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Tracklist

CD 5

1)

contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts~Barcarolle (04:16)

2)

Serenade No. 6 for orchestra in D major ("Serenata Notturna"), K. 239~2. Minuet & Trio (03:54)

3)

Serenade for string orchestra in E major, B. 52 (Op. 22)~4. Larghetto (06:11)

4)

Nocturne for piano No. 8 in D flat major, Op. 27/2, CT. 115 (05:57)

5)

Serenade for strings in E flat major, Op. 6~3. Adagio (08:44)

6)

Béatrice et Bénédict, opera, H. 138~Vous soupirez, madame? ... Nuit paisible et sereine! (04:43)

7)

Prelude for piano No. 7 in A major, Op. 28/7, CT. 172 (00:57)

8)

Mazurka for piano No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 7/1, CT. 56 (03:03)

9)

String Quartet in F major, (prev. attr. Haydn, Op.3/5)~Serenade (04:05)

10)

Dreaming, for piano, Op. 15/3 (06:33)

11)

Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op.6/6, HWV 324~Musette (03:51)

12)

Recuerdos de la Alhambra, for guitar (04:51)

13)

Hänsel und Gretel, opera~Evening Prayer (03:11)

14)

Serenade for orchestra No. 2 in A major, Op. 16~4. Quasi menuetto - Trio (05:06)

15)

Czech Suite, for orchestra in D major, B. 93 (Op. 39)~4. Romanza (05:29)

16)

Chanson dans la Nuit, versions for 1 or 2 harps (03:51)

17)

Brezairola (Berceuse), folksong for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 3, No. 4) (03:30)

CD 2

1)

Water Music Suite No.1 for orchestra in F major, HWV 348~Hornpipe (04:03)

2)

Water Music Suite No.1 for orchestra in F major, HWV 348~Air (03:23)

3)

Water Music Suite No.1 for orchestra in F major, HWV 348~Gigue (01:33)

4)

Reflets dans l'eau, for piano, L. 110/1 (05:06)

5)

Lagunen-Walzer (Lagoon Waltz), for orchestra, Op. 411 (RV 411) (07:26)

6)

Jeux d'eau, for piano (05:57)

7)

Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in F minor ("L'inverno," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 4), Op. 8/4, RV 297~Largo (02:26)

8)

Vltava (The Moldau), symphonic poem (Má Vlast No. 2), JB 1:112/2 (11:49)

9)

Prelude for piano No. 15 in D flat major, Op. 28/15, CT. 180 (05:25)

10)

Die Forelle (II), transcription for piano (after Schubert, D. 550), S. 564 (LW A127) (03:50)

11)

Swan Lake, suite, Op. 20a~Dance of the Swans ... Odette and the Prince ... Second Dance of the Swan Queen (07:37)

12)

Aquarelles (2), for strings (arr. by Fenby from 2 songs "to be sung on a summer night")~Gaily, but not too quick (02:39)

13)

Auf dem Wasser zu singen, transcription for piano (after Schubert), S. 558/2 (LW A42/2) (05:16)

14)

der schönen, blauen Donau (On the Beautiful, Blue Danube), waltz for orchestra (with chorus ad lib), Op. 314 (RV 314) (07:56)

CD 4

1)

Romeo and Juliet, fantasy-overture for orchestra in B minor (3 versions)~Love Theme (03:17)

2)

Liebesfreud (Love's Joy), for violin & piano (03:34)

3)

Walk To the Paradise Garden, for orchestra (Interlude from "A Village Romeo & Juliet") (08:51)

4)

Liebesträume, notturno for piano No. 3 in A flat major ("O Lieb, so lang du lieben kannst"), S. 541/3 (LW A103/3) (04:56)

5)

Damnation de Faust, for mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, bass, chorus and orchestra, ("légende dramatique") H. 111 (Op. 24)~D'amour l'ardente flamme (08:39)

6)

Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64~Balcony Scene (07:44)

7)

Salut d'amour, for violin & piano, Op. 12 (03:05)

8)

Extase ("Sur un lys pâle"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra) (03:19)

9)

