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EMI's Best Adagio Voices 100 collection, taken from the label's vast archive, includes many varieties of music using voice: solo songs, opera arias, small ensembles accompanied and unaccompanied, choruses, madrigals, and spirituals, among others. The music ranges from Medieval plainchant to works by late 20th century composers like Pärt and Tavener, but it is weighted toward Baroque, Romantic, and post-Romantic repertoire. The majority of the tracks come from releases from the late 20th century featuring top-notch performers, and that were recorded digitally, so the sound quality is very good. The music is consistently contemplative and gently lyrical, so the album ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
EMI's Best Adagio Voices 100 collection, taken from the label's vast archive, includes many varieties of music using voice: solo songs, opera arias, small ensembles accompanied and unaccompanied, choruses, madrigals, and spirituals, among others. The music ranges from Medieval plainchant to works by late 20th century composers like Pärt and Tavener, but it is weighted toward Baroque, Romantic, and post-Romantic repertoire. The majority of the tracks come from releases from the late 20th century featuring top-notch performers, and that were recorded digitally, so the sound quality is very good. The music is consistently contemplative and gently lyrical, so the album should appeal to fans of vocal music that soothes and relaxes.
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  • Release Date: 10/6/2009
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • EAN: 5099996429228
  • Catalog Number: 64292

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Vocalise, song for voice & piano, Op. 34/14 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Berlin Symphony Orchestra (5:22)
  2. 2 Agnus Dei, for chorus (arr. from 2nd mvt. of String Quartet), Op. 11 - Winchester Cathedral Choir & Samuel Barber (7:47)
  3. 3 Pavane, for orchestra & chorus ad lib in F sharp minor, Op. 50 - Daniel Barenboim & Gabriel Fauré (6:21)
  4. 4 Giustino, opera in 3 acts, RV717: Vedro con mio diletto - Antonio Vivaldi & Matheus Ensemble (5:12)
  5. 5 Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Soave sia il vento - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Claudio Desderi (3:04)
  6. 6 Saul, oratorio, HWV 53: Oh Lord, whose mercies numberless - English Chamber Orchestra & George Frideric Handel (4:03)
  7. 7 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Porgi, Amor - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Carlo Maria Giulini (3:42)
  8. 8 Le siège de Corinthe (The Siege of Corinth), opera: Giusto ciel! in tal periglio - Gioachino Rossini & Lyon National Opera Chorus (3:37)
  9. 9 La Wally, opera (dramma musicale) in 4 acts: Ebben? Ne andrò lontana - Barbara Hendricks & Alfredo Catalani (4:23)
  10. 10 La forza del destino, opera: La vergine degli angeli - Giuseppe Verdi & Ambrosian Opera Chorus (3:28)
  11. 11 Lakmé, opera: Duo des fleurs - Léo Delibes & Alain Lombard (4:48)
  12. 12 Les contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Barcarolle - Jacques Offenbach & Sylvain Cambreling (4:20)
  13. 13 Les Pêcheurs de perles, opera in 3 acts: Je crois entendre encore - Georges Bizet & Michel Plasson (3:07)
  14. 14 Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro - Montserrat Caballé & Giacomo Puccini (2:41)
  15. 15 Rusalka, opera, B. 203 (Op. 114): Song to the Moon - Antonin Dvorák & Lucia Popp (5:53)
  16. 16 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Humming Chorus - Lamberto Gardelli & Giacomo Puccini (3:08)
