Most Relaxing Classical Album in the World...Ever!

The Most Relaxing Classical Album in the World...Ever!

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There are so many "classical relaxation" recordings out there that choosing one could easily stress you out. What sets this compilation apart from the quickly growing crowd is its breadth. Most albums like this steer clear of vocal music -- following the all-instrumental, all-the-time classical radio format that's favored today -- but The Most Relaxing Classical

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There are so many "classical relaxation" recordings out there that choosing one could easily stress you out. What sets this compilation apart from the quickly growing crowd is its breadth. Most albums like this steer clear of vocal music -- following the all-instrumental, all-the-time classical radio format that's favored today -- but The Most Relaxing Classical Album in the World...Ever! offers an exceptionally healthy mix of genres. So, in addition to Baroque favorites like Pachelbel's "Canon in D" you also get an exquisite vocalise for soprano and orchestra by the modern Polish composer Henryk Gorecki, the original choral version of Bach's famous "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring," as well as the "Flower Duet" from Delibes opera Lakmé (made famous in British Airways's television commercials). And while everything on this two-CD set has an easy pace, some of the selections -- such as the excerpt from Elgar's "Enigma Variations" -- build to climaxes that are as stirring as they are relaxing. Serious classical collectors might be annoyed to discover that some of the pieces have been shortened to allow for greater variety overall, but there's no carping about the performances. Some of the greatest names in classical music are here, including James Galway, Jacqueline du Pré, Sir Neville Marriner, Herbert von Karajan, Montserrat Caballé, and Sir Simon Rattle.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/30/1999
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
0724384489021
catalogNumber:
44890

Tracks

  1. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in F minor ("L'inverno," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 4), Op. 8/4, RV 297: II-Largo  - Antonio Vivaldi  -  Camerata Lysy Gstaad  - Alberto Lysy  - Yehudi Menuhin
  2. Enigma Variations, for orchestra, Op. 36: Nimrod  - Edward Elgar  - Adrian Boult  -  London Symphony Orchestra
  3. Rusalka, opera, B. 203 (Op. 114): Song to the Moon  - Antonin Dvorák  -  Munich Radio Orchestra  - Lucia Popp  - Stefan Soltesz
  4. 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  - Cécile Ousset  - Simon Rattle
  5. Pavane, for orchestra & chorus ad lib in F sharp minor, Op. 50  - Gabriel Fauré  - David Willcocks  - Gareth Morris
  6. Cantata No. 140, "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," BWV 140 (BC A166): Zion hört die Wächter singen  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Consortium Musicum  - Wolfgang Gonnenwein  -  South German Madrigal Choir & Consortium Musicum
  7. Adagio, for violin, strings & organ in G minor, T. Mi 26 (composed by Remo Giazotto; not by Albinoni): Realized by Giazotto  - Tomaso Albinoni  - Neville Marriner  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
  8. Minuet in A major, arrangement (after String Quintet in E major, Op.11/5 [aka Op. 13/5], G. 275)  - Luigi Boccherini  - Neville Marriner  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
  9. Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056: II: Largo  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Neville Marriner  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields  - Andrei Gavrilov
  10. Méditation, for violin & orchestra (or other arrangement) (from opera "Thäis")  - Jules Massenet  - Neville Marriner  - Hans Kalafusz
  11. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2: I: Adagio sostenuto  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Moura Lympany
  12. Les Contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Belle nuit, ô njit d'amour (Barcarolle)  - Jacques Offenbach  -  René Duclos Choir  - André Cluytens  - Jeannine Collard  -  Conservatory Concert Society Orchestra, Monte Carlo  - Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
  13. Coppélia, ou La fille aux yeux d'émail, ballet: Prayer  - Léo Delibes  - Jean-Baptiste Mari  -  Paris National Opera Orchestra
  14. Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622: Adagio (excerpt)  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Thomas Beecham  - Jack Brymer  -  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  15. Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Intermezzo  - Pietro Mascagni  - Riccardo Muti  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  16. Serenade for string orchestra in E major, B. 52 (Op. 22): I: Moderato  - Antonin Dvorák  - Christopher Warren-Green  -  London Chamber Orchestra
  17. Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro  - Giacomo Puccini  - Montserrat Caballé  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Charles Mackerras
  18. Fantasia on Greensleeves, for harp, flute & strings (arranged by R. Greaves; from the opera "Sir John In Love")  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - John Barbirolli  -  City of London Sinfonia
  19. Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18: II: Adagio sostenuto (Opening)  - Sergey Rachmaninov  -  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  - Cécile Ousset  - Simon Rattle
  20. Nocturne for string orchestra (arranged by Malcolm Sargent from String Quartet No. 2): (Excerpt)  - Alexander Borodin  - Neville Marriner  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
  21. Concierto de Aranjuez, for guitar & orchestra: II: adagio (Opening)  - Joaquín Rodrigo  - Julian Bream  -  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  - Simon Rattle
  22. Adagio for strings (or string quartet; arr. from 2nd mvt. of String Quartet), Op. 11  - Samuel Barber  - Eugene Ormandy  -  Philadelphia Orchestra
  23. Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Act III: Entr'acte  - Georges Bizet  -  Orchestre National de France  - Seiji Ozawa

