Piano Concerto in A minor Opus 17 (2) Ignacy Jan Paderewski
19 July 2016, 09:12
We’ve put together a list of the very best summer music, from a whole range of great composers. Pour yourself a drink and relax with these…
Craig Ogden - Here Comes The Sun
Guitarist Craig Ogden plays 'Here Comes The Sun' from his Summer Guitar album, live in the Classic FM office.
OK, not strictly classical - but look what Craig Ogden does with this Beatles classic and tell us it's not in the right ballpark. A beautiful sound, especially in the summer.
So this one’s obvious, but why wouldn’t you want to ring in the warmer months with this perennially stormy and summery favourite?
'Summer' from Vivaldi's The Four Seasons – on Bandura and Button accordion
This is Vivaldi as you've never heard it before
Tranquil setting, divine inspiration, and a bloke with donkey ears. Can’t lose with this.
OK, allow us a little wriggle-room here. This is a piece that will prepare you for summer rather than sustain you throughout, but it’s an essential warm-up. Put it on around April.
This one is for when summer just gets a little too hot. You know, that broken air-con kind of hot.
Whisk yourself off to Spain with this one, surely the piece the classical guitar was invented for.
You know how in the summer you always want to just drink Malbec and attempt Latin American dance forms? Well, we don’t have any Malbec.
...and some bonus Albeniz, a rather pacey run though his Asturias:
Here’s a suitably bonkers summer piece for when you’ve been stuck in a Bank Holiday traffic jam for two hours and you’re feeling close to expiration.
Back to tranquil summers, now. Pour yourself a Pimm’s and enjoy the distinctly light music-esque strains of Glazunov’s seasonal effort.
Bizet’s most enduring work also happens to be one that takes place during a sweltering summer. There’s all manner of summery moments in here, but for us, it’s Carmen’s first major contribution that ticks all the boxes.
An epic tone poem, complete with bird sound effects, that perfectly sums up the feeling of the magic moment when you’re on holiday and everything just… stops. Bliss.