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    - Gustav Mahler

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Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006) Serenade for small Orchestra Op. 26
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) The Wise Virgins (orchestrated by William Walton)
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) Concerto for Piano Violin and Cello Op. 56
Romance in F for Violin and Orchestra Op. 50
Overture to Coriolan Op. 62
Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43
Overture to Goethe's Tragedy Egmont. Op. 84
Piano Concerto No 1 in C Major, Op. 15
Piano Concerto No 4 in G Major, Op. 58
Piano Concerto No 5 in Eb Major, Op. 73 (The Emperor)
SymphonyNo 1 in C Major Op. 21
Symphony No 2 in D Major Op. 36
Symphony No 3 in Eb Major Op. 55 (Eroica)
Symphony No 5 in C Minor Op. 67
Symphony No 6 in F Major Op. 68 (Pastoral)
Symphony No 7 in A Major Op. 92
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61
Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) West Side Story Selections (arranged by Jack Mason)
Georges Bizet (1838-1875) Carmen Suite
Alexander Borodin (1833-1887) Nocturne (orchestrated by N Rimsky-Korsakoff)
Prince Igor Overture (realised by A Glazunov)
In the Steppes of Central Asia
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor OP. 102. (1887)
Symphony No. 1 in C minor, op. 68 (1876)
Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73
Tragic Overture Op. 81 (1880)
Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn Op. 56a
Violin Concerto in D Major Op. 77 (1878)
Max Bruch (1838-1920) Violin Concerto in G minor Op. 26
Aaron Copland (1900-1990) AppalachianSpring (Orchestral Suite)
Quiet City
Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713) Concerto Grosso in G minor Op. 6 No8, The Christmas Concerto
Claude Debussy (1862-1918) Sarabande (1894, Orchestrated by Maurice Ravel 1922)
Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904) Czech Suite Op. 39
Romance in F minor for Violin and Orchestra Op. 11
Symphony No 7 in D minor Op 70 (1885)
Symphony No 8 in G Major Op. 88
Symphony No 9 in E Minor Op. 95
Edward Elgar (1857-1934) Cello Concerto in E minor Op85 (1919)
Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) Suite from the Incidental music to Pelléas et Mélisande (1898))
Jean Francaix (1912-1997) Sept Dances de Les malheurs de Sophie (1895)
Reinhold Glière (1975-1956) Concerto for Harp and Orchestra in Eb major, Op. 74, (1938)
Charles Gounod (1818-1893) Symphony No 1 in D Major (1885)
Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A minor Op16. (1868)
Peer Gynt Suite No 1 Op. 46 (1888)
Alexandre Guilmaunt (1837-1911) Final alla Schumann
Georg Friedrich Händel (1685 - 1759) Arias for Counter tenor
The Water Music
Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) Cello Concerto No 2 in D Major
Symphony No 99 in E flat Major
Symphony No 101 in D Major "The Clock"
Michael Haydn (1737-1805) Turkish March
Mihkel Kerem Sinfonietta Portobellica
Matthew King (b1967) Portobellissima!
Franz Krommer (1759-1831) Oboe Concerto in F major Op. 52
Anna MacDonald Five Songs
Edward MacDowell (1860-1908) To a Wild Rose
Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) Symphonic Movement “Blumine”
Symphony No 1 in D Major (1893)
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1848) Athalia Op. 74
Hebrides Overture, Op 26
Incidental Music for a Midsummer Night's Dream
Piano Concerto No 2 in D minor Op. 40
Symphony No 1 in C Minor
The Trumpet Overture
Violin Concerto in E minor Op.64
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) Flute Concerto in G major K313
Horn Concerto No. 2 in E-flat Major, K. 417
Overture: Don Giovanni
Overture: The Magic Flute
Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major K467
Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor K491
Symphony No. 35 in D major, the Haffner K.385
Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550
Violin Concerto No. 2 D Major, K. 211
Violin Concerto No. 4 D Major, K. 218
Modest Mussorgsky (1830-1881) Dawn on the Moscow River
Night on a Bare Mountain
Otto Nicolai (1810-1849) Overture: The Merry Wives of Windsor (1849)
Carl Nielsen (1865-1931) Prelude to the Little Suite for Strings Op. 1
Hubert Parry (1848-1918) An English Suite
Symphony No3 in C Major: The English
Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) Peter and the Wolf (1936)
Romeo and Juliet Suite No 2 (1940)
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) Vocalise Op. 34 No 14
Joachim Raff (1822-1882) Sinfonietta for 10 wind instruments op.188
Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764) Ballet Suite (Arranged by Felix Mottl)
Maurice Ravel (1879-1937) Pavane pour une infante défunte
Max Reger (1873-1916) Variations and Fugue for Orchestra on a theme by Mozart op 132
Josef Rheinberger (1839-1901) Organ Concerto in F major Op 137
Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908) Overture on Three Russian Themes, Op. 28 (1866)
Sinfonietta on Russian Themes, Op. 31 (1884)
Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) Symphony No 2 in A minor Op. 55
Havanaise Op. 83
Franz Schubert (1797-1828) Symphony No. 4 in C minor (Tragic)
Robert Schumann (1810-1856) Piano Concerto in A minor (1845)
Symphony No. 1 in Bb Major - The Spring (1841)
Symphony No. 2 in C Major Opus 61 (1846)
Symphony No. 3 in Eb Major - The Rhenish (1851)
Symphony No. 4 in D Minor (revised version) (1851)
Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) Karelia Suite (1893)
Finlandia (1899)
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43 (1902)
Symphony No. 5 in Eb major, Op. 82 (1919)
Violin concerto in D minor Opus 47 (1905)
Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1968) Waltz No 2 from the Second Suite for Jazz Orchestra
Richard Strauss (1864-1949) Serenade for 13 Wind Instruments Op. 7
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) Fantasy Overture: Romeo and Juliet (1869)
Slavonic March in B flat minor, Op. 31 (1876) (Marche Slave)
Souvenir d'un Lieu Cher Op. 42 (1878)
Suite No.1 Op. 43 (1878-9)
Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Opus 13, "Winter Daydreams" (1868)
Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Opus 17, "The Little Russian" (1880)
Symphony No 5 in E minor Op 64 (1888)
Symphony No 6 in B minor Op 74 Pathétique (1893)
Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) The Lark Ascending (1921)
Prelude on an Old Carol (1952)
Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) Concerto in C Major for 2 Trumpets, Strings and Continuo. RV537.
Jan Václav Voříšek (1791-1825) Symphony in D Major
Peter Warlock (1894-1930) Capriol Suite
Carl Maria von Weber (1776-1826) Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F minor (1811)
Overture to Der Freischütz (1821)
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