Rhapsody

Rhapsody

     
 

Lest anyone mistake this disc for a collection of rhapsodies in the strictest sense (i.e., the form used by Liszt, Enesco, and Bartók) it is important to point out that it is instead a compilation of music for relaxation. Formerly issued as Night Music 17, this selection of pretty piecesSee more details below

Overview

Lest anyone mistake this disc for a collection of rhapsodies in the strictest sense (i.e., the form used by Liszt, Enesco, and Bartók) it is important to point out that it is instead a compilation of music for relaxation. Formerly issued as Night Music 17, this selection of pretty pieces from the Naxos catalog is more varied than similar mood albums from the major labels, and it offers a sampling of works seldom heard on other "chill-out" collections. The program is full of Baroque, Classical, and Romantic slow movements, which are mixed together without much regard for consistency in ensemble, tone, or style. But if this album is treated merely as background music, there are at least no jolts to disrupt the casual listener. While all the performances are decent, and the roster of artists respectable, few selections stand out as exceptional. The Adagio from Schubert's "Octet," performed by the Schubert Ensemble, Budapest, and the Adagio from Haydn's "String Quartet No. 23," played by the Kodály Quartet, are perhaps the most enjoyable offerings and are of sufficient playing time to sustain interest. Yet the majority of tracks run under five minutes, and the shortest pieces come and go without leaving much of an impression.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/01/2001
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0730099661720
catalogNumber:
8556617
Rank:
312457

Tracks

  1. Cassation for orchestra in G major, K. 63: Adagio  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Harald Nerat  -  Salzburg Chamber Orchestra
  2. Mazurka for piano No. 36 in A minor, Op. 59/1, CT. 86  - Frédéric Chopin  - Idil Biret
  3. Symphony No. 53 in D major ("L'Impériale"/"Festino"), H. 1/53: Andante  - Franz Joseph Haydn  - Béla Drahos  - Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia
  4. Octet for clarinet, horn, bassoon & strings in F major, D. 803 (Op. posth. 166): Adagio  - Franz Schubert  -  Schubert Ensemble, Budapest
  5. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in A minor ("L'estro armonico" No. 6), Op. 3/6, RV 356: Largo  - Antonio Vivaldi  -  Accademia Ziliniana  - Jindrich Pazdera
  6. Sonata a quattro (String Symphony) No. 1 in G major: Andantino  - Gioachino Rossini  -  Rossini Ensemble, Budapest
  7. Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Introduction and 24 Variations), in A minor for piano & orchestra, Op. 43: Variation 18  - Sergey Rachmaninov  -  Budapest Symphony Orchestra  - Jenö Jandó  - György Lehel
  8. Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174): Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Bertalan Hock
  9. Concerto à cinque, for 2 solo violins, violin, viola, cello & continuo No. 11 in B flat major, Op. 9/11, T. 9/11: Adagio  - Tomaso Albinoni  - Anthony Camden  - John Georgiadis  -  London Virtuosi
  10. String Quartet No. 23 in F minor, Op. 20/5, H. 3/35: Adagio  - Franz Joseph Haydn  -  Kodály Quartet
  11. Concerto Grosso in F major, Op. 6/6: Largo  - Arcangelo Corelli  - Jaroslav Krcek  -  Capella Istropolitana  - Anna Hölbling  - Guido Hölbling  - Ludovit Kanta  - Daniela Ruso
  12. L' Arlésienne, suite for orchestra No. 2, from the incidental music (arranged by Ernest Guirard): Minuet  - Georges Bizet  - Janos Balint  - Nóra Mercz
  13. Schwanengesang (Swan Song), song cycle for voice & piano, D. 957: Ständchen  - Franz Schubert  - Raymond Havenith  - Maria Kliegel
  14. Piano Concerto No. 26 in D major ("Coronation") K. 537: Larghetto  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Matyas Antal  -  Concentus Hungaricus  - Jenö Jandó

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