Best classical music for all occasions

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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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