Skip to main content



Getting the Most From Classical Music Recordings: Try These Tips

Listening to recordings of classical music can bring much joy, meaning, and solace to one's life. It can also be overwhelming or confusing! Thankfully, there are some easy steps you can take to make sense of it. (Hint: I actually use these tips myself!) Here are some ideas. Let's say you are listening to  a recording of a symphony  performed by a famous orchestra. Or maybe it's  a recording of a concerto  that features the piano. When you hear something interesting, memorable, or moving, pause the track. Write down the time stamp (the minutes and seconds) for that part, and see if you can hum it back to yourself. Is it an idea that the violins played? Was it a series of low notes or a big swell in the sound? Take note of it. Then, press play. Repeat the process as many times as you like. Go back and review the memorable moments. What are your favorites? Why? For an added challenge, see if you can remember a single musical moment as you listen to an entire recording. Pause t

Latest Posts