Adagio: The Ultimate Collection, Vol. 2

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Because Naxos' Adagio: The Ultimate Collection, Vol. 1, contained many of the relaxing classical hits that nearly everyone knows, Vol. 2 is a peculiar sequel, for the selections on this double disc are not what casual listeners would readily recognize. In that regard, this is the more interesting of the two albums, since the program doesn't cover any obvious or overly familiar choices, but approaches classical music through less popular but equally deserving works. As before, the tracks are calm and soothing slow movements, taken from concertos and symphonies by such masters as J.S. Bach, Franz Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Luigi Boccherini, Tomaso Albinoni, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Because Naxos' Adagio: The Ultimate Collection, Vol. 1, contained many of the relaxing classical hits that nearly everyone knows, Vol. 2 is a peculiar sequel, for the selections on this double disc are not what casual listeners would readily recognize. In that regard, this is the more interesting of the two albums, since the program doesn't cover any obvious or overly familiar choices, but approaches classical music through less popular but equally deserving works. As before, the tracks are calm and soothing slow movements, taken from concertos and symphonies by such masters as J.S. Bach, Franz Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Luigi Boccherini, Tomaso Albinoni, and eight lesser composers who nonetheless wrote soothing and graceful pieces. The performances by rising artists on Naxos' roster are competent and enjoyable, and the tracks are well-balanced digital recordings that won't require any sudden volume adjustments. One must be wary of any compilation that purports to be the last word on its subject, and there is a limitless supply of slow music available for contemplative listening. But Adagio, Vol. 2, is better than many other collections at introducing the newcomer to untried music and should be given due credit.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/30/2010
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313806270
  • Catalog Number: 8578062-63
  • Sales rank: 179,467

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Concerto à cinque, for 2 oboes, 2 violins, viola, cello & continuo No. 12 in D major, Op. 9/12 (T. 9/12): Adagio - Tomaso Albinoni & Alison Alty (3:15)
  2. 2 Divertimento No. 15 for 2 horns & strings in B flat major ("Lodron Serenade No 2"), K. 287 (K. 271H): Adagio - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Capella Istropolitana (8:36)
  3. 3 Concerto for flute, violin, harpsichord, strings & continuo in A minor ("Triple"), BWV 1044: Adagio ma non tanto e dolce - Johann Sebastian Bach & Cologne Chamber Orchestra (6:11)
  4. 4 Concerto for oboe, harpsichord & orchestra in F major (Badley F1): Adagio cantabile - Béla Drahos & Leopold Hofmann (8:38)
  5. 5 Keyboard Concerto in G major, H. 18/9 (possibly spurious): Adagio - Franz Joseph Haydn & Camerata Cassovia (8:56)
  6. 6 Cello Concerto in D major, G. 479: Adagio - Luigi Boccherini & Anthony Halstead (6:46)
  7. 7 Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046: Adagio - Johann Sebastian Bach & Capella Istropolitana (5:15)
  8. 8 Divertimento No. 2 for flute, oboe, bassoon, 4 horns & strings in D major, K. 131: Adagio - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Capella Istropolitana (6:11)
  9. 9 Concerto à cinque, for oboe, 2 violins, violas, cello & continuo No. 12 in C major, Op. 7/12 (T. 7/12): Adagio - Tomaso Albinoni & Anthony Camden (3:06)
  10. 10 Violin Concerto No. 13 in F sharp minor / A major, Op. post.: Adagio - Jacques Pierre Joseph Rode & Nicolas Pasquet (4:16)
  11. 11 Symphony No. 26 in D minor ("Lamentatione"), H. 1/26: Adagio - Franz Joseph Haydn & Northern Chamber Orchestra (6:29)
  12. 12 Symphony in E minor, Vb. 141: Adagio non tanto ma con espressione - Joseph Martin Kraus & Swedish Chamber Orchestra (4:48)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Easter Oratorio (Oster-Oratorium: "Kommt, eilet und laufet"), BWV 249 (BC D8): Adagio - Johann Sebastian Bach & Budapest Strings (5:08)
  2. 2 Violin Concerto in G major (incomlete, attributed): Adagio - Johann Nepomuk Hummel & Alexander Trostiansky (2:56)
  3. 3 Oboe Concerto in C major (Badley C2): Adagio - Béla Drahos & Leopold Hofmann (5:42)
  4. 4 Concerto for 3 (or 2) pianos & orchestra in F major ("Lodron," "Concerto No. 7"), K. 242: Adagio - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Matyas Antal (8:36)
  5. 5 Cello Concerto in G major, G. 480: Adagio - Luigi Boccherini & Anthony Halstead (6:33)
  6. 6 Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 3/1: Adagio - Chevalier de Saint-Georges Joseph Boulogne & Kevin Mallon (4:41)
  7. 7 Bassoon Concerto in B flat major, C73/K 3:61: Adagio - Rosetti Antonio & Nicolas Pasquet (5:55)
  8. 8 Keyboard Concerto in G major, H. 18/4: Adagio cantabile - Franz Joseph Haydn & Camerata Cassovia (8:07)
  9. 9 Symphony No. 36 in C major ("Linz"), K. 425: Poco adagio - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Capella Istropolitana (6:58)
  10. 10 Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051: Adagio ma non troppo - Johann Sebastian Bach & Capella Istropolitana (5:28)
  11. 11 Violin Concerto No. 10 in B minor, Op. 19: Adagio - Jacques Pierre Joseph Rode & Nicolas Pasquet (3:37)
  12. 12 Clarinet Concerto No. 7 in E flat major: Adagio - Carl Stamitz & Kalman Berkes (5:14)
  13. 13 Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 131: Adagio quasi andante - Benjamin Godard & Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra Kosice (7:45)
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