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.
Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op 16
A bold opening timpani roll and dramatic flourishes which helped to put Grieg on the musical map
Beethoven: Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op 27 No. 2, 'Moonlight'
Envelop yourself in a mysterious dreamlike fog
Chopin: Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op 35
A piece with a well known and widely performed funeral march
Beethoven: Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op 31 No. 2, 'Tempest'
Music inspired by Shakespeare's island tale
Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Overture, Scherzo, Nocturne and Wedding March)
Musical lullabies to match Shakespeare's masterwork
Elgar: Cockaigne Overture, 'In London Town'
Ode to the mythical land of plenty from where Cockneys come
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (Prelude to Act I)
This isn't just an opera, it's a pageant, an event. It's Wagner.
Britten: Four Sea interludes from Peter Grimes
Sea sounds wash into this grim tale of violence and destruction
Franck: Symphony in D minor, M. 48
Morose, arid and drab? Franck had the last laugh (even though he was dead)
Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 in C minor, ed. Nowak
A gargantuan reflection of the vast cosmos and our struggles to comprehend it
Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op 78, 'Organ Symphony'
The finale is thrilling and a huge payoff!
Schumann: Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op 97, 'Rhenish'
A vigorous and passionate celebration of the Rhine
Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op 95, 'From the New World'
Did Neil Armstrong bring this music all the way to the Moon?
Falla: Three Cornered Hat, Suite No. 1
A Spanish folk tale of jealousy, intimacy and misunderstandings
Britten: Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
Every orchestral section in a brilliant exercise in creation
Copland: Old American songs (Set 2 No. 4. At the river)
Bathe in the crystal waters of the American West
Franck: Cello Sonata in A major, M 8
From one of the best violin sonatas came… one of the best for cello!
Mendelssohn: Octet in E flat major, Op 20
A 16-year-old conjures up a thrilling mix of rhythm and melody
Beethoven: Violin Sonata in F major, Op 24, 'Spring'
Positive spirit and youthful energy are in season