- Serenade No. 10 for winds in B flat major ("Gran Partita"), K. 361 (K. 370a): Adagio
- Cassation for orchestra in G major, K. 63: Adagio
- Divertimento for string quartet (or string orchestra) in F major ("Salzburg Symphony No. 3"), K. 138 (K. 125c): Andante
- Violin Concerto No. 2 in D major, K. 211: Andante
- Quintet for horn, violin, 2 violas & cello in E flat major, K. 407 (K. 386c): Andante
- Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550: Andante
- Symphony No. 28 in C major, K. 200 (K. 189k): Andante
- Symphony No. 31 in D major ("Paris"), K. 297 (K. 300a): Andante
- Piano Concerto No. 26 in D major ("Coronation") K. 537: Larghetto
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If this compilation of Don Campbell's turned out to be as relaxing as it promised to be, I was afraid I'd have to go and lie down instead of reviewing it. Luckily, his approach toward relaxation is a more active one. The booklet contains some very sensible suggestions for creating an oasis of calm in the midst of our workaday lives, through breathing, stretching, and visualization to the accompaniment of a charming collection of adagios and andantes from Mozart's divertimentos, symphonies, and concertos. These selections are particularly rewarding, since most of them are less familiar and have no distracting associations. (The one exception is the overplayed, so-called Elvira Madigan piano concerto; much to my relief, however, it is played here on violin instead, by Takako Nishizaki.) The performances are clear, calm, and lustrous in their own quiet way, played by non-stars with an obvious dedication to the master's work. Is it relaxing? As a background ambiance, certainly. But the Mozart Effect really comes into its own when accompanied by a concerted effort to relax, a contradiction in terms that only makes sense when you put your mind to it. So plug it in, de-stress, and don't forget to breathe.