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Essential Relaxing Classics

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Unless one has scrupulously avoided all compilations, one is bound to have several of the selections on EMI's double-disc Essential Relaxing Classics, and it's likely that many of these pieces will be well-known even to the most casual listener. However, such a collection is aimed more at a mainstream audience that has only dabbled in classical music but values its qualities of calmness and beauty and finds it to be more soothing and more suitable to play as background music than other genres. Naturally, the program ...

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  1. Cantata No. 208, "Was mir behagt" ("Hunt Cantata"), BWV 208 (BC G1, G3): Sheep may safely graze
  2. Canon in D major, instrumental arrangement
  3. Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622: 2. Adagio
  4. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2: 1. Adagio sostenuto
  5. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in F minor ("L'inverno"), RV 297, Op. 8/4 (The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 4): 2. Largo
  6. Concerto for flute, harp & orchestra in C major, K. 299 (K. 297c): 2. Andantino
  7. Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, for 2 string orchestras:
  8. Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18: 2. Adagio sostenuto
  9. Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85: 3. Adagio
  10. Symphony No. 9 in E minor ("From the New World"), B. 178 (Op. 95) (first published as No. 5): 2. Largo
  11. The Lark Ascending, romance for violin & orchestra:
  12. Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major ("Emperor"), Op. 73: 2. Adagio
  13. Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26: 2. Adagio
  14. Enigma Variations, for orchestra, Op. 36: Nimrod
  15. The Gadfly, suite from the film score, Op. 97a (assembled by Atovmyan): Romance
  16. Symphony No. 6 in F major ("Pastoral"), Op. 68: 5. Allegretto (Shepherds' Hymn after the Storm)
  17. Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air on the G string
  18. Adagio, for violin, strings & organ in G minor, T. Mi 26 (composed by Remo Giazotto; not by Albinoni):
  19. Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major ("Elvira Madigan") K. 467: 2. Andante
  20. Gabriel's Oboe, theme from the film "The Mission"
  21. Peer Gynt Suite for orchestra (or piano or piano, 4 hands) No. 1, Op. 46: Morning
  22. Gymnopédie for piano No. 1
  23. Clair de lune, for orchestra or other arrangement (from "Suite Bergamasque" for piano), L. 82/3 (75/3)
  24. Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Introduction and 24 Variations), for piano & orchestra in A minor, Op. 43: Variation 18
  25. Concierto de Aranjuez, for guitar & orchestra: 2. Adagio
  26. Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16: 2. Adagio
  27. Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64: 2. Andante
  28. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11, CT. 47: 2. Romance: Larghetto
  29. Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Intermezzo
  30. Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor ("Pathétique"), Op. 13: 2. Adagio cantabile
  31. Orphée et Eurydice (French version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 41: Dance of the Blessed Spirits
  32. Gnossienne for piano No. 1
  33. The Swan (from "Carnival of the Animals"), original (for 2 pianos & ensemble) and arrangements
  34. Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor: 4. Adagietto
  35. Thaïs, opera in 3 acts: Méditation
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