Meditation Classics

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/9/2008
  • Label: Berlin Classics
  • UPC: 782124845728
  • Catalog Number: 184572
  • Sales rank: 1,628

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ancient Airs and Dances, Set 3, arrangements (4) for strings, P. 172: Siciliana: Andantino - Ottorino Respighi & Berlin Radio Music School Orchestra (3:34)
  2. 2 Fantasiestück ("Des Abend"), for piano, Op. 12/1 - Robert Schumann & Andreas Pistorius (3:39)
  3. 3 Symphony No. 7 in C major ("Le midi"), H. 1/7: 3. Adagio - Franz Joseph Haydn & Gunther Herbig (6:29)
  4. 4 Trio Sonata for violin, lute & continuo in C major, RV 82: 2. Larghetto - Antonio Vivaldi (5:20)
  5. 5 Élégie (en accords alternés), for 2 pianos, FP 175 - Francis Poulenc & Güher Pekinel (4:45)
  6. 6 Symphony No. 19 in E flat major, K. 132: 2. Andante - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Max Pommer (6:31)
  7. 7 Nocturne for piano No. 10 in A flat major, Op. 32/2, CT. 117 - Frédéric Chopin & Andreas Pistorius (5:26)
  8. 8 Etudes-Tableaux, for piano, Op. 33: No. 5. Moderato - Sergey Rachmaninov & Siegfried Stockigt (3:28)
  9. 9 L' Arlésienne, suite for orchestra No. 1, from the incidental music: 3. Adagietto - Georges Bizet & Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra (4:23)
  10. 10 Clair de lune, for piano (Suite Bergamasque No. 3), L. 75/3 - Claude Debussy & Nora Koch (5:22)
  11. 11 Song without Words for piano No. 31 in E flat major, Op. 67/1 - Felix Mendelssohn & Renate Schorler (2:40)
  12. 12 Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F minor, J. 114 (Op. 73): 2. Adagio ma non troppo - Carl Maria von Weber & Dresden Staatskapelle (6:47)
  13. 13 Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174): Jesus bleibet meine Freude - Johann Sebastian Bach & Güher Pekinel (3:20)
  14. 14 Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16: 2. Adagio - Edvard Grieg & Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra (6:34)
  15. 15 Waltz for piano, 4 hands in A flat major, Op. 39/15 - Johannes Brahms & Güher Pekinel (1:50)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Cello Symphony, for cello & orchestra, Op. 68: Sentimental Saraband - Benjamin Britten & Berlin Radio Music School Orchestra (6:34)
  2. 2 Bagatelle for piano in B flat major, Op. 119/11 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Andreas Pistorius (1:41)
  3. 3 Adagio for piano in E major, D. 612 - Franz Schubert & Peter Rösel (4:20)
  4. 4 Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622: Adagio - Siegfried Kurz & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (7:24)
  5. 5 Keyboard Sonata in F major, H. 16/47 (rev. version of Sonata in E minor, H. 16/47bis. Add): Larghetto - Franz Joseph Haydn & Walter Olbertz (4:20)
  6. 6 Cantos de España, pieces (5) for piano, Op. 232, B. 44: Córdoba. Andantino - Isaac Albéniz & Klaus Feldmann (5:38)
  7. 7 Sonetto del Petrarca No. 123 (I'vidi in terra angelica costumi; I), for piano (Tre sonetti No. 3), S. 158/3 - Franz Liszt & Andreas Pistorius (6:28)
  8. 8 Rhapsodie espagnole, for orchestra (or 2 pianos): Prélude à la nuit - Maurice Ravel & Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra (4:45)
  9. 9 Sonata for flute & piano, FP 164: Cantilena - Francis Poulenc & Siegfried Stockigt (4:56)
  10. 10 Prelude for piano No. 13 in F sharp major, Op. 28/13, CT. 178 - Frédéric Chopin & Marc Laforet (3:13)
  11. 11 Syrinx, for solo flute, L. 129 - Claude Debussy & Johannes Walter (2:57)
