View Full Version : OT: Help! I gotta relax....New Age/Classical?????

12-21-2006, 11:47 AM
Anyone could please make some good recommendations on some super mellow and melodic new age and classic albums they like....I am ready to download from iTunes...minimal vocals....strings and/or piano preferred....THANKS! ARRRRRRRRRRRRRGH! :rolleyes:

12-21-2006, 11:53 AM
If you're an NPR listener you may already know this, if not check out: Hearts of Space (http://www.hos.com/)

12-21-2006, 11:53 AM
Andreas Vollenweider. Pat Metheny's "Secret Story", if you want something a bit more mainstream.

12-21-2006, 12:11 PM

You're No Rock'n'Roll Fun (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wepP1QCMrcQ&mode=related&search=).

Don't click the link! It's full of words & guitars!!!

12-21-2006, 12:25 PM
Some of my favorite fingerstyle guitar CDs:

Alex DeGrassi---The Water Garden
Muriel Anderson---Hometown Live
Muriel Anderson---Theme for Two Friends (guitar and cello)
Chet Atkins---Almost Alone


12-21-2006, 12:29 PM
"The Pearl", by Harold Budd/Brian Eno w/Daniel Lanois


12-21-2006, 12:30 PM
George Winston - solo piano - the Montana album and December album. Both of these are quite nice.

Mozart piano sonatas - very nice.

Bruch and Mendehlson (sp?) - violin concertos

Yo-Yo Ma - Inspired by Bach.

Pat Metheny - solo acoustic - I think the name of the cd is Quiet Night.

With vocals - Ella Fitzgerald - Intimate Ella, I think it's called. With just piano.

Also with vocals - Dianne Reeves - soundtrack to "Good Night and Good Luck."


12-21-2006, 01:00 PM
My all time favorite classical CD:

For the new age one, I like Yanni's "Reflections of Passion" or Ray Lynch's Deep Breakfast. These 2 lulls me to sleep.

Larry Carlton's Collection (the first one with Sleepwalk on it) is a good one too.


Steve Hampsten
12-21-2006, 01:38 PM
Brian Eno:
"Music for Airports, Vol. 1"
"Discrete Music"

Keith Jarrett:
"Koln Concert"


aphex twin - various

good luck!

12-21-2006, 01:56 PM
Artists and their albums I like:
Biosphere: Cirque, Substrata,Shenzou
Biosphere & the Higher Intellligence Agency: Polar sequences, Birmingham frequencies
Future sound of London: Lifeforms
I second Brian Eno`s music for airports

12-21-2006, 02:07 PM
Anything by Robert Rich....John Serrie.....Gary Stratsos...
Herats of Space is a good short program, but the Philadelphia Area is blessed with a GREAT ambient program..Star's End airs every sat night sun. morning from 1-6 am... They used to say "whatever it was that you were doing at that hour, they would like to think that their program made it better"....

12-21-2006, 02:07 PM
Hawaiian Slack key guitar on Dancing Cat Records (there are several)

Desert Solitare (new age) steve roach et al

Anything by R Carlos Nakai (Native American ) Flute

Rachmaninoff Vespers (Choral music)

Bill Evans Waltz for Debby


12-21-2006, 04:13 PM
Check out:

* Chopin Nocturnes, if possible, get them played by Artur Rubenstein (sometimes spelled arthur)

* Eric Satie, if possible, played by Aldo Ciccolini. Some of the songs are far from relaxing, but the ones that are, are worth it. If you only want specific selections from him download all of the Gymnopedies and all of the Gnossienes.

*Some Debussy is great. I'd start there with the arabesques.

This is all classical piano music. Enjoy.

Oh- and check out this album-

Milt Jackson - "Sunflower" Very relaxing. 70s jazz. Nice stuff.

And Tiboy, do let me know what you think of any and all of this when you do download it. I'm curious.


12-21-2006, 04:14 PM
I second the Bill Evans Waltz for Debby mentioned above. You may also want to check out his record "Conversations with Myself" It's very cool.

12-21-2006, 04:16 PM

thanks for the recommendations....I just dowloaded the jarrett Koln Concert....sounds very nice -- I also bought Hearts of Space Universe 4.

As for my exsiting collection (on CD) I have a little Pat Metheny with Lyle Mays, I have the Music for Airports CD....definitely great stuff....I also like Peter Kater a lot....

12-21-2006, 04:56 PM
You might like some Brad Mehldau too...perhaps Elegiac Cycle (http://www.bradmehldau.com/music/elegiac_cycle.html).


12-21-2006, 05:49 PM
Cool....cause right at this moment...I am LOVING the Jarret.....jazzy....melodic....classical all rolled into one....Therapeutic!!! (along with that spiked eggnog) :cool: :cool: :cool: