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Classical Music 101

Classical Music 101


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RCA's Classical Music 101 is a clever execution of a timely concept, collecting (you guessed it) 101 famous classical themes and associating them with the movies, television shows, and commercials that have brought them to the public at large. The intent is to show newcomers that they already know more classical music than they think they do, and in doing so entice them to learn more by exploring RCA's catalog of full-length recordings (conveniently indexed in the track listing). But it is also a convenient reference for those who might need to remind themselves of how a famous tune goes, or forget where the melody that's been stuck in their head all day came from. Classical Music 101 is not a real listening experience any more than collecting the hooks from every famous pop song onto one CD would be. It's a reference -- a reminder of already familiar things that allows you to connect them with their original contexts. When considered that way, it's a brilliant execution. And since every recording is in splendid RCA sound, often performed by the finest musicians of the last 50 years, the quality is superb.

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Release Date: 09/28/2004
Label: Rca
UPC: 0828766369120
catalogNumber: 63691
Rank: 4324


  1. Adagio, for violin, strings & organ in G minor, T. Mi 26 (composed by Remo Giazotto; not by Albinoni): Excerpt

    1. Excerpt
  2. Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air on the G String (Excerpt)

    1. Air on the G String (Excerpt)
  3. Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047: Allegro assai (excerpt)

    1. Allegro assai (excerpt)
  4. Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Aria (Excerpt)

    1. Aria (Excerpt)
  5. Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174): Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (Excerpt)

    1. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (Excerpt)
  6. Toccata and Fugue, for organ in D minor, BWV 565 (BC J37): Excerpt

    1. Excerpt
  7. Adagio for strings (or string quartet; arr. from 2nd mvt. of String Quartet), Op. 11: Excerpt

    1. Excerpt
  8. Symphony No. 5 in C minor ("Fate"), Op. 67: Mvmt. 1 (Excerpt)

    1. Mvmt. 1 (Excerpt)
  9. Symphony No. 9 in D minor ("Choral"), Op. 125: Mvmt. 4 (Excerpt)

    1. Mvmt. 4 (Excerpt)
  10. Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59: Excerpt

    1. Excerpt
  11. Ruins of Athens, incidental music, Op. 113: Turkish March (Excerpt)

    1. Turkish March (Excerpt)
  12. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2: Mvmt. 1 (Excerpt)

    1. Mvmt. 1 (Excerpt)
  13. Symphonie fantastique for orchestra ("Episode de la vie d'un Artiste...en cinq parties"), H.48 (Op. 14): March to the Scaffold (Excerpt)

    1. March to the Scaffold (Excerpt)
  14. Marche de Rákóczy (Rákóczy March), for orchestra (Le damnation de Faust), H. 109: Excerpt

    1. Excerpt
  15. Carmen Suite for orchestra No. 2 (assembled by Ernest Guirard): Habanera (Excerpt) / Toreador Song (Excerpt)

    1. Habanera (Excerpt) / Toreador Song (Excerpt)
  16. Minuet in A major, arrangements (after String Quintet in E major, Op.11/5 [aka Op. 13/5], G. 275): Excerpt

    1. Excerpt
  17. Prince Igor, opera (completed by Rimsky-Korsakov & Glazunov): Polovtsian Dance No. 17 (Excerpt)

    1. Polovtsian Dance No. 17 (Excerpt)
  18. Hungarian Dances (21) for orchestra, WoO 1: No. 5 (Excerpt)

    1. No. 5 (Excerpt)
  19. Wiegenlied ("Guten Abend, gut Nacht"), song for voice & piano, Op. 49/4: Excerpt

    1. Excerpt
  20. Waltz for piano No. 6 in D flat major ("Minute"), Op. 64/1, CT. 212: Excerpt

    1. Excerpt
  21. Waltz for piano No. 2 in A flat major, Op. 34/1, CT. 208: Excerpt

    1. Excerpt
  22. Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35, CT. 202: Marche funèbre (Excerpt)

    1. Marche funèbre (Excerpt)
  23. Appalachian Spring, ballet for 13 instruments: Simple Gifts (Excerpt)

    1. Simple Gifts (Excerpt)
  24. Fanfare for the Common Man, for brass & percussion (from Symphony No. 3): Excerpt

    1. Excerpt
  25. Clair de lune, for piano (Suite Bergamasque No. 3), L. 75/3: Excerpt

    1. Excerpt
  26. Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun), for orchestra, L. 86: Excerpt

    1. Excerpt
  27. Lakmé, opera: Flower Duet (Excerpt)

    1. Flower Duet (Excerpt)
  28. Symphony No. 9 in E minor ("From the New World"), B. 178 (Op. 95) (first published as No. 5): Mvmt. 2 ("Going Home Theme") (Excerpt)

