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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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Editorial Reviews

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: 128,084

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Adagio in C minor for strings & organ (previously attributed to Tomaso Albinoni) - Remo Giazotto & Tomaso Albinoni (5:52)
  2. 2 Canon in D major, instrumental arrangement - Johann Pachelbel & Neville Marriner (5:01)
  3. 3 Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Neville Marriner (3:34)
  4. 4 Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622: 2. Adagio - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Dresden Staatskapelle (6:38)
  5. 5 Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major ("Emperor"), Op. 73: 2. Adagio - Ludwig van Beethoven & Julia Thornton (7:02)
  6. 6 Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, for 2 string orchestras: Opening - Ralph Vaughan Williams & Adrian Boult (6:12)
  7. 7 Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18: 2. Adagio sostenuto (Opening) - Sergey Rachmaninov & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (4:31)
  8. 8 Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85: 3. Adagio - Edward Elgar & John Barbirolli (5:18)
  9. 9 The Lark Ascending, romance for violin & orchestra: Opening - Ralph Vaughan Williams & Hugh Bean (6:25)
  10. 10 Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26: 2. Adagio - Max Bruch & Yehudi Menuhin (4:24)
  11. 11 Enigma Variations, for orchestra, Op. 36: Nimrod - Edward Elgar & Adrian Boult (3:57)
  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)
  13. 13 Piano Concerto in A minor: 2. Adagio - Lorenzo Perosi & Edvard Grieg (6:32)
  14. 14 The Planets, suite for orchestra & female chorus, Op. 32, H. 125: Venus - Gustav Holst & Neville Marriner (6:13)
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)
  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)
  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)
  4. 4 Lute (Chamber) Concerto, for lute (or guitar), 2 violins & continuo in D major, RV 93: 2. Largo - Antonio Vivaldi & Emilio Pujol (6:07)
  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)
  6. 6 Concerto for flute, harp & orchestra in C major, K. 299 (K. 297c): 2. Andantino (excerpt) - James Galway & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (4:01)
  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)
  8. 8 Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11, CT. 47: 2. Romance: Larghetto - Frédéric Chopin & Martha Argerich (3:52)
  9. 9 Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64: 2. Andante (excerpt) - Felix Mendelssohn & Efrem Kurtz (4:29)
  10. 10 Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor ("Pathétique"), Op. 13: 2. Adagio cantabile - Ludwig van Beethoven & Miklós Rózsa (5:28)
  11. 11 Pavane, for orchestra & chorus ad lib in F sharp minor, Op. 50 - Gabriel Fauré & David Willcocks (6:49)
  12. 12 The Swan (from "Carnival of the Animals"), original (for 2 pianos & ensemble) and arrangements - Camille Saint-Saëns & Han-Na Chang (3:18)
  13. 13 Concierto de Aranjuez, for guitar & orchestra: 2. Adagio - Joaquín Rodrigo & Julian Bream (4:46)
  14. 14 Thaïs, opera in 3 acts: Méditation - Jules Massenet & Neville Marriner (5:05)
  15. 15 Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102: 2. Andante - Dmitry Shostakovich & Dmitri Alexeev (6:09)
  16. 16 Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor: 4. Adagietto - Gustav Mahler & John Barbirolli (3:06)
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