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Presented on six CDs, EMI's Best Classics 100 is divided into six approachable programs that help organize the immense subject of classical music. Uplifting Classics opens the package with energetic pieces that have been picked for the cheerfulness they inspire, and in a similar mood-enhancing way, the second CD offers Relaxing Classics, a gathering of slow and reflective pieces and movements from larger works. The third disc, Vocal Classics, is devoted to excerpts from operas and art songs, while the fourth disc, Golden ...

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  1. Solomon, oratorio, HWV 67: The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
  2. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in E major ("La Primavera"), RV 269, Op. 8/1 (The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 1): I. Allegro
  3. Toccata and Fugue, for organ in D minor, BWV 565 (BC J37): Toccata
  4. Horn Concerto No. 4 in E flat major, K. 495: III. Rondo (Allegro vivace)
  5. Symphony No. 5 in C minor ("Fate"), Op. 67: I. Allegro con brio
  6. 1812 -- Festival Overture, for orchestra in E flat major, Op. 49: Conclusion
  7. Symphony No. 9 in D minor ("Choral"), Op. 125: Ode to Joy
  8. Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16: I. Allegro molto moderato (opening)
  9. Karelia Suite, for orchestra, Op. 11: No. 3. Alla marcia
  10. The Planets, suite for orchestra & female chorus, Op. 32, H. 125: Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity (conclusion)
  11. Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23: I. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso
  12. Finlandia, tone poem for orchestra, Op. 26
  13. Aida, opera: Gloria All'Egitto (Triumphal Scene & Grand March)
  14. Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: Montagues and Capulets (Dance of the Knights)
  15. Radetzky-Marsch, for orchestra, Op. 228
  16. Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1, for orchestra in D major, Op. 39/1: Land of Hope and Glory (conclusion)
  17. Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30: I. Allegro ma non tanto (opening)
  18. Symphony No. 3 in C minor ("Organ"), Op. 78: Maestoso - Allegro (conclusion)
  19. Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air on the G string
  20. Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Dance of the Blessed Spirits
  21. Canon in D major, instrumental arrangement
  22. Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622: II. Adagio
  23. Goldberg Variations, for keyboard, BWV 988 (BC L9) (Clavier-Übung IV): Aria
  24. Adagio, for violin, strings & organ in G minor, T. Mi 26 (composed by Remo Giazotto; not by Albinoni): Extract
  25. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2: I. Adagio sostenuto (extract)
  26. Concerto for flute, harp & orchestra in C major, K. 299 (K. 297c): II. Andantino (extract)
  27. Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64: II. Andante (extract)
  28. Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major ("Elvira Madigan") K. 467: II. Andante
  29. Symphony No. 9 in E minor ("From the New World"), B. 178 (Op. 95) (first published as No. 5): II. Largo (opening)
  30. Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26: II. Adagio (opening)
  31. Enigma Variations, for orchestra, Op. 36: Nimrod
  32. Concierto de Aranjuez, for guitar & orchestra: II. Adagio (opening)
  33. The Lark Ascending, romance for violin & orchestra: (conclusion)
  34. Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor: IV. Adagietto (conclusion)
  35. Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Introduction and 24 Variations), for piano & orchestra in A minor, Op. 43: Variation 18
  36. Les Pêcheurs de perles, opera in 3 acts: Au Fond du Temple Saint (Temple Duet)
  37. Rusalka, opera, B. 203 (Op. 114): Song to the Moon
  38. Lakmé, opera: Dôme Épais (Flower Duet)
  39. Carmen, opera: La Fleur que tu m'Avais Jetée
  40. Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Che Farò Senza Euridice?
  41. Norma, opera: Casta diva
  42. La bohème, opera: Che Gelida Manina
  43. Gianni Schicchi, opera: O Mio Babbino Caro
  44. Baïlèro, folksong for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 1, No. 2)
  45. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Vogliatemi Bene
  46. Nabucco (Nabucodonosor), opera: Va, Pensiero (Chorus of Hebrew Slaves)
  47. Vilja-Lied ("Es lebt eine Vilja") (from "Die lustige Witwe")
  48. Serse (Xerxes), opera, HWV 40: Ombra mai fu
  49. Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), song for voice & piano, D. 839 (Op. 52/6)
  50. Cantique de Noël, for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chrétiens," "O Holy Night")
  51. Turandot, opera: Nessun Dorma
  52. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Overture
  53. Jesu bleibet meine Freude, transcription for piano (after J.S. Bach, BWV 147)
  54. Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major ("Emperor"), Op. 73: I. Allegro (extract)
  55. The Prince of Denmark's March (Trumpet Voluntary) for brass, winds & percussion (or keyboard or trumpe
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