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CLASSICAL MUSIC FOR RELAXATION
"Bach: For Relaxation"
Johann Sebastian Bach (Composer), et al
Classical music has long been known to possess an extraordinary power to heal. Check out our selection of classical music to induce relaxation. These are marvelous combinations of sound, melody, timbre, and tempo that can confer an enduring effect of destressing and refocusing of energy into a positive direction.
Classical music for relaxation
Bach's French Suites by the renowned harpsichordist, Bradley Brookshire....
French Suites, available here
Purchase Records, a classical label affiliated with the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College (State University of New York), who has made Brookshire's recording available throughout the United States via many internet sites (including Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble.com, CDUniverse.com, etc.) and by special arrangement with Tower Records. Though he is only 41 (his birthday is Christmas Day), Brookshire has been called "a brilliant performer," "an excellent Bach harpsichordist," "assured and stylish," "secure and reasoned," and "Perhaps the finest Bach harpsichordist active today in New York."
POSTED 29 JUNE 2001
"Albeniz: Iberia & Espana"
These days, we don't get to hear the piano music of Isaac Albeniz too often, but in the capable hands of Daniel Barenboim, the experience is a real joy. He delivers the first two books of "Iberia" with a light, authoritative touch. Barenboim also performs the six movements of the Andalusian-infused "Espana." A real delight for Albeniz fans.
"Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture, Capriccio Italien, Marche Slave, etc."
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Composer), et al
Telarc pays tribute to their classic 1970s recording of Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" with this brand-new, state-of-the-art recording of the work featuring DSD technology. Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra deliver an edge-of-your-seat reading of this riveting work, while the sonics emphasize the loud stuff: percussion, brass, and (of course) those cannons.
"Royal Strings" Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
"Bells Opus. 35/John of Damascus"
With his new recording of "The Bells" with the Russian National Orchestra and the Moscow State Chamber Choir, Mikhail Pletnev finishes his cycle of Rachmaninov's complete orchestral works. It's a noteworthy achievement that makes for a rewarding disc of music. A cantata by Sergei Taneyev fills out this fascinating disc.
MUSIC FOR THE FOURTH OF JULY
"Bernstein: West Side Story Suite"
Joshua Bell (Performer), et al
Joshua Bell's singing violin seems tailor-made for Leonard Bernstein's well-loved "West Side Story Suite." But on this disc, we also get to hear the young talent performing violin arrangements featuring music from Bernstein's "On the Town" and "Candide." Conductor David Zinman and the Philharmonia Orchestra back Bell on what is sure to be one of the biggest classical hits this year.
"Ives: Three Places in New England, Ruggles: Sun Treader, etc."
Charles Ives (Composer), et al
Thirty years ago, at the helm of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, a young Michael Tilson Thomas recorded three masterpieces of American orchestral music. Charles Ives's "Three Places in New England," Carl Ruggles's "Sun-treader," and Walter Piston's Symphony No. 2 are all given definitive performances here, and the recorded sound is clear and warm.
"Heartland: An Appalachian Anthology"
Bell, et al
"Heartland: An Appalachian Journey" gathers some of the very best tracks from Sony's "Appalachia Waltz," "Short Trip Home," and "Appalachian Journey" series of releases. Featuring performances by Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Joshua Bell, Mark O'Connor, and others, these Americana-themed chamber pieces can delight both folk aficionados and classical music lovers.
New World's American Classical Music CDs
New World Records has done more to promote obscure, yet important,
early American Classical music than any other label. Among the
highlights of their vast catalog are discs featuring
turn-of-the-century mandolin ensemble music, Civil War-era saxhorn
compositions, and early American psalmody. American history buffs
and classical music fans shouldn't pass these great discs up.
"The Ligeti Project 1: Melodien, Chamber Concerto, Piano Concerto,
Mysteries of the Macabre"
Gyorgy Ligeti (Composer), et al
Maverick composer Gyorgy Ligeti has created absurdist operas, a symphonic poem for 100 metronomes, and works for barrel organ. But on this excellently played (and relatively straightforward) disc featuring Ligeti's "Melodien," Chamber Concerto, and Piano Concerto, we can hear why he's one of the most admired composers living today. It's a wonderful release that any Classical lover can appreciate and a great introduction to the composer.
"Haydn: Complete String Quartets [BOX SET]"
Franz Joseph Haydn (Composer), Angeles String Quartet (Orchestra)
When you do the math, the Angeles String Quartet's recent recording of Haydn's complete string quartets is one of Classical music's finest deals. Stretching across 21 CDs, these performances rank as some of the best available. A true bargain that will reward chamber music lovers for years to come.
REISSUE OF THE MONTH
"Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3; Suite No. 2"
Sergei Rachmaninov (Composer), et al
The work has been billed as the Everest of piano music, but on Martha Argerich's 1982 account of Rachmaninov's Third, she plays the piece with ease, confidence, and all her trademark energy. Riccardo Chailly and the Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin are the perfect match for her on this legendary recording. If you get just one Rach Third in your collection, make it this one.
Trio Fundacion Astor Piazzolla y Orquesta de Camara Mayo’s Nacar. Commissioned by Laura Piazzolla, the widow of Astor Piazzolla, this piece for trio and orchestra has never before been recorded. Pianist and Piazzolla godchild Sebastian Forster was the brainchild behind this release, which was recorded in Buenos Aires in April 2000.
Since his death in 1992, there has been a rise of popularity of the “nuevo tangos” of Astor Piazzolla. Numerous recordings of the compositions of Piazzolla have been released throughout this past decade. Laura Piazzolla and the Astor Piazzolla Foundation have officially sanctioned this recording.
Volume I features Jean-Marie Londeix; America's Millenium Tribute to Adolphe Sax Volume II features Eugene Rousseau; Volume III features François Daneels (Brussels Conservatory); Volume IV features Claude Delangle (Paris Conservatory); Volume V features Jean-Yves Fourmeau (Cergy Conservatory, France); VI features François Daneels with the Brussels (Belgium) National TV & Radio Orchestra (the "BRT") performing Frank Martin's "Ballade;" and VII features Joseph Lulloff and the legendary Marcel Mule.
The series is available in a limited boxed set edition, as well as via individual CDs.
Naturally AUR has many other saxophone, etc. CDs in its catalogue, including the exclusive USA distribution of the Marcel Mule double CD set "La Légende." Please visit our web site at Arizona University Recordings for more information about our catalogue.
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