Essential Adagios

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
There are no surprises in EMI's Essential Adagios, for almost all of the famous slow pieces and movements from larger works that have become immensely popular over the years are included, and all of the selections are performed by first-rate musicians, long associated with this distinguished label. Lest the great fame of these pieces be lost on the inexperienced, EMI has taken pains to list many of the well-known films that have featured them in their soundtracks, so absolute beginners might be misled into thinking they were specifically composed for that purpose. However, the danger of over-familiarity is more likely to trouble listeners, for anyone who has purchased ...
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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
There are no surprises in EMI's Essential Adagios, for almost all of the famous slow pieces and movements from larger works that have become immensely popular over the years are included, and all of the selections are performed by first-rate musicians, long associated with this distinguished label. Lest the great fame of these pieces be lost on the inexperienced, EMI has taken pains to list many of the well-known films that have featured them in their soundtracks, so absolute beginners might be misled into thinking they were specifically composed for that purpose. However, the danger of over-familiarity is more likely to trouble listeners, for anyone who has purchased at least one classical relaxation CD or a greatest-hits compilation is likely to have encountered some, if not most, of these selections. Pachelbel's "Canon" sans Gigue, Albinoni's spurious "Adagio," Bach's "Air on the G string," Barber's "Adagio for strings," the first movement from Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata," Fauré's "Pavane," and the Adagietto from Mahler's "Symphony No. 5" are all ubiquitous, and their inclusion with other chestnuts only serves to make this unimaginative set appeal to the most casual and incurious listener. Yet this double-disc set is almost ideal for use as background music, and anyone who needs a long-playing album for quiet activities or entertaining will probably find this mellow program quite suitable.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/23/2010
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • EAN: 5099968857622
  • Catalog Number: 88576
  • Sales rank: 80,946

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Adagio in C minor for strings & organ (previously attributed to Tomaso Albinoni) - Remo Giazotto & Tomaso Albinoni (5:52)
    Composed byRemo Giazotto, Tomaso Albinoni
    Conducted byNeville Marriner
    Performed byNeville Marriner, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
  2. 2 Canon in D major, instrumental arrangement - Johann Pachelbel & Neville Marriner (5:01)
    Composed byJohann Pachelbel
    Conducted byNeville Marriner
    Performed byNeville Marriner, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
  3. 3 Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Neville Marriner (3:34)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
    Conducted byNeville Marriner
    Performed byNeville Marriner, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
  4. 4 Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622: 2. Adagio - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Dresden Staatskapelle (6:38)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted byHans Vonk
    Performed byDresden Staatskapelle, Hans Vonk
  5. 5 Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major ("Emperor"), Op. 73: 2. Adagio - Ludwig van Beethoven & Julia Thornton (7:02)
    Composed byLudwig van Beethoven
    Conducted byErnö Olah
    Performed byNetherlands National Radio Orchestra, Ernö Olah
  6. 6 Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, for 2 string orchestras: Opening - Ralph Vaughan Williams & Adrian Boult (6:12)
    Composed byRalph Vaughan Williams
    Conducted byAdrian Boult
    Performed byAdrian Boult, London Philharmonic Orchestra
  7. 7 Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18: 2. Adagio sostenuto (Opening) - Sergey Rachmaninov & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (4:31)
    Composed bySergey Rachmaninov
    Conducted bySimon Rattle
    Performed byCity of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Simon Rattle
  8. 8 Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85: 3. Adagio - Edward Elgar & John Barbirolli (5:18)
    Composed byEdward Elgar
    Conducted byJohn Barbirolli
    Performed byJohn Barbirolli, London Symphony Orchestra
  9. 9 The Lark Ascending, romance for violin & orchestra: Opening - Ralph Vaughan Williams & Hugh Bean (6:25)
    Composed byRalph Vaughan Williams
    Conducted byAdrian Boult
    Performed byAdrian Boult, New Philharmonia Orchestra
  10. 10 Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26: 2. Adagio - Max Bruch & Yehudi Menuhin (4:24)
    Composed byMax Bruch
    Conducted byWalter Süsskind
    Performed byNew Philharmonia Orchestra, Walter Süsskind
