maninyas: III. Second Maninya
31 WESTLAKE Antarctica: Penguin Ballet
32 PROKOFIEV Montagues and Capulets from Romeo and Juliet
33 HILDEGARD OF BINGEN O tu suavissima virga
34 BIZET The Pearl Fishers: Duet
35 WAGNER Ride of the Valkyries
36 GLASS Violin Concerto No. 1: First movement
37 SATIE Gymnopédie No. 1
38 BERNSTEIN Candide: Overture
39 FAURÉ Pavane
40 MORRICONE The Mission: Gabriel’s Oboe
41 R STRAUSS Four Last Songs: Frühling
42 HOLST The Planets: Mars, the Bringer of War
43 COPLAND Fanfare for the Common Man
44 MONTEVERDI Orfeo: Prologue – excerpt


CD 5
45 PURCELL Dido and Aeneas: Dido’s Lament
46 STRAVINSKY The Rite of Spring – excerpt
47 SCHUMANN Träumerei
48 TELEMANN Tafelmusik: Conclusion
49 BRUCH Violin Concerto No. 1: III. Finale
50 BRITTEN Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes:
I. Dawn
51 BORODIN Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances
52 TALLIS Spem in alium
53 LISZT Liebestraum No. 3
54 RODRIGO Concierto de Aranjuez: I. Allegro con spirito
55 ROSSINI The Barber of Seville: Largo al factotum
56 RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade: I. The Sea and Sinbad's Ship

CD 6
57 BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique: March to the Scaffold
58 GRAINGER Handel in the Strand
59 ZIMMER Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
60 CPE BACH Trio Sonata in A major: I. Allegretto
61 BARBER Adagio for Strings
62 C SCHUMANN Romance No. 1
63 KHACHATURIAN Spartacus: Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia
64 PIAZZOLLA Libertango
65 EINAUDI I giorni
66 J STRAUSS II Blue Danube Waltz
67 JENKINS Benedictus
68 RUTTER For the Beauty of the Earth
69 BRUCKNER Symphony No. 7: III. Scherzo


CD 7
71 SMETANA Vltava (The Moldau) – excerpt
72 SULLIVAN The Gondoliers: Overture
73 ALBINONI Oboe Concerto in D minor: II. Adagio
74 MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade and Gnomus
75 J STRAUSS I Radetzky March
76 BYRD Ave verum corpus
77 BARTOK Concerto for Orchestra: II. Giuoco delle coppie
79 CORELLI Christmas Concerto: Pastorale
80 RICHTER Vivaldi Recomposed: Spring 1
81 SHORE The Fellowship of the Rings: The Fellowship
82 PALESTRINA O beata et benedicta
83 FANNY MENDELSSOHN Piano Trio: II. Andante espressivo
84 RESPIGHI Ancient Airs and Dances: Bergamasca
85 BARRY Out of Africa: Theme
86 ALLEGRI Miserere – excerpt

CD 8
87 BARTON Kalkadungu Yurdu
88 PAGANINI Violin Concerto No. 1: II. Adagio espressivo
89 MASSENET Thais: Meditation
90 GLANVILLE-HICKS Etruscan Concerto: III. Scherzo
91 NYMAN: The Piano: The Heart Asks Pleasure First
92 KORNGOLD Die tote Stadt: Glück, das mir verblieb
93 KOEHNE Tivoli Dances: I. Santa Ana Freeway
94 RAMEAU Les Indes galantes: Overture
95 GÓRECKI Symphony of Sorrowful Songs: II. Lento e largo
96 WHITWELL She Walks in Beauty
97 D SCARLATTI Piano Sonata in G major, Kk454
98 VINE Piano Concerto No. 1: 2nd movement
99 ORFF Carmina burana: O Fortuna
100 POULENC Mélancolie