Relaxing Adagios

Relaxing Adagios

     
 

Decca's two-disc set, Relaxing Adagios: Over 2 ½ hours of the world's most peaceful music, pretty much delivers what it promises. The selections are in fact restful, intended to induce a sense of mellow tranquility. The pieces are nicely varied in style, genre, and instrumentation. For listeners looking for recordings with more stylistic homogeneity, DeccaSee more details below

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Decca's two-disc set, Relaxing Adagios: Over 2 ½ hours of the world's most peaceful music, pretty much delivers what it promises. The selections are in fact restful, intended to induce a sense of mellow tranquility. The pieces are nicely varied in style, genre, and instrumentation. For listeners looking for recordings with more stylistic homogeneity, Decca produces a number of "Adagio" albums, organized by style or composer (Baroque Adagios, Mozart Adagios) or instrumentation (Guitar Adagios, Romantic Piano Adagios). The pieces on this album range from the Baroque to the post-Romantic eras and are taken from works from a number of genres, including concertos, orchestral music, chamber music, keyboard music, opera, and choral music. The performances, all taken from Decca's archives, are consistently very fine, and the notes identify the performers so interested listeners should be able to track down the recordings from which these selections were taken. (Purists may want to note that the Baroque pieces are played on modern instruments.) The sound varies from track to track, but is never less than adequate.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/12/2006
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028947574958
catalogNumber:
000666502

