Romantic Adagios

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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
A double meaning is at play in the title of Romantic Adagios, a collection of pieces from the Romantic era that are long on candlelight-dinner sentiment as well. The languid, dreamy slow movement became most ardently romantic during the 19th century, as this two-CD compilation proves. Favorite adagios by composers from Beethoven and Mozart to Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, and Dvorák will quench any listener's thirst for yearning melodies, expressive harmonies, and relaxing tempos. There won't be any complaints about the performances either: The 21 selections drawn from the Decca archives feature soloists such as Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Nigel Kennedy, Vladimir Ashkenazy, and ...
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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
A double meaning is at play in the title of Romantic Adagios, a collection of pieces from the Romantic era that are long on candlelight-dinner sentiment as well. The languid, dreamy slow movement became most ardently romantic during the 19th century, as this two-CD compilation proves. Favorite adagios by composers from Beethoven and Mozart to Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, and Dvorák will quench any listener's thirst for yearning melodies, expressive harmonies, and relaxing tempos. There won't be any complaints about the performances either: The 21 selections drawn from the Decca archives feature soloists such as Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Nigel Kennedy, Vladimir Ashkenazy, and Kyung-Wha Chung, all of whom are at their best in this sentimental repertoire. A compilation like this wouldn't be complete without Barber's "Adagio for Strings" or the "Concierto de Aranjuez" of Rodrigo, but you'll also discover Shostakovich, Mahler, and Khachaturian in their most tenderly lyrical moments. By the time Fauré's gentle "Pavane" concludes the second disc, even the most hardened cynic will have succumbed to the blissful mood of serenity that only a romantic adagio can provide.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/13/2000
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028946671023
  • Catalog Number: 466710
  • Sales rank: 4,345

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Adagio for strings (arr. from 2nd mvt. of String Quartet), for string quartet/string orchestra), Op. 11 - Baltimore Symphony Orchestra & Samuel Barber (8:45)
  2. 2 Méditation (from opera "Thäis"), violin & orchestra version and various arrangements - Jules Massenet & Richard Bonynge (5:43)
  3. 3 Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18: Adagio Sostenuto - Sergey Rachmaninov & Vladimir Ashkenazy (11:31)
  4. 4 Gymnopédies (3), for piano, complete (also orchestrated by Debussy): 1 & 3 - Erik Satie & Charles Dutoit (6:29)
  5. 5 Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622: Adagio - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Cleveland Orchestra (7:21)
  6. 6 Spartacus, ballet in 4 acts: Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia - Aram Khachaturian & Aram Khachaturian (9:11)
  7. 7 Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2: Adagio sostenuto - Ludwig van Beethoven & Vladimir Ashkenazy (5:29)
  8. 8 Kol Nidrei, for cello & orchestra, Op. 47 - Max Bruch & Vladimir Ashkenazy (10:12)
  9. 9 Enigma Variations, for orchestra, Op. 36: Nimrod - Edward Elgar & Chicago Symphony Orchestra (3:19)
  10. 10 Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor: Adagietto - Gustav Mahler & Chicago Symphony Orchestra (9:52)
  11. 11 Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major ("Elvira Madigan") K. 467: Andante - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & English Chamber Orchestra (7:19)
  12. 12 String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 11: Andante Cantabile - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Raymond Agoult (8:18)
  13. 13 Violin Concerto No.1, in G minor, Op. 26: Adagio - Max Bruch & Kyung-Wha Chung (8:46)
  14. 14 Symphony No. 9 in E minor ("From the New World," first published as No. 5), B. 178 (Op. 95): Largo - Cleveland Orchestra & Antonin Dvorák (11:53)
  15. 15 Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Introduction and 24 Variations), in A minor for piano & orchestra, Op. 43: Variation 18 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Vladimir Ashkenazy (3:06)
  16. 16 Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Intermezzo - Pietro Mascagni & Gianandrea Gavazzeni (3:17)
  17. 17 Clair de lune, for piano, L. 75/3 - Pascal Rogé & Claude Debussy (5:35)
  18. 18 Concierto de Aranjuez for guitar & orchestra: Adagio - Joaquín Rodrigo & Carlos Bonell (10:58)
  19. 19 The Swan (from "Carnival of the Animals"), original (for 2 pianos & ensemble) and arrangements - Camille Saint-Saëns & Marie Goossens (3:21)
  20. 20 Piano Concerto No. 2, in F major, Op. 102: Andante - Dmitry Shostakovich & Vladimir Ashkenazy (7:36)
  21. 21 Pavane, for orchestra & chorus ad lib in F sharp minor, Op. 50 - Gabriel Fauré & Charles Dutoit (6:39)
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    very nice and relaxing

    It is the perfect cd for the end of your day, curl in your bed with a nice book and this cd and you'll have a perfect all night sleep every night.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Romantic Adagios

    There's no accounting for taste, and it's hard sometimes to reconcile all of the reviews with one's own perception of the music.

    That said, I bought several of the adagios and "relaxing" cds and found this one to be the most representative of what I think a really good adagios cd should be. For example, in Massenet's Meditation, the clear, crisp audio allows the superb violin solo to be appreciated both individually and as an ensemble instrument, blended so well that brass, strings, woodwinds, and even harp strings are well defined. The cello in my favorite, The Swan, brings to mind the expectation of a brief, lyrical swan-song of an animal that only sings once. And the haunting orchestra of Barber's Adagio and plaintive piano keys of Debussy's Clair de Lune are stand-outs as well. I would say that this is a keeper.

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