I love working while listening to classical music.
I’m far from being a music critic, to be honest. My father has a small collection of CDs from Baroque and Classical composers. That’s how I got hooked. Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart. Mozart’s Turkish March was the first song I ever listened on repeat on an MP3. I discovered Stanley Kubrick a few years later and my curiosity for the genre got reborn. His use of classical music to highlight events and emotions is astounding. The spectrum of emotions covered by classical composers is massive. Richer than most music produced nowadays. Or maybe, just different?
When I need a bit of motivation, I just put on Prokofiev’s Dance of the Knights.
Shostakovich’s Waltz n°2 is nostalgia in a song.
Haendel’s Sarabande is the song of a dying Europe.
Chopin’s Nocturnes are still my favorite pieces to listen to whenever I want to chill out during night time. During summer, Warsaw organizes free public representations of Chopin in the Łazienki Park. Renowned pianists just come in the park and play the piano. The park gets quiet. Chopin’s statue dominates the scene. The wind in the trees is protesting, but no one cares.
The music is too splendid.