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Essential Relaxing Classics

Audio Samples

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 208, "Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!" (Hunt) BWV 208
>     Sheep may safely graze
>Pachelbel, Johann : Canon and Gigue for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Clarinet in A
>     2. Adagio
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/2 "Moonlight"
>     1. Adagio sostenuto [excerpt]
>Vivaldi, Antonio : The Four Seasons Winter
>     2. Largo
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Flute & Harp, K. 299 in C major
>     2. Andantino [excerpt]
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
>     [opening]
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor
>     2. Adagio sostenuto [opening]
>Elgar, Edward : Concerto for Cello in E minor
>     3. Adagio
>Dvorak, Antonin : Symphony no 9 "From the New World"
>     2. Largo [opening]
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The Lark Ascending
>     [Opening]
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 5 "Emperor"
>     2. Adagio
>Bruch, Max [Composer] : Concerto for Violin no 1 in G minor
>     2. Adagio [opening]
>Elgar, Edward : Enigma Variations
>     Nimrod
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : The Gadfly Suite
>     Romance
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 6 in F "Pastoral"
>     5. Allegretto (Shepherds' Hymn after the Storm)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : BWV 1068
>     Air on the G string
>Albinoni, Tomaso : Adagio in G minor
>     [Excerpt]
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 21 in C
>     2. Andante [excerpt]
>Morricone, Ennio : The Mission
>Grieg, Edvard : Peer Gynt
>     Morning
>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne no 1
>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune (Suite bergamasque)
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
>     Variation 18
>Rodrigo, Joaquín : Concierto de Aranjuez
>     2. Adagio [opening]
>Grieg, Edvard : Concerto for Piano in A minor
>     2. Adagio
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Concerto for Violin in E minor
>     2. Andante [excerpt]
>Chopin, Frédéric : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11
>     2. Romance
>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act
>     Intermezzo
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathetique"
>     2. Adagio cantabile
>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orphee et Eurydice
>     Dance of the Blessed Spirits
>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne 1
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Carnival of the animals
>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 5
>     4. Adagietto [conclusion]
>Massenet, Jules : Thais
>     Méditation

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 208, "Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!" (Hunt) BWV 208
>Pachelbel, Johann : Canon and Gigue for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Clarinet in A
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/2 "Moonlight"
>Vivaldi, Antonio : The Four Seasons Winter
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Flute & Harp, K. 299 in C major
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor
>Elgar, Edward : Concerto for Cello in E minor
>Dvorak, Antonin : Symphony no 9 "From the New World"
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The Lark Ascending
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 5 "Emperor"
>Bruch, Max [Composer] : Concerto for Violin no 1 in G minor
>Elgar, Edward : Enigma Variations
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : The Gadfly Suite
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 6 in F "Pastoral"
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : BWV 1068
>Albinoni, Tomaso : Adagio in G minor
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 21 in C
>Morricone, Ennio : The Mission
>Grieg, Edvard : Peer Gynt
>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne no 1
>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune (Suite bergamasque)
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
>Rodrigo, Joaquín : Concierto de Aranjuez
>Grieg, Edvard : Concerto for Piano in A minor
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Concerto for Violin in E minor
>Chopin, Frédéric : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11
>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathetique"
>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orphee et Eurydice
>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne 1
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Carnival of the animals
>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 5
>Massenet, Jules : Thais
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Notes & Reviews:

This album brings together many of the most relaxing pieces of classical music, most of which have been heard in major films. The Baroque era is represented by familiar compositions like Albinoni's Adagio, Pachelbel's Canon in D and Bach's Air on the G string. The repertoire then ranges through popular items by Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin and Mendelssohn to the romantic composers like Rachmaninov, Elgar and Vaughan Williams. The set ends with the Adagietto from Mahler's 5th Symphony, memorably used in the film Death in Venice, followed by the famous 'Meditation' from Massenet's opera Thaïs. Artists include soloists Martha Argerich, Julian Bream, James Galway, Yehudi Menuhin, Sabine Meyer and Jacqueline du Pre, and conductors Sir John Barbirolli, Sir Adrian Boult, Herbert von Karajan, Sir Neville Marriner, Riccardo Muti and Sir Simon Rattle.