  17. 17 The Tsar's Bride (Tsarskaya nevesta), opera in 4 acts: Lioubasha aria - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov & London Philharmonic Orchestra (4:31)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Norma, opera: Casta Diva - Maria Callas & Vicenzo Bellini (5:35)
  2. 2 Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, oratorio, HWV 46a: Lascia la spina - George Frideric Handel & Emmanuelle Haïm (6:29)
  3. 3 When I am laid in earth (from "Dido and Aeneas"), soprano aria (Dido's Lament), Z. 626/38b - Henry Purcell & Susan Graham (3:55)
  4. 4 Serse (Xerxes), opera, HWV 40: Ombra mai fu - Ensemble Orchestral de Paris & George Frideric Handel (2:49)
  5. 5 Interrotte speranze, madrigal for 2 voices (from Book 7), SV 132 - Claudio Monteverdi & Emmanuelle Haïm (2:40)
  6. 6 Hippolyte et Aricie, tragédie lyrique: Cruelle mère des amours - Véronique Gens & Jean-Philippe Rameau (5:13)
  7. 7 Il Delirio Amoroso (Da Quel Giorno Fatale), cantata for soprano & instruments, HWV 99: Lascia omai le brune vele - Natalie Dessay & George Frideric Handel (5:27)
  8. 8 La sonnambula, opera: Ah! no credea mirarti - Natalie Dessay & Vicenzo Bellini (4:47)
  9. 9 Otello, opera: Ave Maria - Giuseppe Verdi & John Barbirolli (5:33)
  10. 10 Gustaf Wasa, opera: Aria Från tronen uti bojor - Johann Gottlieb Naumann & Philip Brunelle (3:47)
  11. 11 La légende de Sainte Cécile, incidental music for solo voices, female voices & small orchestra, Op. 22: Que d'étoiles dans vos cheveux - Ernest Chausson & Paul Boufil (4:47)
  12. 12 Hamlet, opera in 5 acts: Mort d'Ophélie. Le voilà, je crois l'entendre - Ambroise Thomas & Natalie Dessay (4:54)
  13. 13 Turandot, opera: Signore ascolta! - Mirella Freni & Giacomo Puccini (2:52)
  14. 14 Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: Solveig's Song - Edvard Grieg & Paavo Järvi (4:52)
  15. 15 Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht, song for low voice & piano (or orchestra) (Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen No. 1) - Gustav Mahler & Andrew Litton (4:48)
  16. 16 Wiegenlied ("Träume, träume, du mein süsses Leben"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 41/1 (TrV 195/1) - Richard Strauss & Gundula Janowitz (3:56)
  17. 17 Waldseligkeit ("Der Wald beginnt zu rauchen"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 49/1 (TrV 204/1) - Richard Strauss & Gundula Janowitz (2:55)
  18. 18 Pulcinella, ballet with song in 1 act, for 3 vocal soloists & orchestra: Serenata: Mentre l'erbetta - Igor Stravinsky & Richard Hickox (3:20)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Cantata No. 47, "Wer sich selbst erhöhet," BWV 47 (BC A141): Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - Johann Sebastian Bach & Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields (3:29)
  2. 2 St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Erbarme Dich - Johann Sebastian Bach & Harry Bicket (6:48)
  3. 3 Dixit Dominus, hymn for soloists, chorus & orchestra in G minor, HWV 232: De Torrente - Natalie Dessay & George Frideric Handel (3:30)
  4. 4 Stabat mater, for soprano, alto, strings & organ in F major: [Excerpt] - Giovanni Pergolesi & Véronique Gens (4:42)
  5. 5 Ave verum Corpus, motet for chorus, strings & organ, K. 618 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Winchester Cathedral Choir (3:32)
  6. 6 Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Comfort ye my people - Joseph Cornwell & George Frideric Handel (3:20)
  7. 7 Vesperae solennes de confessore for soloists, chorus & orchestra, K. 339: Laudate Dominum - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Neville Marriner (5:27)
