Pastorale

Pastorale

     
 
Night Music 8, later reissued by Naxos under a different cover as Pastorale, is predominantly a collection of quiet music for late-night relaxation. If this disc is played for that purpose, then the bold horns in the Pastorale from Bizet's "L'Arlésienne Suite No. 2" are perhaps too loud and may call for a softer volume. After this

Overview

Night Music 8, later reissued by Naxos under a different cover as Pastorale, is predominantly a collection of quiet music for late-night relaxation. If this disc is played for that purpose, then the bold horns in the Pastorale from Bizet's "L'Arlésienne Suite No. 2" are perhaps too loud and may call for a softer volume. After this fairly robust opening track, the album assumes a much milder tone and passes through a number of Baroque and Classical slow movements, inducing a mood of reverie that is largely unbroken. Beyond its use as aural wallpaper, though, this collection is rather innocuous and may not satisfy serious listeners. As is often the case with such placid collections, sublime pieces are mixed with a few middling selections, leaving an impression of unevenness and aesthetic confusion that may not invite repeated listening. While the Andante con moto from Schubert's "Symphony No. 5," the movement from Haydn's "Seven Last Words of Christ," and the Largo from Beethoven's "Piano Concerto No. 3" are the most substantial items and deserve attention, their effect is somewhat undercut by slighter fare that is merely pretty and of little emotional involvement. Overall, the performances are fine and the recording quality is the best that Naxos can offer.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/01/2001
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0730099660822
catalogNumber:
8556608

Tracks

  1. L' Arlésienne, suite for orchestra No. 2, from the incidental music (arranged by Ernest Guirard): Pastorale
  2. Concerto, for 3 violins, strings & continuo in F major (Tafelmusik Book 2/3), TWV 53:F1: Largo
  3. Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D. 485: Andante con moto
  4. Flute Concerto No. 1 in G major, K. 313 (K. 285c): Adagio non troppo
  5. La plus que lente, waltz for piano (or orchestra), L. 121
  6. Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in D minor, WoO 1/11
  7. Flute Concerto ("La tempesta di mare"), for flute, strings & continuo in F major, Op. 10/1, RV 433: Largo
  8. Die Sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze (The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross), for string quartet, H. 3/50-56: Largo 1
  9. Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37: Largo
  10. Largo in F major, instrumental arrangement ("Ombra mai fu" from the opera Serse)
  11. Songs my mother taught me (Als die alte Mutter), song for voice & piano (Gypsy Melodies), B. 104/4 (Op. 55/4)
  12. Solnedgang (Sunset), Norwegian melody for piano No. 56, EG 108/56

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