These classical pieces slowed down 10x sound absolutely magical

29 August 2015, 15:44

We've taken some of the the greatest works of all time and slowed them down to 10 times slower than their normal speed. They sound truly wonderful and epic.

Tchaikovsky - 1812 Overture

Cannon-fire in slow motion is just about the biggest sound we can possibly imagine. If you thought Tchaikovsky's 1812 wasn't epic enough, then you're in for a gargantuan treat.


Vaughan Williams – The Lark Ascending

The soaring song of the lark in Vaughan Williams has reached the heady heights of Classic FM Hall of Fame No.1 a total of six times. Slowed down, the piece seems even more magical.


See the Ultimate Classic FM Hall of Fame chart >


Beethoven – Piano Concerto No.5 (Emperor)

Didn't think Beethoven's Fifth Piano Concerto could get any more epic? Think again:



Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto No. 2

A real Hall of Fame favourite, but how does this regular chart-topper sound ten times slower? Really haunting, as it turns out…



Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 21

In its normal guise, this is a dainty, almost silly-sounding melody. Slowed down, it's the soundtrack to a chill-out room at a student party circa 1998.

Bruch – Violin Concerto No. 1

This piece took the top spot in the first five years of the Classic FM Hall of Fame – and it sounds even more mellow at this snail's pace



Bach - Cello Suite No. 1

Unaccompanied cello never sounded so meaty as this. Bach's iconic solo classic is now an achingly slow broken chord.


Mozart – Clarinet Concerto

The lowest chart position this piece has ever recorded is No.8  – and it reached No.1 in 2006. A real Hall of Fame favourite – and just listen to that stunning Clarinet solo line slowed down. Bliss.


Elgar - Cello Concerto

Who would've thought Elgar would sound like the opening to a Godspeed You Black Emperor album? Not us. It was moody before, but this is properly dark, gripping stuff.


Williams - Star Wars

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away just became a whole lot longer. If you can imagine the majesty of Williams' most famous theme without being slowed down, you need to hear this.

Classic FM Apps

Get the Classic FM app for iPhone, iPad and Android - now with HD audio

Musical abbreviations quiz

You won’t get 20/20 on this quiz if you don’t know your musical abbreviations

musician would you rather

This musician edition of Would You Rather is completely excruciating

greatest best man speech

Everyone is saying this pianist gave the greatest best man speech of all time