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Ultimate Classical Relaxation - The Essential Masterpieces


Release Date: 03/11/2008 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 001079002   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachWolfgang Amadeus MozartPeter Ilyich TchaikovskyTomaso Albinoni,   ... 
Performer:  Alicia De LarrochaNeil BlackTess MillerCarmel Kaine,   ... 
Conductor:  Karl MünchingerSir Neville MarrinerAndrás SchiffThurston Dart,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Chamber OrchestraAcademy of St. Martin in the FieldsChamber Orchestra of Europe,   ... 
Number of Discs: 5 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Works on This Recording

1. Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 731 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Harriet Cohen. 
2. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no 10, Sinfonia in G major by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Karl Münchinger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1734-1735; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Leipzig, Germany (1734 - 1735). 
3. Concerto for Oboe in F major, BWV 1053: Siciliano by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Neil Black (Oboe)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Length: 5 Minutes 14 Secs. 
4. Brandenburg Concerto no 4 in G major, BWV 1049: 1st movement, Allegro by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Karl Münchinger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; ?Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 41 Secs. 
5. Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C minor, BWV 1060: 2nd movement, Adagio by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Tess Miller (Oboe), Carmel Kaine (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Length: 5 Minutes 21 Secs. 
6. Concerto for Harpsichord in G minor, BWV 1058: Andante by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Conductor:  András Schiff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 47 Secs. 
7. Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043: 2nd movement, Largo ma non tanto by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Carl Pini (Violin), Granville Jones (Violin)
Conductor:  Thurston Dart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philomusica of London
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 33 Secs. 
8. Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467: 2nd movement, Andante by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 8 Minutes 3 Secs. 
9. Divertimento for 2 Horns and Strings no 17 in D major, K 334 (320b): Minuet by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Mozart Ensemble
Period: Classical 
Written: 1779-1780; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 51 Secs. 
10. Concerto for Clarinet in A major, K 622: 2nd movement, Adagio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Karl Münchinger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 7 Minutes 23 Secs. 
11. Sonata for Piano no 16 in C major, K 545: 2nd movement, Andante by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 29 Secs. 
12. Concerto for Violin no 3 in G major, K 216: 2nd movement, Adagio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Iona Brown (Violin)
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 8 Minutes 16 Secs. 
13. Serenade no 13 in G major, K 525 "Eine kleine Nachtmusik": 2nd movement, Romanza by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Mozart Ensemble
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 52 Secs. 
14. Concerto for Flute and Harp in C major, K 299 (297c): 2nd movement, Andantino by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Werner Tripp (Flute), Hubert Jellinek (Harp)
Conductor:  Karl Münchinger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778; Paris, France 
Length: 8 Minutes 31 Secs. 
15. Sonata for Piano no 12 in F major, K 332 (300k): 2nd movement, Adagio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  András Schiff ()
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781-1783; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 54 Secs. 
16. Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A major, K 581: 2nd movement, Larghetto by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Alfred Boskovsky (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Octet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 33 Secs. 
17. Sinfonia concertante for Violin and Viola in E flat major, K 364 (320d): 2nd movement, Andante by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Josef Suk (Viola), Iona Brown (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Classical 
Written: 1779; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 11 Minutes 11 Secs. 
18. Divertimento for 2 Horns, Bassoon and Strings no 7 in D major, K 205 (167A): 3rd movement, Adagio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Mozart Ensemble
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 41 Secs. 
19. Romeo and Juliet Overture: Love Theme by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869/1880; Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
20. Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48: 2nd movement, Waltz - Moderato by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
21. Songs (6), Op. 6: no 6, None but the lonely heart by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Josef Sakonov (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Festival Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 34 Secs. 
22. Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23: 2nd movement, Andantino semplice by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874-1875; Russia 
Length: 6 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1874 - 1875). 
23. Sextet for Strings in D major, Op. 70 "Souvenir de Florence": 2nd movement, Adagio cantabile by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Length: 8 Minutes 8 Secs. 
24. Elegy for Strings in G major by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Russia 
Length: 8 Minutes 8 Secs. 
25. Swan Lake, Op. 20: Second Dance of the Swan Queen by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1876; Russia 
Length: 6 Minutes 39 Secs. 
26. Symphony no 6 in B minor, Op. 74 "Pathétique": 2nd movement, Allegro con grazia by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 
Length: 7 Minutes 1 Secs. 
27. Adagio for Organ and Strings in G minor by Tomaso Albinoni
Performer:  Simon Standage (Violin), Alastair Ross (Organ)
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Richard Hickox Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Length: 9 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Remo Giazotto.
This work was reconstructed by Remo Giazotto in 1945 from a fragment by Albinoni. 
28. Kol Nidrei for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 47 by Max Bruch
Performer:  Lynn Harrell (Cello)
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Liverpool, England 
Length: 10 Minutes 16 Secs. 
29. Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor: 4th movement, Adagietto by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 9 Minutes 46 Secs. 
30. Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar: 2nd movement, Adagio by Joaquin Rodrigo
Performer:  Carlos Bonell (Guitar)
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; Spain 
Length: 10 Minutes 57 Secs. 
31. Adagio for Strings, Op. 11 by Samuel Barber
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Rome, Italy 
Length: 8 Minutes 48 Secs. 
32. Adagio for Clarinet and Strings by Heinrich Baermann
Performer:  Alfred Boskovsky (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Octet
Period: Romantic 
Length: 4 Minutes 47 Secs. 
33. Carnival of the animals: no 13, The swan by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Marie Goossens (Harp), Jascha Silberstein (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
34. Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World": 2nd movement, Largo by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  István Kertész
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; USA 
Length: 12 Minutes 35 Secs. 
35. Thaďs: Meditation by Jules Massenet
Performer:  John Georgiadis (Violin)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 48 Secs. 
36. Peer Gynt Suite no 1, Op. 46: no 1, Prelude "Morning" by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875/1888; Norway 
Length: 4 Minutes 5 Secs. 
37. Florida Suite: Daybreak by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1887/1889; Florida, USA 
Length: 12 Minutes 34 Secs. 
38. Neblina by Andrés Segovia
Performer:  Eduardo Fernandez (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
39. Morgenblätter, Op. 279 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 9 Minutes 31 Secs. 
40. Early one morning by Traditional
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Written: England 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
41. Daphnis et Chloé Suite no 2: Lever du jour by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Chorus,  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 2 Secs. 
42. Symphony no 6 in D major, H 1 no 6 "Le Matin": Adagio by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Zoltan Thirring (Cello), Erwin Ramor (Violin)
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Hungarica
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1761; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Length: 8 Minutes 9 Secs. 
43. Chanson de matin, Op. 15 no 2 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
44. Scottish Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 46: 1st movement, Adagio cantabile by Max Bruch
Performer:  Kyung-Wha Chung (Violin)
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Liverpool, England 
Length: 8 Minutes 17 Secs. 
45. La Gioconda: Dance of the Hours by Amilcare Ponchielli
Conductor:  Bruno Bartoletti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 45 Secs. 
46. Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue no 8 in E flat minor, BWV 853 - Prelude by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 21 Secs. 
47. Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue no 1 in C, BWV 846 - Prelude by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
48. Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: no 3, Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 
49. Quartet for Strings no 1 in D major, Op. 11: 2nd movement, Andante cantabile by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Raymond Agoult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra of London
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Length: 8 Minutes 25 Secs. 
50. Morceaux (12) for Piano, Op. 40: no 6, Chant sans paroles by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
51. Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 12e, Act 2 - Dance of the Flutes "Toy Trumpets" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
52. Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 51: no 6, Valse sentimentale by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Phillip Moll (Piano), Kyung-Wha Chung (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
53. Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66: no 18, Act 2 - Panorama by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888-1889; Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
54. Aladdin Suite, Op. 34: Aladdin's Dream and Dance of the Morning Mist by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918-1919; Denmark 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
55. Chants d'Auvergne: Volume 5 - no 7, Uno jionto postouro by Joseph Canteloube
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1930; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
56. Suite for Orchestra no 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 18 Secs. 
57. Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Julius Katchen (Piano)
Written: 1723 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
58. Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Raymond Agoult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra of London
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 38 Secs. 
59. Jesus nahm zu sich die Zwölfe, BWV 22 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
60. Suite for Orchestra no 4 in G major, Op. 61 "Mozartiana": no 3, Preghiera by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Russia 
Length: 5 Minutes 19 Secs. 
61. Chorale Preludes (6) BWV 645-650 "Schübler": no 1, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1748-1749; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 20 Secs. 
62. Suite for Orchestra no 2 in B minor, BWV 1067 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  William Bennett (Flute)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Leipzig, Germany (1738 - 1739). 
63. Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!, BWV 208 "Hunt Cantata": Schafe können sicher weiden by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Karl Münchinger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1713; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 36 Secs. 
64. Suite for Orchestra no 2 in B minor, BWV 1067: Minuet by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  William Bennett (Flute)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Leipzig, Germany (1738 - 1739). 

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