Best Adagios 50

Best Adagios 50

     
 

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EMI's three-disc compilation, Best Adagios 50, is divided into three categories, which may determine its appeal and usefulness to some listeners. Disc 1 is devoted to slow movements taken mostly from Baroque works, including the famous "Canon" by Johann Pachelbel and the spurious "Albinoni Adagio" by

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EMI's three-disc compilation, Best Adagios 50, is divided into three categories, which may determine its appeal and usefulness to some listeners. Disc 1 is devoted to slow movements taken mostly from Baroque works, including the famous "Canon" by Johann Pachelbel and the spurious "Albinoni Adagio" by Remo Giazotto, along with relaxing music by J.S. Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, and George Frederick Handel; pieces by other later composers, such as Franz Joseph Haydn, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; then closing with music by the 20th century's Arvo Pärt and John Tavener. The selections of Disc 2 are exclusively by Mozart, drawing on quiet movements from his most popular concertos, symphonies, serenades, and other favorites. French Adagios are the topic of Disc 3, and the periods covered are late Romantic and early modern, featuring music by Camille Saint-Saëns, Claude Debussy, Gabriel Fauré, Francis Poulenc, Erik Satie, and Maurice Ravel. Even with the program broken down into these manageable groupings, one still might like one part of the set more than the others, or find that the plan is a bit arbitrary for devoting so much space to Mozart, who is already the subject of another EMI release, Best Mozart 50. But this arrangement of pieces at least has some clarity going for it, unlike other Adagios albums that are randomly laid out, and it's likely that many beginners in classical music will find the package fairly helpful for exploring. As with all such samplers, listeners should regard it as a good starting point, but move on to hear other recordings of full works by these composers.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/29/2010
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
0825646386154
catalogNumber:
57489
Rank:
329118

