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Enjoy a thousand years of the most popular tunes in history; true classics forever, these melodies and music will never die.
A sophisticated, earthy soundtrack of classical music inspired by autumn. Listen closely and you'll hear the leaves changing color.
Perfect for small gatherings or a quiet evening at home in front of the Yule Log, these lute concerti, string quartets and other small groups enhance the warm glow of the holiday season.
Put yourself at ease with these exquisite classical-era adagios. This is slow, graceful music for serene, meditative moments.
Enjoy this collection of holiday favorites and beautiful seasonal pieces for the classical aficionado.
Drifting off to sleep to classical music can set the stage for amazing dreams. Enjoy these classical favorites for bedtime and nap time too!
Tired? Angry? Need some peace of mind? Put down whatever you're doing and enjoy some relaxing and inspiring musical moments at a nice slow tempo.
There is no reason for mornings to be harsh or unpleasant. Rise in peace and calmness to the gentle and inspirational music of the ages.
When you're gazing into the depths of the night sky, problems of the day shrink in comparison to the stately waltz of the stars and planets. Tonight, let the great masters soothe and inspire you on your journey to the stars.
Clear, concise and creative solo piano recordings that evoke a contemplative and, at times, nocturnal feeling. Perfect for late night unwinding.
Great music sometimes only requires one great guitarist. A great melody in beautiful harmony with six strings can be as powerful as a full orchestra. Enjoy these classic guitar works, perfect for an intimate dinner party for two.
From partitas to concerti, these are the greatest works ever composed for solo violin, as performed by the most acclaimed virtuosos of all time. Prepare to be amazed; these performances can bring down the house.
A full orchestra is not always needed for classical music; in fact, more music has been written for intimate spaces than grand concert halls. Explore the chamber music of the great composers.
Classical artists are increasingly crossing over to the pop scene, and vice versa. In either direction, soothing classics and beautiful melodies will always be popular.
From Bach to Copland, composers have always drawn inspiration from the beauty of the seasons. As the flowers bloom and the weather gets warm, let this timeless music inspire you to enjoy nature to its fullest.
These modern compositions can soundtrack your next conversation about post-surrealism in contemporary art -- or they can be the center of a lively discussion themselves.
Get to know the music of the best known child prodigy and classical rock star in history, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Mad genius, deaf curiosity, curmudgeon or reverent soul, Ludwig van Beethoven is one of a kind, perhaps the most influential composer of the last 200 years.
String quartets can explode with all the drama of a full orchestra or melt your heart like a fine operatic aria. The classic combination of two violins, viola and cello has remained a centuries-long standard for good reason. Sit back and enjoy the ride.
The prolific Father of the Symphony was court musician to the Esterházy family; there, he spent most of his career in creative isolation, forcing himself to develop his own profound but lovely creative voice.
Take on the brilliant world that is Bach, from simple lute works to full choral masterpieces. Perfect for the aficionado or newcomer.
Franz Liszt was the superstar of the romantic period and his performances caused "Lisztomania" across Europe. His pyrotechnic virtuosity made him the sexiest composer alive and his works teased the senses with his devilish touch. Dare to indulge yourself.
After Bach and Beethoven comes Brahms. Considered conservative in his time, Johannes Brahams was a perfectionist and a craftsman. His music contains the entire emotional landscape from despair to complete exultation.
Romantic and sentimental works for string quartets and chamber ensembles that are perfect for walking down the aisle or soundtracking a formal cocktail reception.
The most influential (and at times controversial) composer of the 20th century, Igor Stravinsky embraced new music styles and expressed the turmoil of his era.
Classical music isn't all adagios and waltzes; often classical pieces have arrestingly fast movements. Quicken your heart rate with these brisk and energetic operas, symphonies, ballets and overtures.
The soothing and magical harp dates to 500 BC and has been used in a variety of musical settings ever since. Drift off to a gentler plane on the dulcet tones of these classical masterpieces.
Whether you're studying for finals, organizing your desk, or filling out expense reports, these classical pieces provide the perfect musical accompaniment to help you get the job done. Now get to work!
An introduction to classical music, featuring the best recordings of some of the most important works.
The solo piano piece is music at its most contemplative. Enjoy these works from the classical, romantic and modern eras in any setting that calls for the quiet intimacy of the pianist and his or her instrument.
There is nothing quite like the seductive sonority of a finely played cello. Every composer has tried to win her affection through the centuries; here are the mellow classics that make her the great lady of the orchestra.
This playlist is comprised of songs from the most notable ballets, as well as movements and waltzes used in classical numbers by ballet companies all over the world.
Throw on your gown and tails and head to the ball with these fifty legendary waltzes.
Modern avant-garde classical composers regularly experiment with everything from tonality to new forms of mathematical composition. This playlist features recordings from the most notable and influential modern avant-grade composers.
A look at the minimalist approach to composing music, with works ranging from modern classical to Japanese new age.
An introduction to classical solo piano music, featuring the best recordings of the most important works.
Explore the ornate and beautiful era we call the baroque period. Hear the best tunes from 1600 to 1750 including masterworks by Bach, Vivaldi, and many more.
Explore new and historic divas and divos, singing the legendary arias from all the most famous operas of the last 300 years.
Kids love the adventure, depth and whimsy of classical music. It inspires their imaginations and helps give them an understanding of history. Make the concert hall a magical place for kids of all ages!
Sometimes you just need some "me" time, with a good book and a cup of tea. Here's some calming classical music for your quiet moments alone.
The holiday season should always include a little pomp and splendor. Ring in the season with the bright sounds of brass ensembles and handbell choirs.
Gambler, clergy, musician, and most famously, seducer, Casanova was one of the most influential men in 18th century Europe, at least in his own mind. These tunes from his celebrated era carried the spirit of love across all of Europe, and remain inspiring today.
Easter is a celebration rich in music history and amazing works. Choral and orchestral favorites invoke the best and worst of humanity in effort to rise above the day to day struggles. Requiems, oratorios and meditation. This is a mix of inspiration and hope for all.
Listen to essential arias from operas being performed during Metropolitan Opera's 2011-2012 season, ranging from Puccini's classic "La Bohéme" to Philip Glass' experimental "Satyagraha."
Celebrate America in music, from marching bands to great pops orchestras. Play this sparkling homage to the land we love in honor of all the men and women who have served this great country.
Imagine all your favorite performances melded into one giant, glorious Messiah. Every valley rejoice with both conservative and broad interpretations of Handel's masterpiece.
Songs by classical crossover tenor Andrea Bocelli as well as his closest contemporaries and collaborators.
Nothing provides musical excitement like the high male voice. Though the days of the castrati are thankfully long past, we can still enjoy the sound that makes us swoon in these popular classical-crossover favorites.