When dipping your toe into classical music, you don’t want to go too deep too soon. Ideally, you should start out with more accessible – and therefore easier to appreciate – pieces that allow your ear to get used to this new world of sounds. This means that, at first, you should limit yourself to pieces done by a full orchestra and with a strong, easy to remember melody. Music from the Classical and Romantic periods might be easier for you than the Modern and Baroque periods as well.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that you can’t listen to any pieces outside of this period. After all, if you’ve already developed a natural taste for more obscure classics, you should feel free to enjoy them regardless of whether you’re a new listener or a seasoned enthusiast. To make it easier for any beginners out there, we’ve put together a list of pieces that you can enjoy on a regular basis so that you can familiarize yourself with the genre. Feel free to make this part of your daily playlist or create a new one from these pieces:
Beethoven Violin Concerto
This Concerto is incomparably accessible. The rhythm draws you in with no trouble at all and it’s a complete delight. If you’re looking for a great interpretation, go for Anne-Sophie Mutter, or the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Daniel Barenboim.
Tehillim, Part 1, and Part 2
Steve Reich is an American composer, and his pieces often fuse techniques he developed while researching West Africa, mixed with techniques from the Renaissance. He also adds some vocals which make his piece feel otherworldly yet accessible.
Brahms Violin Concerto
This Concerto is incredibly passionate and will get you excited about classical music. We recommend listening to either the Berlin Philharmonic or the Vienna Philharmonic’s rendition of this concerto.
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20
Beethoven himself once said that he could never write anything like this Mozart’s piece. It is said to be the most beautiful piano concert written so far. The Berlin Philharmonic once again excels in its interpretation of this, especially when conducted by Pierre Boulez.
Bach’s Chaconne, Partita No 2 BWV 1004
Once you listen to this it will be impossible to believe this is a solo violin composition. It sounds like an entire orchestra of violinists playing in harmony. Just close your eyes and let yourself enjoy this brilliant solo composition.
The Elgar’s Cello Concerto
If you love the cello, you need to have this on your playlist. It’s a wonderful piece that will definitely take you to a different reality if you allow yourself to be enchanted by it. For a masterful rendition look for any conducted by Daniel Barenboim.
Dvorak’s Symphony No.9
Inspired by the symphony model created by Beethoven, Dvorak has created his own style with more modern harmonies and a distinctly Czech influence. Though he’s also incorporated American folks -based on African American and Native American sounds- into his compositions.