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100 Greatest Classical Music Works

100 Greatest Classical Music Works
Criteria: Classical Music Works are ranked for their innovation and influence, as well as their aesthetic importance, historical significance and lasting popularity.

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Last Updated: 2010-10-31


  1. Mass In B Minor - Johann Sebastian Bach
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  2. Der Ring des Nibelungen - Richard Wagner
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  3. Symphony No. 9 in D minor "Choral" - Ludwig Van Beethoven
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  4. Symphony No. 5 in C minor - Ludwig Van Beethoven
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  5. St Matthew's Passion - Johann Sebastian Bach
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  6. Tristan und Isolde - Richard Wagner
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  7. Don Giovanni - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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  8. String Quartet No. 14 in C sharp minor - Ludwig Van Beethoven
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  9. Messiah - George Frideric Handel
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10. Rite of Spring - Igor Stravinsky
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11. Symphony No. 3 in E flat major "Eroica" - Ludwig Van Beethoven
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12. Symphony No. 6 in B minor "Pathetique" - Peter Ilitch Tchaikovsky
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13. Otello - Giuseppe Verdi
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14. Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor "Appassionata" - Ludwig Van Beethoven
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15. The Marriage of Figaro - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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16. Symphony No. 41 in C major "Jupiter" - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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17. Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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18. Well-Tempered Clavier - Johann Sebastian Bach
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19. Symphony No. 9 in E minor "From the New World" - Antonin Dvorák
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20. Winterreise - Franz Schubert
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21. Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major - Johannes Brahms
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22. Piano Concerto in A minor - Robert Schumann
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23. String Quintet in C major - Franz Schubert
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24. Aida - Giuseppe Verdi
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25. Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major "Emperor" - Ludwig Van Beethoven
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26. The Nutcracker - Peter Ilitch Tchaikovsky
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27. Symphony No. 6 in F major "Pastorale" - Ludwig Van Beethoven
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28. Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor - Johann Sebastian Bach
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29. Symphony No. 40 in G minor - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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30. Symphony No. 4 in E minor - Johannes Brahms
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31. The Goldberg Variations - Johann Sebastian Bach
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32. A Midsummer Night's Dream - Felix Mendelssohn
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33. Violin Concerto in E minor - Felix Mendelssohn
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34. Symphony No. 9 in C major "The Great" - Franz Schubert
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35. Pictures at an Exhibition - Modest Mussorgsky (orch. by Maurice Ravel)
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36. Clarinet Quintet in A major "Stadler" - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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37. Prelude A L'apres Midi D'un Faune - Claude Debussy
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38. Symphonie Fantastique - Hector Berlioz
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39. Clarinet Quintet in B minor - Johannes Brahms
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40. Petrouchka - Igor Stravinsky
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41. Violin Concerto in D major - Ludwig Van Beethoven
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42. La Boheme - Giacomo Puccini
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43. Piano Sonata in B minor - Franz Liszt
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44. Cello Concerto in B minor - Antonin Dvorák
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45. The Four Seasons - Antonio Vivaldi
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46. Swan Lake - Peter Ilitch Tchaikovsky
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47. Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor - Peter Ilitch Tchaikovsky
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48. Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat - Franz Schubert
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49. Till Eulenspiegel - Richard Strauss
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50. Symphony No. 8 in B minor "Unfinished" - Franz Schubert
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51. Missa Solemnis - Ludwig Van Beethoven
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52. Messa Da Requiem - Giuseppe Verdi
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53. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor "Moonlight" - Ludwig Van Beethoven
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54. Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor - Gustav Mahler
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55. Symphony No. 2 in D minor - Jean Sibelius
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56. Requiem - Gabriel Fauré
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57. Madama Butterfly - Giacomo Puccini
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58. String Quartet No. 14 in D minor "Death & the Maiden" - Franz Schubert
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59. Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor - Sergei Rachmaninoff
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60. La Mer - Claude Debussy
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61. 24 Preludes - Frederic Chopin
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62. Water Music - George Frideric Handel
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63. Violin Concerto in D major - Johannes Brahms
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64. Piano Quintet in A major "The Trout" - Franz Schubert
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65. String Quartet No. 13 in B flat major and Grosse Fugue - Ludwig van Beethoven
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66. Also Sprach Zarathustra - Richard Strauss
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67. Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor - Johann Sebastian Bach
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68. Préludes, Book 1 - Claude Debussy
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69. Piano Concerto in A minor - Edvard Grieg
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70. Symphony No. 7 in A major - Ludwig Van Beethoven
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71. Polonaise No. 6 in A flat major "Heroic" - Frederic Chopin
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72. Symphony No. 2 in C minor "Resurrection" - Gustav Mahler
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73. Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major - Ludwig Van Beethoven
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74. Symphony No. 10 in E minor - Dmitri Shostakovich
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75. String Quartet No. 15 in A minor - Ludwig van Beethoven
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76. Symphony No. 5 in D minor - Dmitri Shostakovich
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77. String Quintet No. 4 in G minor, K516 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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78. Parsifal - Richard Wagner
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79. Finlandia - Jean Sibelius
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80. Ein Heldenleben - Richard Strauss
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81. Der Rosenkavalier - Richard Strauss
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82. Appalachian Spring - Aaron Copland
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83. Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor - Ludwig Van Beethoven
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84. Boris Godunov - Modest Mussorgsky
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85. Symphony No. 3 in F major - Johannes Brahms
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86. La Traviata - Giuseppe Verdi
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87. Carmen - Georges Bizet
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88. Scheherazade - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
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89. Die Zauberflote - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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90. Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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91. Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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92. Requiem - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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93. Missa Papae Marcelli - Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
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94. Die Meistersinger - Richard Wagner
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95. Symphony No. 39 in E flat major - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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96. The Creation - Franz Joseph Haydn
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97. Sleeping Beauty - Peter Ilitch Tchaikovsky
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98. Symphony No. 7 in E major - Anton Bruckner
