The Ultimate Most Relaxing Classics for Kids in the Universe

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Useful as a soporific for nap time, The Ultimate Most Relaxing Classics for Kids in the Universe presents 29 excerpts and short pieces that, for the most part, have been selected to calm down even the most rambunctious youngster. Of course, if this double-disc collection is used merely to induce sleep, it's only important to know that most of the selections are softly played and quite gentle, and there are no sudden crescendos, loud crashes, or bombastic climaxes to wake anyone up. Except for two inappropriately perky tracks -- Leroy Anderson's "The Waltzing Cat" and "Plink, Plank, Plunk," which really belong on a playtime compilation -- the rest of the pieces are ...
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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Useful as a soporific for nap time, The Ultimate Most Relaxing Classics for Kids in the Universe presents 29 excerpts and short pieces that, for the most part, have been selected to calm down even the most rambunctious youngster. Of course, if this double-disc collection is used merely to induce sleep, it's only important to know that most of the selections are softly played and quite gentle, and there are no sudden crescendos, loud crashes, or bombastic climaxes to wake anyone up. Except for two inappropriately perky tracks -- Leroy Anderson's "The Waltzing Cat" and "Plink, Plank, Plunk," which really belong on a playtime compilation -- the rest of the pieces are serene classics that won't disturb anyone. However, if the quality of the music and the playing matter, then rest assured that Denon has chosen wisely from its extensive back catalog, and included fine renditions of great music by its leading artists, including pianist Yuji Takahashi, cellist János Starker, violinist Chee-Yun, I Solisti Italiani, the Philharmonia Orchestra, and several others. Levels are even and well-balanced throughout, so the sound varies little between solo piano tracks and orchestral performances, and the reproduction is uniformly clear and free of noise; however, just to be safe, play this album at a low volume for an uninterrupted siesta.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/14/2007
  • Label: Denon Records
  • UPC: 795041766526
  • Catalog Number: 17665
  • Sales rank: 17,993

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Gymnopedie for piano No.1 - Yuji Takahashi & Erik Satie (3:05)
  2. 2 Canon in D major, instrumental arrangement - Johann Pachelbel & Jorgen Ernst Hansen (5:22)
  3. 3 Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2: Adagio - Ludwig van Beethoven & Bruno-Leonardo Gelber (6:37)
  4. 4 Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air on a G String - Johann Sebastian Bach & Jorgen Ernst Hansen (5:12)
  5. 5 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 & David Alan Kogut (6:06)
  6. 6 Les contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Barcarolle - Jacques Offenbach & Charles Groves (2:41)
  7. 7 Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59 - Ludwig van Beethoven & David Alan Kogut (3:03)
  8. 8 Carnival of the Animals, zoological fantasy for 2 pianos & ensemble: The Swan - Charles Groves & Camille Saint-Saëns (2:55)
  9. 9 Carnival of the Animals, zoological fantasy for 2 pianos & ensemble: The Elephant - Charles Groves & Camille Saint-Saëns (1:10)
  10. 10 Carnival of the Animals, zoological fantasy for 2 pianos & ensemble: Aquarium - Charles Groves & Camille Saint-Saëns (2:16)
  11. 11 The Waltzing Cat, for orchestra - Charles Groves & Leroy Anderson (2:35)
  12. 12 Work(s): [Unspecified] Songs Without Words - David Alan Kogut & Felix Mendelssohn (2:56)
  13. 13 Kinderszenen No. 7 ("Träumerei"), for piano, Op. 15/7 - Robert Schumann & David Alan Kogut (3:02)
  14. 14 Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Aria - Johann Sebastian Bach & David Alan Kogut (5:01)
  15. 15 Luisa Miller, opera: When the evening becomes peaceful - Giuseppe Verdi & I Solisti Italiani (4:03)
  16. 16 The Swan Lake, ballet, Op. 20: [Excerpt] - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & David Alan Kogut (7:12)
  17. 17 Thaïs, lyric comedy in 3 acts: Meditation - Jules Massenet & Chee-Yun (4:33)
  18. 18 Greensleeves, folk song for chorus (from the opera Sir John in Love) - Charles Groves & Ralph Vaughan Williams (4:34)
  19. 19 Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11, CT. 47: Larghetto - Frédéric Chopin & Erich Bergel (10:00)
  20. 20 Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major ("Eine kleine Nachtmusik"), K. 525: Andante - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Lucerne Festival Strings (5:52)
  21. 21 Plink, Plank, Plunk!, for string orchestra - Charles Groves & Leroy Anderson (2:36)
  22. 22 Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor ("Pathétique"), Op. 13: Adagio - Ludwig van Beethoven & Bruno-Leonardo Gelber (5:19)
  23. 23 La fille aux cheveux de lin, prelude for piano, L. 117/8 - Michel Béroff & Claude Debussy (2:57)
  24. 24 Piano Sonata No. 1 in F sharp minor ("Grosse Sonate"), Op. 11: 2. Aria - Robert Schumann & Hélène Grimaud (2:56)
  25. 25 Serse (Xerxes), opera, HWV 40: Largo - David Alan Kogut & George Frideric Handel (4:21)
  26. 26 Clair de lune, for piano (Suite Bergamasque No. 3), L. 75/3 - Michel Béroff & Claude Debussy (4:41)
  27. 27 The Little Shepherd, for piano (Children's Corner No. 5), L. 113/5 - Michel Béroff & Claude Debussy (2:33)
  28. 28 Pictures at an Exhibition (Kartinki s vïstavski), for piano: The Old Castle - David Alan Kogut & Modest Mussorgsky (5:20)
  29. 29 Symphony No. 9 in E minor ("From the New World"), B. 178 (Op. 95) (first published as No. 5): Largo - Rafael Kubelik & Antonin Dvorák (12:27)
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