These classical pieces slowed down 10x sound absolutely magical

29 August 2015, 15:44 | Updated: 24 March 2017, 15:33

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.


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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.