You can never go wrong with some good old-fashioned classical music. You can bet that the great genius’ of our time probably grinded out their homework in their younger years to some classical music. Einstein loved playing Mozart’s violin concertos as a brainstorming technique (Note to all guys: he even attracted his wife with his suave violin playing). There have been numerous studies linking listening to classical music while studying leading to higher test scores. Classical music has also been shown to improve numerous bodily functions like decreasing blood pressure, fighting depression, boosting memory, and reducing stress. All these beneficial things aside, classical music is a fantastic genre of music to have on in the background while you work.
This playlist focuses on a selection of classical music called concertos. A concerto is usually split into three movements, but most importantly, it focuses on a soloist accompanied by a symphony, string orchestra, or concert band. Concertos are a fantastic form of composition because of the emphasis put on the virtuoso of the soloist. Within the playlist, we have covered concertos featuring three different instruments; the cello, violin and piano. We also have chosen recordings with renown players since the quality of the sound rests so heavily on the skill of the soloist. From Jacqueline du Pre to Arthur Rubinstein to Itzhak Perlman, this all-star lineup of soloists is sure to make your study session a productive ride.
Cello Concerto in E Minor – Edward Elgar
Shostakovich: Cello Concerto
Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor – Camille Saint-Saens
Violin Concerto in D Major – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Violin Concerto in E Minor – Felix Mendelssohn
Berg: Violin Concerto – Alban Berg
Piano Concerto No. 21 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Violin Concerto in D Minor – Sibelius
Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor – Max Bruch
Concerto for Piano & Orchestra in A Minor – edvard Grieg
Piano Concerto No. 1 in D-Flat Major