A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Felix Mendelssohn
Mendelssohn, who adored Shakespeare’s writings, composed his concert overture based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 1827 at the young age of 17. Music scholar George Grove described it as 'the greatest marvel of early maturity that the world has ever seen in music'.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Symphony No.1
London Symphony Orchestra
(2016)
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1827

Boléro

Maurice Ravel
This one-movement orchestral piece by French composer Maurice Ravel was originally written as a ballet for Russian actress and dancer Ida Rubinstein.
LSO - Ravel: Boléro 2009
London Symphony Orchestra
(2009)
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1928

Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten

Arvo Pärt
Written in 1977 by the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten is a short canon in A minor for string orchestra and bell.
Arvo Pärt Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten
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1977

Charleston Manor Improvisations

Experiments with classical music forms and jazz in the spirit of Djano Reinhardt in the grounds of Charleston Manor, East Sussex.
Charleston Manor Improvisations
HiBROW
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Concerto in F

George Gershwin

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1925

Daphnis and Chloe – Suite No 2

Maurice Ravel
Adapted from an eponymous romance by the Greek writer Longus, Daphnis et Chloé is a ballet in one act with three parts by Maurice Ravel, described as a "symphonie chorégraphique".
Ravel, Dutilleux & Delage
London Symphony Orchestra
(2016)
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1912

Debussy String Quartet in G Minor

Claude Debussy
Composed in 1893, Debussy's string quartet premiered at the Société Nationale in Paris. The work seems to be influenced by the style of César Franck, resulting in a cyclic structure with four movements connected by thematic material.
Debussy String Quartet in G Minor
HiBROW
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1893

Four Hindu Poems

Maurice Delage
This cycle of mélodies was composed in 1912 while Delage was visiting India. It was written for a soprano and chamber ensemble of two flutes, oboe, two clarinets, harp, and string quartet.
Ravel, Dutilleux & Delage
London Symphony Orchestra
(2016)
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1914

German Requiem

Karol Szymanowski
Conductor Valery Gerviev and members of the London Symphony Orchestra
London Symphony Orchestra
(2013)
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1865

Hidden Variables

Colin Matthews

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1989

Kurkov Cabaret Extraordinaire

Ukrainian cult author Andrey Kurkov takes on the absurdities of life in post-Soviet Ukraine and Russia.
Kurkov Cabaret Extraordinaire
HiBROW
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L'arbre des songes

Henri Dutilleux
L'arbre des songes (or The Tree of Dreams) is a violin concerto composed between 1983 and 1985. It was dedicated to violinist Isaac Stern.
Ravel, Dutilleux & Delage
London Symphony Orchestra
(2016)
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1985

Le tombeau de Couperin

Maurice Ravel
This a suite for solo piano by Maurice Ravel was composed between 1914 and 1917. There are six movements based on those of a traditional Baroque suite, with each being dedicated to the memory of a friend of the composer (in one case, two brothers) who had died fighting in World War I.
Ravel, Dutilleux & Delage
London Symphony Orchestra
(2016)
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1919

Métaboles

Henri Dutilleux
This orchestral work by Henri Dutilleux was commissioned by the conductor George Szell in 1959 to mark the fortieth anniversary of the Cleveland Orchestra. Composed between 1963 and 1964, it was first performed by Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra on 14 January 1965.
Ravel, Dutilleux & Delage
London Symphony Orchestra
(2016)
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1965

Michael Collins on Gerald Finzi

HiBROW interviews the clarinettist Michael Collins about the 20th century British composer Gerald Finzi.
Michael Collins on Gerald Finzi
HiBROW
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