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Year 4 Music - Links to Recommended Tracks and CDs

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This is a resource from the Music section of the What Your Year 4 Child Needs to Know resource book. To learn more about using Core Knowledge UK resource books, please visit the dedicated pages for teachers, parents, grandparents and home educators. To purchase Core Knowledge UK resource books, visit our shop. Also, sign up for the free Core Knowledge UK newsletter to receive updates about new resources and activities.

The list below provides you with links to musical tracks and CDs that we have recommended in What Your Year 4 Child Needs to Know.


Piece CDs Downloads Extra suggestions
Mozart Horn Concertos Mozart Wind Concertos, performed by Barry Tuckwell (French Horn), London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Peter Maag
For the Horn Concertos, see Disc 2, Tracks 4 and onwards
Ill Wind, performed by Michael Flanders and Donald Swann, download only


William Tell Overture by Gioacchino Rossini Rossini Overtures, performed by the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, conducted by Claudio Abbado
William Tell Overture
Sinfonietta by Leoš Janáček Sinfonietta and other pieces, performed by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras, and other pieces by Janáček
Sinfonietta, 1st and 5th Movements, performed by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Karel Ančerl
Tracks 1 and 5
Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune by Claude Debussy Debussy, Orchestral Music, performed by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, conducted by Bernard Haitink
Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
The Swan of Tuonela, by Jean Sibelius Finlandia, orchestra music by Sibelius peformed by the Swiss Romande Orchestra, conducted by Horst Stein. And by the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy The Swan of Tuonela, performed by the Swiss Romande Orchestra
Rhapsody in Blue, by George Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue and other pieces by Gershwin, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra directed by André Previn
Rhapsody in Blue
The Sea and Sinbad's Ship by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade, performed by the Kirov Orchestra, conducted by Valery Gergiev with Sergei Levitin, solo violin
The Sea and Sinbad's Ship
1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky Tchaikovsky Festival, performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Adrian Leaper.
Ouverture solennelle '1812,' performed by the Russian National Orchestra, conducted by Mikhail Pletnev
Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky Swan Lake, Complete Ballet, performed by the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, conducted by Mark Ermler
Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake (Complete)
Swan Lake on DVD, performed by the Kirov Ballet

Note that they have used a different ending to the story. For the normal ending, we suggest the version performed by the Royal Ballet
Enigma Variations by Elgar Enigma Variations, Pomp and Circumstance Marches 1 to 5, performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Norman Del Mar
Enigma Variations, tracks 1 to 15
Pomp and Circumstance March No 4 Enigma Variations, Pomp and Circumstance Marches Nos. 1 to 5, performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Norman Del Mar
Pomp and Circumstance March No.4
Wind Quintets by Elgar Complete Works for Wind Quintet, performed by the Athena Ensemble
Harmony Music No 1
Symphony No. 1 by Elgar Symphony No. 1 and Falstaff, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Edward Elgar

This is an old recording, conducted by the composer himself. If you prefer a clearer sound, we suggest the version performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Colin Davis
Symphony No 1, conducted by Sir Edward Elgar

Or Symphony No 1, conducted by Sir Colin Davies
The Planets Suite by Holst The Planets performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sir Adrian Boult. A historical recording, together with the Enigma Variations, by Elgar, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra

This is an old recording, by the conductor who performed in the first concert. An alternative with clearer sound is: The Planets performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Colin Davis
The Planets, tracks 16 to 22 (It is often better value to buy the whole album.)


There is music by Elgar and several composers from Holst's time on English Choral Favourites performed by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Simon Halsey

Evening Hymn by Holst's friend and benefactor, Henry Balfour Gardiner.

For other orchestral music by Holst, listen to the St Paul's Suite and other pieces, performed by the City of London Sinfonia, conducted by Richard Hickox