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Sound Health Series: Music to De-Stress

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Advanced Brain Technologies' Music to De-Stress is part of their Sound Health Series, a collection of albums of classical music designed with the help of the Center for Psychoacoustic Research and performed by members of the Arcangelos Chamber Ensemble. As its title suggests, Music to De-Stress features an hour's worth of soothing classical music; this volume of the series presents arrangements and variations from Gustav Mahler's Fourth Symphony mixed with calming ocean sounds. The gentle renditions of "Variation I: Letting Go," "Variation II: Dreamtime," and "Floating" make this volume of the collection the most new age-inspired of the series, though ensemble pieces like "Poco Adagio, Ensemble" keep the album firmly in classical territory. The Arcangelos Chamber Ensemble's intimate performances magnify the calming properties of the music and are also a nice change from other classical relaxation collections, which tend to focus on orchestral pieces. Music to De-Stress is a collection of lovely, soothing classical music ideal for use as a backdrop for sleep, meditation, massage, and other stress-reducing activities.