50 Best Relaxing Classics

50 Best Relaxing Classics

     
 

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EMI's 50 Best Relaxing is a triple-disc anthology of soothing and reflective classical hits, all selected with care from the label's extensive backlist. The set is divided into three broad categories, with the first disc devoted to the mellow Classical works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and See more details below

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EMI's 50 Best Relaxing is a triple-disc anthology of soothing and reflective classical hits, all selected with care from the label's extensive backlist. The set is divided into three broad categories, with the first disc devoted to the mellow Classical works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven, while the second CD is a mix of calm Romantic pieces, and the third disc offers selections of gentle piano music. The roster of performers is essentially a Who's Who of the great 20th century artists who recorded for EMI in the analog and digital eras. The recording dates range between 1959 and 2000, so there is some slight unevenness in sound quality, but because the tracks have been well-balanced for comfortable home listening, there are no sudden changes in volume to disturb the listener. While some may use this set as a general survey of classical music, much of the music will be recognizable to casual classical fans and need no introduction. Indeed, because the selections are familiar, the collection is even better suited to use as background and relaxation music.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/29/2010
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
5099945754722
catalogNumber:
57547

Tracks

  1. Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102: 2. Andante  - Dmitry Shostakovich  - Dmitri Alexeev  -  English Chamber Orchestra  - Jerzy Maksymiuk
  2. Clair de lune, for piano (Suite Bergamasque No. 3), L. 75/3  - Claude Debussy  - Moura Lympany
  3. Gnossienne for piano No. 1  - Erik Satie  - Anne Queffélec
  4. Gymnopedie for piano No. 1  - Erik Satie  - Anne Queffélec
  5. Caruso, for voice & orchestra  - Lucio Dalla  - John Bayless  - John Bayless
  6. Prelude for piano No. 15 in D flat major, Op. 28/15, CT. 180  - Frédéric Chopin  - Dmitri Alexeev
  7. Préludes (12) for piano, Book I, L. 117: La Fille aux cheveux de lin  - Claude Debussy  - Moura Lympany
  8. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11, CT. 47: 2. Romance: Larghetto [opening]  - Frédéric Chopin  - Martha Argerich  - Charles Dutoit  -  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
  9. Waltz for piano in A flat major, Op. 39/15  - Johannes Brahms  - Moura Lympany
  10. Etude for piano No. 3 in E major, Op. 10/3, CT. 16  - Frédéric Chopin  - John Ogdon
  11. Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood) for piano, Op. 15: Träumerei  - Robert Schumann  - Moura Lympany
  12. Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16: 2. Adagio  - Edvard Grieg  - Neville Marriner  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Cécile Ousset
  13. Berceuse for piano in D flat major, Op. 57, CT. 7  - Frédéric Chopin  - Peter Donohoe
  14. Liebesträume, notturno for piano No. 3 in A flat major ("O Lieb, so lang du lieben kannst"), S. 541/3 (LW A103/3)  - Franz Liszt  - John Ogdon
  15. Nocturne for piano No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109  - Frédéric Chopin  - John Ogdon
  16. Dolly, suite for piano, 4 hands or orchestra, Op. 56: Berceuse  - Gabriel Fauré  - Jean-Philippe Collard  - Bruno Rigutto
  17. Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Introduction and 24 Variations), for piano & orchestra in A minor, Op. 43: Variation 18  - Sergey Rachmaninov  -  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  - Cécile Ousset  - Simon Rattle
  18. Cantique de Jean Racine, for 4-part chorus & organ (or orchestra), Op. 11  - Gabriel Fauré  -  Winchester Cathedral Choir  - Stephen Farr  - David Hill
  19. Méditation, for violin & orchestra (or other arrangement) (from opera "Thäis")  - Jules Massenet  - Neville Marriner  - Hans Kalafusz  -  SWR Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
  20. Carnival of the Animals, zoological fantasy for 2 pianos & ensemble: The Swan  - Camille Saint-Saëns  - Han-Na Chang  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Leonard Slatkin  -  Hazell
  21. Requiem, for 2 solo voices, chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 48: In Paradisum  - Gabriel Fauré  - David Willcocks  -  Choir of King's College, Cambridge  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  22. A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Nocturne  - Felix Mendelssohn  - Charles Mackerras  -  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  23. Carmen, opera: Act 3. Entr'acte  - Georges Bizet  -  Orchestre National de France  - Seiji Ozawa
  24. Enigma Variations, for orchestra, Op. 36: Nimrod  - Edward Elgar  - Adrian Boult  -  London Symphony Orchestra
