Best Relaxing Classics 100

Best Relaxing Classics 100

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As a compilation of soothing classical pieces, EMI's Best Relaxing Classics 100 should work as a satisfactory chill-out collection, at least theoretically, because it is full of slow, soft, and atmospheric music that most people will find very tranquil and pleasant, if played at a moderate-to-low volume. However, this six-disc set of recordings from EMI'sSee more details below

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As a compilation of soothing classical pieces, EMI's Best Relaxing Classics 100 should work as a satisfactory chill-out collection, at least theoretically, because it is full of slow, soft, and atmospheric music that most people will find very tranquil and pleasant, if played at a moderate-to-low volume. However, this six-disc set of recordings from EMI's extensive backlist has one obvious feature that seems to work against its calming qualities, and that is its striking variety of genres, instrumentation, and performance styles, which may be too changeable for the average person's relaxation needs. While most tracks are indeed peaceful -- especially the Baroque pieces on Disc 1 that favor small forces, uniformity of textures, and steady dynamics -- there are enough Classical and Romantic pieces that rely on sudden contrasts of mood, tone, and volume to make relaxation a bit more challenging. And if all six discs are lined up in a CD changer for continuous play, the stylistic variety of the thematically arranged programs may be sufficiently diverting to make one sit up and take notice, rather than kick back. Furthermore, there are a few vocal selections included, which some may find appealing for their beauty, though most listeners probably would favor instrumental music for rest, leisure, or meditation.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/15/2008
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
5099951560621
catalogNumber:
15606
Rank:
61942

