Best Relaxing Classics 100

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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: 1/15/2008
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • EAN: 5099951560621
  • Catalog Number: 15606
  • Sales rank: 269,131

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cantata No. 208, "Was mir behagt," (Hunt Cantata), BWV 208 (BC G1, G3): Sheep may safely graze - Johann Sebastian Bach & Neville Marriner (4:37)
  2. 2 Canon in D major, instrumental arrangement - Johann Pachelbel & Neville Marriner (5:01)
  3. 3 Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air 'on the G string' - Johann Sebastian Bach & Neville Marriner (3:33)
  4. 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 - Camerata Lysy Gstaad & Antonio Vivaldi (2:10)
  5. 5 Serse (Xerxes), opera, HWV 40: Largo. Ombra mai fu - Il Seminario Musicale & George Frideric Handel (2:40)
  6. 6 Concerto Grosso in B minor, Op.6/12, HWV 330: 3. Larghetto e piano - Bach Festival Orchestra & George Frideric Handel (4:14)
  7. 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 (3:32)
  8. 8 Suite for keyboard in D minor, HWV 447: Sarabande - George Frideric Handel & Andrei Gavrilov (3:02)
  9. 9 Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056: 2. Largo - Johann Sebastian Bach & Neville Marriner (3:26)
  10. 10 Double Mandolin Concerto, for 2 mandolins, strings & continuo in G major, RV 532: 2. Andante - Fabio Biondi & Antonio Vivaldi (2:49)
  11. 11 Concerto for 2 violins, strings & continuo in D minor ("Double"), BWV 1043: 2. Largo ma non tanto - Johann Sebastian Bach & Jonathan Rees (6:52)
  12. 12 Rinaldo, opera, HWV 7: Lascia ch'io pianga - George Frideric Handel & Fabio Zanon (4:35)
  13. 13 Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Dance of the Blessed Spirits - Christoph Willibald Gluck & Neville Marriner (6:19)
  14. 14 Cantata No. 140, "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," BWV 140 (BC A166): Zion hört die Wächter singen - Johann Sebastian Bach & Consortium Musicum (3:28)
  15. 15 Water Music Suite No.1 for orchestra in F major, HWV 348: Air - George Frideric Handel & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (4:45)
  16. 16 Lute (Chamber) Concerto, for lute (or guitar), 2 violins & continuo in D major, RV 93: 2. Largo - Antonio Vivaldi & Lausanne Chamber Orchestra (6:08)
  17. 17 Sonata for viola da gamba & keyboard No. 3 in G minor, BWV 1029: 2. Adagio (Opening) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Ton Koopman (2:32)
  18. 18 Adagio, for violin, strings & organ in G minor, T. Mi 26 (composed by Remo Giazotto; not by Albinoni) - Tomaso Albinoni & Neville Marriner (5:49)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major ("Eine kleine Nachtmusik"), K. 525: 2. Romance: Andante - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Neville Marriner (5:46)
  2. 2 Concerto for flute, harp & orchestra in C major, K. 299 (K. 297c): 2. Andantino [Extract] - James Galway & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (4:00)
  3. 3 Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Soave siail vento - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (3:21)
  4. 4 Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major ("Alla Turca") K. 331 (K. 300i): 1. Andante grazioso (Theme) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Andrei Gavrilov (1:59)
  5. 5 Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Un'aura amorosa - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & John Aler (4:45)
  6. 6 Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466: 2. Romance [Extract] - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Adrian Boult (6:16)
  7. 7 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Canzonetta sull'aria - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Bernard Haitink (3:06)
  8. 8 Clarinet Quintet in A major ("Stadler"), K. 581: 2. Larghetto - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Sabine Meyer (6:30)
  9. 9 Ave verum Corpus, motet for chorus, strings & organ, K. 618 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (3:26)
  10. 10 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 (6:04)
  11. 11 Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2: 1. ADagio sostenuto [Extract] - Ludwig van Beethoven & Moura Lympany (3:57)
  12. 12 Minuet for piano in G major, WoO 10/2 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Moura Lympany (2:53)
