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

Audio Samples

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 3 in D major, BWV 1068
>     Air 'on the G string'
>Grieg, Edvard : Peer Gynt
>     Morning
>Pachelbel, Johann : Canon and Gigue for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" BWV 147
>     Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne no 1
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467
>     2. Andante
>Delibes, Leo [Composer] : Lakme, opera
>     Viens, Mallika
>Fauré, Gabriel : Requiem, Op. 48
>     In Paradisum
>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Concerto for Violin in D minor
>     2. Andante
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Carnival of the animals
>Gorecki, Henryk M. : Symphony no 3, Op. 36 ("Symphony of Sorrowful Songs")
>     2. Lento e largo - Tranquillissimo
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Flute & Harp, K. 299 in C major
>     2. Andantino
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in F major, Op. 8 no 3/RV 293 "L'autunno"
>Elgar, Edward : Enigma Variations
>     Nimrod
>Pook, Jocelyn : Blow the Wind--Pie Jesu
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini
>Fauré, Gabriel : Pavane, Op. 50
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 140, "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," BWV 140 (BC A166)
>     Zion hört die Wächter singen
>Albinoni, Tomaso : Adagio for Organ and Strings in G minor
>Boccherini, Luigi : Menuett
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Harpsichord in F minor, BWV 1056
>     2. Largo
>Massenet, Jules : Thais
>     Méditation
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/2 "Moonlight"
>     1. Adagio sostenuto
>Offenbach, Jacques : Gaîté Parisienne
>     Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour (Barcarolle)
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Chamber Concerto for Lute and 2 Violins in D major, RV 93
>     2. Andante
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Clarinet in A major, K 622
>     2. Adagio (opening)
>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act
>     Intermezzo
>Dvorak, Antonin : Serenade for Strings
>     1. Moderato
>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera
>     O mio babbino caro
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Sir John in Love
>     Fantasia on 'Greensleeves'
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18
>     2. Adagio sostenuto (opening)
>Borodin, Alexander : Quartet for Strings no 2 in D major
>     Nocturne
>Rodrigo, Joaquín : Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar
>     2. Adagio (opening)
>Barber, Samuel : Adagio for Strings
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
>     Act 3. Entr'acte

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 3 in D major, BWV 1068
>Grieg, Edvard : Peer Gynt
>Pachelbel, Johann : Canon and Gigue for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" BWV 147
>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne no 1
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467
>Delibes, Leo [Composer] : Lakme, opera
>Fauré, Gabriel : Requiem, Op. 48
>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Concerto for Violin in D minor
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Carnival of the animals
>Gorecki, Henryk M. : Symphony no 3, Op. 36 ("Symphony of Sorrowful Songs")
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Flute & Harp, K. 299 in C major
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in F major, Op. 8 no 3/RV 293 "L'autunno"
>Elgar, Edward : Enigma Variations
>Pook, Jocelyn : Blow the Wind--Pie Jesu
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini
>Fauré, Gabriel : Pavane, Op. 50
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 140, "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," BWV 140 (BC A166)
>Albinoni, Tomaso : Adagio for Organ and Strings in G minor
>Boccherini, Luigi : Menuett
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Harpsichord in F minor, BWV 1056
>Massenet, Jules : Thais
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/2 "Moonlight"
>Offenbach, Jacques : Gaîté Parisienne
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Chamber Concerto for Lute and 2 Violins in D major, RV 93
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Clarinet in A major, K 622
>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act
>Dvorak, Antonin : Serenade for Strings
>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Sir John in Love
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18
>Borodin, Alexander : Quartet for Strings no 2 in D major
>Rodrigo, Joaquín : Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar
>Barber, Samuel : Adagio for Strings
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers
Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Jocelyn Pook (vocals, violin, viola, keyboards); Kathleen Ferrier , Melanie Pappenheim (vocals); Montserrat Caballé , Zofia Kilanowicz, Mady Mesplé (soprano); Jeannine Collard, Danielle Millet (mezzo soprano); Julian Bream (guitar); Osian Ellis, Fritz Helmis (harp); Barrington Pheloung, Nigel North (mandolin); Hans Kalafusz, Yehudi Menuhin (violin); James Galway (flute); Jack Brymer (clarinet); Andrei Gavrilov, Stephen Hough , Moura Lympany, Cécile Ousset (piano).

Recording information: 28th International Oratorio-Cantata Festival, Wratislav.

