The Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams

The Lark Ascending is a short, single-movement work by Vaughan Williams, inspired by the 1881 poem of the same name by George Meredith.

The Water Goblin by Antonín Dvořák

Antoni Leopold Dvořák was a composer and one of the first to achieve worldwide recognition. In line with the Romantic era’s nationalist idiom he frequently employed rhythms and other aspects of the traditional folk music of Moravia and his native Bohemia.

Gustav Holst: The Planets – Venus

Gustavos Theodore von Holst was an English composer, arranger and teacher. There had been professional musicians on the Holst family and it was noted when he was a young boy he would follow the same calling. Apart from the Planet Suite and a few other pieces his music was largely ignored until the 1980s.

The Four Seasons – Autumn by Antonio Vivaldi Title: The Four Seasons - Autumn Date: 1723 Composer: Antonio Vivaldi Movement: Baroque Italian 1678 - 1741 Antonio Lucio Vivaldi was a composer, virtuoso violinist, teacher and cleric. He is recognised as one of the greatest Baroque composers, and within his lifetime his influence was widespread across Europe. He composed numerous concertos for … Continue reading The Four Seasons – Autumn by Antonio Vivaldi

Dance of the Furies by Christoph Willibald Ritter von Gluck Title: Dance of the Furies Date: 1776 Composer: Christoph Wilibald Ritter von Gluck Movement: Classical German 1714 - 1767 Christoph Wilibald Ritter von Gluck was a composer of Italian and French opera during the early classical era. With a series of radical works, including Orfeo ed Euridice, he broke into the stranglehold of … Continue reading Dance of the Furies by Christoph Willibald Ritter von Gluck

Eduardo di Capua and Alfredo Mazzucchi: O Sole Mio

Sung by Luciano Pavarotti Title: O Sole Mio Date: 1898 Composer: Eduardo di Capua and Alfredo Mazzucchi Tenor Vocals: Luciano Pavarotti Opera 1935 – 2007 Luciano Pavarotti was an operatic tenor. He also crossed over into popular music becoming one of the most commercially successful tenors of all time. As one of the finest … Continue reading Eduardo di Capua and Alfredo Mazzucchi: O Sole Mio

Modest Mussorgsky: A Night on Bald Mountain Title: A Night on Bald Mountain Date: 1867 Composer: Modest Mussorgsky Romantic Era Russian 1839 - 1881   Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky was a composer and an innovator of Russian music during the Romantic period. In defiance of the conventions of the Western music establishment, he deliberately strove to give Russian music its own identity. … Continue reading Modest Mussorgsky: A Night on Bald Mountain

La Follia  Title: La Follia Date: 1700 Composer: Arcangelo Corelli Movement: Baroque Italian 1653 - 1713 Arcangelo Corelli was an Italian violinist and composer. He studied under Giovanni Battista Bassani and Matteo Simonelli. Corelli’s first major success was at the age of 19 in Paris. By 1679 he had entered the service of Queen Christina … Continue reading La Follia

Sarabande Title: Sarabande Date: Between 1703 and 1706 Composer: George Frideric Handel Movement: Baroque German 1685 - 1759 George Frideric Handel was a baroque composer born in Germany but spent most pf his career in London. He was well known for his operas, oratorios and organ concertos. When he died in 1759 he was given … Continue reading Sarabande

Karelia Suite Title: Karelia Suite Date: 1893 Composer: Jean Sibelius Movement: Romantic Finnish 1865 – 1957 Jean Sibelius Johan Julius Christian Sibelius, better known as Jean Sibelius was a composer of the late Romantic and early Modern periods. He is widely recognised as Finland’s greatest composer and is credited with helping provide the country with a … Continue reading Karelia Suite