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Life is Beautiful, Vol. 5

Audio Samples

>Grieg, Edvard : From Holberg's Time, Op. 40
>     Praeludium
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture
>     Love Theme
>Schubert, Franz : Schwanengesang, D 957
>Ravel, Maurice : Quartet for Strings in F major
>     2. Assez vif, très rythmé (Rather lively, very rhythmic)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Harpsichord in D minor, BWV 1052
>     Sinfonia (Arioso)
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Chamber Concerto for Lute and 2 Violins in D major, RV 93
>     2. Andante
>Boccherini, Luigi : Menuett
>Palmer, George : Waltz for orchestra no 2
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano in C sharp minor (doubtful), KK Anh.Ia/6
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage Overture, in D major Op. 27
>     [Excerpt]
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Lady Hunsdon's Almain (Lady Hunsdon's Puffe), for lute, P 54
>Offenbach, Jacques : Gaîté Parisienne
>     Barcarolle
>Debussy, Claude : Pour le piano, suite for piano, L. 95
>     3. Toccata
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a
>     Waltz of the Flowers
>Schubert, Franz : "Trout" Quintet
>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
>     Vissi d' arte (I lived for art)
>Dvorak, Antonin : Quartet for Strings no 12 in F major, Op. 96/B 179 "American"
>     2. Lento
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" BWV 147
>     Jesus bleibet meine Freude (J
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Songs (14), Op. 34
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Zaide, K 344 (334b)
>     Ruhe sanft (Sleep gently)
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 3 no 9/RV 230
>Liszt, Franz : Consolations (6) for Piano, S 172
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat major, K 452
>     3. Rondo. Allegretto
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67
>     1. Allegro con brio
>Elgar, Edward : Sospiri
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Concerto for Violin in D minor
>     3. Allegro non troppo - Allegro molto vivace
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Requiem for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, K. 626
>     Lacrimosa
>Sculthorpe, Peter : Left Bank Waltz, for piano
>Handel, George Frideric : Rinaldo
>     Lascia ch'io pianga (Let me weep)
>Respighi, Ottorino : Gli uccelli "The Birds"
>     Prelude
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata
>     Act 1. Prelude
>Brahms, Johannes : Waltz
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A major, K 581
>     2. Larghetto
>Purcell, Henry : Chacony for Strings in G minor, Z 730
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 49
>     Wiegenlied, Op. 49/4

Album Summary

>Grieg, Edvard : From Holberg's Time, Op. 40
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture
>Schubert, Franz : Schwanengesang, D 957
>Ravel, Maurice : Quartet for Strings in F major
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Harpsichord in D minor, BWV 1052
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Chamber Concerto for Lute and 2 Violins in D major, RV 93
>Boccherini, Luigi : Menuett
>Palmer, George : Waltz for orchestra no 2
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano in C sharp minor (doubtful), KK Anh.Ia/6
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage Overture, in D major Op. 27
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Lady Hunsdon's Almain (Lady Hunsdon's Puffe), for lute, P 54
>Offenbach, Jacques : Gaîté Parisienne
>Debussy, Claude : Pour le piano, suite for piano, L. 95
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a
>Schubert, Franz : "Trout" Quintet
>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
>Dvorak, Antonin : Quartet for Strings no 12 in F major, Op. 96/B 179 "American"
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" BWV 147
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Songs (14), Op. 34
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Zaide, K 344 (334b)
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 3 no 9/RV 230
>Liszt, Franz : Consolations (6) for Piano, S 172
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat major, K 452
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67
>Elgar, Edward : Sospiri
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Concerto for Violin in D minor
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Requiem for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, K. 626
>Sculthorpe, Peter : Left Bank Waltz, for piano
>Handel, George Frideric : Rinaldo
>Respighi, Ottorino : Gli uccelli "The Birds"
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata
>Brahms, Johannes : Waltz
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A major, K 581
>Purcell, Henry : Chacony for Strings in G minor, Z 730
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 49
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Life is beautiful with abc classic fm! Here we offer volume 5 of this runaway success with three bonus tracks, previously unreleased. This is music to brighten your day, lighten your mood and make the cares and stresses of daily life disappear completely. This is music to put the joy back in even the most humdrum task, such as ironing your shirt for work.



