50 Best Relaxing Classics

50 Best Relaxing Classics

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50 Best Relaxing Classics

EMI's 50 Best Relaxing is a triple-disc anthology of soothing and reflective classical hits, all selected with care from the label's extensive backlist. The set is divided into three broad categories, with the first disc devoted to the mellow Classical works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven, while the second CD is a mix of calm Romantic pieces, and the third disc offers selections of gentle piano music. The roster of performers is essentially a Who's Who of the great 20th century artists who recorded for EMI in the analog and digital eras. The recording dates range between 1959 and 2000, so there is some slight unevenness in sound quality, but because the tracks have been well-balanced for comfortable home listening, there are no sudden changes in volume to disturb the listener. While some may use this set as a general survey of classical music, much of the music will be recognizable to casual classical fans and need no introduction. Indeed, because the selections are familiar, the collection is even better suited to use as background and relaxation music.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/29/2010
Label: Warner Classics
UPC: 5099945754722
catalogNumber: 57547


  1. Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102: 2. Andante
  2. Clair de lune, for piano (Suite Bergamasque No. 3), L. 75/3
  3. Gnossienne for piano No. 1
  4. Gymnopedie for piano No. 1
  5. Caruso, for voice & orchestra
  6. Prelude for piano No. 15 in D flat major, Op. 28/15, CT. 180
  7. Préludes (12) for piano, Book I, L. 117: La Fille aux cheveux de lin
  8. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11, CT. 47: 2. Romance: Larghetto [opening]
  9. Waltz for piano in A flat major, Op. 39/15
  10. Etude for piano No. 3 in E major, Op. 10/3, CT. 16
  11. Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood) for piano, Op. 15: Träumerei
  12. Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16: 2. Adagio
  13. Berceuse for piano in D flat major, Op. 57, CT. 7
  14. Liebesträume, notturno for piano No. 3 in A flat major ("O Lieb, so lang du lieben kannst"), S. 541/3 (LW A103/3)
  15. Nocturne for piano No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109
  16. Dolly, suite for piano, 4 hands or orchestra, Op. 56: Berceuse
  17. Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Introduction and 24 Variations), for piano & orchestra in A minor, Op. 43: Variation 18
  18. Cantique de Jean Racine, for 4-part chorus & organ (or orchestra), Op. 11
  19. Méditation, for violin & orchestra (or other arrangement) (from opera "Thäis")
  20. Carnival of the Animals, zoological fantasy for 2 pianos & ensemble: The Swan
  21. Requiem, for 2 solo voices, chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 48: In Paradisum
  22. A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Nocturne
  23. Carmen, opera: Act 3. Entr'acte
  24. Enigma Variations, for orchestra, Op. 36: Nimrod
  25. Les contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Belle nuit (Barcarolle)
  26. Symphony No. 9 in E minor ("From the New World"), B. 178 (Op. 95) (first published as No. 5): 2. Largo [opening]
  27. Lakmé, opera: Dôme épais (Flower Duet)
  28. Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64: 2. Andante [extract]
  29. Pavane, for orchestra & chorus ad lib in F sharp minor, Op. 50
  30. Peer Gynt Suite for orchestra (or piano or piano, 4 hands) No. 1, Op. 46: Morning
  31. Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26: 2. Adagio [opening]
  32. Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85: 3. Adagio
  33. Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Intermezzo
  34. Rusalka, opera, B. 203 (Op. 114): Song to the Moon
  35. Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Un'aura amorosa
  36. Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major ("Alla Turca") K. 331 (K. 300i): 1. Andante grazioso. Theme
  37. Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Soave sia il vento
  38. Concerto for flute, harp & orchestra in C major, K. 299 (K. 297c): 2. Andantino [extract]
  39. Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major ("Eine kleine Nachtmusik"), K. 525: 2. Romance: Andante
  40. Symphony No. 6 in F major ("Pastoral"), Op. 68: 5. Allegretto (Shepherds' Hymn after the Storm)
  41. Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59
  42. Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor ("Pathétique"), Op. 13: 2. Adagio cantabile
  43. Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major ("Emperor"), Op. 73: 2. Adagio
  44. Minuet for piano in G major, WoO 10/2
  45. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2: 1. Adagio sostenuto [extract]
  46. Serenade No. 10 for winds in B flat major ("Gran Partita"), K. 361 (K. 370a): 3. Adagio
  47. Ave verum Corpus, motet for chorus, strings & organ, K. 618
  48. Clarinet Quintet in A major ("Stadler"), K. 581: 2. Larghetto
  49. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Canzonetta sull'aria
  50. Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466: 2. Romance [extract]

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