Music to Raise Your Spirits, Don Naples


Don Naples recommends the April 17th 2020 interview of Dr. Robert Greenberg (a friend).

Dr. Greenberg suggests you join him on Facebook Live with Julie Stoltz of The Great Courses, as he discusses what music might we/should we be listening to in order to help raise our spirits, make us forget our woes and instead, render us susceptible to boogie fever!  The discussion can be found at the following link:

After the interview, they listed the music pieces discussed as the “Raise Your Spirits” pieces.

Below is the list thought Dr. Bob also mentioned Saint Sean’s Symphony #3 and several great jazz pianists.

The Great Courses Facebook Live – Music List

As promised on The Great Courses Facebook LIVE – here is my list of music guaranteed to raise our spirits, make us forget our woes, and render us susceptible to boogie fever:

  • Bach: Brandenburg Concertos; Trevor Pinnock and the English Concert; Archiv
  • Bach: Goldberg Variations; Glenn Gould 1955 & 1981 recordings; Sony
  • Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas; Ronald Brautigam; BIS
  • Beethoven: Complete Symphonies: John Eliot Gardiner, conductor; Archiv
  • Bernstein: The Theater Works Vol. 1; Sony
  • Brahms: Clarinet Quintet; Karl Leister and the Vermeer Quartet; Orfeo
  • Brahms: Complete Piano Quartets; Beaux Arts Trio with Walter Trampler; Philips
  • Brahms: Horn Trio; Vladimir Ashkenazy, Itzhak Perlman, Barry Tuckwell; London
  • Brahms and Schumann: Piano Quintets; Joyce Yang and the Alexander String Quartet; Foghorn
  • Brahms: String Quintets; Boston Symphony Chamber Players; Nonesuch
  • De Falla: El Amor Brujo; Montreal Symphony; London
  • Dvořák: Piano Quintet Op. 81; Menahem Pressler and the Emerson String Quartet; DG
  • Gershwin: Overtures; John McGlinn, conductor; EMI
  • Mendelssohn: Octet for Strings; Alexander and Afiara String Quartets; Foghorn
  • Mozart: Piano Quartets; Joyce Yang and the Alexander String Quartet; Foghorn
  • Mozart: Symphony No. 41; Yehudi Menuhin, conductor; Virgin
  • Prokofiev: Piano Concertos 1 & 3; Yevgeny Kissin and Claudio Abbado, conductor; DG
  • Schumann: Complete Symphonies; John Eliot Gardiner, conductor; Archiv
  • Schubert: String Quintet; Amadeus Quartet & Robert Cohen; DG
  • Schubert: Symphony in C Major No. (9); Jeffrey Tate, conductor; EMI
  • Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings; Herbert von Karajan, conductor; DG


  • Carlos Lomas and Pepe de Malaga: Andalusian Flamenco Song & Dance; Lyrichord
  • Manitas de Plata: Gypsy Flamenco; Vanguard
  • Paco de Lucia: Siroco; Phonogram
  • Paco Peña: Azahara; Nimbus
  • Paco Peña and Eduardo Falu: Encnento; Nimbus
  • Pedro Bacon: Alurican; Le Chant du Monde
  • Pepe Romero: Flamenco; Philips

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