Between the exuberance of the Baroque era and the emotional outpouring of Romanticism, 18th-century Classical music strived towards the harmonious, the measured, the ordered and the balanced. At its best, the music of the High Classical period reassures, grounds and delights with its idealized precision and its suggestion that perfection is, in fact, attainable after all.Read more…
Some music by Mozart and his predecessors, contemporaries and successors is said to be more divine than human – to be somehow detached from the everyday. Yet this music's ability to communicate directly to the human soul is never in doubt.
Classical order exerted an influence long beyond its time. Every few generations, composers have been inspired by the Apollonian perfection of the music from eighteenth century Europe and have strived to recapture its sense of balance and distillation.
This playlist – designed to help you find your balance and recalibrate – contains some of the most perfectly tempered music of the Classical era and just before, as well as music from subsequent ages that strived towards the same ideals.