Tracks

  1. Cantata No. 208, "Was mir behagt," (Hunt Cantata), BWV 208 (BC G1, G3): Sheep may safely graze  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Neville Marriner  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
  2. Canon in D major, instrumental arrangement  - Johann Pachelbel  - Neville Marriner  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
  3. Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air 'on the G string'  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Neville Marriner  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
  4. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in F minor ("L'inverno," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 4), Op. 8/4, RV 297: 2. Largo  - Antonio Vivaldi  -  Camerata Lysy Gstaad  - Alberto Lysy  - Yehudi Menuhin
  5. Serse (Xerxes), opera, HWV 40: Largo. Ombra mai fu  - George Frideric Handel  -  Seminario Musicale  - Gérard Lesne
  6. Concerto Grosso in B minor, Op.6/12, HWV 330: 3. Larghetto e piano  - George Frideric Handel  -  Bach Festival Orchestra  - Yehudi Menuhin
  7. Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174): Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - David Willcocks  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields  -  Choir of King's College, Cambridge
  8. Suite for keyboard in D minor, HWV 447: Sarabande  - George Frideric Handel  - Andrei Gavrilov
  9. Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056: 2. Largo  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Neville Marriner  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
  10. Double Mandolin Concerto, for 2 mandolins, strings & continuo in G major, RV 532: 2. Andante  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Fabio Biondi  -  Europa Galante
  11. Concerto for 2 violins, strings & continuo in D minor ("Double"), BWV 1043: 2. Largo ma non tanto  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Jonathan Rees  - Jonathan Rees  - Jane Murdoch  -  Scottish Ensemble
  12. Rinaldo, opera, HWV 7: Lascia ch'io pianga  - George Frideric Handel  - Fabio Zanon  - Julia Thornton  -  Netherlands National Radio Orchestra  - Ernö Olah  -  Izzy
  13. Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Dance of the Blessed Spirits  - Christoph Willibald Gluck  - Neville Marriner  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
  14. Cantata No. 140, "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," BWV 140 (BC A166): Zion hört die Wächter singen  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Consortium Musicum  - Wolfgang Gonnenwein  -  South German Madrigal Choir
  15. Water Music Suite No.1 for orchestra in F major, HWV 348: Air  - George Frideric Handel  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Riccardo Muti
  16. Lute (Chamber) Concerto, for lute (or guitar), 2 violins & continuo in D major, RV 93: 2. Largo  - Antonio Vivaldi  -  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra  - Lawrence Foster  - Sharon Isbin
  17. Sonata for viola da gamba & keyboard No. 3 in G minor, BWV 1029: 2. Adagio (Opening)  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Ton Koopman  - Jordi Savall
  18. Adagio, for violin, strings & organ in G minor, T. Mi 26 (composed by Remo Giazotto; not by Albinoni)  - Tomaso Albinoni  - Neville Marriner  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Soave siail vento  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  -  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  -  José van Dam  - Margaret Marshall  - Riccardo Muti  - Agnes Maltsa
  22. Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major ("Alla Turca") K. 331 (K. 300i): 1. Andante grazioso (Theme)  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Andrei Gavrilov
  23. Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Un'aura amorosa  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - John Aler  - Bernard Haitink  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra
  24. Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466: 2. Romance [Extract]  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Adrian Boult  - Annie Fischer  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  25. 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
  26. Clarinet Quintet in A major ("Stadler"), K. 581: 2. Larghetto  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Sabine Meyer  -  Members of the Vienna String Sextet
  27. Ave verum Corpus, motet for chorus, strings & organ, K. 618  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Riccardo Muti  -  Stockholm Chamber Choir  -  Stockholm Radio Chorus
  28. 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
  29. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2: 1. ADagio sostenuto [Extract]  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Moura Lympany
  30. Minuet for piano in G major, WoO 10/2  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Moura Lympany
  31. Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major ("Emperor"), Op. 73: 2. Adagio  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Julia Thornton  -  Netherlands National Radio Orchestra  - Ernö Olah
  32. Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor ("Pathétique"), Op. 13: 2. Adagio cantabile  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Stephen Kovacevich
  33. Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Moura Lympany
  34. Symphony No. 6 in F major ("Pastoral"), Op. 68: 5. Allegretto (Shepherds' Hymn after the Storm)  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Riccardo Muti  -  Philadelphia Orchestra
  35. Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major ("Elvira Madigan") K. 467: 2. Andante  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Stephen Hough  -  Hallé  - Bryden Thomson
  36. Norma, opera: Casta Diva  - Vicenzo Bellini  - Maria Callas  -  Scala Theater Chorus  -  Scala Theater Orchestra  - Tullio Serafin
  37. Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Aria  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Maria Tipo
  38. Miserere mei Deus (Psalm 51), motet for chorus: vv 1-4 & 17-20  - Gregorio Allegri  - Timothy Beasley-Murray  -  Choir of King's College, Cambridge  - Stephen Cleobury  - Gerald Finley
  39. Stabat mater, for soprano, alto, strings & organ in F major  - Giovanni Pergolesi  - Robin Blaze  - Paul Daniel  - Lesley Garrett  -  London Session Orchestra
  40. Quintet for 2 violins, viola & 2 cellos in C major, D. 956 (Op. posth. 163): 2. Adagio [Opening]  - Franz Schubert  - Lászlo Varga  -  Hungarian Quartet
  41. Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622: 2. Adagio  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  -  Dresden Staatskapelle  - Sabine Meyer  - Hans Vonk
  42. Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18: 2. Adagio sostenuto [Opening]  - Sergey Rachmaninov  -  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  - Cécile Ousset  - Simon Rattle
  43. Cavatina (from "The Deer Hunter")  - Stanley Myers  - Manuel Barrueco  - Steve Morse
  44. Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor: 4. Adagietto [Conclusion]  - Gustav Mahler  - John Barbirolli  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  45. Adagio for strings (or string quartet; arr. from 2nd mvt. of String Quartet), Op. 11  - Samuel Barber  - Eugene Ormandy  -  Philadelphia Orchestra
  46. The Piano, film score: The Heart asks Pleasure First / The Promise (Origi  - Michael Nyman  - Michael Nyman
  47. American Beauty, film score: Any Other Name  - Thomas Newman  - Nikolah Bloch  - Sally Herbert
