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Gentle classical favourites to create a peaceful mood

Musical pictures of nature form the inspiration for this relaxing album of piano and orchestral masterworks by Grieg, Chopin, Beethoven and others.

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Gentle classical favourites to create a peaceful mood


This serene collection of classical music for orchestra and solo piano provides an oasis of calmness and tranquillity in the midst of a frantic world.

1 'Morning' from Peer Gynt Suite No. 1
Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Libor Pesek

2 Solveig's Song from Peer Gynt Suite No. 2
Edvard Grieg
Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Libor Pesek

3 Swan Lake (Extracts)
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Belgrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Igor Markévich

4 The Swan from Carnival of the Animals
Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
Reine Flachot (Cello), Walter Bohle (Piano)

5 Dreaming from Scenes from Childhood
Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Martin Souter

6 Gymnopédie No. 1
Eric Satie (1866-1925)
Martin Souter

7 The Afternoon of a Faun
Claude Debussy
Belgrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Igor Markévich

8 The Sounds and Perfumes Turn in the Evening Air
Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Martin Souter

9 'Moonlight' Sonata: Adagio sostenuto
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Martin Souter

10 Nocturne in E flat
Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
Martin Souter

11 Nocturne in F minor
Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
Martin Souter

12 Piano Concerto No. 2: Larghetto
Fryderyk Chopin
Bianca Sitzius (piano), Polish Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Wojchiech Rajski

Tracks 1-2: p 1989 Mediaphon-Madacy Entertainment GmbH, courtesy of Madacy Entertainment Group (GB) Limited.
Track 3: p 1995 Mediaphon-Madacy Entertainment GmbH, courtesy of Madacy Entertainment Group (GB) Limited
Track 4: p 1994 Mediaphon-Madacy Entertainment GmbH, courtesy of Madacy Entertainment Group (GB) Limited
Tracks 5-6, 8-11: p 1999 Classical Communications
Tracks 7&12: p 1993 Mediaphon-Madacy Entertainment GmbH, courtesy of Madacy Entertainment Group (GB) Limited

This compilation P & C 2002 Classical Communications Ltd
Over 1 hour of music
Made in Great Britain
www.thegiftofmusic.com
Cover image: Claude Monet/Bridgeman Art Library,
Edited and Mastered at Classical Communications

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Gentle Classical Favourites


Music is a powerful and mysterious art. With the simplest of means it is able to conjure up a mood, emotion or atmosphere and instantly draw the listener in. Centuries ago the wealthy paid a fortune to composers and performers to provide them with music to raise their spirits or simply help them relax. Now everyone can enjoy these benefits. This collection has been specially selected from the most restful music of the past three hundred years to help us relax today.

The album takes us from dawn to nightfall on a perfect, tranquil day. In Morning the Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg exactly captures the optimism and freshness of daybreak and the golden glow of the rising sun. Long, lingering melodies feature in both Solveig's Song and in The Swan (tracks 2 and 4). Calm skies and dappled sunlight are reflected in extracts from Swan Lake, and the still midday heat soothes the dreamer in one of Robert Schumann's Scenes from Childhood.

Claude Debussy's The Afternoon of a Faun is one of the most evocative depictions of a hot, lazy afternoon in all music. The hazy heat wafts in during the opening flute solo and the dreamy atmosphere is disturbed by nothing more than a gentle breeze and the rustling of the leaves on nearby trees. Debussy's exquisite piano piece The Sounds and Perfumes Turn in the Evening Air evokes the atmosphere of a peaceful garden in the early evening, and Beethoven's famous Moonlight sonata completes the picture: night has arrived. Beethoven's slow and eloquent evocation of moonlight is one of classical music's most famous piano pieces. The Polish composer Fryderyk Chopin was the undisputed master of the Nocturne (night-piece) for solo piano. He composed many examples of this style of piece, all of them filled with the most beautiful melodies. The two lovely examples on this album build up an atmosphere of shimmering night time, and continue the moonlight theme. The final track on the album, the slow movement of his Second Piano Concerto, is composed in similar vein. It is full of the romance and poetry of the darkest night, and the solo piano benefits this time from the support of an accompanying orchestra.


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