The Night Digger - Scenario Macabre for String Orchestra Scene VII Bernard Herrmann
14 August 2016, 11:04
Monday 15 August is Relaxation Day on Classic FM. Listen to a day of the most relaxing music ever composed. Meanwhile, listen to the pieces that Classic FM presenters unwind to - and suggest your own relaxing pieces at the bottom of the page.
"It's so hard to pick just one piece of relaxing music I love," says our Smooth Classics presenter. "Anything by Einaudi transports me to another world, and I can day dream to my heart’s content. Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No.2, the Second Movement is a great piece to really get that relaxation underway on the way home from a hard day and if it’s been really stressful Jay Ungar’s Ashokan Farewell transports me to the most beautiful peaceful landscapes. Debussy’s Clair de lune from Suite Bergamasque is a piece my godchildren love to hear after bath and story time and the 'Balcony Scene' from Romeo and Juliet by Craig Armstrong is just pure slow-burning passion, fabulous!"
"My favourite relaxation track is Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor. It's like a warm hand around your heart. Healing, calming and reassuring all in one go, the moment when the piano finally comes in after the orchestra in the second movement is one of the most moving in all music with its sensation of utter relief."
"I find all classical music relaxing to be honest. I always listen to Classic FM when I'm driving and if I had to choose one piece it would be Satie's Gymnopédie No. 1. You can't get more relaxing than that."
"If there’s been a stressful journey home (pretty much the norm), I like to travel to a different place and listen to something like Craig Armstrong’s big screen music from Romeo & Juliet or Nigel Hess’ Piano Concerto played by Lang Lang. Piano music rules at home; sometimes nothing else will do whilst pondering over a crossword."
"Clair de lune from Suite Bergamasque is one of Debussy’s most beautiful tunes, and for me, all the best relaxing music has to be rich in melody. Ideally, I would listen to this in a darkened room using a good pair of headphones. Sheer bliss!"
"I think the "ONE...two three...ONE...two...three", half-waltz, half-lullaby nature of Cosma's Sentimental Walk makes this modern classic one of the most chilled tracks ever. I first heard it when I was a duffel-clad, penniless student watching the moody French film Diva and fell in love with it. It's used in the film to illustrate a walk between the young star and opera singer Wilhelmenia Fernandez. I just have to hear it and I'm back in the Hyde Park Picture Palace in Leeds, aged 20. Wonderful."
We'd like you to tell us your favourite relaxation music in the comments below - and when you've done that, make sure you listen to a day of the most relaxing music ever composed.