Tell Us: Classical Music to Cure Cabin Fever

Thursday, February 13, 2014

With Old Man Winter giving us his worst this year, many of us are no longer just bundling up. We're staying inside. But there eventually comes a time when kids and pets are stir-crazy, you've exhausted your movie rental cue, and you've cleaned your kitchen one too many times.

So to keep those winter blues away, we're assembling a Cabin Fever Playlist. With a hat tip to our colleagues at NPR Music, we'd like to hear your suggestions for classical pieces that lift your mood and get you thinking cheerier thoughts.

Is it a peppy Baroque concerto? An engrossing Brahms symphony? Or perhaps some bracing modernist score to clear out the mental cobwebs? Leave your suggestions in the comments box below.


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Comments [8]

Suzanne from New York

Just about any Beethoven symphony, as he's one of the most intrepid spirits in musical history. Other than that, maybe the Rachmaninoff 2nd Piano Concerto; a couple of those energetic Berlioz overtures (Benvenuto Cellini, Rob Roy, Le Corsaire, etc.); Don Juan of Richard Strauss -- those always get my blood pumping!

Feb. 17 2014 12:48 PM

Corelli's Concerti Grosso, all of them, and Vivaldi's Four Seasons; anything by Vivaldi, really.

Feb. 17 2014 12:37 PM

"Lark Ascending" by Vaughn Williams. I always picture the lark high in the brilliant blue sky as I look up through flowering bushes and lush green trees.

Feb. 17 2014 11:46 AM
Kathryn J. Riss from Piscataway, NJ

How about anything with "spring" in its title?

Feb. 17 2014 11:18 AM
Gev Sweeney from The Jersey Shore

Something you'd never think you'd want to hear in winter: Die Winterreise. It works, especially in the snow.

Feb. 17 2014 05:29 AM
Max C

Whistler and His Dog by Pryor always puts a smile on my face :)
Obviously if you're longing for spring Vivaldi's The 4 Seasons (Spring) I. Allegro and Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 in F Major, "Pastoral"

Feb. 16 2014 04:40 PM
Robert St.Onge from Cochiti Lake,NM

Yes, I agree, anything by Mozart - though, maybe in this instance, not the 'Requiem'. Also the 'Classical Symphony' by Prokofiev and, if you want to look to the future, the 'Song of Summer' by Delius.

Feb. 16 2014 01:02 PM
Wendy D'Lugin from Manhattan

Anything by Mozart.

Feb. 16 2014 11:42 AM

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