Classic FM's Fast And Friendly Guide To The Classical Era

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Top Classical pieces

The Barber of Seville - Overture artwork

The Barber of Seville - Overture Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868 : Italy) Conductor: Antonio Pappano Ensemble: National Academy of St.Cecilia Orchestra Record label: Waner Classics Catalogue ID: 0825 646243440

Symphony No.101 in D major (4) artwork

Symphony No.101 in D major (4) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809 : Austria) Conductor: Howard Shelley Ensemble: Orchestra of Italian Switzerland Record label: Hyperion Catalogue ID: CDS 44371/4

Symphony No.102 in Bb major (4) artwork

Symphony No.102 in Bb major (4) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809 : Austria) Conductor: Colin Davis Ensemble: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Record label: PHILIPS Catalogue ID: 4426112

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Conductor: Claudio Abbado Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra of Europe Soloists: Maria-Joao Pires Record label: Deutsche Grammophon Catalogue ID: 4399412

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Conductor: Edward Higginbottom Ensemble: Choir of New College, Oxford; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Record label: Novum Catalogue ID: NCR 1383

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Classic FM collection: Classical: 1750 to 1830 artwork

Classic FM collection: Classical: 1750 to 1830 30 tracks - £6.99 Ensemble: The The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and more Soloists: Janine Jansen; Mitsuko Uchida; Beaux Arts Trio and more

Classic FM collection: Baroque: 1600 to 1750 artwork

Classic FM collection: Baroque: 1600 to 1750 30 tracks - £6.99 Ensemble: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; Academy of Ancient Music and more Soloists: Janine Jansen; Elin Manahan Thomas; Andreas Scholl; Daniel Hope and more

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