Deutsche Grammophon & Decca release Classics for Japan – Music for Healing on April 6 to benefit Japanese Red Cross

This Charity album features stars of the classical music world including Daniel Barenboim, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Mitsuko Uchida, Seiji Ozawa

As part of the global music relief effort to benefit those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, some of the biggest names of the classical music world have come together to release Classics for Japan – Music for Healing, a digital-only album released on April 6.

Featuring favourites of the classical music repertoire, such as the Andante from Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.21, Massenet’s Meditation from Thais and Beethoven’s Moonlight Piano Sonata, the album boasts a stellar list of artists who are either Japanese or who have enjoyed particular success in Japan, including Mitsuko Uchida, Daniel Barenboim, Seiji Ozawa, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Alice Sara Ott and Akiko Suwanai.

The featured world-class artists hope to demonstrate to classical music lovers across the world the uniting force of music, bringing comfort and relief to all both through the power of music and through the direct proceeds of the album. Funds will be used for the provision of immediate relief and resources, and for the ongoing recovery of the affected population.

Deutsche Grammophon and Decca Classics are working together to release and promote Classics for Japan – Music for Healing.  Universal Music and the artists on the album will donate their proceeds to the Japanese Red Cross Society.

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Album tracklist

1.    Faure: Pavane Boston Symphony Orchestra / Seiji Ozawa

2.    Mozart: Piano Concerto No 21 – II. Andante Mitsuko Uchida / ECO / Tate

3.    Tarrega: Recuerdos de la Alhambra Kaori Muraji

4.    Mozart: Piano Sonata No 16 ‘Facile’ – II. Andante Mitsuko Uchida

5.    Massenet:  Meditation from Thais Anne-Sophie Mutter / WPO / Levine

6.    Bach: Air on the G String (Orch. Suite No 3) Berlin Phil / von Karajan

7.    Beethoven: Symphony No 7 – II. Allegretto Saito Kinen Orchestra/Seiji Ozawa

8.    Beethoven:  Piano Sonata No 8 ‘Pathetique’ – II. Adagio cantabile  Vladimir Ashkenazy

9.    Brahms: Symphony No 1: Andante Sostenuto Saito Kinen Orchestra / Seiji Ozawa

10.  Chopin: Nocturne Op. 9 No. 2 – Vladimir Ashkenazy

11.  Saint-Saens: The Swan (Carnival of the Animals) Mischa Maisky cello / Orpheus CO

12.  Mozart: Clarinet Concerto: Gervase de Peyer clarinet / LSO / Peter Maag

13 - 15.  Tchaikovsky: Souvenir d’un lieu cher Akiko Suwanai violin / Philip Moll piano

16.  Liszt: La Campanella Alice Sara Ott

17.  Beethoven: Violin Concerto – II. Larghetto  Anne-Sophie Mutter / Berlin PO / von Karajan

18.  Mozart: Lacrimosa (Requiem) Wiener Singverein / WPO / von Karajan

19.  Beethoven: Piano Sonata Op 27 No 2 ‘Moonlight’ Daniel Barenboim

20.  Traditional arr. George Martin: Amazing Grace Hayley Westenra

21.  Chausson: Poeme: Akiko Suwanai violin / Philharmonia Orchestra / Charles Dutoit