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100 Igor Stravinsky The Rite of Spring- sacrificial dance 
99 Josef Haydn Symphony no 101 d major 
98 Pyotr Ilytch Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker: Waltz of the flowers 
97 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Cosi fan tutte 
96 Felix Mendelssohn Incidental music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream 
95 Josef Haydn String Quartet Op 76/4 “Sunrise” 
94 Johannes Brahms Clarinet Quintet  
93 Joseph Cantaloube Songs of the Auvergne  
92 Maurice Ravel Piano Trio in A minor, M. 67 
91 George Frederic Handel L’Allegro ed il penseroso 
90 Sergei Rachmaninov Sing not to me, my beauty from ‘6 Romances’, Opus 4 
89 Erik Satie,  Gnossienne No. 1 
88 Graeme Koehne  The Persistence of Memory 
87 John Rutter Requiem (Pie Jesu) 
86 John Field Nocturnes 
85 Jean Sibelius Romance in D-flat major, Opus 24, No. 9 
84 Charles Gounod Mors Et Vita 
83 Franz Schubert Appegione 
82 Nigel Westlake The Edge: An Ancient Wilderness  
81 Samuel Barber  Violin Concerto 
80 Eric Kalman Spiel Zigeuner from Countess Maritza  
79 Sergei Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Opus 18 
78 Ludwig van Beethoven  Mass In C 
77 Ennio Morricone Cinema paradiso 
76 Charles-Marie Widor Toccata (Mvt. 5) from the Symphony for Organ No. 5 in F minor, Opus 42, No. 1 
75 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano concerto no 21 in C K467 
74 Johann Sebastian Bach Cantata “Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit” BWV 106  
73 Cesasr Franck Violin Sonata in A 
72 Pietro Mascagni Cavalleria Rusticana 
71 Sergei Rachmaninov 18th variation from Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini 
70 Giovannni  Pierluigi da Palestrina Sicut Cervus from ‘Motectorum quatuor vocibus’, Book 2 
69 Hector Berlioz The Damnation of Faust 
68 Antonio Vivaldi  The Four Seasons, Opus 8, (Winter) 
67 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Exsultate Jubilate K165 
66 Franz Schubert Impromtu  No.3 in G Flat Major 
65 Eric Coates By a Sleepy Lagoon 
64 Camille Saint-Saëns Samson et Dalila 
63 Elena Kats Chernin Piano quintet no 1: The offering  
62 Samuel Barber  Adagio For Strings 
61 Joaquín Rodrigo Fantasia for a Gentleman 
60 Christoph Williband von Gluck Orfeo ed Eurydice: I have lost my Eurydice 
59 Ludwig van Beethoven  Piano Concerto No, 3  
58 Jean Sibelius Finlandia, Opus 26 
57 Sergei Rachmaninov Vocalise 
56 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Violin Concerto no 4 in D K218 
55 Alfredo Catalani La Wally: Ebben?  
54 Camille Saint-Saëns The Swan, ‘The Carnival of the Animals’, No. 13 
53 George Frederic Handel Samson: Let The Bright Seraphim 
52 Antonín Dvořák,   Serenade for Winds  
51 Johann Sebastian Bach St John Passion  
50 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  Violin Concerto no 3 in G K216 
49 Richard Strauss  ‘Der Rosenkavelier’, Opus 59 
48 Franz Liszt Benediction de Dieu dans la Solitude 
47 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Ave Verum K618 
46 Edvard Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor 
45 Giuseppe Verdi Nabucco 
44 Claude Debussy Clair De Lune 
43 Philip Glass   Glassworks 
42 Johann Sebastian Bach Concerto for 2 violins BWV 1043  
41 Georges Bizet The Pearl Fishers  
40 Ludwig van Beethoven  Symphony No. 5 
39 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Requiem in D minor  
38 Gustav Mahler Symphony no 3 in D minor 
37 Frédéric François Chopin Piano concerto No. 2  
36 Dimitry Shostakovich The Gadfly Suite, Opus 97a 
35 Maurice Ravel Piano Concerto in G major, M. 83 
34 Claudio Monteverdi L’incoronazione di Poppea 
33 Gustav Mahler Symphony no 1 in D 
32 Vincenzo Bellini Norma  
31 Frédéric François Chopin Piano Concerto No.1  
30 Gabriel Faure Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11 
29 Sir Edward Elgar Nimrod from Enigma variations Op 36 
28 Ludwig van Beethoven  Violin Concerto  
27 Morten Lauridsen Lux Aeterna  
26 Johann Sebastian Bach Cello Suite No.6, BWV1012 
25 Gregorio Allegri,   Miserere 
24 Tomaso Albinoni and Remo Giazotto Adagio in G Minor 
23 Ralph Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending 
22 Richard Wagner Tannhäuser – Entry of the guests, WWV 70 
21 Ralph Vaughan Williams Silent Noon, ‘The House of Life’, No. 2 
20 Gustav Mahler Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor 
19 Erich Korngold Die Tote Stadt 
18 Gabriel Faure Requiem (Pie Jesu), Op. 48 
17 Antonín Dvořák,   Symphony No.9 “From the New World” 
16 Johann Sebastian Bach Mass in B minor 
15 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Concerto for Flute and Harp K299 
14 Johann Pachelbel Canon in D major 
13 Johann Sebastian Bach The Well Tempered Clavier  
12 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  Solemn Vespers K339 
11 Franz Schubert Notturno for Piano Trio in E-flat major, D. 897 
10 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Clarinet Concerto in A, K622 
Franz Schubert Piano quintet in A , D667 ‘Trout’ 
Gustav Mahler Symphony no 2 in C minor  
Ludwig van Beethoven  Symphony No. 7  
Peter Sculthorpe Sun Song 
Richard Wagner  ‘Tristan and Isolde’, WWV 90  
Johann Sebastian Bach St. Matthew Passion  
Ludwig van Beethoven  Piano Concerto No. 5 (Emperor Concerto)  
Richard Strauss Four Last Songs, Opus posth.  
Ludwig van Beethoven  Piano Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor (Moonlight) 

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