  8. 8 Magnificat, for 5 voices, 5-part chorus, orchestra & continuo in D major, BWV 243 (BC E14): Et Misericordia - Johann Sebastian Bach & Emmanuelle Haïm (3:24)
  9. 9 Mass No. 17 for soloists, chorus & orchestra in C minor (fragment, "Great Mass"), K. 427 (K. 417a): Kyrie - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Natalie Dessay (6:40)
  10. 10 Mass in B minor, for soloists, chorus & orchestra, BWV 232 (BC E1): Dona nobis pacem - Johann Sebastian Bach & Michel Corboz (3:00)
  11. 11 Requiem for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, K. 626: Lacrimosa - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Michel Corboz (3:16)
  12. 12 Requiem in D minor: Recordare - Michel Corboz & Franz von Suppe (5:46)
  13. 13 Messe de Requiem, for soloists, chorus & orchestra, Op. 23: Requiem aeternam - J. Domingos Bomtempo & Michel Corboz (1:38)
  14. 14 Psalm 42 ("As pants the hart"), for soloists, chorus & orchestra in F major, Op. 42: Chœur: Wie der Hirsch schreit nach frischem Wasser - Felix Mendelssohn & Richard Hickox (5:54)
  15. 15 Missa Solemnis, for soloists, chorus & orchestra in B flat minor, WAB 29: Agnus Dei - Anton Bruckner & Bamberg Symphony Chorus (3:29)
  16. 16 Requiem, for 2 solo voices, chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 48: Pie Jesu - Gabriel Fauré & Michel Corboz (3:17)
  17. 17 Requiem, for 2 solo voices, chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 48: In Paradisum - Gabriel Fauré & Michel Corboz (4:00)
  18. 18 Requiem, for orchestra, organ & chorus; for organ & chorus; for small ensemble, organ & chorus, Op. 9 (3 versions): In Paradisum - John Butt & Maurice Duruflé (2:55)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Miserere mei Deus (Psalm 51), motet for chorus: [Excerpt] - Gregorio Allegri & Andrew Parrott (6:50)
  2. 2 Man that is born of a woman, anthem for soprano, alto, tenor, chorus & organ, Z. 27 - Henry Purcell & Andrew Parrott (2:39)
  3. 3 Salve Regina (II), for 2 voices (from Selva morale e spirituale), SV 284 - Claudio Monteverdi & Andrew Parrott (5:48)
  4. 4 Requiem Mass, for soloists, chorus & orchestra (Manzoni Requiem): Libera me - Requiem - Giuseppe Verdi & Orchestre Capitole Toulouse (2:55)
  5. 5 Gloria, for soprano, chorus & orchestra, FP 177: Domine Deus - Francis Poulenc & Michel Corboz (4:42)
  6. 6 Ave Verum, motet for soprano & alto (or 2-part female chorus) & organ, Op. 65/1 - Gabriel Fauré & Michel Corboz (3:28)
  7. 7 O magnum mysterium, motet for chorus (4 motets pour le temps de Noël), FP 152/1 - Francis Poulenc & Harry Christophers (3:25)
  8. 8 Bogoroditse devo, radouisya (Rejoice Virgin, Mother of God), for chorus - Sergey Rachmaninov & Tõnu Kaljuste (2:43)
  9. 9 Magnificat, for chorus - Arvo Pärt & Choir of King's College, Cambridge (6:21)
  10. 10 Lament of the Mother of God, for soprano & chorus: [Excerpt] - Winchester Cathedral Choir & John Tavener (4:45)
  11. 11 Maitea, nun zira? - Basque Traditional & Beñat Achiary (3:49)
  12. 12 Loch Lomond - Scottish Traditional & The Swingle Singers (3:55)
  13. 13 Al-yawma-l-batûl, Kondakion of the Nativity - Soeur Marie Keyrouz & Byzantine Melkite Chant (2:23)
  14. 14 Veni creator spiritus, hymn in mode 8 - Gregorian Chant & Downside Abbey Monks and Choirboys (3:09)
  15. 15 Lord, I can't turn back - Traditional Spiritual & Derek Lee Ragin (2:06)
  16. 16 Salve Regina, antiphon in mode 1 - Gregorian Chant & Downside Abbey Monks and Choirboys (2:32)
  17. 17 Away in A Manger - Christmas Traditional & Derek Lee Ragin (2:31)