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Works Details

>Grieg, Edvard : From Holberg's Time, Op. 40 :: Praeludium
  • Conductor: Pinchas Steinberg
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1885

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59
  • Performer: Stephanie McCallum (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1810

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture :: Love Theme
  • Conductor: David Stanhope
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1880

>Schubert, Franz : Schwanengesang, D 957
  • Performers: Genevieve Lacey (Recorder); Karin Schnaupp (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1828

>Ravel, Maurice : Quartet for Strings in F major :: 2. Assez vif, très rythmé (Rather lively, very rhythmic)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1902-1903

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Harpsichord in D minor, BWV 1052 :: Sinfonia (Arioso)
  • Performer: Sally Maer (Cello)
  • Conductor: William Mortzing
  • Running Time: 5 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 01/23/1729

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Chamber Concerto for Lute and 2 Violins in D major, RV 93 :: 2. Andante
  • Performers: Leonard Grigoryan (Guitar); Slava Grigoryan (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Benjamin Northey
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1742

>Boccherini, Luigi : Menuett
  • Conductor: David Measham
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1771

>Palmer, George : Waltz for orchestra no 2
  • Conductor: Stephen Williams
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Nocturne for piano in C sharp minor (doubtful), KK Anh.Ia/6
  • Performers: Leigh Harrold (Piano); Nick Parnell (Vibraphone)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage Overture, in D major Op. 27 :: [Excerpt]
  • Conductor: David Stanhope
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: circa 05/1828

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Lady Hunsdon's Almain (Lady Hunsdon's Puffe), for lute, P 54
  • Performer: Rosemary Hodgson (Lute)
  • Conductor: Geoffrey Lancaster
  • Ensemble: The Australian Classical Wind Band
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Offenbach, Jacques : Gaîté Parisienne :: Barcarolle
  • Conductor: Leonard Dommett
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Debussy, Claude : Pour le piano, suite for piano, L. 95 :: 3. Toccata
  • Performer: John Chen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894-1901

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a :: Waltz of the Flowers
  • Conductor: Werner Albert
  • Running Time: 6 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1892

>Schubert, Franz : "Trout" Quintet
  • Performers: Dimity Hall (Violin); Julian Smiles (Cello); Irina Morozova (Viola); Kathryn Selby (Piano); Kees Boersma (Double Bass)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1819

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: Vissi d' arte (I lived for art)
  • Performer: Rita Hunter (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Dobbs Franks
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Quartet for Strings no 12 in F major, Op. 96/B 179 "American" :: 2. Lento
  • Notes: Composition written: 1893.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1893

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" BWV 147 :: Jesus bleibet meine Freude (J
  • Conductor: Antony Walker
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 07/02/1723

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Songs (14), Op. 34
  • Conductor: David Stanhope
  • Running Time: 6 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Zaide, K 344 (334b) :: Ruhe sanft (Sleep gently)
  • Performer: Shu-Cheen Yu (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Brett Kelly
  • Running Time: 5 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1780

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 3 no 9/RV 230
  • Performer: Paul Wright (Violin)
  • Conductor: Paul Dyer
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1711

>Liszt, Franz : Consolations (6) for Piano, S 172
  • Performer: Stephanie McCallum (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849-1850

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat major, K 452 :: 3. Rondo. Allegretto
  • Running Time: 6 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1784

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67 :: 1. Allegro con brio
  • Conductor: David Porcelijn
  • Running Time: 6 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1808

>Elgar, Edward : Sospiri
  • Conductor: David Stanhope
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1913-1914

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Concerto for Violin in D minor :: 3. Allegro non troppo - Allegro molto vivace
  • Performer: Niki Vasilakis (Violin)
  • Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing
  • Running Time: 7 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 09/16/1844

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Requiem for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, K. 626 :: Lacrimosa
  • Conductor: Antony Walker
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1791

>Sculthorpe, Peter : Left Bank Waltz, for piano
  • Performer: David Stanhope (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Handel, George Frideric : Rinaldo :: Lascia ch'io pianga (Let me weep)
  • Performer: Yvonne Kenny
  • Conductor: Paul Dyer
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1711

>Respighi, Ottorino : Gli uccelli "The Birds" :: Prelude
  • Conductor: Omri Hadari
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1928

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata :: Act 1. Prelude
  • Conductor: Richard Divall
  • Notes: Composition written: 1853.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Brahms, Johannes : Waltz
  • Performer: David Stanhope (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1865

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A major, K 581 :: 2. Larghetto
  • Performers: Nicole Forsyth (Viola); John Lewis (Clarinet); Rebecca Somers (Violin); Daniel Yeadon (Cello); Scott Taggart (Violin)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1789

>Purcell, Henry : Chacony for Strings in G minor, Z 730
  • Conductor: Geoffrey Lancaster
  • Ensemble: Tasmanian Symphony Chamber Players
  • Running Time: 4 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1678

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 49 :: Wiegenlied, Op. 49/4
  • Performer: Alice Giles (Harp)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1868