Do you love jazz, but have an open-minded friend who doesn’t simply because he doesn’t know were to begin in its vast history? Turn evangelical. With Legacy Recordings and Sony Classical’s new series, Music for You, you can hand your bewildered buddy a CD, or 11, that works as a perfect introduction to jazz and classic music. The CDs are also put together with relaxing moods in mind, so you can buy a few to soothe your harried self.
“In order to excite and cultivate new audiences of all ages for classical music and jazz, we have to return it to the realm of popular music,” says Jeff Jones, Legacy Recordings’ Senior Vice President.
Like those fab Reader’s Digest LPs from years gone by, the Music for You titles are smartly packed introductions to some of the world’s best music. And like many of the Reader’s Digest LPs, this series is based around creating relaxed dispositions. The first jazz releases in the series are Miles Davis Blue Moods (which is dubbed as “sexy, cool”) and Dave Brubeck Ballads (which is dubbed “tender, romantic”).
Other releases include:
Antonin Dvorak Performed by Yo-Yo Ma, Berlin Philharmonic, Emanuel Ax and Young Uck Kim (“warm, tranquil”)
Joseph Haydn performed by Jack Martin Handler (“elegant, sophisticated”)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Performed by Carlo Maria Giulini (“provocative, powerful”)
Erik Satie Performed by Riri Shimada (“blissful, resonant”)
Johannes Brahms Performed Murray Perahia and Members of the Amadeus Quartet (“bold, dramatic”)
Joseph Haydn performed by Emanuel Ax (“joyful, effervescent”)
Bach Performed by Yo-Yo Ma, Pinchas Zukerman, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (“luxurious, refined”)
Howard Skempton Performed by John Tilbury (“majestic, graceful”)
Music For You (Series Sampler) (“peaceful, relaxing”)