  18. 18 Berceuse de Gràinne pour Diarmait (after Vivaldi) - Hugh de Courson / Youenn Le Berre & Breda Mayock (5:08)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, for voice & 8 cellos, A. 389: Cantilena - Heitor Villa-Lobos & Paul Capolongo (6:29)
  2. 2 Music for a While (from "Oedipus"), song, Z. 583/2 - Henry Purcell & David Daniels [countertenor] (3:48)
  3. 3 Hor ch'el ciel e la terra e'l vento tace, madrigal for 6 voices and 2 violins (from Book 8), SV 147 - Consort of Musicke & Claudio Monteverdi (4:53)
  4. 4 Du bist die Ruh, song for voice & piano, D. 776 (Op. 59/3) - Franz Schubert & Arleen Augér (4:05)
  5. 5 Es tönt ein voller Harfenklang, for female chorus, 2 horns & harp, Op. 17/1 - Johannes Brahms & Richard Hickox (2:49)
  6. 6 Mich zieht es nach dem Dörfchen hin, part song for mixed voices, Op. 55/3 - Robert Schumann & Accentus Chamber Choir (2:47)
  7. 7 Letztes Glück ("Leblos gleitet Blatt um Blatt"), for chorus (vocal sextet), Op. 104/3 - Johannes Brahms & Accentus Chamber Choir (2:22)
  8. 8 Gesang der Geister über den Wassern IV ("Des Menschen Seele..."), for male voices & strings, D. 714 (Op. posth. 167) - Franz Schubert & Wolfgang Sawallisch (11:00)
  9. 9 Les Nuits d'été, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra), H. 81 (Op. 7): Le Spectre de la rose - Hector Berlioz & Janet Baker (6:54)
  10. 10 Flickan Knyter I Johannenatten for voice & piano - Wilhelm Stenhammar & Paavo Järvi (1:54)
  11. 11 Chanson perpétuelle, for soprano & orchestra (or piano quintet), Op. 37 - Armin Jordan & Ernest Chausson (6:56)
  12. 12 Carmina Burana, scenic cantata for soloists, choruses & orchestra: In truttina - Carl Orff & Bournemouth Symphony Chorus (2:43)
  13. 13 Les illuminations, song cycle for high voice & strings, Op. 18: Phrase - Benjamin Britten & Richard Hickox (1:08)
  14. 14 By a foutainside, for voice & piano, Op. 12/6 - Roger Quilter & Geoffrey Parsons (3:49)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Concerto for Coloratura Soprano & Orchestra, Op. 82: Andante - Berlin Symphony Orchestra & Reinhold Glière (8:43)
  2. 2 L'Air, for voice & piano - Claude Lavoix & Reynaldo Hahn (3:42)
  3. 3 Shéhérazade, poems (3) for soprano (or tenor) & orchestra (or piano): L'Indifférent - Maurice Ravel & Arleen Augér (4:13)
  4. 4 Après un rêve ("Dans un sommeil"), song for voice & piano, Op. 7/1 - Véronique Gens & Gabriel Fauré (2:36)
  5. 5 Dieu! qu'il la fait bon regarder!, song for chorus, L. 92/1 - Claude Debussy & Jean Sourisse (1:57)
  6. 6 Cantique de Jean Racine, for 4-part chorus & organ (or orchestra), Op. 11 - Winchester Cathedral Choir & Gabriel Fauré (5:52)
  7. 7–8 Duos (2), for 2 voices & piano, Op. 11 - Ernest Chausson & Emmanuel Strosser (6:32)
  8. 8 Trois beaux oiseaux du paradis, for chorus (or voice & piano) (Trois Chansons No. 2) - Maurice Ravel & Delphine Collot (2:41)
  9. 9 Choruses (2) for chorus with piano ad lib, Op. 68: 1. Calme des Nuits - Camille Saint-Saëns & Jean Sourisse (2:17)
  10. 10 Baïlèro, folksong for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 1, No. 2) - Joseph Canteloube & Arleen Augér (6:42)
  11. 11 Vocalise-Étude en forme de Habanera, for voice & piano - Maurice Ravel & Berlin Symphony Orchestra (3:24)
  12. 12 L'invitation au voyage ("Mon enfant, ma soeur"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra) - Henri Duparc & François LeRoux (3:45)
  13. 13 Quatre poèmes hindous (Four Hindu Poems), for soprano & ensemble: Lahore - Armin Jordan & Maurice Delage (3:52)
  14. 14 Chansons de Bilitis, incidental music for narrator, 2 flutes, 2 harps & celesta, L. 96: La Pluie au matin - Claude Debussy & The Nash Ensemble (2:38)
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