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99. Romeo and Juliet - Peter Ilitch Tchaikovsky
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100. Concerto for Orchestra - Béla Bartók
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101. German Requiem - Johannes Brahms
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102. Symphony No. 4 in F minor - Peter Ilitch Tchaikovsky
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103. Symphony No. 1 in C minor - Johannes Brahms
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104. Piano Quintet in F minor - Johannes Brahms
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105. Serenade No. 13 in G major "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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106. String Quartet No. 12 in F major "American" - Antonin Dvorák
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107. String Quartet No. 19 in C major "Dissonance" - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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108. Clarinet Concerto in A major - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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109. Violin Concerto in D major - Peter Ilitch Tchaikovsky
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110. Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor - Johann Sebastian Bach
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111. Symphony No. 9 in D minor - Gustav Mahler
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112. Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major - Johann Sebastian Bach
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113. Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major - Johann Sebastian Bach
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114. Firebird Suite - Igor Stravinsky
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115. Toccata and Fugue in D minor - Johann Sebastian Bach
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116. Symphony No. 4 in E flat major "Romantic" - Anton Bruckner
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117. Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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118. Vespro della Beata Vergine (Vespers of 1610) - Claudio Monteverdi
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119. Symphony No. 4 in A major "Italian" - Felix Mendelssohn
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120. Piano Trio No. 7 in B flat major, Op. 97 "Archduke" - Ludwig van Beethoven
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121. Requiem Grande Messe des Morts - Hector Berlioz
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122. War Requiem - Benjamin Britten
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123. Tosca - Giacomo Puccini
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124. Falstaff - Giuseppe Verdi
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125. Die Schone Mullerin - Franz Schubert
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126. Carmina Burana - Carl Orff
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127. String Quartet No. 2 in D major "Nocturne" - Alexander Borodin
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128. Rigoletto - Giuseppe Verdi
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129. Glagolitic Mass - Leos Janácek
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130. The Barber of Seville - Gioacchino Rossini
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131. Rhapsody in Blue - George Gershwin
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132. Cello Concerto in E minor - Edward Elgar
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133. Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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134. Symphony No. 38 in D major "Prague" - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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135. Cantata No. 140, Wachet Auf - Johann Sebastian Bach
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136. Octet for Strings in E flat major - Felix Mendelssohn
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137. String Quartet in C major, Op. 76 No. 3 "Emperor" - Joseph Haydn
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138. Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis - Ralph Vaughan Williams
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139. Violin Sonata in A major - César Franck
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140. Symphony No. 3 in C minor "Organ" - Camille Saint-Saëns
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141. Missa Pange Lingua - Josquin des Prez
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142. Dichterliebe - Robert Schumann
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143. Symphony No. 94 in G major "Surprise" - Franz Joseph Haydn
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144. Symphony No. 101 in D major "The Clock" - Franz Joseph Haydn
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145. Les Preludes - Franz Liszt
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146. Symphony No. 5 in B flat major - Serge Prokofiev
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147. Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major "Waldstein" - Ludwig Van Beethoven
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148. Cavalleria Rusticana - Pietro Mascagni
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149. Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor - Sergei Rachmaninoff
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150. Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major - Sergei Prokofiev
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151. Piano Quintet in E flat major - Robert Schumann
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152. Enigma Variations - Edward Elgar
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153. Das Leid von der Erde - Gustav Mahler
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154. Fantasy in C major "Wanderer" - Franz Schubert
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155. Symphony No. 104 in D major "London" - Franz Joseph Haydn
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156. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major - Franz Liszt
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157. Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini - Sergei Rachmaninoff
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158. The Art of the Fugue - Johann Sebastian Bach
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159. Symphony No. 5 in E minor - Peter Ilitch Tchaikovsky
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160. Daphnis et Chloe - Maurice Ravel
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161. Trumpet Concerto in E flat major - Franz Joseph Haydn
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162. Il Trovatore - Giuseppe Verdi
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163. Ballade No. 1 in G minor - Frederic Chopin
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164. Night on Bald Mountain - Modest Mussorgsky
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165. Carnaval - Robert Schumann
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166. Piano Sonata No. 29 in B flat major "Hammerklavier" - Ludwig Van Beethoven
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167. Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25 - Johannes Brahms
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168. Adagio for Strings - Samuel Barber
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169. Violin Concerto in D minor - Jean Sibelius
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170. Turandot - Giacomo Puccini
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171. Belshazzar's Feast - William Walton
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172. Symphony No. 9 in D minor - Anton Bruckner
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173. Faust - Charles Gounod
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174. Symphony of Psalms - Igor Stravinsky
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175. Lohengrin - Richard Wagner
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176. Symphony No. 5 in E-flat major - Jean Sibelius
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177. Mathis der Maler - Paul Hindemith
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178. Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor - Frederic Chopin
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179. Sinfonietta - Leos Janácek
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180. Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor - Max Bruch
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181. Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 - Edvard Grieg
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182. Symphony No. 1 in D major - Serge Prokofiev
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183. Symphony No. 8 in C minor - Anton Bruckner
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184. The Royal Fireworks Music - George Frideric Handel
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185. Violin Concerto No. 2 in B minor - Béla Bartók
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186. Rapsodie Espagnole - Maurice Ravel
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187. Piano Trio No. 1 in B flat major - Franz Schubert
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188. The Planets - Gustav Holst
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189. String Quartet No. 4 in C major - Béla Bartók
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190. Romeo and Juliet - Serge Prokofiev
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191. Canon - Johann Pachelbel
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192. The Blue Danube - Johann Strauss II
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193. Four Coronation Anthems - George Frideric Handel
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194. String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110 - Dmitri Shostakovitch
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195. Verklärte Nacht - Arnold Schoenberg
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196. 24 Caprices - Niccolo Paganini
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197. Pelléas et Mélisande - Claude Debussy
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198. Trois Gymnopédies - Erik Satie
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199. Symphony No. 2 in G major "London" - Ralph Vaughan Williams
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200. Three Places in New England - Charles Ives
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Johann Sebastian Bach
Johann Sebastian Bach