  25. Les contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Belle nuit (Barcarolle)  - Jacques Offenbach  - Sylvain Cambreling  - Ann Murray  - Jessye Norman  -  L'Opéra National de Théatre Royal de la Monnai Bruxelles Chorus  -  L'Opéra National de Théatre Royal de la Monnai Bruxelles Symphonic Orchestra
  26. Symphony No. 9 in E minor ("From the New World"), B. 178 (Op. 95) (first published as No. 5): 2. Largo [opening]  - Antonin Dvorák  - Mariss Jansons  -  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
  27. Lakmé, opera: Dôme épais (Flower Duet)  - Léo Delibes  - Alain Lombard  - Mady Mesplé  - Danielle Millet  -  Paris Opéra-Comique Orchestra
  28. Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64: 2. Andante [extract]  - Felix Mendelssohn  - Efrem Kurtz  - Yehudi Menuhin  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  29. Pavane, for orchestra & chorus ad lib in F sharp minor, Op. 50  - Gabriel Fauré  - David Willcocks  - Gareth Morris  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  30. Peer Gynt Suite for orchestra (or piano or piano, 4 hands) No. 1, Op. 46: Morning  - Edvard Grieg  - Neville Marriner  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
  31. Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26: 2. Adagio [opening]  - Max Bruch  - Yehudi Menuhin  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Walter Süsskind
  32. Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85: 3. Adagio  - Edward Elgar  - John Barbirolli  - Jacqueline du Pré  -  London Symphony Orchestra
  33. Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Intermezzo  - Pietro Mascagni  - Riccardo Muti  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  34. Rusalka, opera, B. 203 (Op. 114): Song to the Moon  - Antonin Dvorák  -  Munich Radio Orchestra  - Lucia Popp  - Stefan Soltesz
  35. Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Un'aura amorosa  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - John Aler  - Bernard Haitink  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra
  36. Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major ("Alla Turca") K. 331 (K. 300i): 1. Andante grazioso. Theme  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Andrei Gavrilov
  37. Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Soave sia il vento  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  -  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  - Agnes Baltsa  -  José van Dam  - Margaret Marshall  - Riccardo Muti
  38. Concerto for flute, harp & orchestra in C major, K. 299 (K. 297c): 2. Andantino [extract]  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - James Galway  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Fritz Helmis  - Herbert von Karajan
  39. Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major ("Eine kleine Nachtmusik"), K. 525: 2. Romance: Andante  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Neville Marriner  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
  40. Symphony No. 6 in F major ("Pastoral"), Op. 68: 5. Allegretto (Shepherds' Hymn after the Storm)  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Riccardo Muti  -  Philadelphia Orchestra
  41. Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Moura Lympany
  42. Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor ("Pathétique"), Op. 13: 2. Adagio cantabile  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Stephen Kovacevich
  43. Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major ("Emperor"), Op. 73: 2. Adagio  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Julia Thornton  -  Netherlands National Radio Orchestra  - Ernö Olah
  44. Minuet for piano in G major, WoO 10/2  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Moura Lympany
  45. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2: 1. Adagio sostenuto [extract]  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Moura Lympany
  46. Serenade No. 10 for winds in B flat major ("Gran Partita"), K. 361 (K. 370a): 3. Adagio  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra Wind Ensemble
  47. Ave verum Corpus, motet for chorus, strings & organ, K. 618  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Riccardo Muti  -  Stockholm Chamber Choir  -  Stockholm Radio Chorus
  48. Clarinet Quintet in A major ("Stadler"), K. 581: 2. Larghetto  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Sabine Meyer
  49. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Canzonetta sull'aria  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Bernard Haitink  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra  - Felicity Lott  - Gianna Rolandi
  50. Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466: 2. Romance [extract]  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Adrian Boult  - Annie Fischer  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra

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