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  1. Cantata No. 208, "Was mir behagt" ("Hunt Cantata"), BWV 208 (BC G1, G3): Sheep may safely graze
  2. Canon in D major, instrumental arrangement
  3. Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air 'on the G string'
  4. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in F minor ("L'inverno"), RV 297, Op. 8/4 (The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 4): 2. Largo
  5. Serse (Xerxes), opera, HWV 40: Largo. Ombra mai fu
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  1. Cantata No. 208, "Was mir behagt" ("Hunt Cantata"), BWV 208 (BC G1, G3): Sheep may safely graze
  2. Canon in D major, instrumental arrangement
  3. Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air 'on the G string'
  4. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in F minor ("L'inverno"), RV 297, Op. 8/4 (The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 4): 2. Largo
  5. Serse (Xerxes), opera, HWV 40: Largo. Ombra mai fu
  6. Concerto Grosso in B minor, Op.6/12, HWV 330: 3. Larghetto e piano
  7. Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174): Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
  8. Suite for keyboard in D minor, HWV 447: Sarabande
  9. Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056: 2. Largo
  10. Double Mandolin Concerto, for 2 mandolins, strings & continuo in G major, RV 532: 2. Andante
  11. Concerto for 2 violins, strings & continuo in D minor ("Double"), BWV 1043: 2. Largo ma non tanto
  12. Rinaldo, opera, HWV 7: Lascia ch'io pianga
  13. Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Dance of the Blessed Spirits
  14. Cantata No. 140, "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," BWV 140 (BC A166): Zion hört die Wächter singen
  15. Water Music Suite No. 1 for orchestra in F major, HWV 348: Air
  16. Lute (Chamber) Concerto, for lute (or guitar), 2 violins & continuo in D major, RV 93: 2. Largo
  17. Sonata for viola da gamba & keyboard No. 3 in G minor, BWV 1029: 2. Adagio (Opening)
  18. Adagio, for violin, strings & organ in G minor, T. Mi 26 (composed by Remo Giazotto; not by Albinoni)
  19. Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major ("Eine kleine Nachtmusik"), K. 525: 2. Romance: Andante
  20. Concerto for flute, harp & orchestra in C major, K. 299 (K. 297c): 2. Andantino
  21. Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Soave siail vento
  22. Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major ("Alla Turca") K. 331 (K. 300i): 1. Andante grazioso (Theme)
  23. Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Un'aura amorosa
  24. Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466: 2. Romance
  25. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Canzonetta sull'aria
  26. Clarinet Quintet in A major ("Stadler"), K. 581: 2. Larghetto
  27. Ave verum corpus, motet for chorus, strings & organ, K. 618
  28. Serenade No. 10 for winds in B flat major ("Gran Partita"), K. 361 (K. 370a): 3. Adagio
  29. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2: 1. ADagio sostenuto
  30. Minuet for piano in G major, WoO 10/2
  31. Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major ("Emperor"), Op. 73: 2. Adagio
  32. Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor ("Pathétique"), Op. 13: 2. Adagio cantabile
  33. Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59
  34. Symphony No. 6 in F major ("Pastoral"), Op. 68: 5. Allegretto (Shepherds' Hymn after the Storm)
  35. Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major ("Elvira Madigan") K. 467: 2. Andante
  36. Norma, opera: Casta Diva
  37. Goldberg Variations, for keyboard, BWV 988 (BC L9) (Clavier-Übung IV): Aria
  38. Miserere mei Deus (Psalm 51), motet for chorus: vv 1-4 & 17-20
  39. Stabat mater, for soprano, alto, strings & organ in F major
  40. Quintet for 2 violins, viola & 2 cellos in C major, D. 956 (Op. posth. 163): 2. Adagio
  41. Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622: 2. Adagio
  42. Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18: 2. Adagio sostenuto
  43. Cavatina (from "The Deer Hunter")
  44. Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor: 4. Adagietto
  45. Adagio for strings (or string quartet; arr. from 2nd mvt. of String Quartet), Op. 11
  46. The Piano, film score: The Heart asks Pleasure First / The Promise (Original film soundtrack version)
  47. American Beauty, film score: Any Other Name
  48. Schindler's List, film score: Main Theme
  49. Gabriel's Oboe, theme from the film "The Mission"
  50. Recuerdos de la Alhambra, for guitar
  51. Titanic, film score: My Heart Will Go On
  52. Carmen, opera: Entr'acte to Act 3
  53. Thaïs, opera in 3 acts: Méditation
  54. Cantique de Jean Racine, for 4-part chorus & organ (or orchestra), Op. 11
  55. A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Nocturne
  56. Requiem, for 2 solo voices, chorus, organ & orchestra, Op.
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As a compilation of soothing classical pieces, EMI's Best Relaxing Classics 100 should work as a satisfactory chill-out collection, at least theoretically, because it is full of slow, soft, and atmospheric music that most people will find very tranquil and pleasant, if played at a moderate-to-low volume. However, this six-disc set of recordings from EMI's extensive backlist has one obvious feature that seems to work against its calming qualities, and that is its striking variety of genres, instrumentation, and performance ...

100 Best Relaxing Classics 2008, Warner Classics

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