The 99 Darkest Pieces Of Classical Music
 
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The 99 Darkest Pieces Of Classical Music

October 31, 2010

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1
Totentanz For Piano And Orchestra: Andante - Allegro - Allegro Moderato (Attacca) Arnaldo Cohen, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and John Neschling
2:04
2
Symphony No. 5 In C Minor, Op. 67, ''Fate'': Allegro Con Brio London Philharmonic Orchestra & David Parry
7:28
3
Fratres For Strings And Percussion (1977/1991) Tapiola Sinfonietta and Jean-Jacques Kantorow
9:49
4
The Valkyrie: Ride Of The Valkyries London Philharmonic Orchestra & David Parry
5:11
5
Danse Macabre in G Minor, Op. 40 Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and James DePreist
7:48
6
Morceaux De Fantasie, Op. 3: II. Prélude In C-Sharp Minor: Lento Tomislav Bavnov
4:14
7
Stabat Mater, RV 621: I. Stabat Mater Dolorosa La Tempesta and Jakub Burzynski
2:17
8
Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20: Scène (Lake in the Moonlight) London Philharmonic Orchestra & David Parry
3:01
9
Carmina Burana: O Fortuna London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Choir, The London Chorus and David Parry
2:42
10
Music For Strings, Percussion And Celesta, Sz 106: I. Andante Tranquillo SWR Symphony Orchestra and Zoltan Pesko
7:02
11
Adagio In G Minor For Strings And Organ, ''Albinoni's Adagio'' London Philharmonic Orchestra & David Parry
8:37
12
Romeo And Juliet, Suite No. 2, Op. 64c: Montagues And Capulets Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Andrew Litton
5:33
13
Piano Sonata No. 14 In C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27:2, ''Moonlight Sonata'': Adagio Sostenuto Finghin Collins
5:36
14
Symphony No. 40 In G Minor, K. 550: Allegro Molto London Philharmonic Orchestra & David Parry
7:02
15
Egmont, Op. 84: Overture In F Minor London Philharmonic Orchestra & David Parry
7:57
16
Sonata In D Minor For Cello And Piano, Op. 40: II. Allegro Markus Stocker and Viktor Yampolsky
3:06
17
Messa Da Requiem: Dies Irae - Tuba Mirum London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Choir, The London Chorus and David Parry
3:55
18
Sonata No. 8 In C Minor For Piano, Op. 13, ''Pathétique'': III. Allegro Dubravka Tomsic
4:17
19
Adagio For Strings, Op. 11a London Philharmonic Orchestra & David Parry
8:22
20
Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46: In The Hall Of The Mountain King London Philharmonic Orchestra & David Parry
2:43
21
Concerto In D Minor For Oboe And Strings, Op. 1: II. Adagio Emanuel Abbühl, Strings of Zürich and Howard Griffiths
3:54
22
Ballet Suite No. 2, Op. 84b: IV. Sentimental Romance Moscow Symphony Orchestra and Emin Khachaturian
3:01
23
Toccata And Fugue In D Minor For Organ, BWV 565 Klemens Schnorr
8:54
24
The Four Seasons, Op. 8, ''Summer'': I. Allegro Non Molto - Allegro Pavel Popov, St. Petersburg Radio Symphony Orchestra and Stanislav Gorkovenko
5:43
25
The Four Seasons, Op. 8, ''Summer'': II. Adagio - Presto - Adagio Pavel Popov, St. Petersburg Radio Symphony Orchestra and Stanislav Gorkovenko
2:20
26
The Four Seasons, Op. 8, ''Summer'': III. Presto Emmy Verhey, Camerata Antonio Lucio and Alun Francis
2:51
27
Ten Preludes, Op. 23: No. 5 In G Minor Tomislav Bavnov
3:50
28
Symphony No. 3 For Soprano And Orchestra, ''Symphony Of Sorrowful Songs'' (1976): I. Lento - Sostenuto Tranquillo Ma Cantabile Baden-Baden Symphony Orchestra, Teresa Erbe and Werner Stiefel
26:45
29
The Carnival Of The Animals: Aquarium Marylene Dosse, Annie Petit, Wüttemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn and Jörg Faerber
2:13
30
Symphony No. 4 In C Minor, D. 417, ''Tragic'': IV. Allegro Stockholm Sinfonietta and Neeme Järvi
10:41
31
The Planets, Op. 32: I. Mars, The Bringer Of War Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and George Hurst
7:00
32
The Planets, Op. 32: V. Saturn, The Bringer Of Old Age Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Women's Choir and José Serebrier
7:53
