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Classical Music To Lift Your Spirits (2CD)

When ABC Classic asked listeners to recommend the music that gives them an instant mood boost, the response was almost overwhelming, with hundreds of different suggestions. For this CD album, we’ve gathered together some of the pieces that featured on many people’s lists – Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending and Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, the triumphant finale from Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony, the calming simplicity of Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel, the transcendent beauty of Morricone’s Gabriel’s Oboe, Nigel Westlake’s delightful Penguin Ballet, the joyous energy of Bach and Handel and the irrepressible good humour of Mozart and Mendelssohn.

CD 1
1.MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 3 ‘Scottish’: II. Vivace non troppo
2.WESTLAKE Penguin Ballet from Antarctica
3.BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 6 ‘Pastoral’: I. Pleasant, cheerful feelings on arrival in the countryside
4.MASSENET Méditation from Thaïs
5.JEFFES Music for a Found Harmonium
6.MOZART The Magic Flute: Pa-Pa-Pa-Papagena
7.VERDI Va’, pensiero from Nabucco
8.VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
9.HANDEL Zadok the Priest
10.BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 3: I. Allegro
11.EDWARDS Madagascan Song from Animisms
12.GIFFORD Bardju (Footprints)
13.LITOLFF Scherzo
14.MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto No. 2: III. Allegretto non troppo – Allegro molto vivace
CD 2
1.GREENBAUM The Rotation of the Earth
2.VAUGHAN WILLIAMS The Lark Ascending
3.ELGAR Nimrod from Enigma Variations
4.KOEHNE Forty Reasons to be Cheerful
5.RESPIGHI Bergamasca from Ancient Airs and Dances
6.MOZART Horn Concerto No. 4: III. Rondo
7.GLANVILLE-HICKS Etruscan Concerto: I. Promenade
8.HANDEL Alla hornpipe from Water Music Suite No. 2
9.VIVALDI Gloria: Opening chorus
10.PÄRT Spiegel im Spiegel
11.MORRICONE Gabriel’s Oboe from The Mission
12.WHITWELL Road Trip
13.GOW The Fairy Dance Set 14.SAINT-SAËNS Symphony No. 3 ‘Organ’: IIb. Maestoso – Allegro