Ultimate Classical Chill Out

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Ultimate Classical Chill Out: The Essential Masterpieces basically delivers what it promises: a large selection of mellow classical music appropriate for unobtrusive background listening. The pieces are from a variety of genres, including orchestral, symphonic, vocal, chamber, and keyboard music. Most are gently lyrical and are from the Romantic and Post-Romantic periods, but there are also pieces from the Baroque, Classical, and Modern eras. The performances come from Decca's extensive archive and are consistently top-notch in quality, and the notes identify the performers of each piece. The sound ambience varies somewhat from track to track, but it is never less than ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Ultimate Classical Chill Out: The Essential Masterpieces basically delivers what it promises: a large selection of mellow classical music appropriate for unobtrusive background listening. The pieces are from a variety of genres, including orchestral, symphonic, vocal, chamber, and keyboard music. Most are gently lyrical and are from the Romantic and Post-Romantic periods, but there are also pieces from the Baroque, Classical, and Modern eras. The performances come from Decca's extensive archive and are consistently top-notch in quality, and the notes identify the performers of each piece. The sound ambience varies somewhat from track to track, but it is never less than very good. This five-disc set with over six hours of music is a good bargain for anyone looking for a broad assortment of quiet classical pieces.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/14/2006
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947580799
  • Catalog Number: 000766202
  • Sales rank: 12,260

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Clair de lune, for orchestra or other arrangement (from "Suite Bergamas (5:57)
  2. 2 Nocturne for piano No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109 (4:32)
  3. 3 Nocturne (4:42)
  4. 4 Dream Children, for small orchestra (or piano), Op. 43 (7:50)
  5. 5 1. Adagio sostenuto (7:12)
  6. 6 Nocturne (3:28)
  7. 7 Nocturne for string orchestra (arranged by Malcolm Sargent from String (7:43)
  8. 8 Nocturne for piano No. 15 in F minor, Op. 55/1, CT. 122 (5:49)
  9. 9 Garden Scene (4:42)
  10. 10 The Last Sleep of the Virgin (5:09)
  11. 11 Nocturne (4:15)
  12. 12 Nocturne (6:48)
  13. 13 Pavane, for orchestra & chorus ad lib in F sharp minor, Op. 50 (8:16)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Hornpipe (4:03)
  2. 2 Air (3:23)
  3. 3 Gigue (1:33)
  4. 4 Reflets dans l'eau, for piano, L. 110/1 (5:06)
  5. 5 Lagunen-Walzer (Lagoon Waltz), for orchestra, Op. 411 (RV 411) (7:26)
  6. 6 Jeux d'eau, for piano (5:57)
  7. 7 Largo (2:26)
  8. 8 Vltava (The Moldau), symphonic poem (Má Vlast No. 2), JB 1:112/2 (11:49)
  9. 9 Prelude for piano No. 15 in D flat major, Op. 28/15, CT. 180 (5:25)
  10. 10 Die Forelle (II), transcription for piano (after Schubert, D. 550), S. (3:50)
  11. 11 Dance of the Swans ... Odette and the Prince ... Second Dance of the Sw (7:37)
  12. 12 Gaily, but not too quick (2:39)
  13. 13 Auf dem Wasser zu singen, transcription for piano (after Schubert), S. (5:16)
  14. 14 An der schönen, blauen Donau (On the Beautiful, Blue Danube), waltz for or (7:56)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Fantasia on Greensleeves, for harp, flute & strings (arranged by R. Gre (4:24)
  2. 2 Baïlèro, folksong for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 1, N (6:49)
  3. 3 By the Brook (12:35)
  4. 4 4. Theme and variations (8:21)
  5. 5 Idylle (4:58)
  6. 6 To a Wild Rose, for piano, Op. 51/1 (Woodland Sketches) (2:16)
  7. 7 Cowkeeper's Tune & Country Dance (2:40)
  8. 8 Sous les tilleuls (4:16)
  9. 9 Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun), (10:48)
  10. 10 To a Water-lily, for piano, Op. 51/6 (Woodland Sketches) (2:51)
  11. 11 Shepherd's Melody (1:34)
  12. 12 Shepherds' Chorus (4:11)
  13. 13 Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald (Tales from the Vienna Woods), waltz for (11:15)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Love Theme (3:17)
  2. 2 Liebesfreud (Love's Joy), for violin & piano (3:34)
  3. 3 The Walk To the Paradise Garden, for orchestra (Interlude from "A Village R (8:51)
  4. 4 Liebesträume, notturno for piano No. 3 in A flat major ("O Lieb, so lan (4:56)
