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Meditation Classics
     

Meditation Classics

 
While Meditation Classics will scarcely work for those who pursue contemplation as a spiritual practice, this four-disc set from Berlin Classics will serve quite well as relaxing background music for other purposes. What's nice about this collection is the thoughtfulness that went into preparing its program, for it not only provides more than four hours of

Overview

While Meditation Classics will scarcely work for those who pursue contemplation as a spiritual practice, this four-disc set from Berlin Classics will serve quite well as relaxing background music for other purposes. What's nice about this collection is the thoughtfulness that went into preparing its program, for it not only provides more than four hours of peaceful selections that are suitable for quiet activities, it also presents many classical pieces that are off the well-worn path of popular favorites. Although most of the composers are familiar, including Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Antonio Vivaldi, Frédéric Chopin, Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms, and many others, the works gathered here are seldom anthologized, and the slow movements taken from them will intrigue listeners who already own the top 20 greatest hits of classical music. The performances are tasteful and polished, and while the list of musicians offers no household names, the soloists, orchestras, and conductors are reputable artists based in Germany and regulars on Berlin Classics recordings. It's unlikely that audiophiles will seek this set out, but the sound quality is very good for such a package, and home listeners will find the volume quite evenly adjusted over the tracks.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2008
Label:
Berlin Classics
UPC:
0782124845728
catalogNumber:
184572
Rank:
284472

Tracks

  1. Ancient Airs and Dances, Set 3, arrangements (4) for strings, P. 172: Siciliana: Andantino
  2. Fantasiestück ("Des Abend"), for piano, Op. 12/1
  3. Symphony No. 7 in C major ("Le midi"), H. 1/7: 3. Adagio
  4. Trio Sonata for violin, lute & continuo in C major, RV 82: 2. Larghetto
  5. Élégie (en accords alternés), for 2 pianos, FP 175
  6. Symphony No. 19 in E flat major, K. 132: 2. Andante
  7. Nocturne for piano No. 10 in A flat major, Op. 32/2, CT. 117
  8. Etudes-Tableaux, for piano, Op. 33: No. 5. Moderato
  9. L' Arlésienne, suite for orchestra No. 1, from the incidental music: 3. Adagietto
  10. Clair de lune, for piano (Suite Bergamasque No. 3), L. 75/3
  11. Song without Words for piano No. 31 in E flat major, Op. 67/1
  12. Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F minor, J. 114 (Op. 73): 2. Adagio ma non troppo
  13. Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174): Jesus bleibet meine Freude
  14. Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16: 2. Adagio
  15. Waltz for piano, 4 hands in A flat major, Op. 39/15
  16. Cello Symphony, for cello & orchestra, Op. 68: Sentimental Saraband
  17. Bagatelle for piano in B flat major, Op. 119/11
  18. Adagio for piano in E major, D. 612
  19. Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622: Adagio
  20. Keyboard Sonata in F major, H. 16/47 (rev. version of Sonata in E minor, H. 16/47bis. Add): Larghetto
  21. Cantos de España, pieces (5) for piano, Op. 232, B. 44: Córdoba. Andantino
  22. Sonetto del Petrarca No. 123 (I'vidi in terra angelica costumi; I), for piano (Tre sonetti No. 3), S. 158/3
  23. Rhapsodie espagnole, for orchestra (or 2 pianos): Prélude à la nuit
  24. Sonata for flute & piano, FP 164: Cantilena
  25. Prelude for piano No. 13 in F sharp major, Op. 28/13, CT. 178
  26. Syrinx, for solo flute, L. 129
  27. Méditation, for violin & orchestra (or other arrangement) (from opera "Thäis")
  28. Intermezzo for piano in E flat major, Op. 117/1
  29. Fra Holbergs tid (From Holberg’s Time), for string orchestra ("Holberg Suite"), Op. 40: Sarabande: Andante
  30. Etudes (4) for piano, Op. 4, M3: No. 3
  31. Dance of the Blessed Spirits (Melody), arrangement (from "Orfeo ed Euridice")
  32. Kinderszenen No. 7 ("Träumerei"), for piano, Op. 15/7
  33. Liebesträume, notturno for piano No. 3 in A flat major ("O Lieb, so lang du lieben kannst"), S. 541/3 (LW A103/3)
  34. Symphony No. 8 in G major, B. 163 (Op.88) (first published as No. 4): 3. Allegretto grazioso
  35. Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056: 2. Largo
  36. Nocturne for piano No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109
  37. Adagietto, for orchestra (from the Symphony No. 5)
  38. Les contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Barcarole
  39. Piano Concerto in G major: 2. Adagio assai
  40. Meditation on Prelude No. 1 of Bach, for violin or cello & piano with organ or cello ad lib. (or other instrumental arrangement)
  41. Sinfonia Concertante for violin, cello, oboe, bassoon & orchestra, H. 1/105: Allegro
  42. Work(s): Andantino
  43. Work(s): Gavotte
  44. Septet for strings & woodwinds in E flat major, Op. 20: [Excerpt]
  45. Serenade for orchestra No. 1 in D major, Op. 11: Menuetto 1 / Menuetto 2
  46. Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major ("Eine kleine Nachtmusik"), K. 525: Allegro
  47. Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major ("Eine kleine Nachtmusik"), K. 525: Romanze: Andante
  48. Nonet for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon, violin, viola, cello & double bass in F major, Op. 31: Allegro
  49. Octet for clarinet, horn, bassoon & strings in F major, D. 803 (Op. posth. 166): Andante
  50. Sinfonia concertante for oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon & orchestra in E flat major, K(3) 297b (K. Anh. C 14.01) (spurious): Adagio
  51. Serenade for orchestra No. 2 in A major, Op. 16: Rondo. Allegro

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