The Most Relaxing Classical Album in the World...Ever!

The Most Relaxing Classical Album in the World...Ever!



There are so many "classical relaxation" recordings out there that choosing one could easily stress you out. What sets this compilation apart from the quickly growing crowd is its breadth. Most albums like this steer clear of vocal music -- following the all-instrumental, all-the-time classical radio format that's favored today -- but The Most Relaxing Classical Album in the World...Ever! offers an exceptionally healthy mix of genres. So, in addition to Baroque favorites like Pachelbel's "Canon in D" you also get an exquisite vocalise for soprano and orchestra by the modern Polish composer Henryk Gorecki, the original choral version of Bach's famous "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring," as well as the "Flower Duet" from Delibes opera Lakmé (made famous in British Airways's television commercials). And while everything on this two-CD set has an easy pace, some of the selections -- such as the excerpt from Elgar's "Enigma Variations" -- build to climaxes that are as stirring as they are relaxing. Serious classical collectors might be annoyed to discover that some of the pieces have been shortened to allow for greater variety overall, but there's no carping about the performances. Some of the greatest names in classical music are here, including James Galway, Jacqueline du Pré, Sir Neville Marriner, Herbert von Karajan, Montserrat Caballé, and Sir Simon Rattle.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/30/1999
Label: Warner Classics
UPC: 0724384489021
catalogNumber: 44890


  1. Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air on the G string
  2. Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: Morning
  3. Canon and gigue, for 3 violins & continuo in D major, T. 337: Canon in D major
  4. Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174): Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
  5. Gymnopedie for piano No. 1
  6. Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major ("Elvira Madigan") K. 467: II: Andante
  7. Lakmé, opera: Viens, Mallika
  8. Requiem, for 2 solo voices, chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 48: In Paradisum
  9. Clair de lune, for piano (Suite Bergamasque No. 3), L. 75/3
  10. Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64: II: Andante
  11. The Swan (from "Carnival of the Animals"), original (for 2 pianos & ensemble) and arrangements
  12. Symphony No. 3, Op. 36 ("Symphony of Sorrowful Songs"): II: Lento e largo-Tranquillissimo
  13. Concerto for flute, harp & orchestra in C major, K. 299 (K. 297c): II: Andantino
  14. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in F minor ("L'inverno," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 4), Op. 8/4, RV 297: II-Largo
  15. Enigma Variations, for orchestra, Op. 36: Nimrod
  16. Rusalka, opera, B. 203 (Op. 114): Song to the Moon
  17. Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Introduction and 24 Variations), for piano & orchestra in A minor, Op. 43: Variation 18
  18. Pavane, for orchestra & chorus ad lib in F sharp minor, Op. 50
  19. Cantata No. 140, "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," BWV 140 (BC A166): Zion hört die Wächter singen
  20. Adagio, for violin, strings & organ in G minor, T. Mi 26 (composed by Remo Giazotto; not by Albinoni): Realized by Giazotto
  21. Minuet in A major, arrangement (after String Quintet in E major, Op.11/5 [aka Op. 13/5], G. 275)
  22. Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056: II: Largo
  23. Méditation, for violin & orchestra (or other arrangement) (from opera "Thäis")
  24. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2: I: Adagio sostenuto
  25. Les Contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Belle nuit, ô njit d'amour (Barcarolle)
  26. Coppélia, ou La fille aux yeux d'émail, ballet: Prayer
  27. Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622: Adagio (excerpt)
  28. Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Intermezzo
  29. Serenade for string orchestra in E major, B. 52 (Op. 22): I: Moderato
  30. Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro
  31. Fantasia on Greensleeves, for harp, flute & strings (arranged by R. Greaves; from the opera "Sir John In Love")
  32. Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18: II: Adagio sostenuto (Opening)
  33. Nocturne for string orchestra (arranged by Malcolm Sargent from String Quartet No. 2): (Excerpt)
  34. Concierto de Aranjuez, for guitar & orchestra: II: adagio (Opening)
  35. Adagio for strings (or string quartet; arr. from 2nd mvt. of String Quartet), Op. 11
  36. Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Act III: Entr'acte

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The Most Relaxing Classical Album in the World...Ever! 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read and agree with every preceding reviewer. This CD is a wonderful way to hear the music of a variety of classical composers and some of their best-known pieces. Although I've had this CD for some time, only recently have I begun playing it. As I sit and read, my Sony Dream Machine at my elbow, I turn up the selections that are expecially beautiful. Vivaldi's Four Seasons is a long time favorite, any portion, performed by any orchestra. Offenbach: Barcarolle (The Tales of Hoffmann)...absolutely lovely. Rodrigo: Had never heard this before. Wonderful. Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings is surely one of the most haunting pieces of music ever composed (those of you who saw PLATOON will remember it well). Is it awesome to other people that some of these recordings are more than 20 years old?! The wonders of techology. Oh, yes...I'm online right now to order 4 CDs to send to friends to share and gift this incredible music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this cd for myself, then I found out my mother likes classical (she is 78 and always listened to people like Robert Goulet and Barbara Streisand). I sent it to her, but taped a bit of it before I wrapped it up. Now, I just have to come back and get another for myself. It's too too beautiful. And as for RELAXING!!! Absolutely. Truly enchanting and the artists as well as composers, are masters. Wow.
ArabellaEglantine More than 1 year ago
This is the best, most superb collection of relaxing melodies I have ever listened to. I have occasional insomnia and will pop this into my Bose and within 4 songs, I am sleeping, sleeping, sleeping! There are quite a few songs on the CD that I love to listen to first, so soothing, loving, achingly beautiful. What I liked also was finally being able to identify names of songs I have heard, i.e., in movies, radio, friends' parties background music, etc. I felt educated after multiple listenings!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this CD for anyone who has small children. I often put it on in the day when things get hairy, or before bed to help my children (and myself) wind down at day's end. I'm going to go throw it on right now as a matter of fact...
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you're having trouble sleeping, this is the CD for you. Don't buy it if you like full-orchestra passionate renditions of your favourite compositions. It makes pretty good background music for low-key dinner parties too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
These discs truly are amazing. You can listen to them again and again, and they never get old. I keep them on "repeat". At home or at work, you will not regret this purchase.
catd264 More than 1 year ago
This is the best CD I've found the music is so relaxing and wonderful to listen too.
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That music leads to the Heaven.
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Truly, a romantic and easing album. Where else will you find Pachelbell and Rodrigo on the same album! Much of the music such as Rodrigo's is supremely inveigling and seductive. This is far and away my favorite classical CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love that this CD set is not clearly one single orchestra playing a variety of composers. There are vocals, pieces mainly for piano, some for violin, truly a beautiful selection. I enjoy the variety in tempo as well, no two pieces resemble each other. There is nothing boring about these CDs. This set contains some old favorites, as well as some less well-known. A must-have for those trapped in the world of cubicles!
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This is my favorite classical CD. Excellent buy. You won't regret it!
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