Ludwig van Beethoven
La Mer/Afternoon of a Faun/Jeux/Two Nocturnes
Beethoven: Symphonien Nos. 5 & 7
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Classical

Classical music is hard to define in specific terms, but it is generally understood to be music rooted in Western European traditions performed by trained musicians in formal settings like concert halls, opera houses, and churches. Its key emphasis is the faithful interpretation of composers' written scores. Classical music's roots lie in the chant melodies of Medieval religious rites. Its contemporary incarnation encompasses everything from opera and the symphony orchestra to chamber ensembles, solo works, choral music, songs, film music, and the avant-garde. Works from the intervening centuries make up the bulk of the recorded repertory, and they mirror the artistic and architectural trends of the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern eras in their sound worlds and conception. The dichotomy between classical and popular music is a fairly recent cultural development. In fact, much of what is considered classical music today grew out of, was influenced by, or was popular music of its time.

Classical Artists Highlights

Ludwig van Beethoven
Ludwig van Beethoven
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Glenn Gould
Glenn Gould
Johann Sebastian Bach
Johann Sebastian Bach
Béla Bartók
Béla Bartók
Philip Glass
Philip Glass

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Classical Album Highlights

La Mer/Afternoon of a Faun/Jeux/Two Nocturnes
Leonard Bernstein
La Mer/Afternoon of a ...
Beethoven: Symphonien Nos. 5 & 7
Carlos Kleiber / Wiener ...
Beethoven: Symphonien Nos.
Bach: Brandenburg Concertos; Orchestral Suites
Neville Marriner
Bach: Brandenburg ...
Bach: Cello Suites Nos. 1, 4, 5
Mstislav Rostropovich
Bach: Cello Suites Nos. 1, ...
Philip Glass: Music in Twelve Parts
Philip Glass
Philip Glass: Music in ...
Collection
Maria Callas
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Classical Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046 English Chamber Orchestra / Benjamin Britten / Carmel Kaine / Emanuel Hurwitz / Sir Philip Ledger / Sir Neville Marriner / Tess Miller / William Bennett
La Mer, symphonic sketches (3) for orchestra, CD 111 (L. 109) Leonard Bernstein
Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92 Carlos Kleiber
Suite for solo cello No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007 Mstislav Rostropovich
Music in Twelve Parts, for chamber ensemble Philip Glass
Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56 Leonard Bernstein
Piano Concerto in G major, M. 83 Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli / Ettore Gracis
Rhapsodies (2) for piano, Op. 79 Martha Argerich
Glassworks, pieces (6) for chamber ensemble or piano Philip Glass
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35, CT. 202 Daniel Barenboim

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Classical subgenres and styles