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50 Best Relaxing Classics


Release Date: 06/29/2010 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 57547   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Georges BizetJules MassenetGabriel FauréFelix Mendelssohn,   ... 
Performer:  Hans KalafuszStephen FarrHan-Na ChangJacqueline Du Pré,   ... 
Conductor:  Seiji OzawaSir Neville MarrinerDavid HillSir Charles Mackerras,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra Wind and Brass Ensemble
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 43 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

1. Carmen: Act 3 Prelude "Intermezzo" by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
2. Thaïs: Meditation by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Hans Kalafusz (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 5 Secs. 
3. Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Stephen Farr (Organ)
Conductor:  David Hill
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 48 Secs. 
4. Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61: Nocturne by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 52 Secs. 
5. Requiem, Op. 48: In paradisum by Gabriel Fauré
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887-1890; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 
6. Carnival of the animals: no 13, The swan by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Han-Na Chang (Cello)
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
7. Concerto for Cello in E minor, Op. 85: 3rd movement, Adagio by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Jacqueline Du Pré (Cello)
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1919; England 
Length: 5 Minutes 18 Secs. 
8. Peer Gynt, Op. 23: no 13, Act 4 Prelude - Morning by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875/1892; Norway 
Length: 4 Minutes 17 Secs. 
9. Pavane, Op. 50 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Gareth Morris (Flute)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; France 
Length: 6 Minutes 50 Secs. 
10. Concerto for Violin in E minor, Op. 64: 2nd movement, Andante - Excerpt(s) by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Conductor:  Efrem Kurtz
Period: Romantic 
Written: 09/16/1844; Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 30 Secs. 
11. Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World": 2nd movement, Largo - Excerpt(s) by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; USA 
Length: 4 Minutes 49 Secs. 
12. Les contes d'Hoffmann: Belle nuit, o nuit d'amour by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Ann Murray (), Jessye Norman ()
Conductor:  Sylvain Cambreling
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Paris, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 23 Secs. 
13. Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 "Enigma": Variation 9, Nimrod by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898-1899; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 
14. Cavalleria Rusticana: Intermezzo by Pietro Mascagni
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
15. Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op. 43: Variation 18 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Cécile Ousset (Piano)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1934; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
16. Dolly, Op. 56: no 1, Berceuse by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Jean-Philippe Collard (Piano), Bruno Rigutto (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
17. Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9: no 2 in E flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
Length: 5 Minutes 19 Secs. 
18. Liebesträume for Piano, S 541: no 3, O Lieb, so lang by Franz Liszt
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1850; Weimar, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 31 Secs. 
19. Berceuse for Piano in D flat major, B 154/Op. 57 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Peter Donohoe (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Paris, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 29 Secs. 
20. Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16: 2nd movement, Adagio by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Cécile Ousset (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868/1907; Norway 
Length: 6 Minutes 32 Secs. 
21. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 7, Träumerei by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Moura Lympany (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
22. Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 3 in E major, B 74 "Tristesse" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 16 Secs. 
23. Waltzes (16) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 39: no 15 in A flat major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Moura Lympany (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 39 Secs. 
24. Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11: 2nd movement, Romanze - Excerpt(s) by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Martha Argerich (Piano)
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
25. Préludes, Book 1: no 8, La fille aux cheveux de lin by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Moura Lympany (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1910; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
26. Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 15 in D flat major "Raindrop" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Dmitri Alexeev (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838-1839; Paris, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 53 Secs. 
27. Caruso: Main Theme by Lucio Dalla
Performer:  John Bayless (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 4 Minutes 47 Secs. 
28. Suite bergamasque: 3rd movement, Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Moura Lympany (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890/1905; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 57 Secs. 
29. Concerto for Piano no 2 in F major, Op. 102: 2nd movement, Andante by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Dmitri Alexeev (Piano)
Conductor:  Jerzy Maksymiuk
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USSR 
Length: 6 Minutes 7 Secs. 
30. Gymnopédies (3) for Piano: no 1, Lent et douloureux by Erik Satie
Performer:  Anne Queffélec (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
