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Sound Health Series: Music to Relax

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Advanced Brain Technologies' Music to Relax 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 Relax features an hour's worth of soothing theme and variation pieces by Bach, Schubert, and other well-known composers; highlights include Bach's "Arioso," Vivaldi's "Largo From Violin Concerto, Op. 3 No. 6," and Robert Schumann's "Traumerei." The intimate performances by the Arcangelos Chamber Ensemble magnify the relaxing properties of the music and are also a nice change from other classical relaxation collections, which tend to focus on orchestral renditions of these works. Music to Relax is an ideal collection for someone looking for thoughtful, subtle classical music as a backdrop for studying, meditation, or, of course, relaxing.