The "For Relaxation" series from RCA Victor offers music that, as the title suggests, creates an atmosphere of calm and serenity. Each disc in the series is dedicated to a single composer or instrument and features well known music of a tranquil, gentle nature. However, in addition to the familiar works, there are many pleasant surprises and unexpected selections all brilliantly performed by masters such as James Galway, Julian Bream, Pinchas Zukerman, and Gerhard Oppitz. Each album in the series is expertly programmed to set the appropriate mood of quiet reflection and, with the combination of superb music and exceptional performances, offers a truly pleasurable listening experience. GUITAR FOR RELAXATION features an instrument that, byRead more nature, is intimate. This collection showcases the instrument in a variety of contemplative settings by composers well-known for their works for guitar such as Tarrega, Albéniz, Villa-Lobos, and Aguado, as well as pieces by Henze, Walton, and Martin, all expertly performed by the master of the instrument, Julian Bream. The highlight of the disc is Bream's beautiful transcription of Ravel's 'Pavane pour une infante défunte.' Bream also offers lovely arrangements of works by Bach and Mozart, and Haydn's Adagio from the Quartet in E, featuring members of the Cremona String Quartet. Read less
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