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Classic 100: Composer

Classic 100: Composer

8CD box set

Who is your favourite composer?

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!



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


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


23   SAINT-SAËNS Organ Symphony: IIb. Maestoso - Allegro

24   SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 8: II. Allegretto

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 molto moderato


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



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


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

70     BOCCHERINI Minuet


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

78     PACHELBEL Canon

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


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

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