Famous lyrical classical chamber themes

Fast and slow, the beautiful movements of people and other creatures


BADINERIE – BACH

Playful, fast recorder & orchestral baroque scherzo (1738).    1:33


WATER MUSIC – HANDEL

Regal, formal, baroque chamber orchestral (1717).   2:15


ZADOK THE PRIEST – HANDEL

Regal strings & woodwinds build to dramatic choral climax (1727).  3:02


QUEEN OF SHEBA – HANDEL

Fast, joyful baroque orchestral from the oratorio Solomon (1748).    2:04


DANCE OF THE MIRLITONS – TCHAIKOVSKY

Plodding, light-hearted pizz strings & woodwinds from the Nutcracker (1892).    2:05


DANCE OF THE CYGNETS –TCHAIKOVSKY

Delicate, cheerful orchestral dance from Swan Lake (1875).    1:29


PRESTO OVERTURE –MOZART

Rousing, energetic overture to the comic opera Marriage Of Figaro (1786).   2:24


ELEPHANT –SAINT-SAENS

Heavily ponderous double bass & piano from Carnival of the Animals (1886).   1:36


 


Famous dramatic symphonic classical works

The power of the human spirit and the force of nature


VICTORY SYMPHONY – BEETHOVEN
Mighty, iconic opening of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony (1808).   2:39


DAY OF ANGER – VERDI
Furious, violent orchestra & choir (Dies Irae) from Verdi’s requiem (1869)    1:54


LADY OF SORROWS – MOZART
Sad orchestra & choir. Lacrimosa movement from Mozart’s Requiem (1791).   2:40


FATE – VERDI
Enigmatic, mysterious opening to Verdi opera La Forza Del Destino (1862).   2:15


AQUA MUNDI  – SAINT-SAENS
Watery piano arpeggios & string orchestra. Aka Aquarium (1886).   1:59


SCHEHEREZADE – RIMSKY-KORSAKOV
Dramatic, sultry, symphonic opening to wistful violin & mighty build (1888).    3:06


HOMELAND – SMETANA
Patriotic, pastoral & stirring orchestral theme. Aka ma vlast (1882).    1:58


TRIUMPH MARCH – VERDI
Grandiose, ceremonial march from Aida (1871).   1:50


SEA OF IONA –MENDELSSOHN
Panoramic orchestral theme from The Hebrides Overture (Fingal’s Cave) (1830).   2:34


 


Mighty, and famous symphonic pieces


RIDE OF THE VALKYRIES WAGNER
Stormy & mighty orchestra with symphonic brass & much heroism (1851).    2:08


NIGHT ON A BARE MOUNTAIN MUSSORGSKY
Threatening, demonic arrangement for orchestra & choir (1858).   2:26


ODE TO JOY BEETHOVEN
Final choral movement of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. Builds all the way. (1824).     3:02


SYMPHONY NO. 40 IN G MINOR MOZART
Elegant, grand opening to Mozart’s Symphony No. 40. (1788). 1st Movement.   2:28


IN THE HALL OF THE MOUNTAIN KING GRIEG
Orchestral build from cumbersome trolls to frenetic climax. (1867).    2:13


HALLELUJAH CHORUS HANDEL
Final rousing chorus from Handel’s Messiah with orchestra & choir (1741).   2:21


WILLIAM TELL OVERTURE ROSSINI
Very fast orchestral chase. Fanfare into galloping mayhem.   2:41


FLIGHT OF THE BUMBLE BEE RIMSKY-KORSAKOV
Frantic orchestral arrangement played at hair-raising speed (1899).    1:20


 

Timeless, elegant, emotions and moods


ANGST
Beautifully brooding orchestral with a wink at Beethoven.   3:28


GRAND WALTZ
Bright elegant orchestral waltz.   3:05


MAN’S SPIRIT
Regal choir & orchestra in the style of G.F.Handel with positive lyrics.   3:50


RUSSIAN TEA DANCE
Brisk Russian classical dance for violin & chamber orchestra.   2:12


TSAR’S DASH
Colourful light hearted orchestral romp.   2:42


GIVE US PEACE
Slowly growing orchestra erupts with a grand choral explosion.   2:13


 

Very English period orchestral drama


ENGLISH SUMMER
Light, airy strings, melody shared by piano, clarinet & violin.   2:12


FALLEN HEROES
Poignant, nostalgic theme featuring piano, clarinet & strings.   1:49


FINAL VERDICT
Tense & mysterious with rhythmic strings, piano, clarinet, marimba & vibes.   2:42


DEVOUT
Mournful yet fluent elegy for cello with strings & piano.    2:40


RUNNING OUT
Tense chamber orchestra with piano & percussion. A race against time.    2:10


ENGLISH WALTZ
Charming orchestral waltz with lilting clarinet melody.    2:21


TRAVELLING COACH
Bustling, nostalgic chamber orchestra with bassoon & strings.   2:15


YEARN
Passionate lament with sorrowful cello & string orchestra. Minor ending     2:28


FOND REFLECTIONS
Sensitive, romantic theme with warm strings, piano & wistful clarinet lead.   2:27


HEARTACHE
Plaintive violin & bassoon duet supported by strings & piano motif.   2:18


MORAL DILEMMA
Sparse, wistful piano motif over sustained strings.   2:22


SNEAKY SCOUNDREL
Stealthy strings with bassoon & clarinet. Playful with a hint of intrigue.   2:08


TWO TO TANGO
Passionate Argentine tango with violin & string orchestra.   3:02