  13. 13 Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major ("Emperor"), Op. 73: 2. Adagio - Ludwig van Beethoven & Julia Thornton (7:01)
  14. 14 Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor ("Pathétique"), Op. 13: 2. Adagio cantabile - Ludwig van Beethoven & Stephen Kovacevich (5:34)
  15. 15 Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Moura Lympany (3:20)
  16. 16 Symphony No. 6 in F major ("Pastoral"), Op. 68: 5. Allegretto (Shepherds' Hymn after the Storm) - Ludwig van Beethoven & Riccardo Muti (6:41)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major ("Elvira Madigan") K. 467: 2. Andante - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Stephen Hough (6:48)
  2. 2 Norma, opera: Casta Diva - Maria Callas & Vicenzo Bellini (5:36)
  3. 3 Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Aria - Johann Sebastian Bach & Maria Tipo (3:04)
  4. 4 Miserere mei Deus (Psalm 51), motet for chorus: vv 1-4 & 17-20 - Gregorio Allegri & Timothy Beasley-Murray (5:46)
  5. 5 Stabat mater, for soprano, alto, strings & organ in F major - Giovanni Pergolesi & Robin Blaze (3:57)
  6. 6 Quintet for 2 violins, viola & 2 cellos in C major, D. 956 (Op. posth. 163): 2. Adagio [Opening] - Franz Schubert & Lászlo Varga (4:38)
  7. 7 Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622: 2. Adagio - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Dresden Staatskapelle (6:38)
  8. 8 Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18: 2. Adagio sostenuto [Opening] - Sergey Rachmaninov & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (4:31)
  9. 9 Cavatina (from "The Deer Hunter") - Stanley Myers & Manuel Barrueco (3:17)
  10. 10 Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor: 4. Adagietto [Conclusion] - Gustav Mahler & John Barbirolli (3:09)
  11. 11 Adagio for strings (or string quartet; arr. from 2nd mvt. of String Quartet), Op. 11 - Samuel Barber & Eugene Ormandy (6:24)
  12. 12 The Piano, film score: The Heart asks Pleasure First / The Promise (Origi - Michael Nyman & Michael Nyman (3:14)
  13. 13 American Beauty, film score: Any Other Name - Thomas Newman & Nikolah Bloch (4:07)
  14. 14 Schindler's List, film score: Main Theme - Tasmin Little & John Williams [composer] (5:04)
  15. 15 Gabriel's Oboe, theme from the film "The Mission" - Ennio Morricone & Ennio Morricone (2:15)
  16. 16 Recuerdos de la Alhambra, for guitar - Francisco Tárrega & Christopher Parkening (3:56)
  17. 17 Titanic, film score: My Heart Will Go On - James Horner & David Abel (4:20)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Entr'acte to Act 3 - Georges Bizet & Orchestre National de France (2:36)
  2. 2 Thaïs, lyric comedy in 3 acts: Méditation - Jules Massenet & Neville Marriner (5:05)
  3. 3 Cantique de Jean Racine, for 4-part chorus & organ (or orchestra), Op. 11 - Stephen Farr & Gabriel Fauré (5:48)
  4. 4 A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Nocturne - Felix Mendelssohn & Charles Mackerras (5:52)
  5. 5 Requiem, for 2 solo voices, chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 48: In Paradisum - Gabriel Fauré & David Willcocks (3:47)
  6. 6 The Swan (from "Carnival of the Animals"), original (for 2 pianos & ensemble) and arrangements - Han-Na Chang & Camille Saint-Saëns (3:18)
  7. 7 Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85: 3. Adagio - John Barbirolli & Edward Elgar (5:18)
  8. 8 Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op. 26: 2. Adagio [Opening] - Max Bruch & Yehudi Menuhin (4:24)
  9. 9 Peer Gynt Suite for orchestra (or piano or piano, 4 hands) No. 1, Op. 46: Morning - Edvard Grieg & Neville Marriner (4:17)
  10. 10 Pavane, for orchestra & chorus ad lib in F sharp minor, Op. 50 - Gabriel Fauré & David Willcocks (6:50)
  11. 11 Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64: 2. Andante [Extract] - Efrem Kurtz & Felix Mendelssohn (4:30)
  12. 12 Lakmé, opera: Dôme épais (Flower Duet) - Léo Delibes & Alain Lombard (3:30)
  13. 13 Symphony No. 9 in E minor ("From the New World"), B. 178 (Op. 95) (first published as No. 5): 2. Largo [Opening] - Mariss Jansons & Antonin Dvorák (4:49)
  14. 14 Les contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Belle nuit (Barcarolle) - Jacques Offenbach & Sylvain Cambreling (4:23)
  15. 15 Enigma Variations, for orchestra, Op. 36: Nimrod - Adrian Boult & Edward Elgar (3:58)