31. Gnossiennes (6) for Piano: no 1 by Erik Satie
Performer:  Anne Queffélec (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
32. Rusalka, Op 114/B 203: O moon high up "Song to the moon" by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Lucia Popp ()
Conductor:  Stefan Soltesz
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Bohemia 
Length: 5 Minutes 55 Secs. 
33. Serenade no 13 in G major, K 525 "Eine kleine Nachtmusik": 2nd movement, Romanza by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 46 Secs. 
34. Concerto for Flute and Harp in C major, K 299 (297c): 2nd movement, Andantino - Excerpt(s) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  James Galway (Flute), Fritz Helmis (Harp)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778; Paris, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 0 Secs. 
35. Così fan tutte, K 588: Soave sia il vento by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  José Van Dam (), Margaret Marshall (), Agnes Baltsa ()
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
36. Sonata for Piano no 11 in A major, K 331 (300i): 1st movement, Andante grazioso - Theme by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Andrei Gavrilov (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
37. Così fan tutte, K 588: Un' aura amorosa by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  John Aler ()
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 45 Secs. 
38. Concerto for Piano no 20 in D minor, K 466: Excerpt(s) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Annie Fischer (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 16 Secs. 
39. Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Sull' aria...Che soave zeffiretto by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Felicity Lott (), Gianna Rolandi ()
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
40. Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A major, K 581: 2nd movement, Larghetto by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Sabine Meyer (Clarinet)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 30 Secs. 
41. Ave verum corpus in D major, K 618 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
42. Serenade for Winds no 10 in B flat major, K 361 (370a) "Gran Partita": 3rd movement, Adagio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra Wind and Brass Ensemble
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 4 Secs. 
43. Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight": 1st movement, Adagio sostenuto - Excerpt(s) by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Moura Lympany (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 
44. Minuets (6) for Piano, WoO 10: no 2 in G major by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Moura Lympany (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1795; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
45. Concerto for Piano no 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor": 2nd movement, Adagio un poco mosso by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Julia Thornton (Harp)
Conductor:  Erno Olah
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 7 Minutes 1 Secs. 
46. Sonata for Piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathétique": 2nd movement, Adagio cantabile by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 34 Secs. 
47. Bagatelle for Piano in A minor, WoO 59 "Für Elise" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Moura Lympany (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
48. Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral": 5th movement, Allegretto by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 41 Secs. 
49. Concerto for Violin no 1 in G minor, Op. 26: 2nd movement, Adagio: Excerpt by Max Bruch
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Conductor:  Walter Susskind
Period: Romantic 
Length: 4 Minutes 24 Secs. 
50. Lakmé: Viens, Mallikà...Sous le dôme épais "Flower Duet" by Léo Delibes
Performer:  Danielle Millet (), Mady Mesplé ()
Conductor:  Alain Lombard
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 30 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Serenade No. 13 in G, 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik' K525 (1997 Digital Remaster): II. Romanze (Andante)
II. Andantino from Flute and Harp Concerto in C K299/297c (extract) (1985 Digital Remaster)
Così fan tutte K588: Soave sia il vento
Piano Sonata No. 11 in A K331/K300i: I. Tema con variazoni
Così fan tutte K588: Un' aura amorosa
Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor K466 (1990 Digital Remaster): II. Romanze (excerpt)
Le nozze di Figaro K492, ACT 3: No. 20: Duettino: Sull'aria ... Che soave zeffiretto (Contessa/Susanna)
Quintett für Klarinette, 2 Violinen, Viola und Violoncello A-dur KV 581: II. Larghetto
Ave verum corpus K618
Serenade No. 10 in B flat 'Gran Partita' K361/370a: III. Adagio
Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor 'Moonlight' Op. 27 No. 2: I. Adagio sostenuto (excerpt) (arr. Norman Bates, pub. EMI Music Publ. Ltd)
Minuet in G WoO 10 No. 2
Adagio From The Piano Concerto No.5 In E Flat Major. Op.73 ''The Emperor''
Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor Op. 13 "Pathétique": II. Adagio cantabile
Für Elise
Symphony No. 6 in F 'Pastoral' Op. 68: V. Allegretto (Shepherds' Hymn) (abbrev. version arr. Norman Bates)
Carmen: Entr'acte, Act 3 (Intermezzo)
Thaïs: Méditation
Cantique de Jean Racine Op. 11 (version with organ)
Nocturne (from A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 61)
Requiem Op. 48 (1997 Digital Remaster): VII. In Paradisum
The Swan (Le Cygne)
Cello Concerto in E minor Op. 85 (1997 Digital Remaster): III. Adagio
Concerto for violin and orchestra No. 1 in G minor Op. 26: Second movement: Adagio (opening) (1997 Digital Remaster)
Peer Gynt: Prelude (Morning)
Pavane Op. 50 (orch. version, 1887) (1997 Digital Remaster)
Violin Concerto in E minor Op.64 (1997 Digital Remaster): II Andante (excerpt)
Lakmé (Act I) (1987 Digital Remaster): Flower Duet
Symphony No. 9 in E minor Op. 95 'From the New World': Second movement: Largo (opening)
Les Contes d'Hoffmann, ACT FOUR: Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour (Nicklausse, Giulietta, Chorus)
Variations on an Original Theme, 'Enigma' Op. 36 (1986 Digital Remaster): IX. Nimrod
Rusalka: Song to the Moon (Act I)
Cavalleria Rusticana (1987 Digital Remaster): Intermezzo (Orchestra)

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