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Classical Chill [Metro]

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Naxos jumps onto the downbeat/chillout bandwagon with Classical Chill, a two-disc collection that shoehorns selected pieces from the classical canon into a package that might hook a few young listeners. Creative marketing concepts aside, it wouldn't be a bad idea for a few young people with adventurous listening habits to pick this one up: The selectors did a good job of picking evocative works with at least a small degree of crossover. From Einojuhani Rautavaara's Cantus Arcticus Concerto to Philip Glass' Violin Concerto to Toru Takemitsu's Toward the Sea, Classical Chill intersperses the more staid sound of string trios and quartets with more abstract, conceptual pieces with genuine appeal to those who appreciate the ambitious sound worlds of Röyksopp, Koop, and others in the downbeat subgenre that spawned this compilation.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Cantus Arcticus (Concerto for Birds & Orchestra), for orchestra & taped bird songs, Op. 61
1
7:02
Adam Zero, ballet in one scene, Op. 67, F. 1a
2
3:36
Trio for strings in G major, R. 59
3
5:08
Violin Concerto
4
2.
8:34
Bagatelles (5) for clarinet & piano, Op. 23
5 4:12
6 4:39
7 2:24
Cornish Dances (4), for orchestra, Op. 91
8
3:10
Préludes (12) for piano, Book I, L. 117
9 3:33
Toward the Sea II, for alto flute, harp & strings
10 3:37
Mazurkas (20) for piano, Op. 50, M56
11 2:27
Tabula rasa, concerto for 2 violins (or violin & viola), prepared piano & string orchestra
12
5:31
Symphony No. 7 for soprano, small female chorus & orchestra with narrator ad lib ("Sinfonia Antartica")
13 11:02
14
5:36
15 6:12

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Piano Concerto in G major
1 8:26
2 5:03
3
4:27
The Partsongs (8), Op. 119
4 3:42
Mass for soloists & chorus in G minor
5 4:10
6 6:04
Fantasiestücke (8 Fantasy Pieces), for piano, Op. 12
7 3:14
Apollo e Dafne (La Terra è Liberata), dramatic cantata for soprano, bass & orchestra, HWV 122
8
5:29
Divertimento No. 15 for 2 horns & strings in B flat major ("Lodron Serenade No 2"), K. 287 (K. 271H)
9 8:35
Serenade No. 10 for winds in B flat major ("Gran Partita"), K. 361 (K. 370a)
10 5:55
Pastoral Suite, for orchestra, Op. 19
11 4:25
Lyric Suite for orchestra (orchestration of Op. 54)
12 4:59
Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63
13 10:03
14
3:29
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