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The Story of Music in 50 Pieces

Enjoy our Playlist from the BBC's The Story of Music – the 50 most significant pieces of classical music throughout history as chosen by composer Howard Goodall. More from Story of Music in 50 Pieces here

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  • Quam Pulchra Es (feat. The Hilliard Ensemble) John Dunstable (Hilliard Ensemble, directed by Paul Hiller)
  • Miserere mei Deus secundum: Part I: Misere mei, Deus, secundum (feat. Ensemble Officium) Josquin des Prez (Ensemble Officium, directed by Wilfried Rombach)
  • Miserere mei Deus secundum: Part II: Auditui meo dabis gaudium et laetitiam (feat. Ensemble Officium) Josquin des Prez (Ensemble Officium, directed by Wilfried Rombach)
  • Miserere mei Deus secundum: Part III: Domine labia mea aperies Josquin des Prez (Ensemble Officium, directed by Wilfried Rombach
  • In Dulci Jubilo Vienna Boys Choir
  • Margot Labourez Les Vignes (feat. The Scholars of London) Jacques Arcadeit (The Scholars of London)
  • Flow, my tears (feat. Emma Kirkby & Anthony Rooley) John Dowland (Emma Kirkby - soprano, Anthony Rooley - lute)
  • Missa Papae Marcelli - Agnus Dei I (feat. The Sixteen) Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (The Sixteen, directed by Harry Christophers)
  • Air from Suite no.3 in D, BWV1068 (feat. The English Concert & Trevor Pinnock) Johann Sebastian Bach (The English Concert, conducted by Trevor Pinnock)
  • Concerto Grosso No. 1, Op. 6: I. Largo (feat. Orchestre de Chambre de Toulouse) Arcangelo Corelli (Orchestre de Chambre National de Toulouse, conducted by Alain Moglia)
  • Concerto Grosso No. 1, Op. 6: II. Allegro (feat. Orchestre de Chambre de Toulouse) Arcangelo Corelli (Orchestre de Chambre National de Toulouse, conducted by Alain Moglia)
  • St. Matthew Passion, Part One - No.1 Chorus I/II: "Kommt, ihr Töchter, helft mir klagen" BWV 244 (feat. English Baroque Soloists & Sir John Eliot Gardiner) Johann Sebastian Bach (London Oratory Junior Choir, Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, conducted by John Eliot Gardiner)
  • St. Matthew Passion, Part One - No.1 Chorus I/II: "Kommt, ihr Töchter, helft mir klagen" BWV 244 (feat. English Baroque Soloists) Johann Sebastian Bach (London Oratory Junior Choir, Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, conducted by John Eliot Gardiner)
  • The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude No.1 in C Major, BWV 846 Johann Sebastian Bach (Ton Koopman, harpsichord)
  • Messiah, Pt. 2 - Hallelujah (feat. Gabrieli Consort & Players & Paul McCreesh) George Frideric Handel (Gabrieli Consort & Players, conducted by Paul McCreesh)
  • Serenade Nr.10, Gran Partita: III. Adagio KV 361(370a) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Sabine Meyer - clarinet, Bläserensemble)
  • The Marriage of Figaro, Act 3: "E Susanna non vien...Dove Sono i bei Momenti...Io" K.492 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Kiri Te Kanawa - soprano, London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sir Georg Solti)
  • Symphony No.3 in E flat, Eroica: II. Marcia Funebre (Adagio Assai) Ludwig van Beethoven (West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Barenboim)
  • String Quartet No. 14 in C sharp minor, IV. Andante ma non troppo e molto cantabile (feat. Kodály Quartet) Ludwig van Beethoven (Kodály Quartet)
  • String Quartet No. 14 In C Sharp Minor, II. Allegro Molto Vivace Ludwig van Beethoven (Kodály Quartet)
  • String Quartet No.14 In C Sharp Minor, III. Allegro Moderato - Adagio Ludwig van Beethoven (Kodály Quartet)
  • String Quartet No. 14 in C sharp minor, IV. Andante ma non troppo e molto cantabile (feat. Kodály Quartet) Ludwig van Beethoven (Kodály Quartet)
  • String Quartet No.14 in C sharp minor, I. Adagio ma non troppo e molto espressivo (feat. Kodály Quartet) Ludwig van Beethoven (Kodály Quartet)
  • String Quartet No. 14 In C Sharp Minor, VI. Adagio Quasi Un Poco Andante Ludwig van Beethoven (Kodály Quartet)
  • String Quartet No.14 In C Sharp Minor, VII. Allegro Ludwig van Beethoven (Kodály Quartet)
  • The Hebrides, Op.26 Fingal's Cave Felix Mendelssohn
  • Winterreise, Erste Abteilung: Auf dem Flusse Franz Schubert (Ian Bostridge - tenor, Leif Ove Andsnes - piano)
  • Kreisleriana, I. Äusserst bewegt Robert Schumann (Mitsuko Uchida - piano)
  • Kreisleriana, II. Sehr innig und nicht zu rasch Robert Schumann (Mitsuko Uchida - piano)
  • Kreisleriana, III. Sehr Aufgeregt (feat. Mitsuko Uchida) Robert Schumann (Mitsuko Uchida - piano)
  • Kreisleriana, IV. Sehr langsam Robert Schumann (Mitsuko Uchida, piano)
  • Kreisleriana, V. Sehr lebhaft Robert Schumann (Mitsuko Uchida - piano)
