Pierre R. Schwob, the founder and CEO of Classical Archives, has written books on calculators, history and even chess. He has now published a unique and remarkable novel, entitled AWE. All of us at Classical Archives love it.

It is a technothriller, but one with a difference. Its hero Pic de Lucrète is a committed environmentalist/scientist with a mission to save the world from a climate-tipping environmental disaster. Saving the world requires Pic and his team to discover what comes after AI. What will they discover? It is a force called AWE, which stands for Artificial Wisdom Engine. AWE is a page-turner, but a page-turner with a soul.

Another unique aspect of AWE is that Pierre suggests musical selections for readers to listen to while they are reading the book. When we listened to these selections while reading, we found that the story took on new meanings.

So to help other readers of AWE explore the book on that same deeper level, we decided to extract and organize a playlist of pieces as they are suggested in the pages of the book. And today, we are sharing that list with you.

Opening and Listening to the Listening Selections for AWE

Access the entire playlist HERE.

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Page 3

Nielsen, Carl: Clarinet Concerto, FS129, Op.57 – Poco adagio

Blaž Šparovec [Clarinet], Odense Symphony Orchestra [Orchestra], Anna Skryleva [Conductor]

Page 7

Stravinsky, Igor: Concerto in D for String Orchestra (‘Basel Concerto’) – 3.Rondo: Allegro

Dmitry Sitkovetsky [Conductor], NES Chamber Orchestra [Orchestra]

Part II

Page 11

Dvo?ák, Antonín (Leopold): Symphony No.9 in E- (‘From the New World’), Op.95 – 1.Adagio. Allegro molto

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra [Orchestra], Karel Ancerl [Conductor]

Page 18

Hasegawa, Aiko: Shirabe (Melody), for koto – Sakura (Cherry Blossoms)

Aiko Hasegawa [Koto]

Page 21

Chopin, Frédéric François: 3 Nocturnes, Op.9 (includes the famous ‘Nocturne in Eb’) – No.1 in Bb-

Giuseppe Greco [Piano]

Page 26

Brahms, Johannes: Variations on a Theme of Haydn in Bb (‘St. Anthony Variations’), Op.56a – Theme. Andante

Rimma Sushanskaya [Conductor], National Symphony Orchestra, UK [Orchestra]

Page 28

Mashima, Toshio: Three Notes of Japan, for wind ensemble – The Snowy River

Eugene Migliaro Corporon [Conductor], North Texas Wind Symphony [Wind Ensemble]

Page 32

Grieg, Edvard: Piano Concerto in A-, Op.16 – 2.Adagio

Andras Ligeti [Conductor], Jenö Jandó [Piano], Budapest Symphony Orchestra [Orchestra]

Page 37

Sibelius, Jean: Violin Concerto in D-, Op.47 – 3.Allegro, ma non tanto

Sir Neville Marriner [Conductor], Dmitry Sitkovetsky [Violin], Academy of St Martin in the Fields [Chamber Orchestra]

Part III

Page 44

Giordano, Umberto: Siberia (opera) – 1. Introduction

Gianandrea Noseda [Conductor], Yuri Torchinsky [Orchestra Leader], BBC Philharmonic Orchestra [Orchestra]

Part IV

Page 48

Bruch, Max: Violin Concerto No.2 in D-, Op.44 – 2.Recitativo: Allegro moderato. Allegro. Andante sostenuto

Hermann Bäumer [Conductor], Antje Weithaas [Violin], North German Radio Symphony Orchestra (Hannover) [Orchestra]

Page 52

Dvorak, Antonín (Leopold): Cypresses, B.152 (arr. from Cypresses song cycle, B. 11) – 5. Andante (Here I search for your dear letter)

The Audubon Quartet [Ensemble]

Page 55

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Symphony No.29 in A, K.201 – 2.Andante

Marco Boni [Conductor], Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra [Orchestra]

Page 63

Gershwin, George: Three Preludes for Violin and Piano (trans. Heifetz) – 2.Andante con moto e poco rubato in C#-

Franck Braley [Piano]

Page 66

Vivaldi, Antonio: Recorder Concerto in C, RV443 – 2.Largo

Capella Istropolitana [Ensemble], Oliver von Dohnanyi [Conductor], Jiri Stivin [Recorder]

Page 69

Du Mingxin: Reunion, for flute and harp – Reunion, for flute and harp

East Wind Duo [Ensemble]

Pag 73

Babajanian, Arno: Aria, for cello and orchestra – Aria, for cello and orchestra

Zaruhi Khanjian [Piano], Aram Talalyan [Cello]