33
The Planets, Op. 32: VII. Neptune, The Mystic Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Women's Choir and José Serebrier
6:44
34
Sonata No. 12 In A-Flat Major For Piano, Op. 26 (Funeral March): III. Marcia Funébre Sulla Morte D'Un Eroe (Funeral March For A Dead Hero) Roland Pöntinen
6:51
35
Symphony No. 3 In E-Flat Major, Op. 55, ''Eroica'': II. Marcia Funébre: Adagio Assai SWR Symphony Orchestra and Woldemar Nelsson
15:16
36
Fantasy No. 2 In F Minor For Organ, K. 608 Hans Fagius
10:26
37
Symphony No. 10 In E Minor, Op. 93: II. Allegro BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Mark Wigglesworth
4:14
38
Symphonie Fantastique, Op. 14, ''Episode De La Vie D'un Artiste'': IV. Marche Au Supplice (March To The Scaffold) Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra and Gennady Rozhdestvensky
7:32
39
Partita No. 2 In D Minor For Solo Violin, BWV 1004: V. Chaconne Conrad von der Goltz
15:54
40
Fantasy For Orchestra, ''A Night On The Bare Mountain'' Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Leif Segerstam
11:25
41
Suite Gothique Pour Grande Orgue, Op. 25: IV. Toccata Hans Fagius
3:59
42
Concerto No. 2 In E Major For Violin And Strings, BWV 1042: II. Adagio Emmy Verhey, Camerata Antonio Lucio and Alun Francis
6:42
43
Syrinx For Solo Flute, L 129 Jadwiga Kotnowska
2:28
44
Pictures At An Exhibition: II. Gnomus Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Leif Segerstam
3:01
45
Six Gnossiennes (1897): Gnossienne No. 1 Roland Pöntinen
3:16
46
Piano Quartet No. 3 In C Minor, Op. 60: I. Allegro Ma Non Troppo St. Petersburg Camerata Quartet
10:32
47
Music For Strings, Percussion And Celesta, Sz 106: III. Adagio SWR Symphony Orchestra and Zoltan Pesko
7:04
48
Messiah, Part 1: For Behold, Darkness Shall Cover The Earth Midori Suzuki, Yoshikazu Mela, John Elwes, David Thomas, Bach Collegium Japan and Masaaki Suzuki
2:02
49
Furioso And Waltzes In D Minor Severin Blazer
5:11
50
Petite Messe Solennelle For Choir, Piano And Organ: I. Kyrie Elesion Moscow Chamber Choir
7:49
51
Nuages Gris (Grey Clouds), S. 199 Andreas Mühlen
3:22
52
Le Sacre Du Printemps (The Rite Of Spring): Part 1, L'adoration De La Terre (Adoration Of The Earth) Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Sixten Ehrling
16:02
53
Sonata No. 14 In C-Sharp Minor For Piano, Op. 27:2, ''Moonlight'': III. Presto Agitato Dubravka Tomsic
7:08
54
Symphony No. 7 In A Major, Op. 92: II. Allegretto Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra & Vladimir Fedoseyev
9:01
55
Sonata No. 2 In B-Flat Minor For Piano, Op. 35: III. Marche Funébre (Funeral March): Lento Mitsuko Uchida
8:03
56
String Quartet No. 14 In D Minor, D. 810, ''Death And The Maiden'': I. Allegro Yggdrasil Quartet
11:44
57
The Sorcerer's Apprentice: Symphonic Scherzo St. Petersburg New Philharmonia and Alexander Titov
11:33
58
Symphony No. 25 In G Minor, K. 183: I. Allegro Con Brio Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra and Jansug Kakhidze
10:00
59
The Nutcracker, Op. 71a: XVC. Pas De Deux - Variation II: Dance Of The Sugar-Plum Fairy Bonn Classical Philharmonic and Heribert Beissel
2:14
60
String Quartet No. 3 In F Major, Op. 73: III. Allegro Non Troppo Moyzes Quartet
4:11
61
La Valse (The Waltz), M 72: Choreographic Poem For Orchestra SWR Symphony Orchestra and Michael Gielen
12:22
62
Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46: II. Aase's Death (Andante Doloroso) Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra and Libor Pe?ek
4:30
63
Symphonie Fantastique, Op. 14, ''Episode De La Vie D'un Artiste'': V. Songe D'une Nuit Du Sabbat (Dream Of A Witches' Sabbath) Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra and Gennady Rozhdestvensky
11:42
64
Suite No. 5 In C Minor For Solo Cello, BWV 1011: IV. Sarabande Torleif Thedéen
3:54
65
Concerto No. 10 In D Minor For Organ And Orchestra, HWV 309, Op. 7: I. Adagio Harald Feller, Capella Istropolitana and Paul Kantschieder
6:32
66
Masonic Funeral Music In C Minor, K. 477 (Maurerische Trauermusic) SWR Symphony Orchestra and Ernest Bour
