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Purr-fection! Calming classical favourites for your cat

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While the selections on this CD purport to help felines relax, Purr-fection! Calming Classical Favourites for Your Cat is really a soothing compilation for distraught humans. It’s unclear that rambunctious kittens or adult cats on a tear would do anything other than work out their excess energy the natural way, but there’s a good chance that their waitstaff with opposable thumbs will put this album on while waiting for the dust to settle. Included are many slow-tempo favorites that are mostly soft in volume, and the roster of composers is a veritable who’s who of classical music: Brahms, Chopin, Fauré, Handel, Mozart, Pachelbel, Purcell, Tchaikovsky, Satie, and others are represented by some of their most peaceful compositions. Included among the performers are Matthias Bamert and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Antony Walker and the Orchestra of the Antipodes, David Stanhope and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Omri Hadari and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, along with several instrumental soloists. ABC Classics' selections were recorded between 1992 and 2013, so the tracks are all digital and offer fine to excellent sound.

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