Music may very well be the most powerful tool to showcase this. Right now, we need the Christmas spirit more then ever, which is where this music might come in helpful. Many people don't research a piece when listening to it, which is understandable. Still, there are many pieces that have such a wonderful story to tell that it would be a shame not to elaborate on them. It truly enriches a piece to listen to them with the context in which they were written. This is why we are taking a special look at the top 10 greatest classical pieces for Christmas.
These are the first 50 letters written by Ludwig van Beethoven himself, from the collection of Dr. Ludwig Nohl.
Here are some pieces to help you on your way and feel free to click on the names to find out more of their work. To listen to a preview of what is waiting for you, just click on the audio player. You can add recommendations for the pieces themselves at the selection pages.
It is seen as one of the most iconic classical piece of music for the violin. If you're new to the world of classical music, this is a great starter.
Technically, a very difficult piece to play. A brutal emotion of anger is expressed in a very passionate way with a great amount of virtuosity.
It is one of the most popular pieces composed by Franz Liszt and rightfully so. Liszt is known for writing the most challenging and demanding pieces in the world and here is the proof.
One of the founders of classical music as we know it today. The Four Seasons is one of Vivaldi's best known works and you're bound to know this piece by now.
By now, we are fairly used to the technical excellence of Chopin pieces but this one sets the bar to a new high. Renowned pianist Evgeny Kissin knows how to handle it and does the piece more than justice.
The piece was written shortly after two traumatic events in the life of Shostakovich. It's representative of war and it is said that shortly after the writing of this piece Shostakovich wanted to commit suicide.
The Sibelius Violin Concerto is one of the most famous concertos in all of classical music. It includes many very technically difficult techniques and it won't bore you any time soon.
Regarded by many as the greatest cello concerto of all time. Although Elgar's recognition is limited in comparison to some of the major others, these compositions are truly priceless.