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 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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/30/1999
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • UPC: 724384489021
  • Catalog Number: 44890

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air on the G string - Johann Sebastian Bach & Neville Marriner (3:36)
  2. 2 Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: Morning - Edvard Grieg & Neville Marriner (4:17)
  3. 3 Canon and gigue, for 3 violins & continuo in D major, T. 337: Canon in D major - Johann Pachelbel & Neville Marriner (5:03)
  4. 4 Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174): Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - David Willcocks & Johann Sebastian Bach (3:32)
  5. 5 Gymnopedie for piano No. 1 - Claude Debussy & Erik Satie (2:52)
  6. 6 Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major ("Elvira Madigan") K. 467: II: Andante - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Stephen Hough (5:23)
  7. 7 Lakmé, opera: Viens, Mallika - Léo Delibes & Theatre National de L'opera-Comique Choeur et Orch (4:21)
  8. 8 Requiem, for 2 solo voices, chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 48: In Paradisum - Gabriel Fauré & David Willcocks (3:49)
  9. 9 Clair de lune, for piano (Suite Bergamasque No. 3), L. 75/3 - Claude Debussy & Moura Lympany (4:58)
  10. 10 Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64: II: Andante - Felix Mendelssohn & Efrem Kurtz (4:31)
  11. 11 The Swan (from "Carnival of the Animals"), original (for 2 pianos & ensemble) and arrangements - Camille Saint-Saëns & Jacqueline du Pré (2:54)
  12. 12 Symphony No. 3, Op. 36 ("Symphony of Sorrowful Songs"): II: Lento e largo-Tranquillissimo - Henryk Mikolaj Górecki & Jacek Kaspszyk (4:33)
  13. 13 Concerto for flute, harp & orchestra in C major, K. 299 (K. 297c): II: Andantino - James Galway & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (4:02)
  14. 14 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 (2:09)
  15. 15 Enigma Variations, for orchestra, Op. 36: Nimrod - Edward Elgar & Adrian Boult (3:58)
  16. 16 Rusalka, opera, B. 203 (Op. 114): Song to the Moon - Antonin Dvorák & Munich Radio Orchestra (5:03)
  17. 17 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 (3:01)
  18. 18 Pavane, for orchestra & chorus ad lib in F sharp minor, Op. 50 - Gabriel Fauré & David Willcocks (6:46)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Cantata No. 140, "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," BWV 140 (BC A166): Zion hört die Wächter singen - Johann Sebastian Bach & Consortium Musicum (3:29)
  2. 2 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 (5:53)
  3. 3 Minuet in A major, arrangement (after String Quintet in E major, Op.11/5 [aka Op. 13/5], G. 275) - Luigi Boccherini & Neville Marriner (3:57)
  4. 4 Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056: II: Largo - Johann Sebastian Bach & Neville Marriner (3:29)
  5. 5 Méditation, for violin & orchestra (or other arrangement) (from opera "Thäis") - Jules Massenet & Neville Marriner (5:06)
  6. 6 Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2: I: Adagio sostenuto - Ludwig van Beethoven & Moura Lympany (3:59)
  7. 7 Les Contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Belle nuit, ô njit d'amour (Barcarolle) - Jacques Offenbach & René Duclos Choir (3:52)
  8. 8 Coppélia, ou La fille aux yeux d'émail, ballet: Prayer - Léo Delibes & Jean-Baptiste Mari (3:50)
  9. 9 Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622: Adagio (excerpt) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Thomas Beecham (4:41)
  10. 10 Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Intermezzo - Pietro Mascagni & Riccardo Muti (3:44)
  11. 11 Serenade for string orchestra in E major, B. 52 (Op. 22): I: Moderato - Antonin Dvorák & Christopher Warren-Green (4:44)
  12. 12 Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro - Giacomo Puccini & Montserrat Caballé (2:45)
  13. 13 Fantasia on Greensleeves, for harp, flute & strings (arranged by R. Greaves; from the opera "Sir John In Love") - Ralph Vaughan Williams & John Barbirolli (4:42)
  14. 14 Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18: II: Adagio sostenuto (Opening) - Sergey Rachmaninov & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (4:35)
  15. 15 Nocturne for string orchestra (arranged by Malcolm Sargent from String Quartet No. 2): (Excerpt) - Neville Marriner & Alexander Borodin (4:01)
  16. 16 Concierto de Aranjuez, for guitar & orchestra: II: adagio (Opening) - Joaquín Rodrigo & Julian Bream (4:48)
  17. 17 Adagio for strings (or string quartet; arr. from 2nd mvt. of String Quartet), Op. 11 - Samuel Barber & Eugene Ormandy (6:24)
  18. 18 Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Act III: Entr'acte - Georges Bizet & Orchestre National de France (2:32)
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great classical album

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The name speaks for itself!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Wonderful CD

    This is the best CD I've found the music is so relaxing and wonderful to listen too.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sleeper!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great

    That music leads to the Heaven.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    From a newbie regarding classical music

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Title Says it All!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is my favourite classical CD

    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...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    So, so relaxing

    This is an awesome CD! I'd read the reviews before I purchased it, and they were right - it's very, very relaxing music.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    magnifico

    magnifico

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    EXCELLENT CD

    This is my favorite classical CD. Excellent buy. You won't regret it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A wonderful CD to work by!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The worlds most relaxing and romantic classical music...On one album!!

    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.

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