  11. 11 Enigma Variations, for orchestra, Op. 36: Nimrod - Edward Elgar & Adrian Boult (3:57)
    Composed byEdward Elgar
    Conducted byAdrian Boult
    Performed byAdrian Boult, London Symphony Orchestra
  12. 12 Symphony No. 6 in F major ("Pastoral"), Op. 68: 5. Allegretto (Shepherds' Hymn after the Storm) - Ludwig van Beethoven & Riccardo Muti (6:45)
    Composed byLudwig van Beethoven
    Conducted byRiccardo Muti
    Performed byRiccardo Muti, Philadelphia Orchestra
  13. 13 Piano Concerto in A minor: 2. Adagio - Lorenzo Perosi & Edvard Grieg (6:32)
    Composed byLorenzo Perosi, Edvard Grieg
    Conducted byNeville Marriner
    Performed byNeville Marriner, London Symphony Orchestra
  14. 14 The Planets, suite for orchestra & female chorus, Op. 32, H. 125: Venus - Gustav Holst & Neville Marriner (6:13)
    Composed byGustav Holst
    Conducted byNeville Marriner
    Performed byNeville Marriner, London Symphony Orchestra
Disc 2
  1. 1 Adagio for strings (or string quartet; arr. from 2nd mvt. of String Quartet), Op. 11 - Samuel Barber & Eugene Ormandy (6:23)
    Composed bySamuel Barber
    Conducted byEugene Ormandy
    Performed byEugene Ormandy, Philadelphia Orchestra
  2. 2 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 & Camerata Lysy Gstaad (2:10)
    Composed byAntonio Vivaldi
    Conducted byAlberto Lysy
    Performed byCamerata Lysy Gstaad, Alberto Lysy
  3. 3 Concerto for 2 violins, strings & continuo in D minor ("Double"), BWV 1043: 2. Largo ma non tanto - Johann Sebastian Bach & Salvatore Accardo (7:46)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
    Conducted bySalvatore Accardo
    Performed bySalvatore Accardo, English Chamber Orchestra
  4. 4 Lute (Chamber) Concerto, for lute (or guitar), 2 violins & continuo in D major, RV 93: 2. Largo - Emilio Pujol & Antonio Vivaldi (6:07)
    Composed byAntonio Vivaldi
    Conducted byLawrence Foster
    Performed byLausanne Chamber Orchestra, Lawrence Foster
  5. 5 Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2: 1. Adagio sostenuto (excerpt) - Ludwig van Beethoven & Moura Lympany (3:58)
    Composed byLudwig van Beethoven
  6. 6 Concerto for flute, harp & orchestra in C major, K. 299 (K. 297c): 2. Andantino (excerpt) - James Galway & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (4:01)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted byHerbert von Karajan
    Performed byBerlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan
  7. 7 Symphony No. 9 in E minor ("From the New World"), B. 178 (Op. 95) (first published as No. 5): 2. Largo - Antonin Dvorák & Mariss Jansons (4:45)
    Composed byAntonin Dvorák
    Conducted byMariss Jansons
    Performed byMariss Jansons, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
  8. 8 Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11, CT. 47: 2. Romance: Larghetto - Frédéric Chopin & Martha Argerich (3:52)
    Composed byFrédéric Chopin
    Conducted byCharles Dutoit
    Performed byCharles Dutoit, Montreal Symphony Orchestra
  9. 9 Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64: 2. Andante (excerpt) - Felix Mendelssohn & Efrem Kurtz (4:29)
    Composed byFelix Mendelssohn
    Conducted byEfrem Kurtz
    Performed byEfrem Kurtz, New Philharmonia Orchestra
  10. 10 Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor ("Pathétique"), Op. 13: 2. Adagio cantabile - Miklós Rózsa & Ludwig van Beethoven (5:28)
    Composed byLudwig van Beethoven
    Conducted byMiklós Rózsa
    Performed byMiklós Rózsa, Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
  11. 11 Pavane, for orchestra & chorus ad lib in F sharp minor, Op. 50 - Gabriel Fauré & David Willcocks (6:49)
    Composed byGabriel Fauré
    Conducted byDavid Willcocks
    Performed byDavid Willcocks, New Philharmonia Orchestra
  12. 12 The Swan (from "Carnival of the Animals"), original (for 2 pianos & ensemble) and arrangements - Camille Saint-Saëns & Han-Na Chang (3:18)
    Composed byCamille Saint-Saëns
    Conducted byLeonard Slatkin
    Performed byNew Philharmonia Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin
  13. 13 Concierto de Aranjuez, for guitar & orchestra: 2. Adagio - Joaquín Rodrigo & Julian Bream (4:46)
    Composed byJoaquín Rodrigo
    Conducted bySimon Rattle
    Performed byCity of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Simon Rattle
  14. 14 Thaïs, opera in 3 acts: Méditation - Jules Massenet & Neville Marriner (5:05)
    Composed byJules Massenet
    Conducted byNeville Marriner
    Performed byNeville Marriner, SWR Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
  15. 15 Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102: 2. Andante - Dmitry Shostakovich & Dmitri Alexeev (6:09)
    Composed byDmitry Shostakovich
    Conducted byJerzy Maksymiuk
    Performed byEnglish Chamber Orchestra, Jerzy Maksymiuk
  16. 16 Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor: 4. Adagietto - Gustav Mahler & John Barbirolli (3:06)
    Composed byGustav Mahler
    Conducted byJohn Barbirolli
    Performed byJohn Barbirolli, New Philharmonia Orchestra
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