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 208, "Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!" (Hunt) BWV 208 :: Sheep may safely graze
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 02/23/1713

>Pachelbel, Johann : Canon and Gigue for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Running Time: 5 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: after 1700

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Clarinet in A :: 2. Adagio
  • Performer: Sabine Meyer (Basset Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Hans Vonk
  • Running Time: 6 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1791

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/2 "Moonlight" :: 1. Adagio sostenuto [excerpt]
  • Performer: Moura Lympany (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1801

>Vivaldi, Antonio : The Four Seasons Winter :: 2. Largo
  • Performer: Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
  • Conductor: Alberto Lysy
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1725

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Flute & Harp, K. 299 in C major :: 2. Andantino [excerpt]
  • Performers: James Galway (Flute); Fritz Helmis (Harp)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1778

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis :: [opening]
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Running Time: 6 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor :: 2. Adagio sostenuto [opening]
  • Performer: Cécile Ousset (Piano)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1900-1901

>Elgar, Edward : Concerto for Cello in E minor :: 3. Adagio
  • Performer: Jacqueline du Pré (Cello)
  • Conductor: John Barbirolli
  • Running Time: 5 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1919

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Symphony no 9 "From the New World" :: 2. Largo [opening]
  • Conductor: Mariss Jansons
  • Notes: Composition written: 01/10/1893-05/24/1893.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The Lark Ascending :: [Opening]
  • Performer: Hugh Bean (Violin)
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Running Time: 6 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 5 "Emperor" :: 2. Adagio
  • Performer: Julia Thornton (Harp)
  • Conductor: Erno Olah
  • Running Time: 7 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1809

>Bruch, Max [Composer] : Concerto for Violin no 1 in G minor :: 2. Adagio [opening]
  • Performer: Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
  • Conductor: Walter Susskind
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1864-1867

>Elgar, Edward : Enigma Variations :: Nimrod
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898-1899

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : The Gadfly Suite :: Romance
  • Performers: Piers Lane (Piano); Tasmin Little (Violin)
  • Notes: Composition written: Soviet Union.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 6 in F "Pastoral" :: 5. Allegretto (Shepherds' Hymn after the Storm)
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Running Time: 6 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1808

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : BWV 1068 :: Air on the G string
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1731

>Albinoni, Tomaso : Adagio in G minor :: [Excerpt]
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Running Time: 5 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1945

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 21 in C :: 2. Andante [excerpt]
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Conductor: Bryden Thompson
  • Running Time: 5 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1785

>Morricone, Ennio : The Mission
  • Conductor: Ennio Morricone
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Grieg, Edvard : Peer Gynt :: Morning
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874-1875

>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne no 1
  • Performer: Anne Queffélec (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888

>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune (Suite bergamasque)
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Sawallisch
  • Running Time: 5 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890-1905

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini :: Variation 18
  • Performer: Cécile Ousset (Piano)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1934

>Joaquín Rodrigo (1901 - 1999) : Concierto de Aranjuez :: 2. Adagio [opening]
  • Performer: Julian Bream (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Running Time: 4 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1939

>Grieg, Edvard : Concerto for Piano in A minor :: 2. Adagio
  • Performer: Cécile Ousset (Piano)
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Running Time: 6 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1868

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Concerto for Violin in E minor :: 2. Andante [excerpt]
  • Performer: Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
  • Conductor: Efrem Kurtz
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 09/16/1844

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11 :: 2. Romance
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Charles Dutoit
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1830

>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act :: Intermezzo
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathetique" :: 2. Adagio cantabile
  • Performer: Leonard Pennario (Piano)
  • Conductor: Miklos Rozsa
  • Running Time: 5 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1797-1798

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orphée et Eurydice :: Dance of the Blessed Spirits
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Notes: Composition written: Italy.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne 1
  • Performer: Anne Queffélec (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Carnival of the animals
  • Performer: Han-Na Chang (Cello)
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 5 :: 4. Adagietto [conclusion]
  • Conductor: John Barbirolli
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1901-1902

>Massenet, Jules : Thaïs :: Méditation
  • Performer: Hans Kalafuzs (Violin)
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Running Time: 5 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892