Page 76

Walton, William: The Quest, suite from the ballet for orchestra (arr. by V. Tausky) – 2.The Spell (Siciliana)

William Walton [Conductor], London Symphony Orchestra [Orchestra]

Page 78

Feld, Jindrich: Flute Trio – 2. Andante

Lubomir Havlak [Violin], Jitka Vlasankova [Cello], Carlo Jans [Flute], Martinu Quartet [Ensemble]

Page 81

Holst, Gustav: The Planets, suite for orchestra and female chorus, Op.32, H.125 – 3.Mercury, the Winged Messenger

Hansjörg Albrecht [Organ]

Page 86

Beethoven, Ludwig van: Piano Sonata No.2 in A, Op.2, No.2 – 2.Largo appassionato

Rémi Geniet [Piano]

Page 93

Chopin, Frédéric François: 3 nouvelles études, CT.38-40 – No.1 in F-

Idil Biret [Piano]

Page 95

Brahms, Johannes: Variations on a Theme of Haydn in Bb (‘St. Anthony Variations’), Op.56a – Variation 1: Poco più animato

Marin Alsop [Conductor], London Philharmonic Orchestra [Orchestra]

Part V

Page 97

Prokofiev, Sergey Sergeyevich: Romeo and Juliet (ballet) Op.64 – 7.The Prince Gives his Order

Dmitri Kitayenko [Conductor], Danmarks Radios Symphony Orchestra [Orchestra]

Page 99

Rautavaara, Einojuhani: Symphony No.4 (‘Arabescata’) – Arabescata 1

Max Pommer [Conductor], Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra [Orchestra]

Page 102

Chopin, Frédéric François: 24 Preludes, Op.28 – 2.Lento in A-

Chi-Ho Han [Piano]

Page 104

Elgar, Sir Edward: Enigma Variations, Op.36 – 9.Nimrod (A.J. Jaeger)

Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR [Orchestra], Roger Norrington [Conductor]

Page 107

Prokofiev, Sergey Sergeyevich: Piano Concerto No.4 in Bb (for the left hand), Op.53 – Piano Concerto No.4 in Bb (for the left hand), Op.53

Mariinsky Orchestra [Orchestra], Valery Gergiev [Conductor], Alexei Volodin [Soloist]

Page 111

Strauss, Richard: Der Rosenkavalier (suite from the opera), TrV227d – 4b.Andante tranquillo

Robert Summer [Director], Jahja Ling [Director], Tampa Bay Master Chorale [Chorus/Choir]

Page 112

Prokofiev, Sergey Sergeyevich: Symphony No.2 in D-, Op.40 – 2g.Variation 6 and Theme

Järvi Neeme [Conductor], Royal Scottish National Orchestra [Orchestra]

Page 117

Shostakovich, Dmitri: The Age of Gold (suite from the ballet), Op.22a – 1.Introduction: Allegro non troppo

Gilbert Levine [Conductor], Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra [Orchestra]

Page 121

Rachmaninov, Sergey Vasilyevich: 5 Études-tableaux, (orch. O.Respighi, P.160 in his catalogue) – 5.Marche (from Op.39, No.9)

Eiji Oue [Conductor], Minnesota Orchestra [Orchestra]

Page 124

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Adagio and Fugue in C- for String Quartet, K.546 – 2.Fugue: Allegro

Eder Quartet [Ensemble]

Page 128

Beethoven, Ludwig van: Duo in F for Clarinet and Bassoon, WoO27, No.2 – 2.Aria, Larghetto

Eduard Brunner [Clarinet], Klaus Thunemann [Bassoon]

Page 130

Britten, Benjamin: Temporal Variations for Oboe and Piano – 4.Exercises

Steuart Bedford [Conductor], Nicholas Daniel [Oboe], Northern Sinfonia Chorus [Orchestra]

Page 131

Beethoven, Ludwig van: Piano Sonata No.31 in Ab, Op.110 – 3.Adagio ma non troppo: Arioso dolente

Louis Lortie [Piano]

Page 134

Berlioz, (Louis) Hector: Rêverie et caprice, for violin and orchestra, H.88, Op.8 – Rêverie et caprice, for violin and orchestra, H.88, Op.8

Yoav Talmi [Conductor], Igor Gruppman [Violin], San Diego Symphony Orchestra [Orchestra]

Page 141

Bridge, Frank: Miniature Pastorals, Set 1 – 2.Tempo di valse

Ashley Wass [Piano]

Page 143

Vivaldi, Antonio: Recorder Concerto in C, RV443 – 2.Largo

Symphonia Perusina [Orchestra], Mario Ancillotti [Flute], Thomas Briccetti [Conductor]

