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  • Audio CD (October 9, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B00005Q467
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,056 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Antiphon: Ecce Annuntio Vobis - Dominique Vellard
2. Symphony No. 5: Adagietto - Jukka-Pekka Saraste
3. Gymnopedie No. 1 - Paul Tortelier
4. Pavane - Paul Tortelier
5. The Planets: Venus - Sir Charles Mackerras
6. Old And Lost Rivers - Christoph Eschenbach
7. Prld To The Afternoon Of A Faun - Dmitri Kitaenko
8. Summer Pastorale - Jesus Lopez-Cobos
9. Masques Et Bergamasques: Pastorale - Jean-Bernard Pommier
10. Summa - Bournemouth Sinfonietta
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Apollon Musagete: The Birth Of Apollo - Jukka-Pekka Saraste
2. Adagio for Strings - City Of London Sinfonia
3. The Swan Of Tuonela - Paavo Jarvi
4. Enigma Vars: Nimrod - RPO/Andrew Litton
5. Petite Ste: En Bateau (Orch. Busser) - Jean-Bernard Pommier
6. Holberg Ste: Air - Jonathan Rees
7. Fantasia On 'Greensleeves' - Christopher Warren-Green
8. Gymnopedie No. 3 - Paul Tortelier
9. Pavane Pour Une Infante Defunte - Jukka-Pekka Saraste
10. The Last Spring - Jonathan Rees
See all 14 tracks on this disc

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Classical Dreams ~ Classical Dreams: Music To Insp

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I used to use them every night to fall asleep to.
J. Kimani
The best of the soft classical songs are all in one handy album a joy to listen to, and an excellent gift for someone getting into classical. beautiful!
C. Bridge
This CD has added sustained moments of beauty and poise to a busy life - which is more than I could have asked for!
A Reader

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Luchia Miller on October 10, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is a wonderful C.D. , mandatory for any music lover !! I was originally drawn to "Fantasia on Greensleeves" , but I found myself listening to every song . I am so glad that there is a cd out there that is comforting during these times . With 27 selections , you will not be disappointed . Many classic works, from Stravinsky (Apollon Musagete-the birth of Apollo ) , to Mother Goose - the fairy garden by Ravel , Classical Dreams is worth every 5 star !! Classical Dreams , is timeless , and it truly inspires one to dream . I have never been a true lover of classic music , soundtracks were as close as I came to classics . But listening to this glorious , peaceful CD, I have learned so much . This is an excellant buy, and a wonderful price for such superb works of art .
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on May 10, 2002
Format: Audio CD
What a pleasant surprise this double CD turned out to be. I bought it used just for Picker's gorgeous and poetic "Old and Lost Rivers" but fell in love with the whole thing. I'm not usully one for "Best Of ---" or themed classical collections, but this one's in a class by itself. The selections are unusual and achingly lovely in themselves and as a whole. This is my new favorite disk. It's a relaxation or concentration tool... hell, it's a companion - it goes wherever my laptop and headphones go. You get over two hours of gorgeous and lyrical - never mushy, sentimental or tired - classical music, the perfect backdrop for everything from dinner dates to writing code. This CD has added sustained moments of beauty and poise to a busy life - which is more than I could have asked for!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 16, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Like a few other reviewers here, I purchased this disc for Tobias Picker's "Old and Lost Rivers." But from the Gregorian chants that open this two-CD set to the closing strains of Ravel's "Mother Goose: The Fairy Garden," I was absolutely captivated by the beauty and cohesiveness of this compilation. Producer Robert Laporta has created a disc that passes muster with neophytes and long time classical music lovers alike. I humbly suggest -- make that BEG -- that Virgin Classics turn "Classical Dreams" into a series. I would love to hear a second volume featuring such favorites as the BBC Symphony Orchestra's interpretation of Delius' "On Hearing the 1st Cuckoo In Spring," the Royal Philharmonic's version of Vaughan Williams' "Fantastia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis" and the London Symphony's recording of Vaughan Williams' "Symphony No. 3 Pastoral" (Andre Previn conducting both Vaughan Williams' selections). By far, this is the finest classical collection I have yet heard. Encore!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 16, 2004
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Like a few other reviewers here, I purchased this disc for Tobias Picker's miraculous (and criminally underrated) "Old and Lost Rivers." But from the Gregorian chants that open this two-CD set to the closing strains of Ravel's "Mother Goose: The Fairy Garden," I was absolutely captivated by the beauty and cohesiveness of this compilation. Producer Robert Laporta has created a disc both neophytes and long time classical music lovers can approve of. I humbly suggest that Virgin Classics turn Classical Dreams into a series. I would love to hear a second volume featuring such favorites as the BBC Symphony Orchestra's interpretation of Delius' "On Hearing the 1st Cuckoo In Spring," the Royal Philharmonic's version of Vaughan Williams' "Fantastia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis" and the London Symphony's recording of Vaughan Williams' "Symphony No. 3 Pastoral" (Andre Previn conducting both Vaughan Williams' selections). By far, this is the finest classical compilation I have yet heard. Encore!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Virginia music lover on January 22, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I'd be tempted to make this the one, and I own over 2,000. I agree with what has been said above, but have a few thoughts of my own. I live near a major city with a known orchestra. Why are classical audienced declining? Maybe they're overplaying hackneyed works, and not playing some neglected masterpieces. In this double album there are some well known works, but some exquisite finds, like Picker's Old and Lost Rivers, Honegger's Pastorale, Arvo Part's Summa (!!!). Most highly recommended, with a good bottle of red wine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve Jensen on December 6, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I came upon this compilation while researching a somewhat obscure piece called "Summer Pastorale", which is contained in the collection. One look at the play list and I was sold - here were most of my favorite tone poems, adagios, and assorted short works, all on one CD (OK, two CD's...)

Another gem here that I had never heard before is Pick's "Old and Lost Rivers". Ravel's final movement from Mother Goose is one of his best orchestrations and at the top of my 'A' list.

About the only pieces I missed here were Debussy's Engulfed Cathedral and Respighi's fourth church window, St. Gregory the Great. Perhaps they would be a bit too dramatic for this collection, though.

The only shortcoming of this collection is the lack of liner notes, but this is a minor issue. The music is superb.
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I purchased this album as a sophomore in high school, around the time when I was very eager to soak up as much knowledge of classical works and composers as possible. Because of this interest, I bought a lot of compilation albums, most of which I now view as trite, hackneyed, even. At the time, they were a great and inexpensive learning tool for me. However, this album has been a solid rock in my life for over 11 years, now; and I still relish in its indescribable beauty, often. Please do yourself a favor and get this album. It's been one of the few albums I have put on every single iPod, laptop, and phone I've had, throughout the years. Hats off to the producer who selected this wonderful variety of well-known to unheard-of works that has changed my life!
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