Tracks

  1. Concerto for 2 violins, strings & continuo in D minor ("Double"), BWV 1043: Largo, ma non tanto  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Neville Marriner  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields  - Maurice Hasson  - Henryk Szeryng  - Claudia Wafer
  2. Lakmé, opera: Viens, Mallika... Dôme épais le jasmin (Flower Due  - Léo Delibes  - Joan Sutherland  - Jane Berbié  - Richard Bonynge  -  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra  - Claudia Wafer
  3. String Quartet No. 2 in D major: Notturno  - Alexander Borodin  -  Borodin Quartet  - Claudia Wafer
  4. Gymnopedie for piano No.3  - Erik Satie  - Pascal Rogé  - Claudia Wafer
  5. Gnossienne, for piano No.3  - Erik Satie  - Pascal Rogé  - Claudia Wafer
  6. Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major ("Elvira Madigan") K. 467: Andante  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Vladimir Ashkenazy  - Vladimir Ashkenazy  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Claudia Wafer
  7. Fantasia on Greensleeves, for harp, flute & strings (arranged by R. Greaves; from the opera "Sir John In Love")  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - Neville Marriner  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields  - William Bennett  - Ralph Greaves  - Claudia Wafer
  8. Quintet for 2 violins, viola & 2 cellos in C major, D. 956 (Op. posth. 163): Adagio [Excerpt]  - Franz Schubert  - Miklós Perényi  -  Takács String Quartet  - Claudia Wafer
  9. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2: Adagio sostenuto  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Radu Lupu  - Claudia Wafer
  10. Cantata No. 208, "Was mir behagt," (Hunt Cantata), BWV 208 (BC G1, G3): Sheep may safely graze  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra  - Karl Münchinger  - Claudia Wafer
  11. Te lucis ante terminum (after Casal's Song of the Birds)  - Edward Higginbottom  -  Choir of New College, Oxford  - Edward Higginbottom  - Helen Tunstall  - Claudia Wafer
  12. Berceuse, for piano, 4 hands or orchestra (Dolly, suite), Op. 56/1  - Gabriel Fauré  - Katia Labèque  - Marielle Labèque  - Claudia Wafer
  13. Aritz Adarean, for harp solo  - Jesús Guridi  - Marisa Robles  - Claudia Wafer
  14. Minuet in A major, arrangement (after String Quintet in E major, Op.11/5 [aka Op. 13/5], G. 275)  - Luigi Boccherini  -  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra  - Karl Münchinger  - Claudia Wafer
  15. Symphony No. 9 in E minor ("From the New World"), B. 178 (Op. 95) (first published as No. 5): Largo [Excerpt]  - Antonin Dvorák  -  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  - Georg Solti  - Claudia Wafer
  16. Carmen Suite for orchestra No. 1 (assembled by Ernest Guirard): Intermezzo  - Georges Bizet  - Charles Dutoit  -  Montreal Symphony Orchestra  - Claudia Wafer
  17. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in F minor ("L'inverno," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 4), Op. 8/4, RV 297: Largo  - Antonio Vivaldi  -  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra  - Igor Kipnis  - Konstanty Kulka  - Karl Münchinger  - Claudia Wafer
  18. Dance of the Blessed Spirits (Melody), arrangement (from "Orfeo ed Euridice")  - Christoph Willibald Gluck  -  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra  - Karl Münchinger  - Claudia Wafer  - Dede Reed
  19. Crux fidelis (after Handel's Ombra mai fu)  - Edward Higginbottom  -  Choir of New College, Oxford  - Edward Higginbottom  - Edward Higginbottom  -  Capricorn  - Claudia Wafer
  20. String Quartet in F major ("Serenade"), Op. 3/5, H. 3/17 (spurious, possibly by Hoffstetter): [Excerpt]  - Franz Joseph Haydn  -  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra  - Karl Münchinger  - Claudia Wafer
  21. Ancient Airs and Dances, Set 3, arrangements (4) for strings, P. 172: Italiana  - Ottorino Respighi  -  I Musici  - Claudia Wafer
  22. Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622: Adagio  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Neville Marriner  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields  - Jack Brymer  - Claudia Wafer
  23. Les contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour (Barcarolle)  - Jacques Offenbach  - Joan Sutherland  - Richard Bonynge  -  Choeur de la Radio de la Suisse Romande  -  Du Brassus  -  L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande  - Lausanne Pro Arte  - Huguette Tourangeau  - Claudia Wafer
  24. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Humming chorus  - Giacomo Puccini  -  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  - Norbert Balatsch  -  Vienna State Opera Chorus  - Herbert von Karajan  - Claudia Wafer
  25. Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major ("Emperor"), Op. 73: Adagio un poco mosso  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Vladimir Ashkenazy  - Vladimir Ashkenazy  -  Cleveland Orchestra  - Claudia Wafer
  26. Fantasía para un gentilhombre, for guitar & orchestra: Españoleta [Excerpt]  - Joaquín Rodrigo  - Carlos Bonell  - Charles Dutoit  -  Montreal Symphony Orchestra  - Claudia Wafer
  27. The Swan (from "Carnival of the Animals"), original (for 2 pianos & ensemble) and arrangements  - Camille Saint-Saëns  - Nicholas Cleobury  -  English Chamber Orchestra  - Julian Lloyd Webber  - Claudia Wafer
  28. Peer Gynt Suite for orchestra (or piano or piano, 4 hands) No. 1, Op. 46: Prelude: Morning Mood  - Edvard Grieg  -  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra  - Kurt Masur  - Kurt Masur  - Claudia Wafer
  29. Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra  - Karl Münchinger  - Claudia Wafer
  30. Cello Concerto in D major, G. 479: Andante cantabile  - Luigi Boccherini  - Andrés Segovia  -  Symphony of the Air  - Enrique Jorda  - Claudia Wafer
  31. Nocturne for piano No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109  - Frédéric Chopin  - Jorge Bolet  - Claudia Wafer
  32. Requiem, for 2 solo voices, chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 48: Sanctus  - Gabriel Fauré  - Charles Dutoit  -  Montreal Symphony Orchestra  -  Montreal Symphony Orchestra Chorus  - Claudia Wafer
  33. Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27: Adagio [Excerpt]  - Sergey Rachmaninov  - Vladimir Ashkenazy  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Claudia Wafer

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