At the invitation of Edna Michell and Yehudi Menuhin, distinguished composers and performers- friends around the world- dedicated their artistry to the theme of universal compassion through music. This is their tribute; a gift to the world in troubled times. The Compassion Project is comprised of two albums. The first, entitled Compassion: A Journey of the Spirit, features 15 of the Compassion compositions and was released by EMI/Angel in 2001 to critical acclaim. This album is packaged together with Innova's release of the new second album that includes world premiere recordings of additional Compassion works and a piece written by Lukas Foss for the opening of the 1980 Winter Olympics performed by Yehudi Menuhin with Orson Welles narrating a poem by W. H. Auden. The 24 Compassion works were written for and dedicated to Menuhin and Michell. It comes as no surprise that the violin is central to almost all of the works. In their individual program notes, the composers mention such ideals as international understanding, or the nower of music to bring spiritual strength, or elements of simplicity and innocence. All reflect different responses to the life and humanistic work of a single great man: "Twenty-four styles with a noble theme behind them," as Michell puts it. Menuhin took great pleasure in this collaborative project, and had plans to record it and to continue performing it with Edna Michell in many parts of the world. She recalls that during a concert when they played some of these pieces in London, only a month before he died, he turned to her as they walked off stage and said "Edna, we must record these pieces now!" He believed the works should be performed together in one program because, as Michell says," they create a very special ambiance."