The new year has always represented a sense of hope and optimism, and while 2022 may turn out to be another wild year, we’re determined to step into it with a song in our hearts. After all, we’ve got each other and we’ve got the healing power of great music.
What’s your soundtrack for ushering in this new year? Here are a few of classical music’s most uplifting and optimistic compositions to get you in the right mood for the new year!
Holst’s Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity – Opening with sheer exuberance, Holst keeps the high energy going throughout this piece.
Prokofiev’s ‘Classical’ Symphony – This spirited tune sounds different from Prokofiev’s other works, perhaps because he based it on works by Haydn and Mozart. Check out this spirited performance by the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra.
Strauss’ Annen Polka, Op. 117 – What’s more cheerful than a polka, you ask? You’d be hard pressed to find a happier tune than this, performed here by the Cleveland Orchestra.
Rossini’s The Barber of Seville Overture – This version by the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra seems even better due to conductor Yuri Temirkanov’s obvious enjoyment of the piece (honestly, he never stops smiling!).
Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony “Allegro Vivace” – The composer described this cheerful work as “blue sky in A major.” You can almost see the Italian countryside bathed in sunshine.
Piazzolla’s Libertango – Describes as infectious with an irresistible driving beat, this composition by the Argentine composer will have you smiling, clapping and tapping your toes. This performance by the Russian Phiharmonic – Moscow City Symphony features talented dancers for added inspiration.
Beethoven’s Ode to Joy from Symphony No. 9 – What better way to conclude our list than with the final movement of the Ninth Symphony? Get ready for joy and triumph in the rousing performance by the Folsom Symphony and Sacramento Master Singers!