Classics for Relaxation [2004]

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
A massive three-disc collection of soothing classical music, Madacy's Classics for Relaxation features performances of well-known pieces by a variety of orchestras. Highlights from the first disc include Liszt's "Liebestraum No. 3 in A flat major," Grieg's "Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46," and Debussy's "Suite Bergamasque III: Clair de Lune." The second disc features Albéniz's "Suite Española, Op. 47 Sevilla," Bartholdy's "Songs Without Words for Piano, Book 2, Op. 30, No. 6 in F sharp minor," and Haydn's "Divertimento No. 1 in B flat major, 2nd Movement." Finally, the third disc counts Gounod's "Faust Margarethe -- Ballet Music, Allegretto," Satie's "Gymnopedies No. 3," ...
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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
A massive three-disc collection of soothing classical music, Madacy's Classics for Relaxation features performances of well-known pieces by a variety of orchestras. Highlights from the first disc include Liszt's "Liebestraum No. 3 in A flat major," Grieg's "Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46," and Debussy's "Suite Bergamasque III: Clair de Lune." The second disc features Albéniz's "Suite Española, Op. 47 Sevilla," Bartholdy's "Songs Without Words for Piano, Book 2, Op. 30, No. 6 in F sharp minor," and Haydn's "Divertimento No. 1 in B flat major, 2nd Movement." Finally, the third disc counts Gounod's "Faust Margarethe -- Ballet Music, Allegretto," Satie's "Gymnopedies No. 3," and Chopin's "Waltz in A flat major, Op. 69/1" among its standout moments. Even though the collection is a bit lacking in originality, it still offers plenty of sophisticated music for relaxing, studying, or any other quiet activities.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/6/2004
  • Label: Madacy Records
  • UPC: 628261013326
  • Catalog Number: 50133

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun), - Igor Markevitch (8:48)
  2. 2 Agnus Dei, for voice & piano (or orchestra) (Intermezzo from L'arlésien - Württemberg State Opera Orchestra (3:33)
  3. 3 Largo pianissimo - Martin Sieghart (2:27)
  4. 4 Act 2. Ballo: Andante (Dance of the Blessed Spirits) - Southwest Chamber Orchestra (2:32)
  5. 5 Liebesträume, notturno for piano No. 3 in A flat major ("O Lieb, so lan - Peter Schmalfuss (3:59)
  6. 6 Excerpt - Gerhard Becker (4:01)
  7. 7 Peer Gynt Suite for orchestra (or piano or piano, 4 hands) No. 1, Op. 4 - Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra (4:32)
  8. 8 Air - Frida Faihs (2:38)
  9. 9 3. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy - South German Philharmonic (1:45)
  10. 10 No. 1: Aria - Christiane Jaccottet (2:13)
  11. 11 Barcarolle - Christian Rainer (3:18)
  12. 12 Clair de lune, for piano (Suite Bergamasque No. 3), L. 75/3 - Peter Schmalfuss (5:10)
  13. 13 4. Landler - Peter Schmalfuss (1:11)
  14. 14 Ave verum Corpus, motet for chorus, strings & organ, K. 618 - Pforzheim Guller (2:29)
  15. 15 Prelude for piano No. 15 in D flat major, Op. 28/15, CT. 180 - Bianca Sitzius (5:58)
  16. 16 Canon in D major - Bernhard Güller (4:42)
  17. 17 1. Wounded Heart - Stefan Jeschko (2:25)
Disc 2
  1. 1 La fille aux cheveux de lin, prelude for piano, L. 117/8 - Peter Schmalfuss (2:33)
  2. 2 Sevilla - Irina Kircher (4:32)
  3. 3 Allegro - Slovak Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra (2:51)
  4. 4 [Unspecified] Humoresque, Op. 101 - Oliver Colbentson (2:55)
  5. 5 No. 6 in F sharp minor - Sylvia Capova (3:39)
  6. 6 Dance of the Swans - Igor Markevitch (1:42)
  7. 7 [Unspecified] Divertimento No. 1 in B flat major: 2nd movement - Stuttgart Wind Quintet (2:40)
  8. 8 Adagietto, for orchestra (from the Symphony No. 5) - Ljubljana Radio Symphony Orchestra (9:04)
  9. 9 Prelude to Act 3 - Bystrik Rezucha (3:41)
  10. 10 Anitra's Dance - Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra (3:31)