  12. 12 Méditation, for violin & orchestra (or other arrangement) (from opera "Thäis") - Jules Massenet & Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra (4:34)
  13. 13 Intermezzo for piano in E flat major, Op. 117/1 - Johannes Brahms & Peter Rösel (4:35)
  14. 14 Fra Holbergs tid (From Holberg’s Time), for string orchestra ("Holberg Suite"), Op. 40: Sarabande: Andante - Edvard Grieg & Berlin Radio Music School Orchestra (4:44)
  15. 15 Etudes (4) for piano, Op. 4, M3: No. 3 - Karol Szymanowski & Siegfried Stockigt (5:04)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Dance of the Blessed Spirits (Melody), arrangement (from "Orfeo ed Euridice") - Christoph Willibald Gluck & Horst Forster (7:47)
  2. 2 Kinderszenen No. 7 ("Träumerei"), for piano, Op. 15/7 - Robert Schumann & Andreas Pistorius (2:53)
  3. 3 Liebesträume, notturno for piano No. 3 in A flat major ("O Lieb, so lang du lieben kannst"), S. 541/3 (LW A103/3) - Franz Liszt & Robert Hanell (5:10)
  4. 4 Symphony No. 8 in G major, B. 163 (Op.88) (first published as No. 4): 3. Allegretto grazioso - Herbert Blomstedt & Antonin Dvorák (6:38)
  5. 5 Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056: 2. Largo - Johann Sebastian Bach & Hans Pischner (3:15)
  6. 6 Nocturne for piano No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109 - Frédéric Chopin & Robert Hanell (4:58)
  7. 7 Adagietto, for orchestra (from the Symphony No. 5) - Gustav Mahler & Berlin Symphony Orchestra (10:00)
  8. 8 Les contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Barcarole - Jacques Offenbach & Großes Rundfunkorchester Berlin (3:01)
  9. 9 Piano Concerto in G major: 2. Adagio assai - Maurice Ravel & Rolf-Dieter Arens (11:47)
  10. 10 Meditation on Prelude No. 1 of Bach, for violin or cello & piano with organ or cello ad lib. (or other instrumental arrangement) - Charles Gounod & Egon Morbitzer (3:06)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Sinfonia Concertante for violin, cello, oboe, bassoon & orchestra, H. 1/105: Allegro - Franz Joseph Haydn & Gerhard Bosse (9:26)
  2. 2 Work(s): Andantino - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Dresden Staatskapelle (1:48)
  3. 3 Work(s): Gavotte - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Dresden Staatskapelle (1:27)
  4. 4 Septet for strings & woodwinds in E flat major, Op. 20: [Excerpt] - Ludwig van Beethoven & Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie (10:14)
  5. 5 Serenade for orchestra No. 1 in D major, Op. 11: Menuetto 1 / Menuetto 2 - Johannes Brahms & Heinz Bongartz (3:31)
  6. 6 Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major ("Eine kleine Nachtmusik"), K. 525: Allegro - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Dresden Staatskapelle (4:31)
  7. 7 Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major ("Eine kleine Nachtmusik"), K. 525: Romanze: Andante - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Dresden Staatskapelle (6:04)
  8. 8 Nonet for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon, violin, viola, cello & double bass in F major, Op. 31: Allegro - Louis Spohr & Arthur Bauer (8:29)
  9. 9 Octet for clarinet, horn, bassoon & strings in F major, D. 803 (Op. posth. 166): Andante - Franz Schubert & Gerhard Bosse (12:03)
  10. 10 Sinfonia concertante for oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon & orchestra in E flat major, K(3) 297b (K. Anh. C 14.01) (spurious): Adagio - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Dresden Staatskapelle (7:46)
  11. 11 Serenade for orchestra No. 2 in A major, Op. 16: Rondo. Allegro - Johannes Brahms & Heinz Bongartz (6:47)
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