Tracks

  1. Pavane, for orchestra & chorus ad lib in F sharp minor, Op. 50  - Gabriel Fauré  - Paul Tortelier  -  English Chamber Orchestra
  2. Pavane pour une infante défunte, for piano (or orchestra)  - Maurice Ravel  - Jukka-Pekka Saraste  -  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  3. Ma mère l'oye, ballet for orchestra: Le Jardin féérique  - Maurice Ravel  - Jukka-Pekka Saraste  -  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  4. Ma mère l'oye, ballet for orchestra: Pavane de la Belle au Bois dormant  - Maurice Ravel  - Jukka-Pekka Saraste  -  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  5. Vocalise-Étude en forme de Habanera, for voice & piano  - Maurice Ravel  - Arleen Augér  - Libor Pesek  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  6. Piano Concerto in G major: 2. Adagio (extract)  - Maurice Ravel  - Andrew Litton  - Libor Pesek  -  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  7. Gnossienne for piano No. 3  - Erik Satie  - Anne Queffélec
  8. Gnossienne for piano No. 1  - Erik Satie  - Anne Queffélec
  9. Concert champêtre, for harpsichord & orchestra, FP 49: 2. Andante  - Francis Poulenc  - Maggie Cole  - Richard Hickox  -  City of London Sinfonia
  10. Concerto for 2 pianos & orchestra in D minor, FP 61: 2. Larghetto  - Francis Poulenc  - Richard Hickox  - Jean-Bernard Pommier  - Anne Queffélec  -  City of London Sinfonia
  11. Requiem, for 2 solo voices, chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 48: Introit (extract)  - Gabriel Fauré  - Michel Corboz  -  Ensemble Instrumental de Lausanne  -  Ensemble Vocal de Lausanne
  12. Carnival of the Animals, zoological fantasy for 2 pianos & ensemble: Aquarium  - Camille Saint-Saëns  -  Nash Ensemble
  13. Carnival of the Animals, zoological fantasy for 2 pianos & ensemble: The Swan  - Camille Saint-Saëns  -  Nash Ensemble
  14. Suite bergamasque, for piano, L. 75: Clair de lune  - Claude Debussy  - Kun Woo Paik
  15. Des pas sur la neige, prelude for piano, L. 117/6  - Claude Debussy  - Jean-Bernard Pommier
  16. La cathédrale engloutie, prelude for piano, L. 117/10  - Claude Debussy  - Jean-Bernard Pommier
  17. Élégie for cello & piano or orchestra in C minor, Op. 24  - Gabriel Fauré  - Paul Tortelier
  18. Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major ("Elvira Madigan") K. 467: 2. Andante  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  -  Ambache Chamber Ensemble  - Diana Ambache
  19. Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622: 2. Adagio  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  -  Ensemble Orchestral de Paris  - Paul Meyer  -  John Nelson
  20. Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466: 2. Romanze (extract)  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  -  Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie  - Mikhail Pletnev
  21. Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major ("Eine kleine Nachtmusik"), K. 525: 2. Romanze  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Christopher Warren-Green  -  London Chamber Orchestra
  22. Piano Concerto No. 22 in E flat major, K. 482: 2. Andante  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Annie Fischer  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Wolfgang Sawallisch
  23. Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550: 2. Andante  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Yehudi Menuhin  -  Sinfonia Varsovia
  24. Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488: 2. Adagio  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  -  Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie  - Mikhail Pletnev
  25. Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491: 2. Larghetto  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  -  Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie  - Mikhail Pletnev
  26. Maurerische Trauermusik (Masonic Funeral Music), for orchestra in C minor, K. 477 (K. 479a)  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  -  London Classical Players  - Roger Norrington
  27. Clarinet Quintet in A major ("Stadler"), K. 581: 2. Larghetto  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Sabine Meyer  -  Members of the Vienna String Sextet
  28. Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K. 310 (K. 300d): 2. Andante cantabile con espressione (extract)  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Jean-Bernard Pommier
  29. Concerto for flute, harp & orchestra in C major, K. 299 (K. 297c): 2. Andantino  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  -  English Chamber Orchestra  - Yehudi Menuhin  - Naoko Yoshino  - Samuel Coles
  30. Suite for solo cello No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011: 4. Sarabande  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Ralph Kirshbaum
  31. Symphony No. 88 in G major ("Letter V"), H. 1/88: 2. Largo (extract)  - Franz Joseph Haydn  -  Petite Bande  - Sigiswald Kuijken
  32. Stabat mater, for soprano, alto, strings & organ in F major: Opening  - Giovanni Pergolesi  - Véronique Gens  -  Seminario Musicale  - Gérard Lesne
  33. Ave verum Corpus, motet for chorus, strings & organ, K. 618  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  -  London Classical Players  - Roger Norrington  -  Schutz Choir of London
  34. Serse (Xerxes), opera, HWV 40: Ombra mai fù  - George Frideric Handel  - David Daniels [countertenor]  - Roger Norrington  -  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  35. Solfeggio, for chorus  - Arvo Pärt  -  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir  - Tõnu Kaljuste
  36. The Protecting Veil, for cello & orchestra: Conclusion  - John Tavener  - Steven Isserlis  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Gennady Rozhdestvensky
  37. Untitled CD-ROM Track  -  Unspecified
  38. Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air 'on the G string'  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  English Chamber Orchestra  - Philip Ledger
  39. Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067: 4. Sarabande  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  English Chamber Orchestra  - Philip Ledger
  40. Concerto for 2 violins, strings & continuo in D minor ("Double"), BWV 1043: 2. Largo ma non tanto  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Jonathan Rees  - Jane Murdoch
  41. Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056: 2. Largo  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Melante Amsterdam  - Bob van Asperen
  42. Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 4 in A major, BWV 1055: 2. Larghetto  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Melante Amsterdam  - Bob van Asperen
  43. Mandolin Concerto, for mandolin, strings & continuo in C major, RV 425: 2. Largo  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Fabio Biondi  -  Europa Galante  - Giovanni Scaramuzzino
  44. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in F minor ("L'inverno," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 4), Op. 8/4, RV 297: 2. Largo  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Christopher Warren-Green  -  London Chamber Orchestra
  45. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in F major ("L'autunno," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 3), Op.8/3, RV 293: 2. Adagio molto  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Christopher Warren-Green  -  London Chamber Orchestra
  46. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in G minor ("L'estate," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 2), Op. 8/2, RV 315: 2. Adagio  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Christopher Warren-Green  -  London Chamber Orchestra
  47. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in E major ("La Primavera," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 1), Op.8/1, RV 269: 2. Largo e pianissimo  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Christopher Warren-Green  -  London Chamber Orchestra
  48. Flute Concerto, for flute, strings & continuo in G minor ("La Notte"), Op. 10/2, RV 439: 2. Largo  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Andrew Parrott  -  Taverner Players
  49. Miserere mei Deus (Psalm 51), motet for chorus: Extract  - Gregorio Allegri  - Andrew Parrott  -  Taverner Consort
  50. Canon in D major, instrumental arrangement  - Johann Pachelbel  - Andrew Parrott  -  Taverner Players
  51. Adagio, for violin, strings & organ in G minor, T. Mi 26 (composed by Remo Giazotto; not by Albinoni): Extract  - Tomaso Albinoni  - Remo Giazotto  -  English Chamber Orchestra  - Ian Watson

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