    1. Mvmt. 2 ("Going Home Theme") (Excerpt)
  29. The Sorcerer's Apprentice (L'apprenti sorcier), symphonic scherzo for orchestra: Excerpt

    1. Excerpt
  30. Pomp and Circumstance March No.1, for orchestra in D major, Op. 39/1: Excerpt

    1. Excerpt
  31. Ritual Fire Dance, for orchestra (from "El Amor brujo"): Excerpt

    1. Excerpt
  32. Pavane, for orchestra & chorus ad lib in F sharp minor, Op. 50: Excerpt

    1. Excerpt
  33. Rhapsody in Blue, for piano & orchestra (orchestrated by F. Grofé): Excerpt

    1. Excerpt
  34. An American in Paris, tone poem for orchestra: Excerpt

    1. Excerpt
  35. Funeral March of a Marionette, for piano or orchestra in D minor: Excerpt

    1. Excerpt
  36. Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16: Excerpt

    1. Excerpt
  37. Peer Gynt Suite for orchestra (or piano or piano, 4 hands) No. 1, Op. 46: Morning (Excerpt)

    1. Morning (Excerpt)
  38. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Hallelujah Chorus (Excerpt)

    1. Hallelujah Chorus (Excerpt)
  39. Water Music Suite No.2 for orchestra in D major, HWV 349: Alla Hornpipe (Excerpt)

    1. Alla Hornpipe (Excerpt)
  40. Symphony No. 94 in G major ("Surprise"/"The Drumstroke"/"Mit dem Paukenschlag"), H. 1/94: Mvmt. 2 (Excerpt)

    1. Mvmt. 2 (Excerpt)
  41. The Planets, suite for orchestra & female chorus, Op. 32, H. 125: Mars (Excerpt)

    1. Mars (Excerpt)
  42. Gayane, ballet in 4 acts: Sabre Dance (Excerpt)

    1. Sabre Dance (Excerpt)
  43. Pagliacci, opera: Vesti la giubba (Excerpt)

    1. Vesti la giubba (Excerpt)
  44. Hungarian Rhapsody, for orchestra No. 2 in C sharp minor (after piano No. 12), S. 359/2 (LW G21/2): Excerpt

    1. Excerpt
  45. Liebesträume, notturno for piano No. 3 in A flat major ("O Lieb, so lang du lieben kannst"), S. 541/3 (LW A103/3): Excerpt

    1. Excerpt
  46. Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Intermezzo (Excerpt)

    1. Intermezzo (Excerpt)
  47. A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Wedding March (Excerpt)

    1. Wedding March (Excerpt)
  48. Symphony No. 4 in A major ("Italian"), Op. 90: Mvmt. 4 (Excerpt)

    1. Mvmt. 4 (Excerpt)
  49. Rondeau, for brass, strings & timpani (from Suite of Symphonies No. 1; "Masterpiece Theater" Theme): [Excerpt]

    1. [Excerpt]
  50. Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major ("Elvira Madigan") K. 467: Andante (Excerpt)

    1. Andante (Excerpt)
  51. Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major ("Eine kleine Nachtmusik"), K. 525: Mvmt. 1 (Excerpt)

    1. Mvmt. 1 (Excerpt)
  52. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Overture (Excerpt)

    1. Overture (Excerpt)
  53. Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major ("Alla Turca") K. 331 (K. 300i): Rondo alla turca (Excerpt)

    1. Rondo alla turca (Excerpt)
  54. Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550: Mvmt. 1 (Excerpt)

    1. Mvmt. 1 (Excerpt)
  55. Night on Bald Mountain (Noch' na Lïsoy gore), symphonic poem, edited by Rimsky-Korsakov: Excerpt

    1. Excerpt
  56. Pictures at an Exhibition (Kartinki s vïstavski), for orchestra, orchestrated by Ravel: Great Gate of Kiev (Excerpt)

    1. Great Gate of Kiev (Excerpt)
  57. Les contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Barcarolle (Excerpt)

    1. Barcarolle (Excerpt)
  58. Orphée aux enfers, operetta in 2 acts: Theme 2. Can Can (Excerpt)

    1. Theme 2. Can Can (Excerpt)
  59. Carmina Burana, scenic cantata for soloists, choruses & orchestra: O fortuna (Excerpt)

    1. O fortuna (Excerpt)
  60. Canon and gigue, for 3 violins & continuo in D major, T. 337: Canon (Excerpt)

    1. Canon (Excerpt)
  61. Romeo and Juliet, Suite No. 2 for orchestra, Op. 64 ter: Montagues & Capulets (Excerpt)

    1. Montagues & Capulets (Excerpt)
  62. Lieutenant Kijé, film score and suite for orchestra, Op. 60: Lt. Kijé's Wedding (Excerpt)

