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ImpressionsGentle classical favourites to create a peaceful moodThis 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 Pesek2 Solveig's Song from Peer Gynt Suite No. 2 Edvard Grieg Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Libor Pesek3 Swan Lake (Extracts) Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) Belgrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Igor Markévich4 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 Souter6 Gymnopédie No. 1 Eric Satie (1866-1925) Martin Souter7 The Afternoon of a Faun Claude Debussy Belgrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Igor Markévich8 The Sounds and Perfumes Turn in the Evening Air Claude Debussy (1862-1918) Martin Souter9 'Moonlight' Sonata: Adagio sostenuto Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) Martin Souter10 Nocturne in E flat Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849) Martin Souter11 Nocturne in F minor Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849) Martin Souter12 Piano Concerto No. 2: Larghetto Fryderyk Chopin Bianca Sitzius (piano), Polish Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Wojchiech RajskiTracks 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) LimitedTrack 4: p 1994 Mediaphon-Madacy Entertainment GmbH, courtesy of Madacy Entertainment Group (GB) LimitedTracks 5-6, 8-11: p 1999 Classical CommunicationsTracks 7&12: p 1993 Mediaphon-Madacy Entertainment GmbH, courtesy of Madacy Entertainment Group (GB) LimitedThis compilation P & C 2002 Classical Communications LtdOver 1 hour of musicMade in Great Britainwww.thegiftofmusic.comCover image: Claude Monet/Bridgeman Art Library, Edited and Mastered at Classical CommunicationsImpressionsGentle Classical FavouritesMusic 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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