5:55
67
Lemminkäinen Suite, Op. 22: The Swan Of Tuonela: Andante Molto Sostenuto Per-Olof Gillblad, Stockholm Sinfonietta and Jan-Olav Wedin
8:36
68
Harmonies Poétiques Et Réligieuses, S. 173: VII. Funérailles Andreas Mühlen
12:31
69
Song Of Cherubim For Mixed Choir (1986) Niek van Oosterum
8:26
70
Prelude In C Minor For Solo Lute, BWV 999 Jakob Lindberg
2:04
71
Stabat Mater In F Minor: Introduction Camerata Labacensis & Kurt Redel
5:04
72
Sonata No. 23 In F Minor For Piano, Op. 57, ''Appassionata'': I. Allegro Assai Dubravka Tomsic
10:21
73
L'Estro Armonico, Op. 3 - Concerto No. 8 In A Minor For Two Violins And Strings, RV 522: I. Allegro Bohuslav Matousek, Janacek Chamber Orchestra and Zdenek Dejmek
3:48
74
Symphony No. 4 In F Minor, Op. 36: I. Andante Sostenuto - Moderato Con Anima Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra and Jansug Kakhidze
18:38
75
Passacaglia And Fugue In C Minor, BWV 582 Hans Fagius
12:54
76
Concerto In C Major For Sopranino Recorder, Strings And B.C, RV 443: II. Largo Karl Stangenberg, Münchener Kammerorchester and Hans Stadlmeier
3:55
77
Carmina Burana (Cantiones Profanae), Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi: II. Fortunae Plango Vulnera (I Bewail The Wounds Of Fate) Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra, Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic Chorus and Ilya Stupel
2:48
78
Double Concerto In D Minor For Two Violins, BWV 1043: Vivace Pieter Schoeman, Vesselin Gellev, London Philharmonic Orchestra and David Parry
3:38
79
Missa De Angelis - E Canti Dell'Anno Liturgico: Ego Sum Alpha Et O Collana Diretta da Bonifacio G. Baroffio and Enrico de Capitani
3:56
80
Suite For Solo Marimba: I. Mist Severin Blazer
5:28
81
Chamber Symphony, Op. 110a (After String Quartet No. 8): II. Allegro Molto Slovak Chamber Orchestra & Bohdan Warchal
3:02
82
Sunt Lacrymae Rerum, S. 162d Andreas Mühlen
7:08
83
Concerto Grosso No. 12 In B Minor, HWV 330, Op. 6: II. Allegro Anna Hölbing, Guido Hölbing, Josef Podhoransky, Ludovit Kanta, Josef Sikora, Bratislava Chamber Orchestra and Pavol Bagin
3:18
84
Tragic Overture In D Minor, Op. 81: Allegro Ma Non Troppo - Molto Più Moderato - Tempo Primo Ma Tranquillo Berliner Symphoniker and Eduardo Marturet
14:12
85
Symphony No. 4 In E-Flat Major, ''The Romantic'': II. Andante State Symphony Capella of Russia and Gennady Rozhdestvensky
9:20
86
Petite Messe Solennelle For Choir, Piano And Organ: IX. Credo: Crucifixus Moscow Chamber Choir
3:57
87
String Quartet No. 15 In D Minor, K. 421 (Haydn Quartet No. 2): I. Allegro Salzburg Mozarteum Quartet
7:59
88
Symphony No. 40 In G Minor, K. 550: IV. Finale: Allegro Assai SWR Symphony Orchestra and Ernest Bour
6:38
89
Sonata In G Minor For Cello And Piano, Op. 19: II. Allegro Scherzando Markus Stocker and Viktor Yampolsky
6:28
90
Piano Quartet No. 3 In C Minor, Op. 60: II. Scherzo: Allegro London Philharmonic Orchestra & David Parry
4:20
91
Sonata For Solo Cello, Op. 8 (1915): I. Allegro Maestoso Ma Appassionato Frans Helmerson
8:36
92
String Quartet No. 4, Op. 83: II. Andantino Novosibirsk Chamber Orchestra
8:00
93
Coriolan, Op. 62: Overture in C Minor Nürnberger Symphoniker and Othmar Mága
7:51
94
Requiem Mass In D Minor, K. 626: II. Kyrie Budapest Concert Orchestra, Budapest Concert Chorus and Tamas Gal
2:27
95
Requiem Mass In D Minor, K. 626: III. Sequentia: Dies Irae Budapest Concert Orchestra, Budapest Concert Chorus and Tamas Gal
1:39
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Requiem Mass In D Minor, K. 626: V. Sequentia: Rex Tremendae Budapest Concert Orchestra, Budapest Concert Chorus and Tamas Gal
2:07
97
Requiem Mass In D Minor, K. 626: VII. Sequentia: Confutatis Budapest Concert Orchestra, Budapest Concert Chorus and Tamas Gal
2:27
98
Requiem, K. 626: Lacrimosa dies illa London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Choir and David Parry
2:49
99
Cantus In Memoriam Benjamin Britten For Strings And Bell (1977) Tapiola Sinfonietta and Jean-Jacques Kantorow
6:56


Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 31, 2010
  • Label: X5 Music Group
  • Copyright: 2010 X5 Music Group
  • Total Length: 11:03:49
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  • ASIN: B0048NUUS2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)
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215 of 218 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some dark, some spooky -- some neither, but still great October 31, 2010
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This is another collection of great music at a low, low price brought to you by the X5 group, this time on a "darkness" theme released on Halloween 2010. This should be a must buy for anyone new to these "99 most whatever" sets. At the bargain "Daily Deal" price of $1.99 for over 11 hours of music coming in at 1.07 GB, it's not even worth thinking twice if you're new to classical music or to these collections. Just get it.

There are a lot of "greatest hits" here. Favorites like "The Ride of the Valkyries", the opening to Beethoven's 5th Symphony, Grieg's "In the Hall of the Mountain King", Tchaikovsky's "Sugar-Plum Fairy", and the famous bits of "Carmina Burana" will be known to everyone. Same with nice versions of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" and "Night on the Bare Mountain", which many will know from Disney's Fantasia movie. And a whole lot more, really.

Quite a bit of the music is wonderfully spooky -- like the opening Totentanz by Franz Liszt (too bad it's such a short excerpt), the famous Toccata and Fugue for organ by Bach, or the "Aquarium" from Saint-Saëns' "Carnival of the Animals", which sounds like it should be in a Harry Potter movie. And again, a whole lot more.

The "darkness" theme works a lot of the time, but definitely not all the time. Since when are allegros from Mozart symphonies (Nos. 25 and 40) dark? Or anything from Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" -- even if the end of "Summer", included here, does have a furious edge to it? There is plenty of light music here that doesn't really fit the supposedly dark theme.

But who cares, really? It's still great music.

