Music is a perfect opportunity to practise mindfulness: to become fully aware of the present moment, opening ourselves to the physical and emotional experience of listening, here and now.
ABC Classics has collaborated with mindfulness experts Smiling Mind to develop this collection of calming classical music: perfect both for experienced practitioners of meditation and for those simply looking for a moment of tranquillity to escape from the pressures of the day.
From the intricate clarity of Bach to the pure stillness of Arvo Pärt and Erik Satie, this album offers a musical journey into the spirit of sound itself.
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1 ARVO PÄRT Spiegel im Spiegel (Mirror within Mirror) 2 JONATHAN PRICE Rustin 3 FRANZ SCHUBERT Ständchen (Serenade), from Schwanengesang (Swansong) 4 ALESSANDRO MARCELLO arr. JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Adagio, from Concerto in D minor 5 CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS The Swan, from Carnival of the Animals 6 JAMES SCOTT SKINNER The Cradle Song 7 CLAUDE DEBUSSY Clair de lune (Moonlight), from Suite bergamasque 8 TRADITIONAL arr. BENJAMIN BRITTEN The Salley Gardens 9 PHILIP GLASS Opening 10 ELENA KATS-CHERNIN Butterflying 11 JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Sonata No. 1 in G minor for solo violin: I. Adagio 12 JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Suite No. 1 in G major for solo cello: I. Prelude 13 ERIK SATIE Gymnopédie No. 1 14 ARVO PÄRT Pari intervallo (At an Equal Distance) 15 JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Prelude in C major, from The Well-Tempered Clavier 16 MICHAEL NYMAN Gloomy Winter, from The Piano 17 ELENA KATS-CHERNIN The Rain Puzzle 18 EDVARD GRIEG Morning Mood, from Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 19 LUDOVICO EINAUDI I giorni (The Days)