Page 146

Elgar, Sir Edward: Skizze – Skizze

Peter Pettinger [Piano]

Page 148

Vivaldi, Antonio: La primavera (Spring) in E, RV269, Op.8, No.1 – 3.Allegro (‘Danza pastorale’)

Alberto Lizzio [Conductor], Baroque Festival Orchestra [Orchestra]

Page 152

Delius, Frederick: Brigg Fair: An English Rhapsody, RTvi/16 – Slow, with solemnity. Maestoso

Sir Andrew Davis [Conductor], Maya Iwabuchi [Orchestra Leader], Royal Scottish National Orchestra [Orchestra]

Page 154

Arensky, Anton: String Quartet No.2 in A-, Op.35 – 2.Thème and Variations. Theme: Moderato

David Ying [Cello], Phillip Ying [Viola], Ayano Ninomiya [Violin], Janet Ying [Violin], Ying Quartet [String Quartet]

Page 155

Chopin, Frédéric François: 24 Preludes, Op.28 – 6.Lento Assai in B-

Page 157

Chi-Ho Han [Piano]

Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No.6 in D-, Op.104 – 3.Poco vivace

Berlin Philharmonic [Orchestra], Sir Simon Rattle [Conductor]

Page 160

Prokofiev, Sergey Sergeyevich: Boris Godunov, Op.70bis (incidental music) – No.13, Amoroso (arr. M. Reitikh & G. Zinger for Violin & Piano)

Yuri Kalnits [Violin], Yulia Chaplina [Piano]


Page 162

Takemitsu, Toru: Sacrifice, for alto flute, lute, vibraphone, and cymbals – 2.Chant 2

Timothy Ferchen [Crotale, Vibraphone], Mikail Helasvuo [Flute]

Page 165

Beethoven, Ludwig van: Violin Concerto in D, Op.61 – 2.Larghetto

Tibor Varga [Violin], Berlin Pro Musica Symphony Orchestra [Orchestra], Hans Richter [Conductor]


Page 174

Ravel, Maurice: Daphnis et Chloé (ballet) – 20.Lever du jour (Dawn)

Michael Gielen [Conductor], Europa Galante [Ensemble], SWR Baden-Baden and Freiburg Symphony Orchestra [Orchestra], Joshard Daus [Choirmaster]

Page 179

Bach, Johann Sebastian: Flute Sonata in G-, BWV1020 (attrib. to C.P.E. Bach, H. 542.5; arr. for flute and harpsichord) – 1.Allegro

Jeremias Schwarzer [Recorder], Ralf Waldner [Cembalo]

Page 182

Vivaldi, Antonio: Concerto for Two Trumpets and Strings in C – 1.Allegro

Philharmonia Orchestra [Orchestra], John Wallace [Trumpet], Christopher Warren-Green [Conductor]

Page 185

Coates, Eric: First Meeting (Version for Violin and Piano)

Tasmin Little [Violin], Piers Lane [Piano]

Page 190

Ginastera, Alberto: Duo for Flute and Oboe, Op.13 – 3.Fugue

Felix Renggli [Flute], Heinz Holliger [Oboe]

Page 192

Stravinsky, Igor: Concerto in D for String Orchestra (‘Basel Concerto’) – 2.Arioso: Andantino

Richard Studt [Conductor], Bournemouth Sinfonietta [Orchestra]


Page 194

Boyce, William: Symphony No.2 in A – 2.Vivace

Kevin Mallon [Conductor], Aradia Ensemble [Ensemble]

Page 195

Respighi, Ottorino: Metamorphosen modi XII, Theme and Variations for Orchestra, P.169 – 10.Modus 9: Lento non troppo

Geoffrey Simon [Conductor], Philharmonia Orchestra of London [Orchestra]

Page 197

Bach, Johann Sebastian: Goldberg Variations, BWV988 (Clavier-Übung IV) – Variation 25 (a 2 clav.: Adagio)

Marie Rosa Günter [Piano]

Page 204

Debussy, Achille-Claude: Suite Bergamasque, L.75 (includes ‘Clair de lune’) – 3.Clair de lune

Jenny Lin [Piano]

Page 208

Rachmaninov, Sergey Vasilyevich: Piano Concerto No.1 in F#-, Op.1 – 2.Andante

Vladimir Ashkenazy [Conductor], Alexander Guindin [Piano], Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra [Orchestra]


Page 212

Auerbach, Lera: String Quartet No.3 (‘Cetera desunt’) – 2.With or without you…(life is impossible)

Petersen Quartet [String Quartet]

