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Relaxing Adagios ()

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composed by Alexander Borodin, Antonin Dvorák, Antonio Vivaldi, Camille Saint-Saëns, Christoph Willibald Gluck, Edvard Grieg, Edward Higginbottom, Erik Satie, Franz Joseph Haydn, Franz Schubert, Frédéric Chopin, Gabriel Fauré, Georges Bizet, Giacomo Puccini

Decca's two-disc set, Relaxing Adagios: Over 2 ˝ hours of the world's most peaceful music, pretty much delivers what it promises. The selections are in fact restful, intended to induce a sense of mellow tranquility. The pieces are nicely varied in style, genre, and instrumentation. For listeners looking for recordings with more stylistic homogeneity, Decca produces a number of "Adagio" albums, organized by style or composer (Baroque Adagios, Mozart Adagios) or instrumentation (Guitar Adagios, Romantic Piano Adagios). The ...

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  1. Concerto for 2 violins, strings & continuo in D minor ("Double"), BWV 1043: Largo, ma non tanto
  2. Lakmé, opera: Viens, Mallika... Dôme épais le jasmin (Flower Duet)
  3. String Quartet No. 2 in D major: Notturno
  4. Gymnopédie for piano No. 3
  5. Gnossienne for piano No. 3
  6. Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major ("Elvira Madigan") K. 467: Andante
  7. Fantasia on Greensleeves, for harp, flute & strings (arranged by R. Greaves; from the opera "Sir John in Love")
  8. Quintet for 2 violins, viola & 2 cellos in C major, D. 956 (Op. posth. 163): Adagio
  9. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2: Adagio sostenuto
  10. Cantata No. 208, "Was mir behagt" ("Hunt Cantata"), BWV 208 (BC G1, G3): Sheep may safely graze
  11. Te lucis ante terminum (after Casal's Song of the Birds)
  12. Berceuse, for piano, 4 hands or orchestra, Op. 56/1 (Dolly, suite)
  13. Aritz Adarean, for harp solo
  14. Minuet in A major, arrangement (after String Quintet in E major, Op.11/5, G. 275)
  15. Symphony No. 9 in E minor ("From the New World"), B. 178 (Op. 95) (first published as No. 5): Largo
  16. Carmen Suite for orchestra No. 1 (assembled by Ernest Guirard): Intermezzo
  17. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in F minor ("L'inverno"), RV 297, Op. 8/4 (The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 4): Largo
  18. Dance of the Blessed Spirits (Melody), arrangement (from "Orfeo ed Euridice")
  19. Crux fidelis (after Handel's Ombra mai fu)
  20. String Quartet in F major ("Serenade"), Op. 3/5, H. 3/17 (spurious, possibly by Hoffstetter):
  21. Ancient Airs and Dances, Set 3, arrangements (4) for strings, P. 172: Italiana
  22. Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622: Adagio
  23. Les contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour (Barcarolle)
  24. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Humming chorus
  25. Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major ("Emperor"), Op. 73: Adagio un poco mosso
  26. Fantasía para un gentilhombre, for guitar & orchestra: Espańoleta
  27. The Swan (from "Carnival of the Animals"), original (for 2 pianos & ensemble) and arrangements
  28. Peer Gynt Suite for orchestra (or piano or piano, 4 hands) No. 1, Op. 46: Prelude: Morning Mood
  29. Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air
  30. Cello Concerto in D major, G. 479: Andante cantabile
  31. Nocturne for piano No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109
  32. Requiem, for 2 solo voices, chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 48: Sanctus
  33. Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27: Adagio
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