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While The Splendid Table focuses on making great food for Thanksgiving and the holiday season, we also know that good music makes any gathering that much more festive. With that spirit in mind, our friends at YourClassical® created a playlist for you to enjoy in the kitchen, around the dinner table, or by the fireplace with your family and friends. Not your holiday standards, these classical tunes set a lovely backdrop for any occasion. Below, you'll find 12 classical pieces complete with composer and performance information. Listen to full playlist above.


Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral”: 1st movement (09:25)

  • Ludwig van Beethoven | CSR Symphony | Michael Halasz, conductor | Naxos 8.550179

String Quartet No. 12 “American”: 1st movement 07:07)

  • Antonin Dvorak | Moyzes Quartet | Naxos 8.550251

Piano Concerto No. 1: 2nd & 3rd movements (18:48)

  • Frederic Chopin | Istvan Szekely, piano | Budapest Symphony | Gyula Nemeth, conductor | Naxos 8.550123

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik: 1st movement (08:48)

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart | Cappella Istropolitana | Wolfgang Sobotka, conductor | Naxos 8.550026

Rodeo: Hoedown (03:15)

  • Aaron Copland | CSR Symphony | Stephen Gunzenhauser, conductor | Naxos 8.550282

The Four Seasons: Autumn: 1st & 3rd movements (08:48)

  • Antonio Vivaldi | Accademia Ziliniana | Amadis 7019

Serenade for Strings: Valse (04:09)

  • Peter Tchaikovsky | Hungarian State Opera Chamber Orchestra | Tamas Benedek, conductor | Amadis 7143

Piano Quintet “Trout”: 4th movement (08:06)

  • Franz Schubert | Ensemble Villa Musica | Amadis 7126

The Moldau (12:24)

  • Bedrich Smetana | Slovak Philharmonic | Barry Wordsworth, conductor | Naxos 8.550376

Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”: 2nd movement (11:25)

  • Antonin Dvorak | CSR Symphony | Ondrej Lenard, conductor | Amadis 7025

Intermezzo No. 3, Op. 119 (02:04)

  • Johannes Brahms | Iaszlo Baranyay, piano | Amadis 7245

Appalachian Spring (22:47)

  • Aaron Copland | CSR Symphony Orchestra | Stephen Gunzenhauser, conductor | Naxos 8.550282