  48. Schindler's List, film score: Main Theme  - John Williams [composer]  - Tasmin Little  -  New World Philharmonic  - Iain Sutherland
  49. Gabriel's Oboe, theme from the film "The Mission"  - Ennio Morricone  - Ennio Morricone  -  Ennio Morricone Orchestra
  50. Recuerdos de la Alhambra, for guitar  - Francisco Tárrega  - Christopher Parkening
  51. Titanic, film score: My Heart Will Go On  - James Horner  -  David Abel
  52. Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Entr'acte to Act 3  - Georges Bizet  -  Orchestre National de France  - Seiji Ozawa
  53. Thaïs, lyric comedy in 3 acts: Méditation  - Jules Massenet  - Neville Marriner  - Hans Kalafusz  -  SWR Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
  54. Cantique de Jean Racine, for 4-part chorus & organ (or orchestra), Op. 11  - Gabriel Fauré  - Stephen Farr
  55. A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Nocturne  - Felix Mendelssohn  - Charles Mackerras  -  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  56. 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
  57. The Swan (from "Carnival of the Animals"), original (for 2 pianos & ensemble) and arrangements  - Han-Na Chang  - Camille Saint-Saëns  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Leonard Slatkin
  58. Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85: 3. Adagio  - Edward Elgar  - John Barbirolli  - Jacqueline du Pré  -  London Symphony Orchestra
  59. Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op. 26: 2. Adagio [Opening]  - Max Bruch  - Yehudi Menuhin  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Walter Süsskind
  60. 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
  61. Pavane, for orchestra & chorus ad lib in F sharp minor, Op. 50  - Gabriel Fauré  - David Willcocks  - Gareth Morris  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  62. Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64: 2. Andante [Extract]  - Felix Mendelssohn  - Efrem Kurtz  - Yehudi Menuhin  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  63. Lakmé, opera: Dôme épais (Flower Duet)  - Léo Delibes  - Alain Lombard  - Mady Mesplé  - Danielle Millet  -  Paris Opéra-Comique Orchestra
  64. 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
  65. Les contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Belle nuit (Barcarolle)  - Jacques Offenbach  - Sylvain Cambreling  - Ann Murray  - Jessye Norman  -  Théâtre La Monnaie Royal Opera Orchesta  -  Théâtre La Monnaie Royal Opera Chorus
  66. Enigma Variations, for orchestra, Op. 36: Nimrod  - Edward Elgar  - Adrian Boult  -  London Symphony Orchestra
  67. Rusalka, opera, B. 203 (Op. 114): Song to the Moon  - Antonin Dvorák  -  Munich Radio Orchestra  - Lucia Popp  - Stefan Soltesz
  68. Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Intermezzo  - Pietro Mascagni  - Riccardo Muti  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  69. Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Introduction and 24 Variations), in A minor for piano & orchestra, Op. 43: Variation 18  - Sergey Rachmaninov  -  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  - Cécile Ousset  - Simon Rattle
  70. Dolly, suite for piano, 4 hands or orchestra, Op. 56: Berceuse  - Gabriel Fauré  - Jean-Philippe Collard  - Bruno Rigutto
  71. Nocturne for piano No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109  - Frédéric Chopin  - John Ogdon
  72. 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
  73. Berceuse for piano in D flat major, Op. 57, CT. 7  - Frédéric Chopin  - Peter Donohoe
  74. Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16: 2. Adagio  - Edvard Grieg  - Neville Marriner  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Cécile Ousset
  75. Kinderszenen No. 7 ("Träumerei"), for piano, Op. 15/7  - Robert Schumann  - Moura Lympany
  76. Etude for piano No. 3 in E major, Op. 10/3, CT. 16  - Frédéric Chopin  - John Ogdon
  77. Liebeslieder waltz No. 15 for piano, 4 hands in A flat major, Op. 52a/15  - Johannes Brahms  - Moura Lympany
  78. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11, CT. 47: 2. Romance: Larghetto [Opening]  - Frédéric Chopin  - Martha Argerich  - Charles Dutoit  -  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
  79. Préludes (12) for piano, Book I, L. 117: La Fille aux cheveux de lin  - Claude Debussy  - Moura Lympany
  80. Prelude for piano No. 15 in D flat major, Op. 28/15, CT. 180  - Frédéric Chopin  - Dmitri Alexeev
  81. Caruso, for voice & orchestra  - Lucio Dalla  - John Bayless
  82. Gymnopedie for piano No.1  - Erik Satie  - Anne Queffélec
  83. Gnossienne, for piano No.1  - Erik Satie  - Anne Queffélec
  84. Clair de lune, for piano (Suite Bergamasque No. 3), L. 75/3  - Claude Debussy  - Moura Lympany
  85. Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102: 2. Andante  - Dmitry Shostakovich  - Dmitri Alexeev  -  English Chamber Orchestra  - Jerzy Maksymiuk
  86. The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace, for soloists, chorus & orchestra: Agnus Dei  - Karl Jenkins  - Paul Beniston  - Karl Jenkins  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra  -  National Youth Choir of Great Britain  - Mike Brewer
  87. Carmina Burana, scenic cantata for soloists, choruses & orchestra: In trutina  - Carl Orff  - David Hill  - Janice Watson  -  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  88. Fantasia on Greensleeves, for harp, flute & strings (arranged by R. Greaves; from the opera "Sir John In Love")  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - John Barbirolli
  89. Baïlèro, folksong for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 1, No. 2)  - Joseph Canteloube  - Arleen Augér  -  English Chamber Orchestra  - Yan Pascal Tortelier
  90. Ashokan Farewell  - Jay Ungar  - Molly Mason  - Jay Ungar  - Paul Gambill  -  Nashville Chamber Orchestra
  91. Requiem for chorus & orchestra: Pie Jesu  - John Rutter  -  Choir of King's College, Cambridge  - Stephen Cleobury  - Edward Saklatvala  -  City of London Sinfonia
  92. Concierto de Aranjuez, for guitar & orchestra: 2. Adagio  - Joaquín Rodrigo  - Julian Bream  -  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  - Simon Rattle  - Peter Walden
  93. Requiem for soloists, chorus & orchestra: Pie Jesu  - Andrew Lloyd Webber  -  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Simon Gibson  - Kirk Trevor  - Jane Gilchrist  - Fergus Thirlwell
  94. The Gadfly, suite from the film score, Op. 97a (assembled by Atovmyan): Romance  - Dmitry Shostakovich  - Piers Lane  - Tasmin Little
  95. The Crying Game, film score: Love Theme  - Anne Dudley
  96. Brezairola (Berceuse), folksong for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 3, No. 4)  - Joseph Canteloube  - Marcia Crayford  - Lesley Garrett  - Philip Ellis  - Jonathan Williams
  97. The Lark Ascending, romance for violin & orchestra: Opening  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - Hugh Bean  - Adrian Boult  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  98. Michelle  - John Lennon  - Ron Goodwin  -  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra  - Peter Rostal  - A.T. Schaefer
  99. Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, for 2 string orchestras: Opening  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - Adrian Boult  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra
  100. The Planets, suite for orchestra & female chorus, Op. 32, H. 125: Venus (Conclusion)  - Gustav Holst  - Adrian Boult  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra

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