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10 Pieces of Music That Can Change Your Life: Hurts So Good

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Beautiful clouds floating in a summer sky - hear it, live it in this installment of "10 Pieces of Music That Can Change Your Life"

The Andante from Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21

The second movement of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 is just one of those inspired works of art. This movement is so heartbreakingly beautiful that it actually causes emotional pain, but in this case, it’s the kind of pain that, to quote that great musician-philosopher John Cougar Mellencamp, hurts so good. I describe all of this in this episode of my long-running podcast The Mozart Minute.

How this music can change your life: You’ll relax. You’ll breathe easier. You might even attain Nirvana.

Pianist Maria João Pires is the soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Claudio Abbado conducting:


Jennifer Hambrick unites her extensive backgrounds in the arts and media and her deep roots in Columbus to bring inspiring music to central Ohio as Classical 101’s midday host. Jennifer performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago before earning a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.