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Classical Classics

  • Franz Schubert's Symphony # 9 ("Great")  NEW!
  • Hector Berlioz's Grande Messe des Morts [Requiem]
  • Felix Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony
  • Ludwig van Beethoven's Violin Concerto
  • Edward Elgar's Enigma Variations
  • Sergei Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky
  • Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony # 7
  • Maurice Ravel's Daphnis et Chloe
  • Felix Mendelssohn's Octet
  • George Gershwin's Concerto in F
  • Johann Sebastian Bach's Art of the Fugue
  • Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony # 6 ("Pastoral")
  • Johann Sebastian Bach's Mass in B Minor
  • Johannes Brahms's German Requiem
  • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina's Missa Papae Marcelli
  • Charles Ives's Symphonies
  • Ludwig van Beethoven's Missa Solemnis
  • Joseph Haydn's String Quartets, Op. 76
  • Leonard Bernstein's Mass
  • Ludwig van Beethoven's Grosse Fuge
  • Cesar Franck's Symphony in d
  • Hector Berlioz's Romeo and Juliet
  • Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony # 3 in E-flat Major ("Eroica")
  • Camille Saint-Saens' Symphony # 3 ("Organ")
  • Johannes Brahms' "Double" Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra
  • Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Sonata # 23 ("Appassionata")
  • Robert Schumann's Symphony # 4 in d minor
  • Alexander Borodin's Symphony # 2 in b minor
  • Guiseppe Verdi's Requiem Mass
  • Frederic Chopin's Waltzes
  • Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony # 9 ("Choral")
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Piano Concerto # 20 in d minor
  • Joseph Haydn's Symphony # 100 ("Military")
  • Hector Berlioz's Harold in Italy
  • Johann Sebastian Bach's Brandenburg Concertos
  • Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade
  • Ludwig van Beethoven's "Kreutzer" Violin Sonata
  • Gustav Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto # 2 in c-minor
  • Johannes Brahms' Symphony # 4
  • Jean Sibelius' Symphony # 2
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Three Final Symphonies
  • Claude Debussy's La Mer
  • Gustav Mahler's Symphony # 4
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Requiem
  • Arnold Schoenberg's Verklaerte Nacht
  • Franz Schubert's "Trout" Quintet, "Death and the Maiden" Quartet & "Wanderer" Fantasy
  • Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring
  • George Frideric Handel's Water Music and Royal Fireworks
  • Carl Orff's Carmina Burana
  • Anton Bruckner's Symphony # 9
  • Bedrich Smetana's Ma Vlast
  • Manuel de Falla's El amor brujo
  • Antonio Vivaldi's Four Seasons
  • Johann Sebastian Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin
  • Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Symphony # 6 ("Pathetique")
  • Maurice Ravel's Introduction and Allegro
  • Nicolo Paganini's Caprices
  • George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue
  • John Cage's 4'33"
  • Bela Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra
  • Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony # 5
  • Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition
  • Hector Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique
  • Johann Sebastian Bach's Goldberg Variations
  • Gustav Mahler's Symphony # 2 ("Resurrection")
  • Antonin Dvorak's “New World” Symphony
  • Francis Poulenc's Gloria
  • Ludwig van Beethoven's Fifth Symphony
  • Igor Stravinsky's Rite of Spring
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    D.W. Griffith and the Rise of Film Art

    This is a series that explores D. W. Griffith's astounding first year and a half of filmmaking, during which he intuitively began to explore the emotional impact of the techniques and properties of cinema that he would develop into an art form.

    • Introduction – The scope of this series – the paper prints.
    • Part 1: The Adventures of Dollie – Griffith's first film (June, 1908).
    • Part 2: The Power of Editing (July 1908).
    • Part 3: Inserts, Masking and Ideological Editing (August 1908).
    • Part 4: Four Chases – When to Edit ... and Not (September 1908).
    • Part 5: The First Plateau (October 1908).
    • Part 6: Editing, Panning, Close-Ups and the Dissolve (late 1908).
    • Part 7: Fades, a Tracking Shot and a Facial Close-up (Early 1909).
    • Part 8: Editing for Perspective (1909).
    • Part 9: Structural Editing (1909).
    • Part 10: A Country Doctor (June, 1909).
    • Part 11: Titles and Editing (late 1909).
    • The first cinema masterpieceA Corner in Wheat (December, 1909).
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