Classical Meditation

Classical Meditation

     
 
Naxos' 2010 compilation Classical Meditation is a double-disc of mostly modern works, slow in tempo and somber in mood, selected to create a calm background for contemplation and arranged in five sections with atmospheric headings. The first part of disc 1, "Pools of Sacred Calm," is devoted to choral music by composers Arvo Pärt,

Overview

Naxos' 2010 compilation Classical Meditation is a double-disc of mostly modern works, slow in tempo and somber in mood, selected to create a calm background for contemplation and arranged in five sections with atmospheric headings. The first part of disc 1, "Pools of Sacred Calm," is devoted to choral music by composers Arvo Pärt, John Tavener, and Samuel Barber, who were all active in the last half of the 20th century. The last half of this CD changes period, going back to the Renaissance choral music of Thomas Tallis for a section called "Pure Stillness." The second disc presents inspirational instrumental and orchestral music, and its program is divided in three sections, "Soaring Spirit," "On the Wing," and "Soulscapes," featuring works by Frederick Delius, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Arthur Bliss, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Peter Sculthorpe, Alla Pavlova, and Edward Elgar. Considering how shallowly the suggested themes are explored, one might dispense with them altogether and make any other rationalization for the program they choose. It still takes nothing away from the value of the music or the quality of the performances, which are by some of the most impressive artists on Naxos, such as the St. John's College Choir, Cambridge; the Ormond College Choir; the Oxford Camerata; the Royal Scottish National Orchestra; the English Northern Philharmonia; and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, to name a few. While the organization of this album may seem arbitrary, it is at least successful in providing music that soothes the emotions and elevates the spirit, whether or not one goes along with the proposed moods.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/25/2010
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313036479
catalogNumber:
8570364-65

Tracks

  1. Symphony No.2: For the New Millennium: 3rd Movement
  2. Earth Cry
  3. Cantus Arcticus (Concerto for Birds & Orchestra), for orchestra & taped bird songs, Op. 61
  4. Conversations, for woodwinds & strings, Op. 15, F. 16: 2. In the Wood: Adagio
  5. The Lark Ascending, romance for violin & orchestra
  6. Sospiri, adagio for strings, harp & organ, Op. 70
  7. Pieces (2) for small orchestra, RT vi/19: 1. On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring
  8. Salve intemerata virgo, motet (antiphon) for 5 voices, P. 144
  9. Mass "Salve intemerata", for 5 voices, P. 3: Sanctus
  10. Mass "Salve intemerata", for 5 voices, P. 3: Agnus Dei
  11. Berliner Messe, for SATB chorus & string orchestra: Veni Sancte Spiritus
  12. Song for Athene, for chorus
  13. Agnus Dei, for chorus (arr. from 2nd mvt. of String Quartet), Op. 11
  14. The Lord's Prayer, for chorus (1999)
  15. Heaven-Haven, for chorus (arr. of song Op. 13/1)
  16. The Lamb, for chorus
  17. De Profundis, for male chorus, percussion & organ

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