Romantic Music Recordings

The term 'Romantic music' denotes a period of Western academic music that lasted throughout most of the 19th century, framing itself in Romanticism, the European artistic and literary movement. Romantic music is often characterized as being a reaction to the contained elegance and purity of the Classical period, though the reality is far more complex. Romantic composers were often fascinated with several -often contradictory- subjects: Nature and man's constant struggle against it, everything supernatural and fabulous, the mythical past, the autobiographical and the heroic, the isolated genius, the future of mankind. Improvements in instrumental design and technique, and the growth of orchestras, expanded the possibilities for composers. The rise of the middle class and the emancipation of musicians from courts and patrons represented a change in the way music reached the society. Some of the Romantic composers took an interest in nationalistic music, expressing the state of turmoil that Europe suffered. Musical forms continued to develop: while symphonies became longer and more complex, short musical forms blossomed (such as Chopin's nocturnes). Interest in preservation of the music of the past grew, as well as the will to develop music beyond its current state in terms of form, harmony, counterpoint, etc.

Title Composer Form Instrument Ratings
Hino da Maçonaria Dom Pedro I Anthem Voice(s) and Piano
Oh Canada Calixa Lavallée Anthem Open Instrumentation
Saviour, Breathe an Evening Blessing (Autumn) Louis Van Esch Anthem Choir
Bagatelle no. 25 ''Für Elise'', WoO 59 Ludwig van Beethoven Bagatelle Piano
Bagatelle no. 25 ''Für Elise'', WoO 59 Ludwig van Beethoven Bagatelle Piano
4 Ballades, Op.10 Johannes Brahms Ballade Piano
Ballade et Danse des Sylphes, Op. 5 Joachim Andersen Ballade Flute
Ballade no. 1, Op. 23 Frédéric Chopin Ballade Piano
Ballade no. 2, Op. 38 Frédéric Chopin Ballade Piano
Ballade no. 2, S. 171 Franz Liszt Ballade Piano
Ballade no. 3, Op. 47 Frédéric Chopin Ballade Piano
Ballade no. 4, Op. 52 Frédéric Chopin Ballade Piano
'Pizzicato' from Sylvia, piano arr. Léo Delibes Ballet Piano
Swan Lake Op.20 Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky Ballet Orchestra
Barcarolle no. 1, Op. 26 Gabriel Fauré Barcarolle Piano
Barcarolle, Op. 60 Frédéric Chopin Barcarolle Piano
École du violoncelle, Opp.19-21, 34 Jacques Offenbach Books Cello
L'Organiste pratique Alexandre Guilmant Books Organ
Kanonische Rätsel, Op. 42 Felix Draeseke Canon Piano 4 hands
Kanonisches Trio 'Nun ruhen alle Wälder' Felix Woyrsch Canon Organ
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Popular composers Ludwig van Beethoven · Johann Sebastian Bach · Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart · Frédéric Chopin · Franz Schubert · Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky · Antonín Dvořák · Various · Felix Mendelssohn · Claude Debussy · Edvard Grieg · Johannes Brahms · Richard Wagner · Isaac Albéniz · Franz Liszt · Franz Joseph Haydn · Maurice Ravel · Alexander Borodin · Sergei Rachmaninoff · Camille Saint-Saëns · Giuseppe Verdi · Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov · Richard Strauss · Gustav Mahler · Robert Schumann · Sergei Prokofiev · Georges Bizet · Gioachino Antonio Rossini · Johann Strauss Jr · Hector Berlioz · Edward Elgar · Gabriel Fauré · Niccolò Paganini · Modest Mussorgsky · Enrique Granados · Charles Gounod · John Philip Sousa · Jacques Offenbach · Johann Strauss Sr · Max Bruch · Engelbert Humperdinck · Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka · Bedřich Smetana · Anton Bruckner · Scott Joplin · Ottorino Respighi · Joseph Wagner · Max Reger · Leoš Janáček · Anton Rubinstein
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