At Epidemic Sound, we understand how important music is for your projects. That’s why we’ve listened to our audience and released the Epidemic Sound Classical Essentials collection, featuring fresh interpretations of Vivaldi, Mozart, and Schumann.
Why classical music, and why now?
There’s been a huge upswing in classical music usage across the internet. Just last year, the genre’s YouTube presence grew by 90%, making it our fastest-growing genre on the platform. This growth spread across Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, and the United States, proving it to be a global, creator-led movement rather than a flash in the pan.
We noticed this trend within Epidemic Sound’s platform, too. Classical music downloads through our Player increased by 64% year-over-year, while our classical titles were played more than 200 million times on music streaming platforms. Not bad for a genre that’s hundreds of years old!
Epidemic Sound Classical Essentials: featuring world-class artists
Based on our research, your feedback, and the wealth of talent in our roster, we set about creating the ultimate classical music collection for content creation.
On December 8, 2023, we released the Epidemic Sound Classical Essentials. This playlist contains 26 specially curated versions of classical music milestones, including Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, Mozart’s Twinkle Variations, and selections from Schumann's Novelletten.
Sessions took place at Power Station at BerkleeNYC and Stockholm’s Immersive Music Studios. Between them, these legendary recording studios have hosted everyone from ABBA to Bruce Springsteen, The Beatles to Lady Gaga, and Bob Dylan to Madonna.
Epidemic Sound’s Classical Essentials were performed by world-renowned artists including Eric Jacobsen, a Juilliard-trained, Grammy-nominated conductor described as ‘an interpretive dynamo’ by the New York Times; Mira Ma, a virtuoso pianist, teacher, and Mozarteum University alum; and Michelle Ross, the violinist, composer, and improviser who’s performed with the Juilliard String Quartet and played on a Grammy-winning album.
The tracks also feature a 22-piece chamber orchestra, marking this as the largest-scale recording undertaken by Epidemic Sound artists.
The songs may be old, but the collection’s bursting with new life, expression, and freedom. You’ll probably be familiar with these works, but our artists have given them a shine you’ve not heard before. Take Ma’s interpretations of Mozart’s Twinkle Variations, which were recorded like stage performances – a rarity in modern classical recordings; and a stunning take on Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, played by the hand-picked Odyssey Orchestra.
It’s never been easier to access and license these iconic, timeless tracks for your projects and content. There’s no need to rely on low-quality free recordings, nor waste time negotiating with traditional labels and Performance Rights Organizations – you just need a simple, restriction-free solution. The Epidemic Sound Classical Essentials collection’s got you covered.
“We are, once again, humbled by the talent and creativity of the musicians and artists around us, and excited to share their amazing performances with our content creators and the world,” said Oscar Höglund, CEO and co-founder of Epidemic Sound. “The timelessness of classical music means it is continuing to trend among creators, listeners, and viewers alike in 2023. There’s plenty more in the works to meet this broad demand for classical music. Stay tuned.”
Classical music should be accessible for everyone – that’s why we’re making it easier to license. Delve into the Classical Essentials collection here, and sign up for Epidemic Sound below.