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    Hi guys I'm making an album for Christmas for a few members of my family of basically music I find relaxing. This is basically (modern) classical music which has a fast tempo, and has piano and string based instruments. Please no fairly old classical pieces - I find them a bit harder to relate to and don't enjoy them as much.

    Examples of songs I like are "Eros", "Samba" (link shown below), "Nightbook" by Ludovico Einaudi, by Wim Mertens "Struggle for Pleasure" (also available below), by Escala "Children" etc.

    All help here would be very much appreciated. I'm doing this as a present for Christmas as I said so it would be great to both convey music I like to my family, have a personal touch to the gift, and for them to ultimately enjoy and relax while listening to it.

    Should anyone like the songs I have listed above I'll give a few more songs that I am considering adding to the CD that you may furthermore appreciate. Thanks in advance everyone.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emvYB...eature=related
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmtY6U0KwoI
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    I doubt you could call this relaxing, but I love it!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5343nfOnkk
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    May I suggest anything from Michael Nyman's 'The Piano'?

    Also, this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhN7SG-H-3k. It's called 'River flows in you' by Yiruma and it's beautiful :love:
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    This has a fast tempo....whether you would call it relaxing is another thing. But it's amazing (NB only played by Starker, though!)




    If you don't want to listen to it all, you will get a feel of it by listening to 04:50-/08.25-the end

    1st movement:




    This isn't modern (Debussy), but it is gorgeous!



    Also-
    Jota by de Falla (cello): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26JWcuIBB5M

    Enough of the cello .....

    Maybe a bit of Nara? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AEU5pBxY6E


    If you like Einaudi, Divenire is nice.
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    Scriabin related:

    Repertoire from the modern classical period's dissonant in nature, BUT, there's a lot of relaxing JAZZ piano bumping around:

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    Try shostakovich's first piano sonata, I think that's what you're looking for



    He also wrote a very nic piano concerto second movement that fits your description



    Minimal piano, but the first movement of this is very nice.



    dvorak wrote a fairly nice middle movement to a piano quartet.



    The entire Schumann piano quartet is also very nice. As a general rule if you look at middle movements of piano quartets and quintets from romantic composers you will find what you're looking for.
 
 
 
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