Is the set worth it if you've bought the earlier ones? For me, at the Daily Deal price, it is.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I feel smarter already :) November 25, 2010
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This is the best bargain I have bought in my entire life of 29 years. I'm only at track 16 and I can already tell that this is well worth the two dollars. I'm a man who listens to most genres of music, and this is the first collection of classical music that I ever bought...and I am one happy man. There are so many songs that give me memories of great movies, my middle school music class, and of course it is brewing new ones as I speak (or typing this review). Even if you're not a fan of classical music, I still suggest that you purchase this product. YOU WILL find something you'll like on this. BUY NOW! It's only two dollars for 11 hours of timeless music that defines the era of man.
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If you're one of those people who think that classical music is just for rich snobs or old farts, think again. The last two albums I purchased from Amazon were by Black Label Society and Slayer.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Spooktacular! October 31, 2010
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Great for Halloween. I've only listened to the first 11 songs, and I already feel like I've gotten more than I paid for. Excellent selection, and it is obviously a great value. It is really getting me in the mood to hand out candy to the victims, err, I mean children .
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Composer names ARE there May 28, 2011
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Unbelievable value. A fantastic selection of classical works for almost nothing. I am still trying to figure out what is the catch. If, like me, you purchase it and end up going nuts trying to figure out who are THE COMPOSERS of the pieces, because you are listening to them in your iTunes and all the info you are getting is the title (and the number of the symphony without the composer name means little to me), and the name of the orchestra performing the piece (who cares!), all you have to do is go to the "view" menu, select "view options" (or, press Command + J if you are on a Mac) and check the "Composer" column on. The info is all there! And enjoy. (P.S. This setting seems to be "list specific"; meaning, make the adjustment while you are displaying the list for this album. The composer column won't be there when you select another list -- that was my experience, at least. I don't know what happens if you turn "composer" on while displaying the whole music library.)
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Darkest?? November 1, 2010
By Micky
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I love classical music because many pieces have sorrowness, darkness, and weirdness. Here, someone selected some 100 pieces. All of these pieces use minor keys. But, I am not sure these are the "darkest" pieces of classical music. But, well done. For example, selection of Penderecki indicates these folks know classical music pretty well.
I would include some of Renaissance and Medieval music such as Carlo Gesualdo or 14c French music.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection November 20, 2010
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While not every recording is the best in the world, there are several tracks that would justify being sold at a dollar a track. And that makes this a steal. If you like classical music and want a nice sample of music to further explore, this is a great album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what a steal! November 26, 2010
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I can't say that I own any classical cd's but this is an awesome buy. Okay so not all is "spooky" but definitely a great intro cd to the masters and the greats. I'm about to get my classical education on...Love it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 11.8 hours of goosebumps. November 17, 2010
By Seamus
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This is basically the quintessential collection of every single piece of epic classical music, save those written specifically for movies, of course. (So you'll find no "Imperial March" on here.) With things such as Ride of the Valkyries, Hall of the Mountain King, O Fortuna, Montagues and Capulets... I mean, I've been sitting here for two hours listening to it and I'm not even a fifth of the way through. Definitely recommend it, even for those who aren't classical fans. You could definitely do worse for the money.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great music
I love this cd. This was a great buy for anyone interested in classical music. I listen to this all the time. I strongly recommend this to anyone. Read more
Published 1 day ago by mike b
4.0 out of 5 stars Class Sick :)
Some of the best dark classical noise ever. Tastes differ from person to person, but if you like Goth, Industrial, or other Darkwave sounds, some of those artists were inpired by... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Bill
5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy on classical music!!!
Oddly enough these pieces aren't as dark as they would have you believe, some may be melancholy but dark? Pffft. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Joshua Durand
5.0 out of 5 stars Calming, relaxing, and dark
Love this, listen to it at work for peacefulness and to soothe the mind. Not all are dark pieces, just strong.
Published 22 days ago by Désireé G
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for writing
Great compilation of classical music for background noise while writing and working. Need more albums like this for my workday.
Published 24 days ago by tampaherb
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT collection. GREAT price.
I listen to this constantly while I'm working. Sometimes you'd like a collection according to the mood rather than the full work.
Published 29 days ago by Andy The Bouncer
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark, no. Perhaps more like, a cloudy day with patches of...
Dark, no. Perhaps more like, a cloudy day with patches of sunlight. Still it is great music and some pieces do fill the void I sometimes look for in "dark music". Read more
Published 1 month ago by TWS
2.0 out of 5 stars Well, some you win.
Some you don't. This has several good songs but for the most part it is clogging up room on my Kindle and there seems yo be a lot of filler. Read more
Published 1 month ago by cassandra west
1.0 out of 5 stars it was cheap
this was a 99 cent deal from Amazon and I think theres one piece of music that I know and/or like.
Published 2 months ago by David seifert
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful selections.
Awesome collection, especially for price! Only thing I didn't like was that the Composer's name isn't on any of the tracks.
Published 2 months ago by Doc FMF
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