The Essential

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Essential is the second best-of collection from French new age music project Era, founded by composer and performer Eric Levi. Issued in 2010, just five years after the similarly constructed The Very Best of Era, it collected tracks from all of Era's studio albums, including the two-part project "Classics," which found Levi adapting works by classical composers like Verdi, Mahler, and Handel to his signature new age sound. Some of Era's best-known tracks, like "Ameno," are also here in newly remixed forms.

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