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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

Overview

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:
5099945748929
catalogNumber:
57489

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Adagio, for violin, strings & organ in G minor, T. Mi 26 (composed by Remo Giazotto; not by Albinoni): Extract

    1. Extract  (02:42)
  2. Canon in D major, instrumental arrangement  (03:42)
  3. Miserere mei Deus (Psalm 51), motet for chorus: Extract

    1. Extract  (05:48)
  4. Flute Concerto, for flute, strings & continuo in G minor ("La Notte"), Op. 10/2, RV 439: 2. Largo

    1. 2. Largo  (01:44)
  5. 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

    1. 2. Largo e pianissimo  (02:43)
  6. 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

    1. 2. Adagio  (02:08)
  7. 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

    1. 2. Adagio molto  (02:57)
  8. 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

    1. 2. Largo  (02:29)
  9. Mandolin Concerto, for mandolin, strings & continuo in C major, RV 425: 2. Largo

    1. 2. Largo  (02:56)
  10. Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 4 in A major, BWV 1055: 2. Larghetto

    1. 2. Larghetto  (04:56)
  11. Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056: 2. Largo

    1. 2. Largo  (02:34)
  12. Concerto for 2 violins, strings & continuo in D minor ("Double"), BWV 1043: 2. Largo ma non tanto

    1. 2. Largo ma non tanto  (06:52)
  13. Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067: 4. Sarabande

    1. 4. Sarabande  (03:12)
  14. Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air 'on the G string'

    1. Air 'on the G string'  (04:50)
  15. Suite for solo cello No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011: 4. Sarabande

    1. 4. Sarabande  (04:19)
  16. Symphony No. 88 in G major ("Letter V"), H. 1/88: 2. Largo (extract)

    1. 2. Largo (extract)  (02:33)
  17. Stabat mater, for soprano, alto, strings & organ in F major: Opening

    1. Opening  (04:46)
  18. Ave verum Corpus, motet for chorus, strings & organ, K. 618  (02:41)
  19. Serse (Xerxes), opera, HWV 40: Ombra mai fù

    1. Ombra mai fù  (03:08)
  20. Solfeggio, for chorus  (04:00)
  21. The Protecting Veil, for cello & orchestra: Conclusion

    1. Conclusion  (02:59)
  22. Untitled CD-ROM Track

Disc 2

  1. Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major ("Elvira Madigan") K. 467: 2. Andante

    1. 2. Andante  (06:48)
  2. Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622: 2. Adagio

    1. 2. Adagio  (06:41)
  3. Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466: 2. Romanze (extract)

    1. 2. Romanze (extract)  (04:20)
  4. Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major ("Eine kleine Nachtmusik"), K. 525: 2. Romanze

    1. 2. Romanze  (05:53)
  5. Piano Concerto No. 22 in E flat major, K. 482: 2. Andante

    1. 2. Andante  (09:44)
  6. Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550: 2. Andante

    1. 2. Andante  (07:27)
  7. Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488: 2. Adagio

    1. 2. Adagio  (06:17)
  8. Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491: 2. Larghetto

    1. 2. Larghetto  (08:23)
  9. Maurerische Trauermusik (Masonic Funeral Music), for orchestra in C minor, K. 477 (K. 479a)  (03:35)
  10. Clarinet Quintet in A major ("Stadler"), K. 581: 2. Larghetto

    1. 2. Larghetto  (06:29)
  11. Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K. 310 (K. 300d): 2. Andante cantabile con espressione (extract)

    1. 2. Andante cantabile con espressione (extract)  (02:39)
  12. Concerto for flute, harp & orchestra in C major, K. 299 (K. 297c): 2. Andantino

    1. 2. Andantino  (09:13)

Disc 3

  1. Carnival of the Animals, zoological fantasy for 2 pianos & ensemble: Aquarium

    1. Aquarium  (02:43)
  2. Carnival of the Animals, zoological fantasy for 2 pianos & ensemble: The Swan

    1. The Swan  (02:58)
  3. Suite bergamasque, for piano, L. 75: Clair de lune

    1. Clair de lune  (05:44)
  4. Des pas sur la neige, prelude for piano, L. 117/6  (04:30)
  5. La cathédrale engloutie, prelude for piano, L. 117/10  (05:29)
  6. Élégie for cello & piano or orchestra in C minor, Op. 24  (07:31)
  7. Pavane, for orchestra & chorus ad lib in F sharp minor, Op. 50  (05:33)
  8. Requiem, for 2 solo voices, chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 48: Introit (extract)

    1. Introit (extract)  (07:16)
  9. Concerto for 2 pianos & orchestra in D minor, FP 61: 2. Larghetto

    1. 2. Larghetto  (05:53)
  10. Concert champêtre, for harpsichord & orchestra, FP 49: 2. Andante

    1. 2. Andante  (06:14)
  11. Gnossienne for piano No. 1  (03:26)
  12. Gnossienne for piano No. 3  (02:44)
  13. Piano Concerto in G major: 2. Adagio (extract)

    1. 2. Adagio (extract)  (04:17)
  14. Vocalise-Étude en forme de Habanera, for voice & piano  (03:07)
  15. Ma mère l'oye, ballet for orchestra: Pavane de la Belle au Bois dormant

    1. Pavane de la Belle au Bois dormant  (01:46)
  16. Ma mère l'oye, ballet for orchestra: Le Jardin féérique

    1. Le Jardin féérique  (03:45)
  17. Pavane pour une infante défunte, for piano (or orchestra)  (06:08)

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