Panodyssey And The Love Of Classical Music
Panodyssey and the love of classical music
by Claudia Moscovici
The founder and CEO of the new international cultural website Panodyssey, Alexandre Leforestier, first achieved great success in promoting classical music. In the early 2000’s, he helped take Abeille Musique Records (AMR) from the brink of bankruptcy to prosperity, selling more than 65 million albums of Mozart’s music. Building upon this success, he founded Qobuz in 2007, a pioneering French music streaming service. He moved on to an even bigger vision in 2017, creating Panodyssey, a website dedicated to all the creative arts. It is not surprising, however, that Alexandre Leforestier’s first success was in promoting the music of Mozart. Classical music has the capacity to mesmerize all generations across cultural boundaries; it is a unifying force regardless of our political and ideological differences; it endures throughout centuries and it still captivates us. Few products of the human mind, talent and creation have such a lasting power and positive effect on our cultures and psyches. I’ve included below a list of some of the reasons offered by celebrities around the world for why we still love classical music.
- Classical music soothes the mind and delights the senses.
- Classical music supports the continuity of culture, in an age of mass media onslaught, when we risk losing the best achievements of past cultures.
“In these confused times, the role of classical music is at the very core of the struggle to reassert cultural and ethical values that have always characterized our country and for which we have traditionally been honored and respected outside our shores.” Lorin Maazel
- Much of modern music, such as jazz, rock and pop, is influenced by classical music.
- Not surprisingly, many of the best contemporary musicians have some training in classical music.
- Classical music is international, absorbing influences from diverse cultures and appealing to people across the world. It’s as close to a universal language as we have. In that sense, it’s a unifying force for humanity.
- Classical music appeals to our sense of symmetry and order.
- Classical music is evocative. It provokes the imagination and facilitates introspection.
“And what classical music does best and must always do more, is to show this kind of transformation of moods, to show a very wide psychological voyage. And I think that’s something that we as classical musicians have underestimated.” Michael Tilson Thomas
- Classical music engages all of our faculties: both our creative and analytical sides.
“A love of classical music is only partially a natural response to hearing the works performed, it also must come about by a decision to listen carefully, to pay close attention, a decision inevitably motivated by the cultural and social prestige of the art.” Charles Rosen