Mischa Maisky, cello. I Musici. Regis Pasquier, violin. Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Sir Georg Solti, conductor, & others.
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Truly idyllic, this music ranges across centuries and nations, bestowing peace and joy. Included are the Romance from Mozart's Eine kleine Nachtmusik performed by cellist Julian Lloyd Webber; Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" and the Prelude from his first suite for solo cello; "Italiana" from Respighi's Ancient Airs and Dances; the Intermezzo from Mascagni's opera Cavalleria rusticana and the "Humming Chorus" from Puccini's Madama Butterfly; Debussy's "En bateau"; Gluck's "Dance of the Blessed Spirits"; Elgar's "Nimrod" from Enigma Variations; the Andante from Tchaikovsky's first string quartet; and much more.
"The performances—drawn from across the various labels in the Universal vault—are all splendid … and sequenced well."—All Music Guide