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Classics for Relaxation [2004]

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A massive three-disc collection of soothing classical music, Madacy's Classics for Relaxation features performances of well-known pieces by a variety of orchestras. Highlights from the first disc include Liszt's Liebestraum No. 3 in A flat major, Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46, and Debussy's Suite Bergamasque III: Clair de Lune. The second disc features Albéniz's Suite Española, Op. 47 Sevilla, Bartholdy's Songs Without Words for Piano, Book 2, Op. 30, No. 6 in F sharp minor, and Haydn's Divertimento No. 1 in B flat major, 2nd Movement. Finally, the third disc counts Gounod's Faust Margarethe -- Ballet Music, Allegretto, Satie's Gymnopedies No. 3, and Chopin's Waltz in A flat major, Op. 69/1 among its standout moments. Even though the collection is a bit lacking in originality, it still offers plenty of sophisticated music for relaxing, studying, or any other quiet activities.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 8:48
2 3:33
The Four Seasons (Il quattro stagione), concertos (4) for violin, strings & continuo ("Il cimento" Nos. 1-4) , Op. 8/1 - 4
3 2:27
Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30
4
2:32
5 3:59
Les Patineurs Valse ("Skater's Waltz"), Op. 183
6 4:01
7
4:32
Work(s)
8
Air
2:38
Nutcracker, suite from the ballet, Op. 71a
9 1:45
Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9)
10
2:13
Les contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts
11
3:18
12 5:10
German Dances (12) for piano (Ländler), D. 790 (Op. posth. 171)
13
1:11
14 2:29
15 5:58
Canon and gigue, for 3 violins & continuo in D major, T. 337
16
4:42
Elegiac Melodies (2) for piano, 4 hands, Op. 34
17
2:25

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:33
Suite española No. 1, for piano, Op. 47, B. 7
2
4:32
Water Music Suites Nos 1-3 for orchestra, HWV 348-350
3
2:51
Humoresque No. 7 for piano in G flat major, B. 187/7 (Op. 101/7)
4 2:55
Songs without Words (6) for piano, Book 2, Op. 30
5 3:39
The Swan Lake, suite, Op. 20a
6 1:42
Work(s)
7
2:40
8
9:04
Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75
9
3:41
Peer Gynt Suite for orchestra (or piano or piano, 4 hands) No. 1, Op. 46
10
3:31
11 3:52
12 1:33
Symphony No. 41 in C major ("Jupiter"), K. 551
13 3:53
14 7:43
15 1:57
Serenade for string orchestra in E major, B. 52 (Op. 22)
16
4:28

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54
1
5:07
Nutcracker, suite from the ballet, Op. 71a
2 2:51
Divertimento for 2 horns & strings in F major ("Ein musikalischer Spass," "A Musical Joke"), K. 522
3 4:58
Faust, opera
4 2:37
5 2:46
Serenade for strings (or piano, 4 hands) in C major, Op. 48
6 3:59
Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood) for piano, Op. 15
7
3:03
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16
8
6:07
9 4:13
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73
10
10:22
11 4:19
Symphony No. 22 in E flat major ("Philosopher"), H. 1/22
12
6:43
Quintet for guitar & strings in E minor, G. 451 (arrangement Piano Quintet, G. 407)
13 7:26
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