From the Curators: New Classical Genre Stations, Featuring Complete Classical Works

In a world so often dominated by pop hits, we are taking a moment to reflect on the importance of some of the oldest music in our library, some of which dates back to the 15th and 16th centuries! In an effort to provide our classical listeners (both novices and aficionados) the richest listening experience possible, we have been hard at work enhancing our classical music collection, adding over thousands of new tracks to the Pandora library. And for the first time, we are offering listeners the ability to enjoy complete classical compositions in one, uninterrupted session! This new offering is featured on three new classical genre stations: Classical Complete Performances, Classical for Work, and Classical for the Soul. Each of them spans the vast world of classical, from the Renaissance to the Modern era, paying lavish attention to the popular Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods.

classical imageThis expanded feature of being able to hear a complete classical work allows you to explore the classical terrain in a new way.  Ever wonder what the rest of Beethoven’s massively famous 5th Symphony sounds like? Now you can find out. You can also hear complete works from well-known masters such as Vivaldi, Bach and Mozart as well as Modern composers like Stravinsky, Holst, Strauss and more.

By listening to the full-length classical compositions, listeners can discover the original way the composer intended them to be heard.  Until now, most classical tracks played are just one part or “movement” of a multi-movement piece, so this addition is an exciting first and marks the beginning of an ongoing project for Pandora to play all complete classical works. 

~CLASSICAL COMPLETE PERFORMANCES~

Many classical pieces are multi-movement affairs that take you on a journey ranging anywhere from 10-50 minutes long. Take a deep dive into classical by hearing many well-known works in their entirety, exactly as the composer intended.

~CLASSICAL FOR WORK~

If you’re new to classical music entirely or have barely gotten your feet wet (for instance, you have no idea what contemporary composer John Cage’s ‘prepared’ piano’ is, or you didn’t read far enough into Beethoven’s biography to discover his rock star-ish behavior of trashing Vienna apartments), then this station is a great starting point on your journey. It provides a well-rounded listening experience that will brighten and inspire your workday. Trust us, it is serious brain food!

~CLASSICAL FOR THE SOUL~

For those who have a bit more time to relax and really sink into the music, this station is perfect for unwinding. If you’re already a seasoned classical listener, this could be great for while you work, too.

No matter your current classical listening level, all three of these new stations can be enjoyed by everyone. Each station has been curated (both at the composer and performer level) to help you explore the classical music world in a totally new way on Pandora and to provide the richest listening experience possible.

Dive in!

Michelle

P.S.: To dabble with some stations more specific to one composer, try one of these:

Michelle Alexander

Music Analysis Team https://www.pandora.com/profile/michalexa6

15 thoughts on “From the Curators: New Classical Genre Stations, Featuring Complete Classical Works

  1. Fantastic!!!! I have been wanting this from the moment I tried Pandora. I’m so glad you’ve found a way to make it happen.

    • Agreed! A major breakthrough away from the single track “tune” approach which has dominated on-line music purveyors forever. This challenges Amazon cloud player’s followers to listen to Pandora classical.

  2. Neita On Jul 24, 2013 11:43 AM, “Pandora Blog” wrote: > > Michelle Alexander posted: “In a world so often dominated by pop hits, we are taking a moment to reflect on the importance of some of the oldest music in our library, some of which dates back to the 15th and 16th centuries! In an effort to provide our classical listeners (both novic” >

  3. I really like being able to listen to complete classical works, but I’d love it if I could specify the classical period that is more to my taste (such as baroque). I am not a fan of “modern” classical.

    • I too would like to be able to specify the classical period appropriate to the time of day or my mood or the listening time available or whatever. There are occasions when ancient classical music is ideal and others when other periods including modern classical are more appropriate. Indeed modern classical (1970 to 2014) is particularly poorly served by either internet or conventional radio. Perhaps an untapped listener resource?

    • In addition to being able to specify the musical genre (baroque, romantic, etc.) as DEB requests, I would like to be able to specify music played by or written for specific ensembles such as string quartets, piano sonatas, chamber music, symphonies, concertos, etc.

  4. I’m not commenting on the above…. but I do want to make a statement to Pandora. It is very unprofessional of you to elevate political figures and demean the opposite sides. It is so obvious that you are getting “favors” or kickbacks in order to get their agenda across. But if I were you I would carry on. I wouldn’t think about the mess that this president has made, and continues to make of this country or what it means to our kids and grandkids. You just stay in your little world and just reap the benefits that you are receiving for your messages you send out, regardless of what it means to the future generations. Im sure that is why you make it just alittle bit difficult to contact you and let you know how your audience feels. Yes, I know, I can just not listen to you…… but it is organizations like you, the media, etc. who are helping to ruin the United States in which we live. I truly hope and pray that you have sleepless nights until you fix “your” problem.

  5. Learned about Pandora from my 12 year old daughter, who is thrilled that starting next month she will be relieved from her 40 hour per month listening time limit on her iPad. Today I discovered Pandora Classical at Work channel and I am ecstatically listening to my favorite musical genre and discovering new classical composers I have never heard before. I could not imagine a more pleasant listening experience. Thank you and congratulations, Pandora, for expanding my appreciation of classical music! While I am uncertain as of yet whether it will increase my work productivity for I am retired, it has certainly increased by enjoyment immeasurably. Now that my daughter has just introduced me to the thumbs up and down buttons, I am promised an even better personalized listening experience, though it is hard to imagine!

  6. I am not always getting complete works. Does anyone know if adding seeds to customize the channel, eg: Brahms, will add complete Brahms works?

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