Various Artists

For When You're Alone

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Another volume in Decca's lifestyle classical music series, For a Beautiful Day collects classical pieces that are lively and lovely, including Mozart's Allegro from Serenade No. 13 in G, K525 "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik," Purcell's Rondeau from Abdelazar, and Ravel's Menuet from Le Trombeau de Couperin. The compositions of Puccini and Dvorák are well represented on For a Beautiful Day, with O Mio Babbino Caro from Gianni Schicchi and Musetta's Waltz Song from La Bohème from the former and Slavonic Dance No. 2 in E Minor and Largo from Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95 "From the New World" from the latter, helping to give the collection its pretty, relaxed feel. Also included are Elgar's Chanson de Matin, Op. 15, No. 2, Warlock's Basse-Dance from Capriol Suite, and Bach's Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor BWV 582. While this collection is indeed perfect For a Beautiful Day, its lovely melodies are also apt for any other occasion where beautiful music is needed.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068
1 5:47 Amazon
2 2:39
Concerto for oboe d'amore, strings & continuo in A major (reconstruction), BWV 1055R
3 5:06 Amazon
Suite for solo cello No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009
4 3:44
Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of the Fugue), for keyboard (or other instruments), BWV 1080
5 2:57 Amazon
Oboe Concerto in B flat major (No.2a), HWV 301 (possibly spurious)
6 2:26
Ancient Airs and Dances, Set 3, arrangements (4) for strings, P. 172
7 3:07 Amazon
Sonata for flute & keyboard in E flat major, BWV 1031
8 2:16 Amazon
Concerto for 2 oboes, strings & continuo No. 6 in G major, SF. 941
9 2:53 Amazon
Sonata a 5 for violin & strings in B flat major (Sonata à Cinque), HWV 288
10 5:07
Carnival of the Animals, zoological fantasy for 2 pianos & ensemble
11 2:04 Amazon
Berceuse, for piano, 4 hands or orchestra (Dolly, suite), Op. 56/1
12 3:14 Amazon
13 4:07
Concerto for 2 violins, 2 cellos, strings & continuo in D major, RV 564
14 2:09 Amazon
William Byrd Suite, for band
15 4:14 Amazon
16 3:31 Amazon
17 4:40 Amazon
L' Arlésienne, suite for orchestra No. 1, from the incidental music
18 3:28 Amazon
Concerto Grosso in A minor, Op.6/4, HWV 322
19 3:30 Amazon
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