Category : Periods
Featuring the best pieces of the Renaissance period.
Baroque music tends to be known for its clarity and concision: Think Pachelbel and Purcell, or J.S. Bach. Spanning the 17th century through the beginning of the Classical era around the mid-1700s, the compositions here also chart the emergence of forms like the concerto, sonata, and oratorio.
The widely appreciated 16th and 17th century era with pieces from classical composers like Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, Purcell, Scarlatti, Telemann and more.
Though he started composing during the Classical era, Beethoven is probably best remembered as a proto-Romantic, a composer who broadened the emotional range of Western music. Lyrical, demonstrative, even a little tempestuous, the works here (produced between the late 18th century and the early 20th) signal a shift toward expressivity that changed composition forever, culminating in the radical revisions of Modernism.
Get acquainted with the best-loved works by the undisputed champion of classical composition.
Classical music from the classical era. Light, clear and beautiful. Music by Beethoven, Mozart and Haydn. The sons of J.S Bach. Schubert and Salieri.
Rousing and familiar pieces to get excited about Classical music (or just excited in general).
Discover music from across the Contemporary Classical spectrum – from Emily Howard and Joby Talbot to Minimalist Dream House and Max Richter.
50 splendid recordings of historically informed performance, which uses both period instruments and performance practice, in order to present music works faithfully, in the style of the era when the piece was originally conceived.
Immerse your senses in this vast collection of early music from Ancient Greece through the Renaissance.
Travel through the evolution of the Renaissance sound with this collection of choral and instrumental classics.
50 highlights of classical music composed in the new millennium. Find more contemporary, avant-garde and minimalism playlists at our Classical Hub.
Medieval music from early Gregorian chants to late Ars Nova. Secular troubadours and sacred choir music. Colorful, gothic and beautiful. Hear music by Wolkenstein, von Bingen, Machaut and Léonin.
Enjoy pieces by modern composers such as Harold Budd, Sylvain Chaveau, Brian, Crain, and others.
The best Modernist music from the early to mid 20th century: the Impressionism of Ravel and Debussy, the Expressionism of Schoenberg and Webern, the Neoclassicism of Stravinsky and Bartok.
Frédéric Chopin, one of the earliest superstars of the music world, is best known for his works composed for solo piano. Listen now and introduce yourself to some of Chopin's greatest pieces.
Keep your finger on the pulse of the newest and most relevant music out there today by listening to some new and familiar contemporary composers and artists that blur the lines between classical and pop music.
Discover the Romantic Era through this mix of epic, emotion-filled music from Beethoven to Respighi.
If music be the food of love, play on, Give me excess of it; that surfeiting, The appetite may sicken, and so die. Listen to music inspired by some of William Shakespeare's greatest works like Romeo & Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Otello, & Henry V.
3 & ½ hours of atmospheric English music from the time of William Shakespeare. A delightful mix of Songs, Consort and Keyboard music by the Bard’s musical contemporaries including Dowland, Gibbons, Byrd and Tallis.
The 19th century was an enormously fertile period in classical music, a time when conventional notions of form and harmony were pushed in bold, even discordant, new directions. Generally defined as starting sometime around 1850, the Late Romantic period saw composers pushing further away from the conventions of the Classical era toward music that was singular, idiosyncratic, and challenging. From the folk-influenced styles of Dvořák and Tchaikovsky to the operatic heft of Wagner and Mahler, this is the music that paved the way for modernism's radical shake-ups.
The turn of the 20th century marked a major revolution in classical composition—an embrace of experimentation and stretching of conventional tonality (or sometimes just an outright rejection of it) that shook up the vocabulary of music for good. Even as postmodernism reabsorbed tradition (through the folk-influenced sounds of composers like Barber and Shostakovich, for example), it was as a reference or footnote—the sound that was left behind. What follows is a cross-section of classical composition's development, from the 20th century to the present, highlighting the diversity of the music being written today.