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For a Lazy Afternoon

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Another volume in Decca's lifestyle classical music series, For a Lazy Afternoon collects 16 relaxing pieces such as Pachelbel's "Canon in D," Bach's "Largo From Concerto for Two Violins and Orchestra in D Minor," and Corelli's "Adagio- Allegro-Adagio From Concerto Grosso in G Minor." Vivaldi's "Air From Water Music Suite No. 1 in F" and Mozart's "Adagio From Clarinet Concerto in A, K622" are some of the album's particularly soothing compositions, while Handel's "The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba" and Bach's "Badinerie From Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B" add a bit of liveliness. More compositions by Bach, Mozart, Handel, and Vivaldi round out For a Lazy Afternoon, giving the collection a flowing, cohesive grace that some of the more eclectic entries in this series lack. Overall, For a Lazy Afternoon is a soothing, sophisticated collection that's a perfect musical backdrop for reading, napping, and any other lazy afternoon activities.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Canon and gigue, for 3 violins & continuo in D major, T. 337
1 4:35
Concerto for 2 violins, strings & continuo in D minor ("Double"), BWV 1043
2 7:16
Concerto Grosso in G minor ("Christmas Concerto"), Op. 6/8
Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174)
4 3:07
Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067
5 1:25
Water Music Suite No.1 for orchestra in F major, HWV 348
The Fairy Queen, semi-opera, Z. 629
7 1:37
Lute (Chamber) Concerto, for lute (or guitar), 2 violins & continuo in D major, RV 93
8 3:57
Concerto for oboe, strings & continuo in D minor, SF. 935 (often transposed to C minor)
9 4:25
Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622
10 8:12
11 3:29
Divertimento No. 2 for flute, oboe, bassoon, 4 horns & strings in D major, K. 131
12 5:38
Suite for solo cello No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007
13 2:44
Sonata for violin & piano No. 17 in C major, K. 296
14 4:56
Divertimento No. 2 for flute, oboe, bassoon, 4 horns & strings in D major, K. 131
15 3:59
Solomon, oratorio, HWV 67
16 2:57
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