Various Artists

Beethoven New Age of Classics

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This is the third release by the Canadian Chacra label in their New Age of Classics series, offering two selections from Beethoven's repertoire, with each piece repeated three times. "Ode to Joy" is given an elegant electronic orchestration while "Moonlight Sonata" has piano as the lead instrument, backed by synthesizers. As on each album in this series, ocean waves connect the pieces and also wash through the music periodically. The anonymous Chacra artists who worked on this project have succeeded in producing versions that remain fairly faithful to the originals while orienting them toward the creation of a relaxing ambience.