Orchestral Favourites

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This video brings together the most famous, beloved and iconic symphonic works, melodies which are engraved in the consciousness of everyone, the canon of classical music as the world knows it.

Artists: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

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Classical hits from one of the world’s great orchestras: a fabulous introduction to the world of music.

Zadok the Priest was written in 1727 for the Coronation of King George II, but it’s now more familiar to millions of football fans as the anthem for the Champions League. You may never have listened to a Wagner opera, but if you’ve seen Apocalypse Now, you’ll know The Ride of the Valkyries. Composing a slow movement for a string quartet, Samuel Barber could hardly have imagined that his Adagio would tap so deeply into universal feelings of grief and reflection once it had become known as his Adagio for strings and used in countless TV programmes and film soundtracks. Classical music is everywhere, and in this video you can enjoy more than 40 of the most thrilling and powerful pieces ever written.

The music in this collection is full of stories. A misty sea voyage off the coast of Scotland (The Hebrides, by Mendelssohn); a dazzling Russian coronation scene (The Great Gate of Kiev, by Mussorgsky); a young woman comforting her old father (O mio babbino caro, by Puccini); a dawn over Egypt (Morning Mood, by Grieg) as well as a display of the Egyptian empire in all its glory (Triumphal March, by Verdi) and all its brutality (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves, also by Verdi).

Great music transcends place and time. Sibelius wrote Finlandia to marking his country’s new independence, Elgar was celebrating the high noon of the British Empire in his first Pomp and Circumstance March, Holst had astrologies in mind when he peered into his crystal ball and composed Mars (The Planets) and Richard Strauss was depicting an ancient Persian philosopher-king with the opening dawn of Also sprach Zarathustra. These places and people and philosophies can remain entirely foreign to us while the music reaches a place deep inside us, beyond thought and speech. All these and many other masterpieces can be enjoyed in superb modern recordings on this unique compilation.

0:00:00 Georg Frideric Handel: Zadok the Priest, HWV 258
0:05:17 Richard Wagner: Die Walküre, WWV 86B
0:10:27 Giuseppe Verdi: Aida
0:18:05 Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations, Op. 36
0:21:50 Georges Bizet: The Pearl Fishers
0:26:46 Jacques Offenbach: Orpheus in the Underworld
0:28:58 Antonín Dvorák: Slavonic Dance No. 8, Op. 46
0:33:28 Giacomo Puccini: Turandot, SC 91
0:36:28 Camille Saint-Saëns: Danse macabre, Op. 40
0:43:48 Giacomo Puccini: Madama Butterfly, SC 74
0:49:29 Samuel Barber: Adagio for Strings
0:57:16 Maurice Ravel: Boléro
1:11:56 Jean Sibelius: Finlandia, Op. 26
1:19:55 Carl Orff: Carmina Burana
1:22:29 Gabriel Fauré: Pavane in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 50
1:28:57 Charles Parry: Jerusalem
1:31:47 John Philip Sousa: The Liberty Bell March
1:34:14 Gioacchino Rossini: The Barber of Seville
1:39:05 Johann Strauss (Jr.): On the Beautiful Blue Danube, Op. 314
1:48:58 Georg Frideric Handel: Messiah, HWV 56
1:53:09 Edward Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in D Major, Op. 39
1:58:42 Eduardo di Capua: O sole mio
2:01:01 Aram Ilyich Khachaturian: Gayaneh
2:03:27 Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture in E-Flat Major, Op. 49
2:19:24 Richard Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op 30
2:21:19 Franz Von Suppé: Light Cavalry
2:28:03 John Philip Sousa: The Stars and Stripes Forever in E-Flat Major
2:31:36 George Jacob Gershovitz Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
2:49:58 Franz Lehár: Gold and Silver Waltz, Op. 79
2:57:15 Giuseppe Verdi: Nabucco
3:01:33 Edvard Hagerup Grieg: Peer Gynt
3:05:46 Camille Saint-Saëns: Carnival of the Animals: XIII. The Swan
3:08:52 Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto
3:11:05 Gustav Holst: The Planets, Op. 32: IV. Jupiter
3:19:31 Richard Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. WWV 96: I. Overture
3:29:25 Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66
3:33:56 Johann Strauss (Jr.): II pizzicato polka in in C Major
3:36:45 Georges Bizet: Carmen, Pt. 2: XIV. Prélude and Aragonaise · Les toreadors
3:42:46 Felix Mendelssohn: The Hebrides Overture in B Minor, Op. 26
3:52:45 Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition: X. The Great Gate of Kiev
3:58:22 Giacomo Puccini: Gianni Schicchi, S 88
4:01:24 Gioacchino Rossini: L’italiana in Algeri
4:09:22 Aram Ilyich Khachaturian: Gayane
4:11:48 Arthur Bliss: Things to Come
4:15:43 Alexander Borodin: Prince Igor

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