Classical Meditation

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/25/2010
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313036479
  • Catalog Number: 8570364-65
  • Sales rank: 334,187

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 De Profundis, for male chorus, percussion & organ - Arvo Pärt & Noel Edison (5:53)
  2. 2 The Lamb, for chorus - John Tavener & St. John's College Choir, Cambridge (3:47)
  3. 3 Heaven-Haven, for chorus (arr. of song Op. 13/1) - Samuel Barber & Douglas Lawrence (1:39)
  4. 4 The Lord's Prayer, for chorus (1999) - John Tavener & St. John's College Choir, Cambridge (3:30)
  5. 5 Agnus Dei, for chorus (arr. from 2nd mvt. of String Quartet), Op. 11 - Samuel Barber & Douglas Lawrence (5:50)
  6. 6 Song for Athene, for chorus - John Tavener & St. John's College Choir, Cambridge (5:40)
  7. 7 Berliner Messe, for SATB chorus & string orchestra: Veni Sancte Spiritus - Arvo Pärt & Noel Edison (5:08)
  8. 8 Mass "Salve intemerata", for 5 voices, P. 3: Agnus Dei - Thomas Tallis & Oxford Camerata (5:24)
  9. 9 Mass "Salve intemerata", for 5 voices, P. 3: Sanctus - Thomas Tallis & Oxford Camerata (7:47)
  10. 10 Salve intemerata virgo, motet (antiphon) for 5 voices, P. 144 - Thomas Tallis & Oxford Camerata (23:05)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Pieces (2) for small orchestra, RT vi/19: 1. On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring - Frederick Delius & David Lloyd-Jones (5:53)
  2. 2 The Lark Ascending, romance for violin & orchestra - Ralph Vaughan Williams & English Northern Philharmonia (15:03)
  3. 3 Conversations, for woodwinds & strings, Op. 15, F. 16: 2. In the Wood: Adagio - Bliss & Michael Cox (3:27)
  4. 4–6 Cantus Arcticus (Concerto for Birds & Orchestra), for orchestra & taped bird songs, Op. 61 - Einojuhani Rautavaara & Royal Scottish National Orchestra (18:48)
  5. 5 Earth Cry - Peter Sculthorpe & James Judd (14:00)
  6. 6 Symphony No.2: For the New Millennium: 3rd Movement - Vladimir Fedoseyev & Alla Pavlova (8:14)
  7. 7 Sospiri, adagio for strings, harp & organ, Op. 70 - Edward Elgar & English Northern Philharmonia (4:31)
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