Heavenly Adagios

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
As its title implies, Heavenly Adagios is a collection of slow, reflective pieces of an inspirational nature, though it is not limited to sacred works. The two discs offer a sampling of religious music, excerpts from symphonic movements, intermezzos from operas, and orchestral arrangements of piano pieces, all of which are presented with an emphasis on beauty and tranquility. The quality of the performances is high, and Decca's roster of artists is stellar, with many great conductors, soloists, and orchestras turning in good work. While some of the arrangements will not satisfy purists -- the Bach chorales and Handel's "Ombra mai fu" are too lush -- the playing is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
As its title implies, Heavenly Adagios is a collection of slow, reflective pieces of an inspirational nature, though it is not limited to sacred works. The two discs offer a sampling of religious music, excerpts from symphonic movements, intermezzos from operas, and orchestral arrangements of piano pieces, all of which are presented with an emphasis on beauty and tranquility. The quality of the performances is high, and Decca's roster of artists is stellar, with many great conductors, soloists, and orchestras turning in good work. While some of the arrangements will not satisfy purists -- the Bach chorales and Handel's "Ombra mai fu" are too lush -- the playing is polished and consistent with the album's generally romantic tone. Another concern is the variability of recording quality between the tracks, which is noticeable on a superior sound system. As is sometimes the case with such compilations, the dynamic range and variety of ensembles may be problematic for the listener, calling for occasional volume adjustments. There are a few jarring surprises, such as the great crescendos in "Walk to the Paradise Garden" by Delius and the fortissimo passages in Fauré's "Pavane" and Vaughan Williams' "The Lark Ascending." However, if played at a moderately low level, this album works fairly well as music for contemplation.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/4/2003
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947534525
  • Catalog Number: 000149602
  • Sales rank: 61,700

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174): Jesu, joy of man's desiring - Johann Sebastian Bach & Marisa Robles (3:07)
  2. 2 Méditation, violin & orchestra version and various arrangements (from opera "Thäis") - Jules Massenet & Marisa Robles (5:42)
  3. 3 Requiem, for 2 solo voices, chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 48: In Paradisium - Gabriel Fauré & Marisa Robles (3:19)
  4. 4 Gymnopedie for piano No.1 - Marisa Robles & Erik Satie (2:55)
  5. 5 Lakmé, opera: Dôme épais le jasmin (Flower Duet) - Marisa Robles & Léo Delibes (5:04)
  6. 6 Carnival of the Animals, zoological fantasy for 2 pianos & ensemble: The Swan - Marisa Robles & Camille Saint-Saëns (3:19)
  7. 7 Cantata No. 140, "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," BWV 140 (BC A166): Sleepers awake - Johann Sebastian Bach & Marisa Robles (5:33)
  8. 8 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Humming Chorus - Marisa Robles & Giacomo Puccini (3:00)
  9. 9 Enigma Variations, for orchestra, Op. 36: Nimrod - Marisa Robles & Edward Elgar (3:17)
  10. 10 A Village Romeo & Juliet, lyric drama, RT i/6: Walk to the paradise garden - Frederick Delius & Marisa Robles (10:15)
  11. 11 Pavane, for orchestra & chorus ad lib in F sharp minor, Op. 50 - Gabriel Fauré & Marisa Robles (6:43)
  12. 12 Panis angelicus for tenor, organ, harp, cello & bass - César Franck & Marisa Robles (4:26)
  13. 13 Serse (Xerxes), opera, HWV 40: Ombra mai fu (Largo) - Marisa Robles & George Frideric Handel (2:39)
  14. 14 The Lark Ascending, romance for violin & orchestra - Marisa Robles & Ralph Vaughan Williams (16:09)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Clair de lune, for orchestra or various other arrangements (from "Suite Bergamasque" for piano), L. 75/3 - Marisa Robles & Claude Debussy (5:33)
  2. 2 Cantata No. 208, "Was mir behagt," (Hunt Cantata), BWV 208 (BC G1, G3): Sheep may safely graze - Johann Sebastian Bach & Marisa Robles (4:33)
  3. 3 Symphony No. 3, Op. 36 ("Symphony of Sorrowful Songs"): Second movement (excerpt) - Henryk Mikolaj Górecki & Marisa Robles (4:30)
  4. 4 Stabat mater, for soprano, alto, strings & organ in F major: Stabat Mater - Giovanni Pergolesi & Marisa Robles (4:47)
  5. 5 Ave Maria - Giulio Caccini & Marisa Robles (5:31)
  6. 6 Quintet for 2 violins, viola & 2 cellos in C major, D. 956 (Op. posth. 163): Adagio (excerpt) - Franz Schubert & Marisa Robles (5:41)
  7. 7 Ave verum Corpus, motet for chorus, strings & organ, K. 618 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Marisa Robles (3:52)
  8. 8 Symphony No. 6 in F major ("Pastoral"), Op. 68: Andante molto mosso: Scene by the brook (excerpt) - Ludwig van Beethoven & Marisa Robles (12:29)
  9. 9 Dance of the Blessed Spirits (Melody), various arrangements (from "Orfeo ed Euridice") - Marisa Robles & Christoph Willibald Gluck (6:38)
  10. 10 Symphony No. 9 in E minor ("From the New World"), B. 178 (Op. 95) (first published as No. 5): Largo (excerpt) - Marisa Robles & Antonin Dvorák (3:09)
  11. 11 Wiegenlied ("Guten Abend, gut Nacht"), song for voice & piano, Op. 49/4 - Marisa Robles & Johannes Brahms (2:34)
  12. 12 Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27: Adagio (excerpt) - Sergey Rachmaninov & Marisa Robles (13:05)
  13. 13 Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air "Air on a G string" - Johann Sebastian Bach & Marisa Robles (5:14)
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    Divinely inspired music.

    I feel these two CD's contain some of the most
    beautiful music ever written. The pieces are
    well performed and presented in a pleasing format.
    I use these CD's in my car for long stressful trips,
    because I find the music so calming and relaxing.
    The miles seem to float by, and I arrive in a pleasant
    frame of mind!

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