  5. 5 D'amour l'ardente flamme (8:39)
  6. 6 Balcony Scene (7:44)
  7. 7 Salut d'amour, for violin & piano, Op. 12 (3:05)
  8. 8 Extase ("Sur un lys pâle"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra) (3:19)
  9. 9 Pastourelle (3:28)
  10. 10 Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia (9:13)
  11. 11 Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59 (3:04)
  12. 12 Liebesleid (Love's Sorrow), for violin & piano (3:45)
  13. 13 Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix (6:36)
  14. 14 Love Scene (4:58)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Barcarolle (4:16)
  2. 2 2. Minuet & Trio (3:54)
  3. 3 4. Larghetto (6:11)
  4. 4 Nocturne for piano No. 8 in D flat major, Op. 27/2, CT. 115 (5:57)
  5. 5 3. Adagio (8:44)
  6. 6 Vous soupirez, madame? ... Nuit paisible et sereine! (4:43)
  7. 7 Prelude for piano No. 7 in A major, Op. 28/7, CT. 172 (0:57)
  8. 8 Mazurka for piano No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 7/1, CT. 56 (3:03)
  9. 9 Serenade (4:05)
  10. 10 Dreaming, for piano, Op. 15/3 (6:33)
  11. 11 Musette (3:51)
  12. 12 Recuerdos de la Alhambra, for guitar (4:51)
  13. 13 Evening Prayer (3:11)
  14. 14 4. Quasi menuetto - Trio (5:06)
  15. 15 4. Romanza (5:29)
  16. 16 Chanson dans la Nuit, versions for 1 or 2 harps (3:51)
  17. 17 Brezairola (Berceuse), folksong for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergn (3:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Benjamin Britten Conductor
Colin Davis Conductor
Antal Doráti Conductor
Aram Khachaturian Conductor
Joan Sutherland Soprano (Vocal)
London Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Frederica Von Stade Mezzo-Soprano (Vocal)
Marilyn Horne Mezzo-Soprano (Vocal)
Stanley Black Conductor
Anton Karas Zither
National Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Kiri Te Kanawa Soprano (Vocal)
Herbert von Karajan Conductor
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Willi Boskovsky Conductor
Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Performing Ensemble
April Cantelo Soprano (Vocal)
English Chamber Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Erich Gruenberg Violin
Bernard Herrmann Conductor
Christopher Hogwood Conductor
London Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Alan Loveday Violin
Neville Marriner Conductor
Raymond Agoult Conductor
Richard Bonynge Conductor
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Joseph Cooper Piano
Alicia de Larrocha Piano
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
London Festival Orchestra and Chorus Performing Ensemble
Radu Lupu Piano
Phillip Moll Piano
Karl Münchinger Conductor
New Philharmonia Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Marisa Robles Piano, Harp
Josef Sakonov Violin
Ileana Vered Piano
Georg Solti Conductor
Charles Dutoit Conductor
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Leopold Stokowski Conductor
Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt Conductor
Alan Feinberg Piano
Lukas Hagen Violin
Veronika Hagen Viola
István Kertész Conductor
Helen Watts Contralto (Vocal)
Henry Lewis Conductor
Vienna State Opera Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Ernest Ansermet Conductor
New Symphony Orchestra of London Performing Ensemble
Lucia Popp Soprano (Vocal)
Eduardo Fernandez Guitar
Vladimir Ashkenazy Piano
Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal Performing Ensemble
Elgar Howarth Conductor
Brigitte Fassbaender Mezzo-Soprano (Vocal)
Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra Performing Ensemble
L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande Performing Ensemble
András Schiff Piano
Detroit Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Timothy Hutchins Flute
Pascal Rogé Piano
Walter Weller Conductor
Lorin Maazel Conductor
Vienna State Opera Chorus Choir, Chorus
William Bennett Flute
Pro Arte de Lausanne et du Brassus Choir, Chorus
Varda Nishry Piano
Huguette Tourangeau Mezzo-Soprano (Vocal)
Jorge Bolet Piano
Francisco Garbarro Cello
Kyung-Wha Chung Violin
Clemens Hagen Cello
Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos Conductor
Mincho Minchev Violin
Philharmonia Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Les Choeurs de la Suisse Romande Choir, Chorus
Alois Posch Double Bass
Jeffrey Tate Conductor
David Gray Horn
Technical Credits
Franz Schubert Composer
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