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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.

This 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: