Best Relaxing Classics 100

Best Relaxing Classics 100

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Best Relaxing Classics 100

As a compilation of soothing classical pieces, EMI's Best Relaxing Classics 100 should work as a satisfactory chill-out collection, at least theoretically, because it is full of slow, soft, and atmospheric music that most people will find very tranquil and pleasant, if played at a moderate-to-low volume. However, this six-disc set of recordings from EMI's extensive backlist has one obvious feature that seems to work against its calming qualities, and that is its striking variety of genres, instrumentation, and performance styles, which may be too changeable for the average person's relaxation needs. While most tracks are indeed peaceful -- especially the Baroque pieces on Disc 1 that favor small forces, uniformity of textures, and steady dynamics -- there are enough Classical and Romantic pieces that rely on sudden contrasts of mood, tone, and volume to make relaxation a bit more challenging. And if all six discs are lined up in a CD changer for continuous play, the stylistic variety of the thematically arranged programs may be sufficiently diverting to make one sit up and take notice, rather than kick back. Furthermore, there are a few vocal selections included, which some may find appealing for their beauty, though most listeners probably would favor instrumental music for rest, leisure, or meditation.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/15/2008
Label: Warner Classics
UPC: 5099951560621
catalogNumber: 15606

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Cantata No. 208, "Was mir behagt," (Hunt Cantata), BWV 208 (BC G1, G3): Sheep may safely graze

    1. Sheep may safely graze  (04:37)
  2. Canon in D major, instrumental arrangement  (05:01)
  3. Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air 'on the G string'

    1. Air 'on the G string'  (03:33)
  4. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in F minor ("L'inverno," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 4), Op. 8/4, RV 297: 2. Largo

    1. 2. Largo  (02:10)
  5. Serse (Xerxes), opera, HWV 40: Largo. Ombra mai fu

    1. Largo. Ombra mai fu  (02:40)
  6. Concerto Grosso in B minor, Op.6/12, HWV 330: 3. Larghetto e piano

    1. 3. Larghetto e piano  (04:14)
  7. Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174): Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring

    1. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring  (03:32)
  8. Suite for keyboard in D minor, HWV 447: Sarabande

    1. Sarabande  (03:02)
  9. Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056: 2. Largo

    1. 2. Largo  (03:26)
  10. Double Mandolin Concerto, for 2 mandolins, strings & continuo in G major, RV 532: 2. Andante

    1. 2. Andante  (02:49)
  11. Concerto for 2 violins, strings & continuo in D minor ("Double"), BWV 1043: 2. Largo ma non tanto

    1. 2. Largo ma non tanto  (06:52)
  12. Rinaldo, opera, HWV 7: Lascia ch'io pianga

    1. Lascia ch'io pianga  (04:35)
  13. Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Dance of the Blessed Spirits

    1. Dance of the Blessed Spirits  (06:19)
  14. Cantata No. 140, "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," BWV 140 (BC A166): Zion hört die Wächter singen

    1. Zion hört die Wächter singen  (03:28)
  15. Water Music Suite No.1 for orchestra in F major, HWV 348: Air

    1. Air  (04:45)
  16. Lute (Chamber) Concerto, for lute (or guitar), 2 violins & continuo in D major, RV 93: 2. Largo

    1. 2. Largo  (06:08)
  17. Sonata for viola da gamba & keyboard No. 3 in G minor, BWV 1029: 2. Adagio (Opening)

    1. 2. Adagio (Opening)  (02:32)
  18. Adagio, for violin, strings & organ in G minor, T. Mi 26 (composed by Remo Giazotto; not by Albinoni)  (05:49)

Disc 2

  1. Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major ("Eine kleine Nachtmusik"), K. 525: 2. Romance: Andante

    1. 2. Romance: Andante  (05:46)
  2. Concerto for flute, harp & orchestra in C major, K. 299 (K. 297c): 2. Andantino [Extract]

    1. 2. Andantino [Extract]  (04:00)
  3. Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Soave siail vento

    1. Soave siail vento  (03:21)
  4. Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major ("Alla Turca") K. 331 (K. 300i): 1. Andante grazioso (Theme)

    1. 1. Andante grazioso (Theme)  (01:59)
  5. Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Un'aura amorosa

    1. Un'aura amorosa  (04:45)
  6. Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466: 2. Romance [Extract]

    1. 2. Romance [Extract]  (06:16)
  7. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Canzonetta sull'aria

    1. Canzonetta sull'aria  (03:06)
  8. Clarinet Quintet in A major ("Stadler"), K. 581: 2. Larghetto

    1. 2. Larghetto  (06:30)
  9. Ave verum Corpus, motet for chorus, strings & organ, K. 618  (03:26)
  10. Serenade No. 10 for winds in B flat major ("Gran Partita"), K. 361 (K. 370a): 3. Adagio

    1. 3. Adagio  (06:04)
  11. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2: 1. ADagio sostenuto [Extract]

    1. 1. ADagio sostenuto [Extract]  (03:57)
  12. Minuet for piano in G major, WoO 10/2  (02:53)
  13. Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major ("Emperor"), Op. 73: 2. Adagio

    1. 2. Adagio  (07:01)
  14. Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor ("Pathétique"), Op. 13: 2. Adagio cantabile

    1. 2. Adagio cantabile  (05:34)
  15. Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59  (03:20)
  16. Symphony No. 6 in F major ("Pastoral"), Op. 68: 5. Allegretto (Shepherds' Hymn after the Storm)

    1. 5. Allegretto (Shepherds' Hymn after the Storm)  (06:41)

Disc 3

  1. Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major ("Elvira Madigan") K. 467: 2. Andante

    1. 2. Andante  (06:48)
  2. Norma, opera: Casta Diva

    1. Casta Diva  (05:36)
  3. Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Aria

    1. Aria  (03:04)
  4. Miserere mei Deus (Psalm 51), motet for chorus: vv 1-4 & 17-20

    1. vv 1-4 & 17-20  (05:46)
  5. Stabat mater, for soprano, alto, strings & organ in F major  (03:57)
  6. Quintet for 2 violins, viola & 2 cellos in C major, D. 956 (Op. posth. 163): 2. Adagio [Opening]

    1. 2. Adagio [Opening]  (04:38)
  7. Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622: 2. Adagio

    1. 2. Adagio  (06:38)
  8. Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18: 2. Adagio sostenuto [Opening]

    1. 2. Adagio sostenuto [Opening]  (04:31)
  9. Cavatina (from "The Deer Hunter")  (03:17)
  10. Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor: 4. Adagietto [Conclusion]

    1. 4. Adagietto [Conclusion]  (03:09)
  11. Adagio for strings (or string quartet; arr. from 2nd mvt. of String Quartet), Op. 11  (06:24)
  12. The Piano, film score: The Heart asks Pleasure First / The Promise (Origi

    1. The Heart asks Pleasure First / The Promise (Original film soundtrack version)  (03:14)
  13. American Beauty, film score: Any Other Name

    1. Any Other Name  (04:07)
  14. Schindler's List, film score: Main Theme

    1. Main Theme  (05:04)
  15. Gabriel's Oboe, theme from the film "The Mission"  (02:15)
  16. Recuerdos de la Alhambra, for guitar  (03:56)
  17. Titanic, film score: My Heart Will Go On

    1. My Heart Will Go On  (04:20)

Disc 4

  1. Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Entr'acte to Act 3

    1. Entr'acte to Act 3  (02:36)
  2. Thaïs, lyric comedy in 3 acts: Méditation

    1. Méditation  (05:05)
  3. Cantique de Jean Racine, for 4-part chorus & organ (or orchestra), Op. 11  (05:48)
  4. A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Nocturne

    1. Nocturne  (05:52)
  5. Requiem, for 2 solo voices, chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 48: In Paradisum

    1. In Paradisum  (03:47)
  6. The Swan (from "Carnival of the Animals"), original (for 2 pianos & ensemble) and arrangements  (03:18)
  7. Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85: 3. Adagio

    1. 3. Adagio  (05:18)
  8. Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op. 26: 2. Adagio [Opening]

    1. 2. Adagio [Opening]  (04:24)
  9. Peer Gynt Suite for orchestra (or piano or piano, 4 hands) No. 1, Op. 46: Morning

    1. Morning  (04:17)
  10. Pavane, for orchestra & chorus ad lib in F sharp minor, Op. 50  (06:50)
  11. Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64: 2. Andante [Extract]

    1. 2. Andante [Extract]  (04:30)
  12. Lakmé, opera: Dôme épais (Flower Duet)

    1. Dôme épais (Flower Duet)  (03:30)
  13. Symphony No. 9 in E minor ("From the New World"), B. 178 (Op. 95) (first published as No. 5): 2. Largo [Opening]

    1. 2. Largo [Opening]  (04:49)
  14. Les contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Belle nuit (Barcarolle)

    1. Belle nuit (Barcarolle)  (04:23)
  15. Enigma Variations, for orchestra, Op. 36: Nimrod

    1. Nimrod  (03:58)
  16. Rusalka, opera, B. 203 (Op. 114): Song to the Moon

    1. Song to the Moon  (05:55)
  17. Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Intermezzo

    1. Intermezzo  (03:41)

Disc 5

  1. Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Introduction and 24 Variations), in A minor for piano & orchestra, Op. 43: Variation 18

    1. Variation 18  (03:01)
  2. Dolly, suite for piano, 4 hands or orchestra, Op. 56: Berceuse

    1. Berceuse  (02:37)
  3. Nocturne for piano No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109  (05:19)
  4. Liebesträume, notturno for piano No. 3 in A flat major ("O Lieb, so lang du lieben kannst"), S. 541/3 (LW A103/3)  (04:31)
  5. Berceuse for piano in D flat major, Op. 57, CT. 7  (04:29)
  6. Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16: 2. Adagio

    1. 2. Adagio  (06:32)
  7. Kinderszenen No. 7 ("Träumerei"), for piano, Op. 15/7  (02:41)
  8. Etude for piano No. 3 in E major, Op. 10/3, CT. 16  (04:16)
  9. Liebeslieder waltz No. 15 for piano, 4 hands in A flat major, Op. 52a/15  (01:39)
  10. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11, CT. 47: 2. Romance: Larghetto [Opening]

    1. 2. Romance: Larghetto [Opening]  (03:52)
  11. Préludes (12) for piano, Book I, L. 117: La Fille aux cheveux de lin

    1. La Fille aux cheveux de lin  (02:37)
  12. Prelude for piano No. 15 in D flat major, Op. 28/15, CT. 180  (05:53)
  13. Caruso, for voice & orchestra  (04:47)
  14. Gymnopedie for piano No.1  (03:35)
  15. Gnossienne, for piano No.1  (03:27)
  16. Clair de lune, for piano (Suite Bergamasque No. 3), L. 75/3  (04:57)
  17. Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102: 2. Andante

    1. 2. Andante  (06:07)

Disc 6

  1. The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace, for soloists, chorus & orchestra: Agnus Dei

    1. Agnus Dei  (03:40)
  2. Carmina Burana, scenic cantata for soloists, choruses & orchestra: In trutina

    1. In trutina  (02:46)
  3. Fantasia on Greensleeves, for harp, flute & strings (arranged by R. Greaves; from the opera "Sir John In Love")  (04:40)
  4. Baïlèro, folksong for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 1, No. 2)  (06:43)
  5. Ashokan Farewell  (05:09)
  6. Requiem for chorus & orchestra: Pie Jesu

    1. Pie Jesu  (03:33)
  7. Concierto de Aranjuez, for guitar & orchestra: 2. Adagio

    1. 2. Adagio  (10:54)
  8. Requiem for soloists, chorus & orchestra: Pie Jesu

    1. Pie Jesu  (02:51)
  9. The Gadfly, suite from the film score, Op. 97a (assembled by Atovmyan): Romance

    1. Romance  (03:15)
  10. The Crying Game, film score: Love Theme

    1. Love Theme  (03:39)
  11. Brezairola (Berceuse), folksong for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 3, No. 4)  (03:46)
  12. The Lark Ascending, romance for violin & orchestra: Opening

    1. Opening  (06:24)
  13. Michelle  (03:22)
  14. Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, for 2 string orchestras: Opening

    1. Opening  (06:12)
  15. The Planets, suite for orchestra & female chorus, Op. 32, H. 125: Venus (Conclusion)

    1. Venus (Conclusion)  (06:13)

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Best Relaxing Classics 100 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
grandmamichigan More than 1 year ago
I listen to this CD at work as I have lots of noise around me and find that in order to concentrate on my writing and creative work these CDs provide soothing background and help cut through the workplace noise. The variety of music on each CD is interesting. The entire collection provides a relaxing atmosphere within my sometimes noisy work environment. I usually go home very relaxed after listening to the one or two of the discs each day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago