Orchestra Music Recordings

The orchestra is an instrumental ensemble that may contain sections of string, woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments, with the occasional addition of instruments such as keyboards, harps, or electric instruments. It could be considered as the pinnacle ensemble in Western musical tradition, because of the variety and complexity of its repertoire, the rich possibilities it offers in terms of sonority, and its elastic structure and composition. The orchestra consolidated in this position during the 18th and 19th century, and the 20th and 21st centuries saw its inclusion in mass media such as film music, video game music, television, etc. Orchestras may vary in size from chamber ensembles (than can have around 50 members or less) to full sized orchestras (70-100 or more musicians). The terms 'symphonic' and 'philharmonic' are usually reserved to designate such orchestras, thought in practice this naming convention doesn't imply any real difference in terms of repertoire or composition. Orchestras can also be found attached to institutions such as colleges, either of amateur or professional character. In the early days orchestras were often conducted by a playing musician or by a soloist, and they could even perform without a conductor. The increasing size of ensembles, the growing complexity of the music, and the refinement of musical expectations in audiences, all helped to develop the figure of the orchestral conductor, which directs the orchestra through visible hand gestures, besides playing a part in its management.

Title Composer Form Period Ratings
Oh Canada Calixa Lavallée Anthem Late 19th century
Slovenian National Anthem Stanko Premrl Anthem Late 19th century
Misera, dove son!, K.369 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Aria / Arietta Classical
Swan Lake Op.20 Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky Ballet Romantic
Landkjending, Op.31 Edvard Grieg Cantata Romantic
Who can from Joy Refrain?, Z.342 Henry Purcell Chorale Baroque
''Wir Glauben all an einen Gott'', BWV 437 (instrumental) Johann Sebastian Bach Chorale Baroque
In memorial of Arrigo Boito Arturo Toscanini Compilation 20th Century
12 Concertos, Op.3 Francesco Onofrio Manfredini Concerto Baroque
A. Scarlatti - Concerto Grosso Antonio Vivaldi Concerto Baroque
Bach - Concerto for 3 & 4 Antonio Vivaldi Concerto Baroque
Battista, Locatelli & J.S Bach - Concetos Antonio Vivaldi Concerto Baroque
Brandenburg Concerto no. 1 in F major, BWV. 1046 Johann Sebastian Bach Concerto Baroque
Brandenburg Concerto no. 2 in F major, BWV 1047 Johann Sebastian Bach Concerto Baroque
Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G major, BWV 1048 Johann Sebastian Bach Concerto Baroque
Brandenburg Concerto No.6 in B-flat major, BWV 1051 Johann Sebastian Bach Concerto Baroque
Chant du menestrel, Op. 71 Aleksandr Glazunov Concerto Romantic
Concerti a due Cori, HWV 332-334 Georg Friedrich Händel Concerto Baroque
Concerto Grosso in G major, HWV 314 Georg Friedrich Händel Concerto Baroque
Concerto in C major Op.8 No.12 Antonio Vivaldi Concerto Baroque
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Popular composers Ludwig van Beethoven · Johann Sebastian Bach · Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart · Franz Schubert · Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky · Antonio Vivaldi · Antonín Dvořák · Felix Mendelssohn · Claude Debussy · Georg Friedrich Händel · Edvard Grieg · Johannes Brahms · Richard Wagner · Franz Liszt · Franz Joseph Haydn · Maurice Ravel · Alexander Borodin · Sergei Rachmaninoff · Camille Saint-Saëns · Gustav Holst · Giuseppe Verdi · Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov · Richard Strauss · Gustav Mahler · Robert Schumann · Georges Bizet · Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach · Gioachino Antonio Rossini · Johann Strauss Jr · Hector Berlioz · Edward Elgar · Jean Sibelius · Gabriel Fauré · Modest Mussorgsky · Henry Purcell · John Philip Sousa · Jacques Offenbach · Christoph Willibald Gluck · Johann Strauss Sr · Bedřich Smetana · Anton Bruckner · Ottorino Respighi · George Gershwin · Joseph Wagner · Leoš Janáček · César Franck · Léo Delibes · Jules Massenet · Carl Maria von Weber · Edward MacDowell
Periods 20th Century · Baroque · Classical · Early 20th Century · Late 19th century · Romantic
Forms Anthem · Aria / Arietta · Ballet · Cantata · Chorale · Compilation · Concerto · Dance · Fugue · Funeral Music · Intermezzi · Invention · March · Opera / Operetta · Oratorio · Overture · Pavane · Piano piece · Piece · Polonaise · Prelude · Quartet · Rhapsody · Sacred Mass · Serenade / Divertimento / Cassation · Suite · Symphonic Pieces · Symphonic Poem · Symphony · Theatrical / Incidental · Theme and Variations · Trio · Waltz