Essential Relaxing Classics

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Unless one has scrupulously avoided all compilations, one is bound to have several of the selections on EMI's double-disc Essential Relaxing Classics, and it's likely that many of these pieces will be well-known even to the most casual listener. However, such a collection is aimed more at a mainstream audience that has only dabbled in classical music but values its qualities of calmness and beauty and finds it to be more soothing and more suitable to play as background music than other genres. Naturally, the program includes the most famous slow pieces, such as Pachelbel's ubiquitous "Canon in D," Bach's indispensible "Air on the G String," and the spurious Albinoni ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Unless one has scrupulously avoided all compilations, one is bound to have several of the selections on EMI's double-disc Essential Relaxing Classics, and it's likely that many of these pieces will be well-known even to the most casual listener. However, such a collection is aimed more at a mainstream audience that has only dabbled in classical music but values its qualities of calmness and beauty and finds it to be more soothing and more suitable to play as background music than other genres. Naturally, the program includes the most famous slow pieces, such as Pachelbel's ubiquitous "Canon in D," Bach's indispensible "Air on the G String," and the spurious Albinoni "Adagio" actually by Remo Giazotto, but on the whole most of the selections are not as predictable or as frequently anthologized as those three staples of classical music samplers. Listeners need to be aware that some of the pieces here are merely excerpted, so Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata," Vaughan Williams' "Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis," Rachmaninov's "Piano Concerto No. 2," and several other tracks are much shorter than the complete works. The recording dates range from 1965 to 2003, yet in spite of the mix of ADD and DDD recordings, EMI's sound is clear and well-balanced, and the volume is generally quite even throughout the album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/2010
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • EAN: 5099962793025
  • Catalog Number: 27930
  • Sales rank: 203,426

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 (5:02)
  3. 3 Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622: 2. Adagio - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Dresden Staatskapelle (6:38)
  4. 4 Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2: 1. Adagio sostenuto [excerpt] - Ludwig van Beethoven & Moura Lympany (3:57)
  5. 5 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 (2:09)
  6. 6 Concerto for flute, harp & orchestra in C major, K. 299 (K. 297c): 2. Andantino [excerpt] - James Galway & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (4:01)
  7. 7 Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, for 2 string orchestras: [Opening] - Ralph Vaughan Williams & Adrian Boult (6:12)
  8. 8 Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18: 2. Adagio sostenuto [opening] - Sergey Rachmaninov & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (4:32)
  9. 9 Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85: 3. Adagio - Edward Elgar & John Barbirolli (5:18)
  10. 10 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 (4:47)
  11. 11 The Lark Ascending, romance for violin & orchestra: [Opening] - Ralph Vaughan Williams & Hugh Bean (6:25)
  12. 12 Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major ("Emperor"), Op. 73: 2. Adagio - Ludwig van Beethoven & Julia Thornton (7:01)
  13. 13 Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26: 2. Adagio [opening] - Max Bruch & Yehudi Menuhin (4:25)
  14. 14 Enigma Variations, for orchestra, Op. 36: Nimrod - Edward Elgar & Adrian Boult (3:56)
  15. 15 The Gadfly, suite from the film score, Op. 97a (assembled by Atovmyan): Romance - Dmitry Shostakovich & Piers Lane (3:14)
  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 2
  1. 1 Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air on the G string - Johann Sebastian Bach & Neville Marriner (3:35)
  2. 2 Adagio, for violin, strings & organ in G minor, T. Mi 26 (composed by Remo Giazotto; not by Albinoni): [Excerpt] - Tomaso Albinoni & Neville Marriner (5:51)
  3. 3 Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major ("Elvira Madigan") K. 467: 2. Andante [excerpt] - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Stephen Hough (5:20)
  4. 4 Gabriel's Oboe, theme from the film "The Mission" - Ennio Morricone & Ennio Morricone (2:14)
  5. 5 Peer Gynt Suite for orchestra (or piano or piano, 4 hands) No. 1, Op. 46: Morning - Edvard Grieg & Neville Marriner (4:17)
  6. 6 Gymnopedie for piano No. 1 - Erik Satie & Anne Queffélec (3:34)
  7. 7 Clair de lune, for orchestra or other arrangement (from "Suite Bergamasque" for piano), L. 75/3 - Claude Debussy & Leopold Stokowski (5:11)
  8. 8 Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Introduction and 24 Variations), for piano & orchestra in A minor, Op. 43: Variation 18 - Sergey Rachmaninov & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (3:00)
  9. 9 Concierto de Aranjuez, for guitar & orchestra: 2. Adagio [opening] - Joaquín Rodrigo & Julian Bream (4:45)
  10. 10 Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16: 2. Adagio - Edvard Grieg & Neville Marriner (6:32)
  11. 11 Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64: 2. Andante [excerpt] - Felix Mendelssohn & Efrem Kurtz (4:28)
  12. 12 Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11, CT. 47: 2. Romance: Larghetto [opening] - Frédéric Chopin & Martha Argerich (3:53)
  13. 13 Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Intermezzo - Pietro Mascagni & Riccardo Muti (3:43)
  14. 14 Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor ("Pathétique"), Op. 13: 2. Adagio cantabile - Ludwig van Beethoven & Miklós Rózsa (5:28)
  15. 15 Orphée et Eurydice (French version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 41: Dance of the Blessed Spirits - Christoph Willibald Gluck & Riccardo Muti (2:15)
  16. 16 Gnossienne for piano No. 1 - Erik Satie & Anne Queffélec (3:25)
  17. 17 The Swan (from "Carnival of the Animals"), original (for 2 pianos & ensemble) and arrangements - Camille Saint-Saëns & Han-Na Chang (3:18)
  18. 18 Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor: 4. Adagietto [conclusion] - Gustav Mahler & John Barbirolli (3:07)
  19. 19 Thaïs, opera in 3 acts: Méditation - Jules Massenet & Neville Marriner (5:02)
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