Download Classical Music's Greatest Hits

Posted by Rubin Meisel, March 6, 2014 04:43pm | Post a Comment

On the surface, Classical music and downloading is a bit of a mismatch. The chance of someone downloading Wagner’s four and a half hour opera, Parsifal, or Bach’s three hour choral masterpiece, St. Matthew Passion, to play on their iPad is rather remote. But there is a seemingly brisk business in downloading popular classical "Greatest Hits." The nomenclature of the potential buyer is different than that of a seasoned Classical aficionado (song versus composition piece for instance). Another challenge is the novice buyer may know what the piece (song) sounds like, but does not know the name of the composer. The novice buyer will probably know the piece from a movie, a commercial, video game or even a cartoon. Downloads generally give you the flexibility of sampling and then downloading the track you want or the entire piece. Explore our full catalog of Classical music downloads, which are 20% off in March with promo code DLSALE.

Here is a short list of some of the most popular Classical pieces being downloaded and some of the more accessible endeavors with which they are associated:

Bach – Toccata and Fugue in D Minor for Organ. (Disney's Fantasia)

Bach – Cello Suites (The Soloist)

Barber –  Adagio for Stings (Saving Private Ryan)

Beethoven – Symphony #5: First Movement (V for Victory)

Beethoven –  Symphony #9: Ode to Joy (A Clockwork Orange)

Beethoven – Fur Elise for Piano (Rosemary’s Baby)

Chopin –-Piano Sonata #2: Funeral March

Debussy – Clair de Lune: for piano (The Right Stuff)

Delibes – Flower Duet from Opera Lakme (British Airlines Commercial)

Dvorak –  New World Symphony: Largo (adapted into spiritual "Goi’n Home")

Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue (American Airlines Commercial)

Gershwin – American in Paris (Manhattan)

Handel – Messiah: Hallelujah Chorus

Handel – Water Music

Haydn – Surprise Symphony #94 (Twinkle Little Star)

Liszt – Hungarian Rhapsody #2 (Bugs Bunny "Rhapsody Rabbit")

Mozart – Serenade for Strings "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik"

Mozart – Requiem (Amadeus)

Orff – Carmina Burana: O Fortuna (X Factor)

Pachelbel – Canon (Ordinary People)

Puccini – Turandot: Nessun Dorma (World Cup Victory Theme)

Saint-Saens – The Swan from "Carnival of the Animals"

Strauss J. – Blue Danube (spaceship music in 2001: A Space Odyssey)

Strauss R, Also Sprach Zarathustra: "Theme from 2001"

Tchaikovsky – 1812 Overture

Tchaikovsky – Nutckracker

Vivaldi – Four Seasons (Pretty Woman)

Wagner – Lohengrin: Bridal March (Here Comes the Bride)

Wagner – Die Walkure: Ride of the Valkyries (Apocalypse Now)

Amoeba has recently attained access to the Naxos label, along with its many associated labels, which is the largest library of Classical titles available, and are of high quality artistically and sonically. While a work in progress, we are rapidly making these titles available for download. The difference between and Amoeba and other people offering similar services is that we offer the expertise of the premier retailer of recorded music.

We believe that developing interest in these most basic of Classical titles will lead to a percentage of listeners exploring deeper into the world of classical music. Even if it doesn’t go beyond these popular titles it will bring enjoyment and hopefully demystify Classical music. In short, you know a lot more about classical music than you think you do!

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