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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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: 9/1/2001
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 730099661720
  • Catalog Number: 8556617
  • Sales rank: 367,471

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cassation for orchestra in G major, K. 63: Adagio - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Harald Nerat (5:55)
  2. 2 Mazurka for piano No. 36 in A minor, Op. 59/1, CT. 86 - Frédéric Chopin & Idil Biret (4:56)
  3. 3 Symphony No. 53 in D major ("L'Impériale"/"Festino"), H. 1/53: Andante - Franz Joseph Haydn & Béla Drahos (5:57)
  4. 4 Octet for clarinet, horn, bassoon & strings in F major, D. 803 (Op. posth. 166): Adagio - Franz Schubert & Schubert Ensemble, Budapest (11:30)
  5. 5 Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in A minor ("L'estro armonico" No. 6), Op. 3/6, RV 356: Largo - Accademia Ziliniana & Antonio Vivaldi (2:36)
  6. 6 Sonata a quattro (String Symphony) No. 1 in G major: Andantino - Gioachino Rossini & Rossini Ensemble, Budapest (4:49)
  7. 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 (2:42)
  8. 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 (3:51)
  9. 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 (3:31)
  10. 10 String Quartet No. 23 in F minor, Op. 20/5, H. 3/35: Adagio - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (6:55)
  11. 11 Concerto Grosso in F major, Op. 6/6: Largo - Jaroslav Krcek & Arcangelo Corelli (4:14)
  12. 12 L' Arlésienne, suite for orchestra No. 2, from the incidental music (arranged by Ernest Guirard): Minuet - Georges Bizet & Janos Balint (4:27)
  13. 13 Schwanengesang (Swan Song), song cycle for voice & piano, D. 957: Ständchen - Franz Schubert & Raymond Havenith (4:13)
  14. 14 Piano Concerto No. 26 in D major ("Coronation") K. 537: Larghetto - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Matyas Antal (5:53)
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