Popular Classics

Some tunes stick around for a reason.

We’ve arranged these timeless classics into Concertos (pieces for orchestra and solo instrument), Piano, Orchestral, Voice and Strings.

Just scroll down, click on pieces to play them in BBC Sounds, then simply click back and carry on discovering.

You will also find radio programmes and podcasts that give you background and insight into the composers and pieces, so you can get even more out of the music – just look for the titled images with logos in the top right corner.

Happy exploring.

Concertos

Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor, Op 85
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Dvořák: Cello Concerto in B minor, Op 104
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How to Listen - Dvořák's Cello Concerto
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Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A major, K 622
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Mozart: Horn Concerto No. 4 in E flat major, K 495
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The Listening Service - What Is It About Mozart?
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Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op 23
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Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op 16
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Composer of the Week - Grieg
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Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op 21
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Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op 15
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Composer of the Week - Brahms
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Haydn: Trumpet Concerto in E flat major, Hob: VIIe/1
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Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op 18
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Composer of the Week - Rachmaninov
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Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op 47
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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, Op 73
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Discovering Music - Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 'Emperor'
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Piano

Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op 15
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Schubert: 6 Moments musicaux, D 780
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The Spirit of Schubert
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Chopin: Scherzo No. 4 in E major, Op 54
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Brahms: Horn Trio in E flat major, Op 40
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The Essay - Brahms Experience: Brahms and Freud
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Beethoven: Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op 27 No. 2, 'Moonlight'
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Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op 16
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The Story of Music in Fifty Pieces - Schumann's Kreisleriana
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Chopin: Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op 35
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Haydn: Sonata in E flat major, Hob XVI No. 52
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Composer of the Week - Haydn
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Beethoven: Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op 31 No. 2,  'Tempest'
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Mendelssohn: Songs without words, Book 1 Op 19
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Composer of the Week - Felix Mendelssohn
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Orchestral

Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Overture, Scherzo, Nocturne and Wedding March)
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Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture
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Twenty Minutes - Your First 1812
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Barber: Adagio for Strings
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Butterworth: A Shropshire lad
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Composer of the Week - Butterworth
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Copland: Appalachian Spring
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Gershwin: An American in Paris
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BBC Proms Music Guide - Gershwin's An American in Paris
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Ravel: Bolero
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Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol, Op 34
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The Listening Service - Earworms
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Tchaikovsky: Capriccio italien
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Elgar: Cockaigne Overture, 'In London Town'
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Composer of the Week - Edward Elgar
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Bartók: Dance suite for orchestra, Sz 77
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Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra
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Record Review Podcast - Bartók Concerto for Orchestra
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Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé - Suite No. 2
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Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (Prelude to Act I)
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BBC Proms Music Guide - Wagner's Die Meistersinger overture
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Strauss: Don Juan
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Wagner: Die Walküre (Ride of the Valkyries)
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Discovering Music - Wagner: Die Walkure
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Elgar: Enigma Variations
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Copland: Fanfare for the common man
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Composer of the Week - Copland
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Sibelius: Finlandia
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Britten: Four Sea interludes from Peter Grimes
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BBC Proms Music Guide - Britten's Peter Grimes
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Walton: Henry V - Music from the film
Grieg: Holberg Suite
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Record Review Podcast - Grieg's Holberg Suite, Op. 40
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Sibelius: Karelia Suite
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Rossini: La Gazza Ladra (Overture)
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Composer of the Week - Rossini
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Bizet: L'Arlesienne Suite No. 1
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Debussy: La Mer
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BBC Proms Music Guide - Debussy's La Mer
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Poulenc: Les Biches
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Wagner: Lohengrin (Prelude to Act III)
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Radio 3 Opera Guides - Wagner's Lohengrin
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Ravel: Miroirs (Alborada del gracioso)
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Smetana: Ma Vlast
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BBC Proms Music Guide - Smetana: Ma Vlast
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Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op 46
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Mussorgsky: Night on Bare Mountain
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Composer of the Week -  Mussorgsky
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Borodin: Polovtsian dances from 'Prince Igor'
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Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. Ravel)
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The Story of Music in Fifty Pieces - Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition
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Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1
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Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet
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Key Matters - D major
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Janáček: Sinfonietta
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Prokofiev: Romeo And Juliet, Op 64 (excerpts)
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BBC Proms Music Guide - Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet
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Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
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Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake Suite
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The Story of Music in Fifty Pieces - Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake
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Franck: Symphony in D minor,  M. 48
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Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique
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The Story of Music in Fifty Pieces - Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique
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Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 in E flat major, 'Romantic'
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Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 in C minor, ed. Nowak
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BBC Proms - Bruckner: Inspirations and Influences
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Haydn: Symphony No. 104 in D major, 'London'
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Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op 78, 'Organ Symphony'
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BBC Proms Music Guide - Saint-Saëns's Organ Symphony
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Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op 90
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Schumann: Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op 97, 'Rhenish'
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Composer of the Week - Robert Schumann
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Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op 90, 'Italian'
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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op 36
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Discovering Music - Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4
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Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K 550
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Mozart: Symphony No. 41 in C major, K 551, 'Jupiter'
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Composer of the Week - Mozart
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Mahler: Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor
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Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op 67
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Discovering Music - Beethoven: Symphony No. 5
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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op 74, 'Pathetique'
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Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op 47
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Sunday Feature - Shostakovich: A Journey into Light
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Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in B minor,  D759 'Unfinished'
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Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op 125, 'Choral'
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Discovering Music - Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
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Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op 95, 'From the New World'
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Rossini: The Barber of Seville (Overture)
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Tales from the Stave - Rossini's The Barber of Seville
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Janáček: The Cunning Little Vixen suite
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Wagner: The Flying Dutchman (Overture)
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Radio 3 Opera Guides - Wagner's The Flying Dutchman
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Mozart: The Magic Flute (Overture)
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Mendelssohn: The Hebrides, 'Fingal's Cave'
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The Story of Music in Fifty Pieces - Mendelssohn's Fingal's Cave
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Holst: The Planets
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Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker Suite
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Sound of Dance - The Nutcracker
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Falla: Three Cornered Hat, Suite No. 1
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Dukas: The Sorcerer's Apprentice
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Composer of the Week - Dukas
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Strauss II: Thunder and lightning polka, Op 324
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Wagner: Tristan and Isolde (Prelude and Liebestod)
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The Listening Service -  Tristan und Isolde
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Handel: Water Music, Suite II
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Rossini: William Tell (Overture)
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Record Review Podcast - Rossini's William Tell
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Britten: Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
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Composer of the Week - Britten
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Voice

Parry: Blest Pair of Sirens
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A German Requiem (Ein deutsches Requiem)
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Discovering Music - Brahms's German Requiem
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Schubert: Die Forelle, D 550
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Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
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Composer of the Week - Mahler
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Schumann: Liederkreis, Op 39
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Verdi: Nabucco (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves)
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Radio 3 Opera Guides - Verdi's Nabucco
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Copland: Old American songs (Set 2 No. 4. At the river)
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Mahler: Symphony No. 8, 'Symphony of a thousand'
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The Essay - Music in Its Time: Mahler's Symphony No. 8
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Schubert: Winterreise
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Handel: Zadok the Priest
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Classical Fix - Simon Mundie at Hay Festival
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Mozart: Ave Verum Corpus, K 618
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Strings

Brahms: Cello Sonata No. 1 in E minor, Op 38
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Franck: Cello Sonata in A major, M 8
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Composer of the Week - Franck
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Schubert: Octet in F major, D 803
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Mendelssohn: Octet in E flat major, Op 20
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Soul Music - Mendelssohn's Octet
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Schubert: Piano Trio, D 898
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Dvořák: Piano Trio No. 4, Op 90, 'Dumky'
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Discovering Music - Dvořák: Piano Trio No. 4 'Dumky Trio'
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Haydn: Quartet in B flat major, Op 76 No. 4, (Sunrise)
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Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending
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Tales from the Stave - Vaughan Williams's The Lark Ascending
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Haydn: Trio Gypsy Rondo, H15 25
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Beethoven: Trio in D major, Op 70 No. 1, 'Ghost'
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The Listening Service - Beethoven Unleashed: Getting to grips with Beethoven
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Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op 78
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Beethoven: Violin Sonata in F major, Op 24, 'Spring'
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Tales from the Stave - Beethoven's Spring Sonata
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