50 Ultimate Calming Classics

Discover 50 of the most relaxing pieces of classical music, featuring recordings by The King’s Singers, Fretwork, Alessio Bax and Tamsin Waley-Cohen.

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1. Suite I (BWV 1007) – Prélude J.S.Bach, performed by David Kenedy

2. Agnus Dei from Mass for 4 Voices William Byrd, performed by The King’s Singers

3. 24 Preludes, Op. 28: No. 15 in D-Flat Major ‘Raindrop’ Frédéric Chopin, performed by Emmanuel Despax

4. The Lark Ascending Ralph Vaughan Williams, performed by Tamsin Waley-Cohen, Orchestra of the Swan & David Curtis

5. The Well-Tempered Clavier, BWV 846: No. 1, Prelude in C Major Bach arr. Puccini, performed by James Rhodes

6. Canon Pachelbel, performed by Tenebrae & Nigel Short

7. Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2 “Moonlight”: I. Adagio sostenuto Ludwig van Beethoven, performed by Alessio Bax

8. Eight Part Songs, Op. 115: No. 3, The Blue Bird Charles Villiers Stanford, performed by Gabrieli & Paul McCreesh

9. The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a (arr. Pletnev): II. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy: Andante ma non troppo Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, performed by Alexandra Dariescu, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & Darrell Ang

10. Variations on an Original Theme for orchestra (Enigma): Variation 9 (Adagio) Nimrod Edward Elgar, performed by The Philharmonia Orchestra & Andrew Davis

11. Scarborough Fair Traditional arr. Christopher Gabbitas, performed by The King’s Singers

12. In Nomine a5 No. 1 Orlando Gibbons, performed by Magdalena Consort, Fretwork & His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts

13. Ave verum corpus William Byrd, performed by The Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge & Mark Williams

14. Largo Dvorak, performed by Sapporo Symphony Orchestra & Tadaaki Otaka

15. The Veil of the Temple, Cycle VII: vii. Mother of God John Tavener, performed by James Vivian, Ian le Grice, Holst Singers, Temple Church Choir & Stephen Layton

16. Le Tombeau de Couperin: Prélude: Vif Maurice Ravel, performed by London Chamber Orchestra & Christopher Warren-Green

17. 24 Preludes, Op. 28: No. 7 in A Major Chopin, performed by Emmanuel Despax

18. Civitas sancti tui Byrd, performed by Contrapunctus & Owen Rees

19. Concerto no. 4 in F minor, Op. 8, RV 297, “L’inverno” (Winter): II. Largo Antonio Vivaldi, performed by Kati Debretzeni & Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

20. A Spotless Rose Herbert Howells, performed by Tenebrae & Nigel Short

21. Partita No. 4 (BWV 828): Allemande Bach, performed by Lucy Carolan

22. Romanze: Romance (Helen’s Air) Franz Schubert, performed by Elena Xanthoudakis, Jason Xanthoudakis & Clemens Leske

23. The Lamb Tavener, performed by The King’s Singers

24. If ye love me Thomas Tallis, performed by Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge & Mark Williams

25. Bagatelle in A Minor, WoO 59, “Fur Elise” Beethoven, performed by Llŷr Williams

27. Locus iste Bruckner, performed by Tenebrae & Nigel Short

28. New York Counterpoint: II Steve Reich, performed by Julian Bliss

29. Suo Gân Beethoven, performed by Armonico Consort & Christopher Monks

30. Jesus Christ, the Apple Tree Elizabeth Poston, performed by Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge & Andrew Nethsingha

31. Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro Puccini arr. Yvar Mikhashoff, James Rhodes

32. Dido & Aeneas, Z. 626, Act III Scene 2: Dido: “When I am laid in earth” Purcell, performed by Rachael Lloyd, Armonico Consort & Christopher Monks

33. Clair de lune, Op. 83 No. 1 Szulc, performed by Allan Clayton & Joseph Middleton

34. Sonata for Violin & Piano: II. Ballada Janáček, performed by Tamsin Waley-Cohen & Huw Watkins

35. Mass: Salve intermerata – Sanctus and Benedictus Thomas Tallis, performed by Chapelle du Roi & Alistair Dixon

36. No. 9 in E Major, BWV 854: I. Praeludium Bach, performed by Jill Crossland

37. Winter Journey: The Linden Tree Schubert, performed by Roderick Williams & Christopher Glynn

38. Four Romantic Pieces for Violin & Piano, Op. 75: I. Allegro moderato Dvořák, performed by Tamsin Waley-Cohen & Huw Watkins

39. Romance, Op.37 Saint-Saëns, performed by Lisa Friend, Rodney Friend, Mark Kinkaid & Martin Radford

40. Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57, “Appassionata”: II. Andante con moto Beethoven, performed by Llŷr Williams

41. For the Fallen Douglas Guest, performed by Pegasus & Matthew Altham

42. Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne, HWV 74: Eternal Source of Light Divine Handel, performed by Aksel Rykkvin, Mark Bennett & MIN Ensemble

43. Heruvimskaya pesn Nikolay Golovanov, performed by Tenebrae & Nigel Short

44. Violin Sonata No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 45: II. Allegretto espressivo alla Romanza Edvard Grieg, performed by Julia Hwang & Charles Matthews

45. Calme des Nuits, Op.68 No.1 Saint-Saëns, performed by The King’s Singers

46. String Quartet No.2 “Company”: I Philip Glass, The Smith Quartet

47. Cello Concerto in E minor: I. Adagio Elgar, performed by Jamie Walton, Philharmonia Orchestra & Alexander Briger

48. Four Part-Songs, Op. 54: There is Sweet Music Elgar, performed by Tenebrae & Nigel Short

49. Four French Folksong Arrangements: Il est quelqu’ un… Britten, performed by Mark Padmore, Susan Gritton & Iain Burnside

50. Requiem Op. 9: Pie Jesu Maurice Duruflé, performed by Sarah Connolly, Christopher Maltman, Jeremy Filsell, Robert Cohen, Vasari Singers & Jeremy Backhouse

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