  16. 16 Rusalka, opera, B. 203 (Op. 114): Song to the Moon - Antonin Dvorák & Munich Radio Orchestra (5:55)
  17. 17 Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Intermezzo - Pietro Mascagni & Riccardo Muti (3:41)
Disc 5
  1. 1 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 (3:01)
  2. 2 Dolly, suite for piano, 4 hands or orchestra, Op. 56: Berceuse - Gabriel Fauré & Jean-Philippe Collard (2:37)
  3. 3 Nocturne for piano No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109 - John Ogdon & Frédéric Chopin (5:19)
  4. 4 Liebesträume, notturno for piano No. 3 in A flat major ("O Lieb, so lang du lieben kannst"), S. 541/3 (LW A103/3) - John Ogdon & Franz Liszt (4:31)
  5. 5 Berceuse for piano in D flat major, Op. 57, CT. 7 - Frédéric Chopin & Peter Donohoe (4:29)
  6. 6 Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16: 2. Adagio - Edvard Grieg & Neville Marriner (6:32)
  7. 7 Kinderszenen No. 7 ("Träumerei"), for piano, Op. 15/7 - Robert Schumann & Moura Lympany (2:41)
  8. 8 Etude for piano No. 3 in E major, Op. 10/3, CT. 16 - John Ogdon & Frédéric Chopin (4:16)
  9. 9 Liebeslieder waltz No. 15 for piano, 4 hands in A flat major, Op. 52a/15 - Johannes Brahms & Moura Lympany (1:39)
  10. 10 Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11, CT. 47: 2. Romance: Larghetto [Opening] - Frédéric Chopin & Martha Argerich (3:52)
  11. 11 Préludes (12) for piano, Book I, L. 117: La Fille aux cheveux de lin - Claude Debussy & Moura Lympany (2:37)
  12. 12 Prelude for piano No. 15 in D flat major, Op. 28/15, CT. 180 - Frédéric Chopin & Dmitri Alexeev (5:53)
  13. 13 Caruso, for voice & orchestra - Lucio Dalla & John Bayless (4:47)
  14. 14 Gymnopedie for piano No.1 - Erik Satie & Anne Queffélec (3:35)
  15. 15 Gnossienne, for piano No.1 - Erik Satie & Anne Queffélec (3:27)
  16. 16 Clair de lune, for piano (Suite Bergamasque No. 3), L. 75/3 - Claude Debussy & Moura Lympany (4:57)
  17. 17 Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102: 2. Andante - Dmitri Alexeev & Dmitry Shostakovich (6:07)
Disc 6
  1. 1 The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace, for soloists, chorus & orchestra: Agnus Dei - Karl Jenkins & Paul Beniston (3:40)
  2. 2 Carmina Burana, scenic cantata for soloists, choruses & orchestra: In trutina - Carl Orff & David Hill (2:46)
  3. 3 Fantasia on Greensleeves, for harp, flute & strings (arranged by R. Greaves; from the opera "Sir John In Love") - John Barbirolli & Ralph Vaughan Williams (4:40)
  4. 4 Baïlèro, folksong for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 1, No. 2) - Joseph Canteloube & Arleen Augér (6:43)
  5. 5 Ashokan Farewell - Jay Ungar & Molly Mason (5:09)
  6. 6 Requiem for chorus & orchestra: Pie Jesu - John Rutter & Choir of King's College, Cambridge (3:33)
  7. 7 Concierto de Aranjuez, for guitar & orchestra: 2. Adagio - Joaquín Rodrigo & Julian Bream (10:54)
  8. 8 Requiem for soloists, chorus & orchestra: Pie Jesu - Andrew Lloyd Webber & Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (2:51)
  9. 9 The Gadfly, suite from the film score, Op. 97a (assembled by Atovmyan): Romance - Dmitry Shostakovich & Piers Lane (3:15)
  10. 10 The Crying Game, film score: Love Theme - Anne Dudley (3:39)
  11. 11 Brezairola (Berceuse), folksong for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 3, No. 4) - Joseph Canteloube & Marcia Crayford (3:46)
  12. 12 The Lark Ascending, romance for violin & orchestra: Opening - Hugh Bean & Ralph Vaughan Williams (6:24)
  13. 13 Michelle - Ron Goodwin & John Lennon (3:22)
  14. 14 Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, for 2 string orchestras: Opening - Adrian Boult & Ralph Vaughan Williams (6:12)
  15. 15 The Planets, suite for orchestra & female chorus, Op. 32, H. 125: Venus (Conclusion) - Adrian Boult & Gustav Holst (6:13)
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Soothing and discriminating

    I listen to this CD at work as I have lots of noise around me and find that in order to concentrate on my writing and creative work these CDs provide soothing background and help cut through the workplace noise. The variety of music on each CD is interesting. The entire collection provides a relaxing atmosphere within my sometimes noisy work environment. I usually go home very relaxed after listening to the one or two of the discs each day.

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