This double CD lives up to its title. Although the span of Western classical music encompasses a wide variety of techniques and compositional styles, there is nothing more glorious than the slow and ruminative movements from these works by the greatest composers from Bach to Gorecki. Serenity is the key word to describe both Bach's Air from the Orchestral Suite No. 3 and Grieg's gorgeous paean to dawn, "Morning," which comes from his most famous work, 'Peer Gynt.' Satie's Gymnopédie No 1. is originally for piano solo, but receives a tender performance by the City of Birmingham Orchestra in Debussy's equally famous arrangement for strings. The second CD includes some unusual but equally appropriate selections: Boccherini's Minuet from the String Quintet in E major receives a resplendent orchestral treatment by the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. The Andante from Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Mandolins proves to be a delightful inclusion. The Moderato from Dvorak's String Serenade is given a lush rendition by the London Chamber Orchestra. Perhaps the most gorgeous slow piece of music of all is Barber's Adagio for Strings, which is represented by Eugene Ormandy's classic rendition from 1985.



Reviews

There are currently no reviews, be the first one!
Login or Create an Account to write a review

Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 3 in D major, BWV 1068 :: Air 'on the G string'
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1731

>Grieg, Edvard : Peer Gynt :: Morning
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874-1875

>Pachelbel, Johann : Canon and Gigue for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Running Time: 5 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: after 1700

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" BWV 147 :: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 07/02/1723

>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne no 1
  • Conductor: Louis Frémaux
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467 :: 2. Andante
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Conductor: Bryden Thompson
  • Running Time: 5 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1785

>Léo Delibes (Composer) (1836 - 1891) : Lakmé, opera :: Viens, Mallika
  • Performers: Mady Mesple (Voice); Danielle Millet (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Alain Lombard
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1883

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Requiem, Op. 48 :: In Paradisum
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1887-1900

>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune
  • Performer: Moura Lympany (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890-1905

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Concerto for Violin in D minor :: 2. Andante
  • Performer: Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
  • Conductor: Efrem Kurtz
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 09/16/1844

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Carnival of the animals
  • Performers: Jacqueline du Pré (Cello); Osian Ellis (Harp)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Henryk Mikolaj Górecki (Composer) (1933 - 2010) : Symphony no 3, Op. 36 ("Symphony of Sorrowful Songs") :: 2. Lento e largo - Tranquillissimo
  • Performer: Zofia Kilanowisz (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jacek Kaspszyk
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1976

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Flute & Harp, K. 299 in C major :: 2. Andantino
  • Performers: James Galway (Flute); Fritz Helmis (Harp)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1778

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in F major, Op. 8 no 3/RV 293 "L'autunno"
  • Performer: Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
  • Conductor: Alberto Lysy
  • Ensemble: Camerata Lysy Gstaad
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1725

>Elgar, Edward : Enigma Variations :: Nimrod
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898-1899

>Pook, Jocelyn : Blow the Wind--Pie Jesu
  • Performers: Jocelyn Pook (Viola); Jocelyn Pook (Keyboards); Jocelyn Pook (Violin); Kathleen Ferrier (Voice); Melanie Pappenheim (Voice)
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini
  • Performer: Cécile Ousset (Piano)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1934

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Pavane, Op. 50
  • Performer: Gareth Morris (Flute)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Ensemble: New Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1887

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 140, "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," BWV 140 (BC A166) :: Zion hört die Wächter singen
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Gönnenwein
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 11/25/1731

>Albinoni, Tomaso : Adagio for Organ and Strings in G minor
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Running Time: 5 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1945

>Boccherini, Luigi : Menuett
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1771

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Harpsichord in F minor, BWV 1056 :: 2. Largo
  • Performer: Andrei Gavrilov (Piano)
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1738

>Massenet, Jules : Thaïs :: Méditation
  • Performer: Hans Kalafusz (Violin)
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/2 "Moonlight" :: 1. Adagio sostenuto
  • Performer: Moura Lympany (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1801

>Offenbach, Jacques : Gaîté Parisienne :: Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour (Barcarolle)
  • Performers: Jeanine Collard (Mezzo Soprano); Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
  • Conductor: André Cluytens
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Chamber Concerto for Lute and 2 Violins in D major, RV 93 :: 2. Andante
  • Performers: Barrington Pheloung (Mandolin); Nigel North (Mandolin)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1742

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Clarinet in A major, K 622 :: 2. Adagio (opening)
  • Performer: Jack Brymer (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Thomas Beecham
  • Running Time: 4 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1791

>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act :: Intermezzo
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Serenade for Strings :: 1. Moderato
  • Conductor: Christopher Warren-Green
  • Running Time: 4 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera :: O mio babbino caro
  • Performer: Montserrat Caballé
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Sir John in Love :: Fantasia on 'Greensleeves'
  • Conductor: John Barbirolli
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1924-1928

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18 :: 2. Adagio sostenuto (opening)
  • Performer: Cécile Ousset (Piano)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1900-1901

>Borodin, Alexander : Quartet for Strings no 2 in D major :: Nocturne
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1881

>Joaquín Rodrigo (1901 - 1999) : Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar :: 2. Adagio (opening)
  • Performer: Julian Bream (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1939

>Barber, Samuel : Adagio for Strings
  • Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
  • Running Time: 6 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: Act 3. Entr'acte
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1874