120 Greatest Musical Masterpieces

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150 Greatest Musical Masterpieces is a five LP, 33rpm classical music compilation released in the U.S. by Colombia Records, Colombia House from 1971 (also available on 8-track and cassette), comprising a four record set titled 120 Music Masterpieces and a companion or bonus album titled 30 Piano Masterpieces. The first four records actually includes 118 orchestral pieces, many of them excerpts from larger works. The fifth album consists of extracts of solo piano pieces. The records are described as 'electronically rechannelled for stereo'.[1][2]

In the U.K., the album was released in 1972 as 120 Greatest Music Masterpieces (DL1/1 - DL1/4) and a bonus album titled 30 Great Piano Classics (DL2/1).[3] This version of the compilation was marketed by Dracop Records of 47B Welbeck Street, London (whom are no longer trading). These albums had the same tracks but reordered, and also has new album cover artwork.

The albums were advertised on TV by the Anglo-American actor John Williams.[4] This two minute commercial became the longest-running nationally seen commercial in U.S. television history, for 13 years from 1971 to 1984. It began, "I'm sure you recognize this lovely melody as 'Stranger in Paradise', but did you know that the original theme is from the Polovetsian Dance No. 2 by Borodin?". The commercial became so familiar that it was spoofed by Charles Rocket on Saturday Night Live."[5]

This was the first large classical LP compilation to be released through mail-order and TV advertising. It was described as "a priceless introduction to the classics which will enrich every home", and "performed by Europe's finest musicians".[4]

After the advent of CDs, better quality digital compilations followed. The London Philharmonic Orchestra recorded The 50 Greatest Pieces of Classical Music, being the first to record a popular classical compilation on CD.[6]

Track Listing (UK version)

Record,Track Composer Title, piece
1A, 1a Rossini “William Tell Overture” (Finale)
1A, 1b Verdi Anvil Chorus from “Il Trovatore”
1A, 1c Gilbert and Sullivan “HMS Pinafore” (Overture)
1A, 2a Tchaikovsky 1st Movement from Piano Concerto No.1
1A, 2b Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnole
1A, 2c Strauss Tritsch-Tratsch Polka
1A, 3a Mozart Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
1A, 3b Verdi Sempra Libere from “La Traviata”
1A, 3c Puccini The Stars Were Shining from “Tosca”
1A, 4a Smetana “The Moldau”
1A, 4b Brahms 3rd Movement from Violin Concerto
1A, 4c Mendelssohn 4th Movement from “Italian Symphony”
1A, 5a Tchaikovsky Introduction to Act II from “Swan Lake”
1A, 5b Ravel Alborada del Gracioso
1A, 5c Strauss Waltzes from “Der Rosenkavalier”
1B, 1a Bizet March of the Toreadors from “Carmen”
1B, 1b Borodin Polovtsian Dance No.2
1B, 1c Rachmaninoff Last Movement from Piano Concerto No.2
1B, 2a Schubert Marche Militaire
1B, 2b Tchaikovsky Capriccio Italien
1B, 2c Wagner Song to the Evening Star from “Tannhauser”
1B, 3 Smetana Overture, Furiant and Dance Of The Comedians from “The Bartered Bride”
1B, 4a Strauss Vienna Blood Waltz
1B, 4b Chopin Grande Valse Brilliante
1B, 4c Waldteufel Skaters' Waltz
1B, 5a Traditional Greensleeves
1B, 5b Debussy Maid with the Flaxen Hair
1B, 5c Traditional Meadowlands
2A, 1a Saint-Seans Dance Macabre
2A, 1b Mozart 1st Movement from Symphony No 40
2A, 1c Saint-Seans 2nd Movement from Piano Concerto No 2
2A, 2a Tchaikovsky Marche Miniature from “The Nutcracker”
2A, 2b Tchaikovsky Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from “The Nutcracker”
2A, 2c Tchaikovsky Russian Dance from “The Nutcracker”
2A, 2d Tchaikovsky Arabian Dance from “The Nutcracker”
2A, 2e Tchaikovsky Chinese Dance from “The Nutcracker”
2A, 2f Tchaikovsky Dance of the Reed Pipes from “The Nutcracker”
2A, 3a Boccherini Minuet
2A, 3b Rimsky-Korsakov Song of India
2A, 3c Strauss Waltz from “Die Fledermaus”
2A, 4a Beethoven 3rd Movement from the “Emperor” Concerto
2A, 4b Rimsky-Korsakov Dance of the Tumblers
2A, 4c Mendelssohn “Fingal's Cave” (Overture)
2B, 1a Wagner Magic Fire Music from “The Valkyries”
2B, 1b Strauss Tales from Vienna Woods
2B, 1c Mozart Piano Concerto (K461) - Theme from “Elvira Madigan”
2B, 2a Beethoven 1st Movement from Symphony No 5
2B, 2b Tchaikovsky Waltz from “Swan Lake”
2B, 2c Verdi Drinking Song from “La Traviata”
2B, 3a Herbert March of the Toys from “Toyland”
2B, 3b Debussy Clair de Lune
2B, 3c Tchaikovsky March Slave
2B, 4a Dvorak Largo from Symphony No 5 (No 9) “The New World”
2B, 4b Brahms Hungarian Dance No 5
2B, 4c Rimsky-Korsakov The Flight of the Bumbel Bee
2B, 5a Dvorak Humoresque
2B, 5b Grieg Anitra's Dance from “Peer Gynt”
3A, 1a Grieg 1st Movement from Piano Concerto
3A, 1b Schumann Traumerei
3A, 1c Massenet Meditation from “Thais”
3A, 2a Brahms 3rd Movement from Symphony No.3
3A, 2b Verdi La Donna e Mobile from “Rigoletto”
3A, 2c Offenbach Can-Can from Gaite Parisienne
3A, 3a Schubert Serenade
3A, 3b Dvorak Slavonic Dance No.7
3A, 3c Grieg In The Hall of the Mountain King from “Peer Gynt”
3A, 4a Tchaikovsky Prologue to Act 1 from “Sleeping Beauty
3A, 4b Tchaikovsky Waltz No.13 from “Swan Lake”
3A, 4c Rimsky-Korsakov Festival of Baghdad from “Sheherazade”
3A, 5a Gounod Waltz from “Faust”
3A, 5b Gilbert and Sullivan Overture From “The Pirates of Penzance”
3A, 5c Glinka “Ruslan and Liudmila” Overture
3B, 1a Borodin Nocturne for Strings
3B, 1b Tchaikovsky Love theme From “Romeo and Juliet
3B, 1c Tchaikovsky None but the Lonely Heart
3B, 2a Chopin Etude No.3 Op.10
3B, 2b Offenbach Barcarolle from “Tales Of Hoffman”
3B, 2c Wagner Liebestodt from “Tristan Und Isolde”
3B, 3a Ponchielli Dance of the Hours
3B, 3b Tchaikovsky Waltz of the Flowers
3B, 3c Brahms “Cradle Song” Lullaby
3B, 4a Chabrier Espana Rhapsody
3B, 4b Strauss Pizzicato Polka
3B, 4c Tchaikovsky Andante Cantabile
3B, 5a Grieg Morning Mood from “Peer Gynt
3B, 5b Wagner Prelude to Act III From “Lohengrin”
3B, 5c Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture (Finale)
4A, 1a Rimsky-Korsakov The Sea and Sinbad's Ship from “Sheherazade
4A, 1b Tchaikovsky Introduction Scene from “Swan Lake
4A, 1c Strauss Radetzky March
4A, 2a Puccini Musetta's Waltz from “La Bohème
4A, 2b Debussy Reverie
4A, 2c Schubert 1st Movement from the “Unfinished Symphony
4A, 3a Delibes Waltz from “Coppélia
4A, 3b Weber Invitation to the Dance
4A, 3c Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings
4A, 4a Leoncavallo Vesti La Guibba from “I Pagliacci
4A, 4b Verdi Celeste Aida from “Aida
4A, 4c Bizet Haberera from “Carmen
4A, 5a Mozart Overture from “The Marriage of Figaro
4A, 5b Tchaikovsky 2nd Movement from Symphony No 5
4A, 5c Bizet Farandole from “L'Arlesienne Suite
4B, 1a Gliere Russian Sailor's Dance
4B, 1b Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue
4B, 1c Wolf-Ferrari Serenade from “Jewels of the Madonna
4B, 2a de Falla Ritual Fire Dance
4B, 2b Grofe On the Trail from “The Grand Canyon
4B, 2c Sousa Stars and Stripes Forever
4B, 2d Strauss, R Music from “2001 - A Space Odyssey
4B, 3a Sibelius Finlandia
4B, 3b Sousa El Capitan
4B, 3c Khachaturian Sabre Dance from “Gayaneh
4B, 4a Sousa Anchors Aweigh
4B, 4b Ippolitov-Ivanov Procession of the Sardars
4B, 4c Kabalevsky Comedian's Gallop
4B, 5a Ravel Bolero
4B, 5b Lehar The Merry Widow Waltz
4B, 5c Addinsell Warsaw Concerto
5A, 1a Liszt Liebestraum
5A, 1b Albeniz Tango No 2, Op 165
5A, 1c Albeniz Seguidillas No 5, Op 232
5A, 2a Bach Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
5A, 2b Chopin Raindrop Prelude
5A, 2c Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No. 8
5A, 3a Handel The Harmonious Blacksmith
5A, 3b Mozart Turkish Rondo
5A, 3c Beethoven Für Elise
5A, 4a Scarlatti Sonata No 31
5A, 4b MacDowell To a Water Lily
5A, 4c MacDowell To a Wild Rose
5A, 5a Liszt Rakoczy March
5A, 5b Liszt Valse Oubliee No 1 (Valse élégiaque)
5A, 5c Chopin-Liszt Chant Polonais
5B, 1a Brahms Waltz No 15 in A-Flat
5B, 1b Chopin Fantaisie-Impromptu
5B, 1c Schubert Moment Musical
5B, 2a Rachmaninoff Prelude in C-Sharp Minor
5B, 2b Chopin Minute Waltz
5B, 2c Paderewsky Minuet in G
5B, 3a Sinding Rustle of Spring
5B, 3b Chopin Nocturne No 2 in E-flat, Op 9
5B, 3c Dohnányi Rhapsody No 3, Op 11
5B, 4a Chopin Military Polonaise
5B, 4b Liszt La Campanella
5B, 4c Daquin The Cuckoo
5B, 5a Beethoven 1st Movement from Moonlight Sonata
5B, 5b Chopin Prelude No 7, Op 28
5B, 5c Chopin Waltz in C-Sharp Minor