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For Your Life - For Your Soul

Album Summary

>Barber, Samuel : Adagio for Strings
>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly
>Gounod, Charles : Ave Maria
>Handel, George Frideric : Largo
>Fauré, Gabriel : Requiem, Op. 48
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Carnival of the animals
>Sibelius, Jean : Be Still, My Soul, hymn (based on Finlandia)
>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
>Mendelssohn, Felix : A Midsummer Night's Dream
>Chausson, Ernest : Poème de l'amour et de la mer, Op. 19
>Albinoni, Tomaso : Concertos a cinque (12), Op. 9
>Purcell, Henry : Chacony for Strings in G minor, Z 730
>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
>Albinoni, Tomaso : Adagio for Organ and Strings in G minor
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers
Notes & Reviews:

This selection contains both DDD and ADD recordings.

Personnel: Marie Goosens (harp); Arthur Grumiaux (violin); Heinz Holliger , Randy Wolfgang (oboe).

Another volume in Decca's lifestyle classical music series, For Your Soul features over an hour's worth of searching yet soothing pieces, including Barber's "Adagio for Strings, Op. 11," Puccini's "Un Bel Di [From Madame Butterfly]," and Sibelius' "Be Still My Soul." The collection features a nice mix of vocal and orchestral performances, with soprano Lisa Otto's rendition of Bach's "Ave Maria" and the Philharmonia Chorus & Orchestra's performance of "Requiem, Op. 48: In Paradisum" defining the former and Saint-Saëns' "The Swan From Carnival of the Animals" and Mendelssohn's "Nocturne From A Midsummer Night's Dream" representing the latter. For Your Soul is also worthwhile for classical fans in that it doesn't just haul out the tried-and-true, best-known relaxing classical pieces. Overall, it's an interesting mix of calming and challenging music; while it may too involving for meditation or massage, the collection is a perfect soundtrack for reading, writing, or other mentally engaging activity. ~ Heather Phares



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Works Details

>Barber, Samuel : Adagio for Strings
  • Conductor: David Zinman
  • Running Time: 8 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly :: Un bel dì
  • Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
  • Notes: Composition written: 1904.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1904
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Gounod, Charles : Ave Maria
  • Performer: Lisa Otto (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Günther Arndt
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1852
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Handel, George Frideric : Largo
  • Performers: Randall Wolfgang (Oboe); Edward Brewer (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Requiem, Op. 48 :: In Paradisum
  • Conductor: Carlo Giulini
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1887-1900
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Carnival of the animals
  • Performers: Jascha Silberstein (Cello); Marie Goossens (Harp)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Sibelius, Jean : Be Still, My Soul, hymn (based on Finlandia)
  • Notes: Arranged: Jane Borthwick (music) and Katharina von Schlegel (words)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: Vissi d'arte
  • Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Mendelssohn, Felix : A Midsummer Night's Dream :: Nocturne
  • Conductor: James Levine
  • Running Time: 6 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1843
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Chausson, Ernest : Poème de l'amour et de la mer, Op. 19 :: Interlude
  • Conductor: Charles Dutoit
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1882-1893
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Albinoni, Tomaso : Concertos à cinque (12), Op. 9
  • Performers: Maria Garatti (Harpsichord); Heinz Holliger (Oboe)
  • Ensemble: I Musici
  • Running Time: 5 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1722
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Purcell, Henry : Chacony for Strings in G minor, Z 730
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Running Time: 6 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1678
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
  • Performers: István Hajdu (Piano); Arthur Grumiaux (Violin)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1825
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Albinoni, Tomaso : Adagio for Organ and Strings in G minor
  • Performer: Martin Haselböck (Organ)
  • Conductor: Karl Munchinger
  • Running Time: 7 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1945
  • Studio/Live: Studio