Ludwig von Beethoven
Ludwig von Beethoven


Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky


Johannes Brahms
Johannes Brahms


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Georg Friedrich Handel
Georg Friedrich Handel


Antonin Dvorak
Antonin Dvorak


Joseph Haydn
Joseph Haydn


The 25 Greatest
Conductors of
Classical Music

  1. Herbert Von Karajan
  2. Leonard Bernstein
  3. Wilhelm Furtwangler
  4. Karl Bohm
  5. George Szell
  6. Otto Klemperer
  7. Claudio Abbado
  8. Eugene Ormandy
  9. George Solti
10. Bruno Walter
11. Neville Marriner
12. John Eliot Gardner
13. Carlos Kleiber
14. Michael Tilson Thomas
15. Fritz Reiner
16. Leopold Stokowski
17. Colin Davis
18. Charles Dutoit
19. Adrian Boult
20. Bernard Haitink
21. Andre Previn
22. James Levine
23. Rafael Kubelick
24. Christoph Von Dohnanyi
25. Leonard Slatkin

The 20 Greatest
Classical Pianists

  1. Vladimir Horowitz
  2. Arthur Rubinstein
  3. Sergei Rachmaninoff
  4. Joseph Hoffman
  5. Sviatoslav Richter
  6. Van Cliburn
  7. Arthur Schnabel
  8. Claudio Arrau
  9. Alfred Cortot
10. Vladimir Ashkenazy
11. Maurizio Pollini
12. Alfred Brendel
13. Martha Argerich
14. Glenn Gould
15. Emil Gilels
16. Georges Cziffra
17. Aldo Ciccolini
18. Leif Ove Andsnes
19. Krystian Zimerman
20. Jean-Yves Thibaudet

The 10 Greatest
Classical Violinists

  1. Jascha Heifetz
  2. Yehudi Menuhin
  3. Itzhak Perlman
  4. Nathan Milstein
  5. Joseph Szigeti
  6. Isaac Stern
  7. Salvatore Accardo
  8. Maxim Vengerov
  9. Joshua Bell
10. Anne-Sophie Mutter


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