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Despite the skepticism its title may engender, EMI's Best Classics 50 is a decent sampler of what many consider to be the greatest hits of classical music, independent of subjective preferences or special pleading for some overlooked gem. The picks on this three-disc set are justifiable for not only being well-known, memorable, and popular, but also for having a proven record with classical experts and the public alike. Some of the masterpieces are represented here by only a movement or a short excerpt, which space ...

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  1. Solomon, oratorio, HWV 67: The Arrival of the Queen of Sheeba
  2. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in E major ("La Primavera"), RV 269, Op. 8/1 (The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 1): 1. 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: 3. Rondo (Allegro vivace)
  5. Symphony No. 5 in C minor ("Fate"), Op. 67: 1. Allegro con brio
  6. 1812 -- Festival Overture, for orchestra in E flat major, Op. 49: Conclusion
  7. Ode to Joy (An die Freude) (Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee)
  8. Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16: 1. Allegro molto moderato (opening)
  9. Karelia Suite, for orchestra, Op. 11: Alla marcia
  10. The Planets, suite for orchestra & female chorus, Op. 32, H. 125: Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
  11. Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23: 1. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso
  12. Finlandia, tone poem for orchestra, Op. 26
  13. Aida, opera: Gloria all'Egitto
  14. Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: 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: Conclusion
  17. Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30: 1. Allegro ma non tanto
  18. Symphony No. 3 in C minor ("Organ"), Op. 78: Maestoso - Allegro
  19. Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Intermezzo
  20. Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18: 2. Adagio sostenuto
  21. Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: Morning
  22. The Gadfly, suite from the film score, Op. 97a (assembled by Atovmyan): Romance
  23. Adagio for strings (or string quartet; arr. from 2nd mvt. of String Quartet), Op. 11
  24. Scheherazade, symphonic suite for orchestra, Op. 35: The Story of the Kalender Prince
  25. Thaïs, opera in 3 acts: Méditation
  26. Prince Igor, opera (completed by Rimsky-Korsakov & Glazunov): Polovtsian Dances
  27. Spartacus, ballet: Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia
  28. Romeo and Juliet, fantasy-overture for orchestra in B minor (3 versions): Excerpt
  29. Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92: 2. Allegretto
  30. Concerto for 2 violins, strings & continuo in D minor ("Double"), BWV 1043: 2. Largo ma non tanto
  31. Schindler's List, film score: Theme
  32. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Dance of the Reed Flutes
  33. Symphony No. 6 in F major ("Pastoral"), Op. 68: 5. Allegretto
  34. Zadok the Priest, coronation anthem No. 1 for chorus & orchestra, HWV 258
  35. Cantata No. 140, "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," BWV 140 (BC A166): Zion hört die Wächter
  36. Miserere mei Deus (Psalm 51), motet for chorus
  37. Deutsche Messe (German Mass), for mixed chorus, wind ensemble & organ, D. 872: Sanctus
  38. Panis angelicus for tenor, organ, harp, cello & bass
  39. L'Enfance du Christ, oratorio for soprano, 2 tenors, baritone, 3 basses, chorus & orchetsra ("trilogie sacrée") H. 130 (Op. 25): L'Adieu des bergers
  40. Messe solennelle de Sainte Cécile for soloists, chorus, orchestra & organ in G major: Sanctus
  41. Requiem, for 2 solo voices, chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 48: In paradisum
  42. Vesperae solennes de confessore, for soloists, chorus & orchestra, K. 339: Laudate Dominum
  43. Cantique de Jean Racine, for 4-part chorus & organ (or orchestra), Op. 11
  44. Requiem Mass, for soloists, chorus & orchestra ("Manzoni Requiem"): Ingemisco
  45. Ave verum corpus, motet for chorus, strings & organ, K. 618
  46. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: I know that my Redeemer liveth
  47. Die Schöpfung (The Creation), oratorio, H. 21/2: The Heavens are Telling
  48. Requiem, for 2 solo voices, chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 48: Pie Jesu
  49. Requiem for soloists, chorus & orchestra, K. 626: Lacrimosa
  50. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Hallelujah Chorus
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