Songs of the Auvergne, for voice & orchestra in 5 series~Pastourelle (03:28)

10)

Spartacus, ballet~Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia (09:13)

11)

Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59 (03:04)

12)

Liebesleid (Love's Sorrow), for violin & piano (03:45)

13)

Samson et Dalila, opera in 3 acts, Op. 47~Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix (06:36)

14)

Roméo et Juliette, for alto, tenor, bass, chorus & orchestra ("symphonie dramatique"), H.79 (Op. 17)~Love Scene (04:58)

CD 1

1)

Clair de lune, for orchestra or other arrangement (from "Suite Bergamasque" for piano), L. 75/3 (05:57)

2)

Nocturne for piano No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109 (04:32)

3)

Lyric Suite for orchestra (orchestration of Op. 54)~Nocturne (04:42)

4)

Dream Children, for small orchestra (or piano), Op. 43 (07:50)

5)

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2~1. Adagio sostenuto (07:12)

6)

navarraise, lyric episode in 2 acts~Nocturne (03:28)

7)

Nocturne for string orchestra (arranged by Malcolm Sargent from String Quartet No. 2) (07:43)

8)

Nocturne for piano No. 15 in F minor, Op. 55/1, CT. 122 (05:49)

9)

Much Ado About Nothing, suite from the incidental music for violin & piano, Op. 11~Garden Scene (04:42)

10)

Vierge, sacred legend in 4 acts~The Last Sleep of the Virgin (05:09)

11)

Lyric Pieces (6) for piano, Book 5, Op. 54~Nocturne (04:15)

12)

Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61~Nocturne (06:48)

13)

Pavane, for orchestra & chorus ad lib in F sharp minor, Op. 50 (08:16)

CD 3

1)

Fantasia on Greensleeves, for harp, flute & strings (arranged by R. Greaves; from the opera "Sir John In Love") (04:24)

2)

Baïlèro, folksong for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 1, No. 2) (06:49)

3)

Symphony No. 6 in F major ("Pastoral"), Op. 68~By the Brook (12:35)

4)

Quintet for piano, violin, viola, cello & double bass in A major ("Trout"), D. 667 (Op. posth. 114)~4. Theme and variations (08:21)

5)

Suite pastorale, for orchestra~Idylle (04:58)

6)

To a Wild Rose, for piano, Op. 51/1 (Woodland Sketches) (02:16)

7)

Nordic Melodies (2) for string orchestra (or piano or piano, 4 hands), Op. 63~Cowkeeper's Tune & Country Dance (02:40)

8)

Suite No.7 for orchestra ("Scènes alsaciennes")~Sous les tilleuls (04:16)

9)

Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun), for orchestra, L. 86 (10:48)

10)

To a Water-lily, for piano, Op. 51/6 (Woodland Sketches) (02:51)

11)

Rosamunde, Fürstin von Cypern, incidental music, D. 797 (Op. 26)~Shepherd's Melody (01:34)

12)

Rosamunde, Fürstin von Cypern, incidental music, D. 797 (Op. 26)~Shepherds' Chorus (04:11)

13)

Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald (Tales from the Vienna Woods), waltz for orchestra, Op. 325 (RV 325) (11:15)

Review

Ultimate Classical Chill Out: The Essential Masterpieces basically delivers what it promises: a large selection of mellow classical music appropriate for unobtrusive background listening. The pieces are from a variety of genres, including orchestral, symphonic, vocal, chamber, and keyboard music. Most are gently lyrical and are from the Romantic and post-Romantic periods, but there are also pieces from the Baroque, Classical, and Modern eras. The performances come from Decca's extensive archive and are consistently top-notch in quality, and the notes identify the performers of each piece. The sound ambience varies somewhat from track to track, but it is never less than very good. This five-disc set with over six hours of music is a good bargain for anyone looking for a broad assortment of quiet classical pieces. ~ Stephen Eddins

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Composer DIVERSE

Label London/Decca

Label Decca

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DUIN 8QHGKHL8DCO

GTIN 0028947580799

Release Date 12.10.2006

Amount of Discs 5

Product type CD

Track Count 71

Ultimate Classical Chill Out: The Essential Masterpieces

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