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  • For the last two weeks on the WXXI-FM Mystery Piece, we’ve been counting down the Top Ten greatest symphonies ever written, according to a survey of 151…
  • Symphony No. 5Beethoven's 5th Symphony barely made the list five years ago, coming in at #35. But you spoke loud and clear this year; returning it to the…
  • Symphony No. 7Although Beethoven was one of the most recognized composers of his time, he was not always the most popular or beloved. His 7th symphony…
  • Symphony No. 9, From the New WorldDvo?ák??'s Symphony No. 9, nicknamed From the New World, was written in the 1890s while Dvo?ák ???was living and working…
  • Adagio for StringsThe Adagio for Strings by American composer Samuel Barber, made its debut in 1938 when it was performed on the radio by the NBC Symphony…
  • Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral"Considered one of the greatest pieces of music ever written, Beethoven's 9th Symphony is one of the most widely…
  • The Lark Ascending ?This gorgeousness comes from the visionary 20th century English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, whose musical language was profoundly…
  • Brandenburg Concerto No. 3The set of six concerti, presented by Johann Sebastian Bach to Christian Ludwig, the Margrave of Brandenburg in 1721, remain…
  • Piano Concerto No. 2 in c-minor, op 18The 1996 Oscar-winning movie Shine introduced the public to "Rach 3" and made it part of our popular culture. But…
  • Requiem in D minor, Op. 48Fauré's Requiem in D minor, Op. 48 stands out as the composer's most well known large scale work. Due to the Requiem's date of…