Best classical music for all occasions

It’s easy to forget that classical music is much more than the few familiar scores you’re used to hearing in films and on adverts. However, there are many thousands of very different pieces of music out there to suit any occasion.

Classical music can be an excellent mood booster and leave you feeling enriched and inspired so it’s well worth forgetting any assumptions and delving into the wealth of music out there. Discover how welcoming, thrilling, exciting or relaxing classical music can be by experimenting with your listening choices and trying out a few of our top picks.

Music to relax to

Don’t lump all classical music into one basket, it’s a genre with huge variation between its different pieces. For example, if you’re looking for classical music that will leave you feeling relaxed, you’ll find plenty of options to choose from. Get started by having a look at the 50 best relaxing classical pieces as selected by All Music. You can also head over to Classic FM and let it recommend the best music for unwinding to. It claims that classical music can lower blood pressure, induce relaxation and reduce anxiety and has provided a great selection of classical suggestions to help you de-stress.

Classical music can also be excellent for making children and babies feel relaxed – as long as you choose the right composers! Find some guidance from the fun and friendly Classics for Kids website, which allows you to listen to the recommended music immediately. There’s some more great advice available from Lets Play Music, where you’ll find an exhaustive list of different pieces of music great for inspiring little ones. Start children listening to classical music early and you could be providing them with an appreciation of music that will last a lifetime.

Best classical music selections

Classical music often suffers under a reputation for being stuffy or old fashioned but that certainly isn’t the case. Immerse yourself in some of the fantastic new pieces of music coming out of our brightest and best performers today by having a look at The Guardian’s guide to contemporary classical music. You’ll find a few more suggestions in the Londonist’s top ten modern classical composers and if you’re still not sure where to start, NPR Music’s list of the best classical music for pop listeners is sure to leave you feeling enthused. This list is perfect if you’re looking for some accessible classical music that will give you a taste for more.

If you have a smartphone or tablet, it’s a great idea to think about investing in a classical music app. Many are free and provide hours of listening and some excellent suggestions for what to listen to. Check out Gramophone’s top classical music apps and see if there’s one to suit you. Change your listening habits and open your mind to some of the most famous or newest and most cutting edge classical music out there – you won’t regret it.

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14th Jun 2018
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I am looking for someone to correspond with on a daily basis and who is interested in art and classical music. I am an artist and former classical musician 68 years old who lives in assisted living and I am homebound. I do not go anywhere but I listen to concerts on medici-tv and I paint and I do paper collage. I live my life as an artist and see life through the eyes of an artist. I believe that even though I am an art hermit that my work transmits out into the world and influences the world for the better. We are all one. We are all connected. And even though we think we are alone, the vibrations of our creativity reach everyone. Life is art. If you see it this way, and would like to correspond online, please reply. Dolphie
1st Apr 2018
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Each meet we chose a composer to listen to and learn about and this month April is American Samuel Barber and my knowledge was limited except for Adagio for Strings which is beautiful and love and was played at John Kennedy's funeral and also Roosevelt's.

I now have found his Concerto for Violin and Orchestra Op 14 which I now love also
26th Jan 2018
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I belong to my local u3a university of third age which is for those ceasing work or retired so there is life out there.after all and run a music appreciation group on Friday afternoons in my home and today we did Rachmaninoff and it was great as we all 6 there enjoyed some lovely pieces of his music.

Music gives me pleasure and classical music reaches me deep down ... next month it is Tchaikovsky ... smile

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