What are the most soothing, relaxing and stress relieving CM works/recordings you know?
I am on a short education trip abroad and have had to wake up early and be social to everybody for the whole day. Now I have a glass of chardonnay -- and what am I listening to?
Sibelius´ 6th Symphony in D, conducted by Paavo Berglund, performed by the CBSO.
For me there is nothing as relaxing or soothing as this. When I am for the moment fed up with the voice of the western individualism, I just cannot listen to whatever Sturm und Drang. The focus of the music needs to be outside the "Western Hero".
The only other piece of music I can think of at the moment that does the same is Beethoven´s Piano Sonata no. 15 in D major, op 28. "Pastoral".
(Maybe there is something about D-major and D-dorian modality that relaxes me.)
There must be many others as well. I just cannot think of any atm. I am just so tired -- and deeply grateful for these wonderful pieces of music.