Notes and Editorial Reviews
The Lifestyles series aims to enrich the time spent on mundane tasks by providing music that will create a pleasant atmosphere. Each disc features well-chosen selections, all beautifully performed and recorded, that will enhance and improve any activity or regular routine.
Reading and listening to music are usually thought of as exclusive activities, but the right music can provide an appropriate backdrop for literary enjoyment and will even enhance the experience. And while great literature certainly stands on its own, music can wash away the everyday troubles and tensions, provide a mood of calm and tranquility, and clear the mind. The works in this collection accomplish this, but music such as Elgar's 'Sospiri,' the Kyrie from
Bruckner's Mass, and the Adagietto from Mahler's Fifth Symphony is much more than background. These along with the other pieces included are masterworks that deserve undivided attention. Read less
Works on This Recording
Mass no 2 in E minor, WAB 27: Kyrie eleyson by Anton Bruckner
Written: 1866/1896; Linz, Austria
Length: 6 Minutes 25 Secs.
The Planets, Op. 32/H 125: Venus by Gustav Holst
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1914-1916; England
Length: 8 Minutes 39 Secs.
Thaïs: Meditation by Jules Massenet
Written: 1894; France
Length: 5 Minutes 16 Secs.
Romance for Violin and Orchestra no 1 in G major, Op. 40 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria
Length: 6 Minutes 8 Secs.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 5, Op. 54: no 4, Notturno by Edvard Grieg
Written: 1891; Norway
Length: 4 Minutes 25 Secs.
Grand Overtures (6), Op. 18: no 3 in D major for Double Orchestra - 2nd movement, Andante by Johann Christian Bach
Length: 6 Minutes 30 Secs.
Suite española, Op. 47: no 1, Granada by Isaac Albeniz
Written: 1886; Madrid, Spain
Length: 4 Minutes 33 Secs.
Canon and Gigue for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major: Canon by Johann Pachelbel
Length: 5 Minutes 52 Secs.
Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor: 4th movement, Adagietto by Gustav Mahler
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria
Length: 9 Minutes 3 Secs.
Sospiri, Op. 70 by Sir Edward Elgar
Written: 1914; England
Length: 5 Minutes 0 Secs.
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