  11. 11 Prelude for piano No.1 in C sharp minor ("The Bells of Moscow"), Op. 3/ - Yuri A. Rozum (3:52)
  12. 12 The Flight of the Bumble Bee, musical picture for orchestra (from The Tale - Camerata Rhenania (1:33)
  13. 13 1st movement: Allegro vivace (excerpt) - Alfred Scholz (3:53)
  14. 14 Finlandia, tone poem for orchestra, Op. 26 (7:43)
  15. 15 Etude for piano No. 5 in G flat major, Op. 10/5, CT. 18 - Peter Schmalfuss (1:57)
  16. 16 1st movement: Moderato - Bystrik Rezucha (4:28)
Disc 3
  1. 1 2nd movement: Intermezzo-andante grazioso - Bystrik Rezucha (5:07)
  2. 2 Arab Dance - South German Philharmonic (2:51)
  3. 3 Allegro - Capella Istropolitana (4:58)
  4. 4 Ballet music. Allegretto - Alfred Scholz (2:37)
  5. 5 Gymnopedie for piano No. 3 - Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra (2:46)
  6. 6 2nd movement; Waltz - Pro Arte Orchestra (3:59)
  7. 7 Traumerei - Peter Schmalfuss (3:03)
  8. 8 Adagio - Bystrik Rezucha (6:07)
  9. 9 Waltz for piano No. 9 in A flat major ("L'adieu") Op. 69/1, CT. 215 - Peter Schmalfuss (4:13)
  10. 10 Adagio non troppo - Libor Pesek (10:22)
  11. 11 Largo in F major, instrumental arrangement ("Ombra mai fu" from the ope - Ernst Riedlinger (4:19)
  12. 12 Adagio - Hungarian Chamber Orchestra (6:43)
  13. 13 Allegro moderato - Karl-Heinz Böttner (7:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
London Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Dennis Russell Davies Conductor
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Capella Istropolitana Ensemble
London Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Libor Pesek Conductor
Günter Kehr Violin
Berlin Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Alfred Scholz Conductor
Christiane Jaccottet Harpsichord
Peter Schmalfuss Piano
Sylvia Capova Piano
Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra Performing Ensemble
South German Philharmonic Performing Ensemble
Hanspeter Gmu¨r Conductor
Hans Kalafusz Violin
Anton Nanut Conductor
Kurt Redel Conductor
Martin Sieghart Conductor
Gerhard Becker Conductor
Roland Douatte Conductor
Oliver von Dohnanyi Conductor
Bianca Sitzius Piano
Alexander von Pitamic Conductor
Bernhard Güller Conductor
Christian Rainer Conductor
Marian Lapsansky Piano
Stefan Jeschko Piano
Bystrik Rezucha Conductor
Wilhelm Keitel Conductor
Irina Kircher Guitar
Erich Appel Piano
Günter Lemmen Viola
Artur Faihs Guitar
Frida Faihs Guitar
Ernst Riedlinger Organ
Slovak Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Siegfried Palm Cello
Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Igor Markevitch Conductor
Rolf Schweizer Conductor
Yuri A. Rozum Piano
Stuttgart Wind Quintet Ensemble
Camerata Rhenania Ensemble
Wurttemberg National Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Hungarian Chamber Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Luxembourg Radio Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Ljubljana Radio Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Pforzheim Guller Choir Choir, Chorus
St. Anthony Singers Choir, Chorus
Riccardo Casinelli Tenor (Vocal)
Oliver Colbentson Violin
Pro Arte Ensemble Munich Ensemble
Karl-Heinz Böttner Guitar
Yuri Rozum Piano
Southwest German Chamber Orchestra (Pforzheim) Performing Ensemble
South German Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Technical Credits
Georges Bizet Composer
Luigi Boccherini Composer
Antonin Dvorak Composer
Charles Gounod Composer
George Frideric Handel Composer
Franz Liszt Composer
Jean-Baptiste Lully Composer
Felix Mendelssohn Composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Composer
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Composer
Jean Sibelius Composer
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky Composer
Antonio Vivaldi Composer
Emile Waldteufel Composer
Erik Satie Composer
Frédéric Chopin Composer
Claude Debussy Arranger, Composer
Rachmaninoff Quartet Composer
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