Various Artists

Meditation Classics

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While Meditation Classics will scarcely work for those who pursue contemplation as a spiritual practice, this four-disc set from Berlin Classics will serve quite well as relaxing background music for other purposes. What's nice about this collection is the thoughtfulness that went into preparing its program, for it not only provides more than four hours of peaceful selections that are suitable for quiet activities, it also presents many classical pieces that are off the well-worn path of popular favorites. Although most of the composers are familiar, including Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Antonio Vivaldi, Frédéric Chopin, Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms, and many others, the works gathered here are seldom anthologized, and the slow movements taken from them will intrigue listeners who already own the top 20 greatest hits of classical music. The performances are tasteful and polished, and while the list of musicians offers no household names, the soloists, orchestras, and conductors are reputable artists based in Germany and regulars on Berlin Classics recordings. It's unlikely that audiophiles will seek this set out, but the sound quality is very good for such a package, and home listeners will find the volume quite evenly adjusted over the tracks.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Ancient Airs and Dances, Set 3, arrangements (4) for strings, P. 172
1 03:34 Amazon
2 03:39 Amazon
Symphony No. 7 in C major ("Le midi"), H. 1/7
3 06:29 Amazon
Trio Sonata for violin, lute & continuo in C major, RV 82
4 05:20 Amazon
5 04:45 Amazon
Symphony No. 19 in E flat major, K. 132
6 06:31 Amazon
7 05:26 Amazon
Etudes-Tableaux, for piano, Op. 33
8 03:28 Amazon
L' Arlésienne, suite for orchestra No. 1, from the incidental music
9 04:23 Amazon
10 05:22 Amazon
11 02:40 Amazon
Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F minor, J. 114 (Op. 73)
12 06:47 Amazon
Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174)
13 03:20 Amazon
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16
14 06:34 Amazon
15 01:50 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Cello Symphony, for cello & orchestra, Op. 68
1 06:34 Amazon
2 01:41 Amazon
3 04:20 Amazon
Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622
4 07:24 Amazon
Keyboard Sonata in F major, H. 16/47 (rev. version of Sonata in E minor, H. 16/47bis. Add)
5 04:20 Amazon
Cantos de España, pieces (5) for piano, Op. 232, B. 44
6 05:38 Amazon
7 06:28 Amazon
Rhapsodie espagnole, for orchestra (or 2 pianos)
8 04:45 Amazon
Sonata for flute & piano, FP 164
9 04:56 Amazon
10 03:13 Amazon
11 02:57 Amazon
12 04:34 Amazon
13 04:35 Amazon
Fra Holbergs tid (From Holberg’s Time), for string orchestra ("Holberg Suite"), Op. 40
14 04:44 Amazon
Etudes (4) for piano, Op. 4, M3
15 05:04 Amazon
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