Relaxing Adagios

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043
>Delibes, Leo [Composer] : Lakme, opera
>Borodin, Alexander : Quartet for Strings no 2 in D major
>Satie, Erik : Gymnopedies (3) for Piano
>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne 3
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Fantasia on Greensleeves
>Schubert, Franz : Quintet for Strings in C major, Op. 163/D 956
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/2 "Moonlight"
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 208, "Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!" (Hunt) BWV 208
>Higginbottom, Edward : Te lucis ante terminum (after Casal's Song of the Birds)
>Fauré, Gabriel : Dolly, Op. 56
>Guridi, Jesús : Aritz Adarean, for harp solo
>Boccherini, Luigi : Menuett
>Dvorak, Antonin : Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World"
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen Suite for orchestra no 1
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in F major, Op. 8 no 3/RV 293 "L'autunno"
>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Christoph W. Gluck Dance of the Blessed Spirits
>Higginbottom, Edward : Crux fidelis (after Handel's Ombra mai fu)
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in F major ("Serenade"), Op. 3/5, H. 3/17 (spurious, possibly by Hoffstetter)
>Respighi, Ottorino : Ancient Airs and Dances, Set 3
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Clarinet in A major, K 622
>Offenbach, Jacques : Gaîté Parisienne
>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 5 "Emperor"
>Rodrigo, Joaquín : Fantasia para un gentilhombre
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Carnival of the animals
>Grieg, Edvard : Peer Gynt
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 3 in D major, BWV 1068
>Boccherini, Luigi : Concerto for Cello in D major, G. 479
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109
>Fauré, Gabriel : Requiem, Op. 48
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Symphony no 2 in E minor, Op. 27
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This CD includes a great selection of "soothing and relaxing" music as well as a great introduction to the classics.



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043 :: Largo, ma non tanto
  • Performers: Maurice Hasson (Violin); Henryk Szeryng (Violin)
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Running Time: 6 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1730-1731

>Léo Delibes (Composer) (1836 - 1891) : Lakmé, opera :: Viens, Mallika... Dôme épais le jasmin (Flower Duet)
  • Performers: Jane Berbié (Mezzo Soprano); Joan Sutherland
  • Conductor: Richard Bonynge
  • Running Time: 5 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1883

>Borodin, Alexander : Quartet for Strings no 2 in D major :: Notturno
  • Running Time: 8 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1881

>Satie, Erik : Gymnopédies (3) for Piano
  • Performer: Pascal Rogé (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888

>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne 3
  • Performer: Pascal Rogé (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467 :: Andante
  • Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
  • Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy
  • Running Time: 7 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1785

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Fantasia on Greensleeves
  • Performer: William Bennett (Flute)
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1934

>Schubert, Franz : Quintet for Strings in C major, Op. 163/D 956 :: Adagio [Excerpt]
  • Performer: Miklós Perényi (Cello)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1828

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/2 "Moonlight" :: Adagio sostenuto
  • Performer: Radu Lupu (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1801

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 208, "Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!" (Hunt) BWV 208 :: Sheep may safely graze
  • Conductor: Karl Munchinger
  • Running Time: 4 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 02/23/1713

>Higginbottom, Edward : Te lucis ante terminum (after Casal's Song of the Birds)
  • Performer: Helen Tunstall (Harp)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Dolly, Op. 56
  • Performers: Katia Labèque (Piano); Marielle Labèque (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 01/12/1894

>Jesús Guridi (1886 - 1961) : Aritz Adarean, for harp solo
  • Performer: Marisa Robles (Harp)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Boccherini, Luigi : Menuett
  • Conductor: Karl Munchinger
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1771

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World" :: Largo
  • Conductor: Sir Solti
  • Notes: Composition written: 01/10/1893-05/24/1893.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen Suite for orchestra no 1 :: Intermezzo
  • Conductor: Charles Dutoit
  • Notes: Composition written: 1875.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1875

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in F major, Op. 8 no 3/RV 293 "L'autunno"
  • Performers: Konstanty Kulka (Violin); Igor Kipnis (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Karl Munchinger
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1725

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Christoph W. Gluck Dance of the Blessed Spirits
  • Conductor: Karl Munchinger
  • Running Time: 6 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Higginbottom, Edward : Crux fidelis (after Handel's Ombra mai fu)
  • Ensemble: Capricorn (Ensemble)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in F major ("Serenade"), Op. 3/5, H. 3/17 (spurious, possibly by Hoffstetter) :: [Excer
  • Conductor: Karl Munchinger
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: by 1777

>Respighi, Ottorino : Ancient Airs and Dances, Set 3 :: Italiana
  • Ensemble: I Musici
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1931

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Clarinet in A major, K 622 :: Adagio
  • Performer: Jack Brymer (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Running Time: 7 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1791

>Offenbach, Jacques : Gaîté Parisienne :: Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour (Barcarolle)
  • Performers: Huguette Tourangeau (Mezzo Soprano); Joan Sutherland
  • Conductor: Richard Bonynge
  • Ensemble: Lausanne Pro Arte
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly :: Humming chorus
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Notes: Composition written: 1904.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1904

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 5 "Emperor" :: Adagio un poco mosso
  • Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
  • Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy
  • Running Time: 7 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1809

>Joaquín Rodrigo (1901 - 1999) : Fantasía para un gentilhombre :: Españoleta [Excerpt]
  • Performer: Carlos Bonell (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Charles Dutoit
  • Running Time: 4 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Carnival of the animals
  • Performer: Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello)
  • Conductor: Nicholas Cleobury
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Grieg, Edvard : Peer Gynt :: Prelude
  • Conductor: Kurt Masur
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874-1875

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 3 in D major, BWV 1068 :: Air
  • Conductor: Karl Munchinger
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1731

>Boccherini, Luigi : Concerto for Cello in D major, G. 479 :: Andante cantabile
  • Performer: Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Enrique Jorda
  • Running Time: 6 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Nocturne for piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109
  • Performer: Jorge Bolet (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1830-1832

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Requiem, Op. 48 :: Sanctus
  • Conductor: Charles Dutoit
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1887-1900

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Symphony no 2 in E minor, Op. 27 :: Adagio [Excerpt]
  • Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy
  • Running Time: 6 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1906-1907