Classical music is a living tradition stretching across a millennium.
In this 8CD set, 100 tracks spanning 1000 years give a panoramic overview from the earliest chant to the present day, presenting a fascinating soundtrack to the development of our world.
BAROQUE & BEFORE C.1000 TO C.1750
The age of the church and the court – with music from ancient chant to the treasures of the baroque, including Hildegard, Tallis, Monteverdi, Vivaldi, JS Bach and Handel.
THE CLASSICAL ERA C.1750 TO C.1820
The era of innovation – the birth of the symphony, the arrival of the piano, the first concerts, and the towering geniuses of Ludwig van Beethoven and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
THE ROMANTIC ERA C.1820 TO C.1900
Revolution, heroism and ambition – told in music through the virtuosic concertos of Chopin, Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky, and the operas of Puccini, Verdi and Wagner.
THE MODERN ERA C.1900 TO THE PRESENT
A world of fragmentation and a flourishing of diversity – from music born out of World War I to 21st-century Australia, via French Impressionism, Eastern European minimalism and American classics.