  • Kreisleriana, VI. Sehr langsam Robert Schumann (Mitsuko Uchida - piano)
  • Kreisleriana, VII. Sehr Rasch (feat. Mitsuko Uchida) Robert Schumann (Mitsuko Uchida - piano)
  • Kreisleriana, VIII. Schnell und spieland (feat. Mitsuko Uchida) Robert Schumann (Mitsuko Uchida - piano)
  • Symphonie Fantastique, I. Rêveries - Passions Hector Berlioz
  • Symphonie Fantastique, II. Un bal Hector Berlioz
  • Symphonie Fantastique, III. Scène aux champs Hector Berlioz
  • Symphonie Fantastique, IV. Marche au supplice (feat. Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra) Hector Berlioz (Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle)
  • Symphonie Fantastique, V. Songe d'une nuit du Sabbat Hector Berlioz
  • Annees De Pelerinage, 3rd Year: IV. Les Jeux D'eau A La Villa D'este The Fountains of the Villa d'Este Franz Liszt (Jenő Jandó - piano)
  • Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 in C sharp minor Franz Liszt (Roberto Szidon - piano)
  • Tristan und Isolde, Act 3: "Mild und leise wie er lächelt" (Isoldes Liebestod)" Richard Wagner (Dame Joan Sutherland - soprano, National Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Richard Bonynge)
  • Tristan und Isolde, Act 3: "Mild und leise wie er lächelt" (Isoldes Liebestod)" Richard Wagner (Dame Joan Sutherland - soprano, National Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Richard Bonynge)
  • Gymnopédie No 1 orch Debussy Erik Satie (Finghin Collins - piano)
  • Pictures at an Exhibition: V. Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle)
  • Pictures at an Exhibition: VI. Samuel Goldenberg & Schmuÿle Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle)
  • Pictures at an Exhibition: IX. The Hut on Fowl's Legs (Baba-Yaga) Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle)
  • Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, I. Adagio - Allegro molto Antonin Dvorak (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Paavo Järvi)
  • Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, III. Scherzo. Molto vivace - Poco sostenuto Antonin Dvorak (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Paavo Järvi)
  • Salome, Scene 4: Salome's Dance of the Seven Veils Richard Strauss (Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Sir Georg Solti)
  • The Rite of Spring, Part One: The Adoration of the Earth - I. Introduction Igor Stravinsky
  • The Rite of Spring, Part I: II. Auguries of Spring (Dances of the Young Girls) Igor Stravinsky
  • The Rite of Spring, Part I: III. Mock Abduction Igor Stravinsky
  • The Rite of Spring, Part I: IV. Spring Khorovod (Round Dance) Igor Stravinsky
  • The Rite of Spring, Part I: V. Games of the Rival Clans Igor Stravinsky
  • The Rite of Spring, Part I: VI Procession of the Wise Elders Igor Stravinsky
  • The Rite of Spring, Part I: VII. The Wise Elder Igor Stravinsky
  • The Rite of Spring, Part I: VIII Dance of the Earth Igor Stravinsky
  • Sacre du Printemps, The Rite of Spring, Part I: L'Adoration IX Danse de la terre Igor Stravinsky
  • The Rite of Spring, Part II: I. The Sacrifice - Introduction Igor Stravinsky
  • The Rite of Spring, Part II: II. Mystical Circles of the Young Girls Igor Stravinsky
  • The Rite of Spring, Part II: III. Glorification of the Chosen One Igor Stravinsky
  • The Rite of Spring, Part II: IV. The Summoning of the Ancients Igor Stravinsky
  • The Rite of Spring, Part II: V. The Ritual of the Ancients Igor Stravinsky
  • The Rite of Spring, Part II: VI. Sacrificial Dance (The Chosen Victim) Igor Stravinsky
  • Die Dreigroschenoper, Mackie Messer (feat. Ute Lemper) Kurt Weill (Ute Lemper - voice, RIAS Kammerchor, conducted by John Mauceri)
  • Symphony No.7, Leningrad: 2. Moderato (poco allegretto) (feat. Bernard Haitink) Dmitri Shostakovich (London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Bernard Haitink)
  • The Chairman Dances - Foxtrot for Orchestra (feat. San Francisco Symphony & Edo de Waart) John Adams (San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Edo de Waart)
  • Music for 18 Musicians (Pulses) Steve Reich
  • Music for 18 Musicians: Section I Steve Reich
  • Music for 18 Musicians: Section II Steve Reich
  • Music for 18 Musicians: Section IIIA Steve Reich
  • Music for 18 Musicians; Section IIIB Steve Reich
  • Music for 18 Musicians: Section IV Steve Reich
  • Music for 18 Musicians: Section V Steve Reich
  • Music for 18 Musicians: Section VI Steve Reich
  • Music for 18 Musicians: Section VII Steve Reich
  • Music for 18 Musicians: Section VIII Steve Reich
  • Music for 18 Musicians: Section IX Steve Reich
  • Music for 18 Musicians: Section X Steve Reich
  • Music for 18 Musicians: Section XI Steve Reich
  • Music for 18 Musicians: Pulses II Steve Reich