    1. Lt. Kijé's Wedding (Excerpt)
  63. Turandot, opera: Nessun dorma (Excerpt)

    1. Nessun dorma (Excerpt)
  64. Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18: Mvmt. 2 (Excerpt)

    1. Mvmt. 2 (Excerpt)
  65. Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27: Mvmt. 3. Opening (Excerpt)

    1. Mvmt. 3. Opening (Excerpt)
  66. Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Introduction and 24 Variations), in A minor for piano & orchestra, Op. 43: Var. 18 (Excerpt)

    1. Var. 18 (Excerpt)
  67. Boléro, ballet for orchestra (or piano): Excerpt

    1. Excerpt
  68. The Flight of the Bumble Bee, musical picture for orchestra (from The Tale of Tsar Saltan): Excerpt

    1. Excerpt
  69. Concierto de Aranjuez for guitar & orchestra: Adagio (Excerpt)

    1. Adagio (Excerpt)
  70. Il barbière di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), opera: Overture (Excerpt) / Largo al factotum (Excerpt)

    1. Overture (Excerpt) / Largo al factotum (Excerpt)
  71. Overture to Guillaume Tell (William Tell): Theme 2 (Excerpt)

    1. Theme 2 (Excerpt)
  72. Danse macabre, song for voice & orchestra: Excerpt

    1. Excerpt
  73. Gymnopedie for piano No.1: Excerpt

    1. Excerpt
  74. Symphony No. 8 in B minor ("Unfinished"), D. 759: Excerpt

    1. Excerpt
  75. Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), song for voice & piano, D. 839 (Op. 52/6): Excerpt

    1. Excerpt
  76. Finlandia Hymn (Finlandia Hymni), for chorus & organ (or harmonium), Op. 113/12: Finale (Excerpt)

    1. Finale (Excerpt)
  77. Valse Triste, for orchestra (from Kuolema), Op. 44/1: Excerpt

    1. Excerpt
  78. The Stars and Stripes Forever, march for band: Excerpt

    1. Excerpt
  79. Semper Fidelis, march for band: Excerpt

    1. Excerpt
  80. An der schönen, blauen Donau (On the Beautiful, Blue Danube), waltz for orchestra (with chorus ad lib), Op. 314 (RV 314): Excerpt

    1. Excerpt
  81. Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald (Tales from the Vienna Woods), waltz for orchestra, Op. 325 (RV 325): Excerpt

    1. Excerpt
  82. Also sprach Zarathustra (Thus Spoke Zoroaster), tone poem for orchestra, Op. 30 (TrV 176): Fanfare (Excerpt)

    1. Fanfare (Excerpt)
  83. L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet in 2 scenes for orchestra: Infernal Dance & Main theme (Excerpt)

    1. Infernal Dance & Main theme (Excerpt)
  84. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Waltz of the Flowers (Excerpt)

    1. Waltz of the Flowers (Excerpt)
  85. The Swan Lake, ballet, Op. 20: Waltz (Excerpt)

    1. Waltz (Excerpt)
  86. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Waltz (Excerpt)

    1. Waltz (Excerpt)
  87. Romeo and Juliet, fantasy-overture for orchestra in B minor (3 versions): Theme 2 (Excerpt)

    1. Theme 2 (Excerpt)
  88. Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23: Opening (Excerpt)

    1. Opening (Excerpt)
  89. 1812 -- Festival Overture, for orchestra in E flat major, Op. 49: Finale (Excerpt)

    1. Finale (Excerpt)
  90. Fantasia on Greensleeves, for harp, flute & strings (arranged by R. Greaves; from the opera "Sir John In Love"): Excerpt

    1. Excerpt
  91. Aida, opera: Grand March (Excerpt)

    1. Grand March (Excerpt)
  92. Il Trovatore, opera: Anvil Chorus (Excerpt)

    1. Anvil Chorus (Excerpt)
  93. La Traviata, opera: Libiamo (drinking song) (Excerpt)

    1. Libiamo (drinking song) (Excerpt)
  94. Requiem Mass, for soloists, chorus & orchestra (Manzoni Requiem): Dies irae (Excerpt)

    1. Dies irae (Excerpt)
  95. Rigoletto, opera: La donna è mobile (Excerpt)

    1. La donna è mobile (Excerpt)
  96. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in E major ("La Primavera," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 1), Op.8/1, RV 269: Allegro (Excerpt)

    1. Allegro (Excerpt)
  97. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in F minor ("L'inverno," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 4), Op. 8/4, RV 297: Largo (Excerpt)

    1. Largo (Excerpt)
  98. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Bridal Chorus (Excerpt)

    1. Bridal Chorus (Excerpt)
  99. Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Ride of the Valkyries (Excerpt)

    1. Ride of the Valkyries (Excerpt)

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