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The Most Relaxing Classical Album in the World...Ever! 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read and agree with every preceding reviewer. This CD is a wonderful way to hear the music of a variety of classical composers and some of their best-known pieces. Although I've had this CD for some time, only recently have I begun playing it. As I sit and read, my Sony Dream Machine at my elbow, I turn up the selections that are expecially beautiful. Vivaldi's Four Seasons is a long time favorite, any portion, performed by any orchestra. Offenbach: Barcarolle (The Tales of Hoffmann)...absolutely lovely. Rodrigo: Had never heard this before. Wonderful. Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings is surely one of the most haunting pieces of music ever composed (those of you who saw PLATOON will remember it well). Is it awesome to other people that some of these recordings are more than 20 years old?! The wonders of techology. Oh, yes...I'm online right now to order 4 CDs to send to friends to share and gift this incredible music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this CD for anyone who has small children. I often put it on in the day when things get hairy, or before bed to help my children (and myself) wind down at day's end. I'm going to go throw it on right now as a matter of fact...
Guest More than 1 year ago
These discs truly are amazing. You can listen to them again and again, and they never get old. I keep them on "repeat". At home or at work, you will not regret this purchase.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this cd for myself, then I found out my mother likes classical (she is 78 and always listened to people like Robert Goulet and Barbara Streisand). I sent it to her, but taped a bit of it before I wrapped it up. Now, I just have to come back and get another for myself. It's too too beautiful. And as for RELAXING!!! Absolutely. Truly enchanting and the artists as well as composers, are masters. Wow.
Guest More than 1 year ago
That music leads to the Heaven.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you're having trouble sleeping, this is the CD for you. Don't buy it if you like full-orchestra passionate renditions of your favourite compositions. It makes pretty good background music for low-key dinner parties too.
catd264 More than 1 year ago
This is the best CD I've found the music is so relaxing and wonderful to listen too.
ArabellaEglantine More than 1 year ago
This is the best, most superb collection of relaxing melodies I have ever listened to. I have occasional insomnia and will pop this into my Bose and within 4 songs, I am sleeping, sleeping, sleeping! There are quite a few songs on the CD that I love to listen to first, so soothing, loving, achingly beautiful. What I liked also was finally being able to identify names of songs I have heard, i.e., in movies, radio, friends' parties background music, etc. I felt educated after multiple listenings!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Truly, a romantic and easing album. Where else will you find Pachelbell and Rodrigo on the same album! Much of the music such as Rodrigo's is supremely inveigling and seductive. This is far and away my favorite classical CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love that this CD set is not clearly one single orchestra playing a variety of composers. There are vocals, pieces mainly for piano, some for violin, truly a beautiful selection. I enjoy the variety in tempo as well, no two pieces resemble each other. There is nothing boring about these CDs. This set contains some old favorites, as well as some less well-known. A must-have for those trapped in the world of cubicles!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite classical CD. Excellent buy. You won't regret it!
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magnifico
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