Page 215

Busoni, Ferruccio: Concerto in D-, for piano and string quartet, Op.17, KiV 80 – Adagio

Daniel Raiskin [Conductor], Risto Lauriala [Piano], St. Michel Strings [Orchestra]

Page 219

Vaughan Williams, Ralph: 6 Studies in English Folk Song, for cello and piano – 1.Adagio (‘Lovely on the Water’) in E modal minor

Craig Butterfield [Double Bass], Charles Fugo [Piano]

Page 221

Shostakovich, Dmitri: Piano Concerto No.1 in C-, for piano, trumpet, and strings, Op.35 – 2.Lento

Boris Giltburg [Piano], Rhys Owens [Trumpet], Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra [Orchestra], Vasily Petrenko [Conductor]

Page 228

Hua, Yan-jun: Erquan spring reflecting the moon – Erquan spring reflecting the moon

Shanghai Quartet [String Quartet]

Page 223

Korngold, Erich Wolfgang: Deception, film score – Murder

William T. Stromberg [Conductor], Moscow Symphony Orchestra [Orchestra]


Page 235

Gretchaninov, Alexander: Early Morning, for flute and piano – 4.Twilight

Nicholas Walker [Piano], Elena Artamonova [Viola]

Page 237

Addinsell, Richard: Warsaw Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (for the film ‘Dangerous Moonlight’/’Suicide Squadron’) – Warsaw Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (for the film ‘Dangerous Moonlight’/’Suicide Squadron’)

Philip Fowke [Piano], RTE Concert Orchestra [Orchestra], Proinnsias O Duinn [Conductor]

Page 246

Gluck, Christoph Willibald von: Symphony in F, Wq. 165.5, Chen F1 – 2. Andante

Michi Gaigg [Conductor], Orfeo Baroque Orchestra [Orchestra]

Page 250

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Symphony No.41 in C, K.551 (‘Jupiter’) – 2.Andante cantabile

Barry Wordsworth [Conductor], Capella Istropolitana [Ensemble]

Page 254

Satie, Erik: 3 Gymnopédies – 1. Lent et douloureux

Alexandre Tharaud [Piano]


Page 257

Liszt, Franz: 6 Organ Preludes and Fugues (BWV543-548), S.462, R.119 – 5.Preludes and Fugue in C (BWV547)

David Theodor Schmidt [Piano]

Page 263

Antheil, George: Symphony No.4 (‘1942’), W.177 – 4.Allegro non troppo

Theodore Kuchar [Conductor], National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine [Orchestra]

Page 267

Morricone, Ennio: The Mission, film score – Gabriel’s Oboe, arr. for choir, oboe and organ

Willa Henigman [Oboe], Donald Krehbiel [Organ]

Page 270

Britten, Benjamin: Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge, for strings, Op.10 – Variation 8: Funeral March

Gilbert Levine [Conductor], Elisabeth Söderström [Soprano], English Chamber Orchestra [Orchestra]

Page 274

Shostakovich, Dmitri: Cello Sonata, Op.40 – 4. Allegro

Joo Yeon Choi [Cello], Marek Szlezer [Piano]

Page 278

Dvorak, Antonín (Leopold): 4 Romantic Pieces, for violin and piano, Op.75 – 4.Larghetto

Ulf Hoelscher [Violin], Maria Bergmann [Piano]

Page 282

Walton, William: Symphony No.1 in Bb- – 2.Presto con malizia

Paul Daniel [Conductor], English Northern Philharmonia [Orchestra]

Page 288

Glass, Philip: Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra – 2.Part 1

Tim Fain [Violin], Wendy Sutter [Cello], The Hague Philharmonic [Orchestra], Jurjen Hempel [Conductor]

Page 293

Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay Andreyevich: Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh (Skazaniye o nevidimom grade Kitezhe; suite from opera) – 4.Death of Fevronya and apotheosis of the Invisible City

Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra [Orchestra], Evgeny Mravinsky [Conductor]

Page 297

Stravinsky, Igor: Agon – 15. Four Trios. Coda

WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne [Orchestra], Michael Gielen [Conductor]

Page 299

Barber, Samuel: Adagio for Strings (arr. of 2nd mvmt. of String Quartet), Op.11

Marin Alsop [Conductor], Royal Scottish National Orchestra [Orchestra]

Page 305

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Requiem Mass in D-, K.626

Münchener Bach-Chor [Chorus/Choir], Maria Stader [Soprano], Münchener Bach-Orchester [Orchestra], Hertha Töpper [Vocals], Karl Richter [Conductor], John van Kesteren [vocals]