Romantic Piano Adagios

Romantic Piano Adagios


Decca's popular Adagios series, which includes Baroque Adagios, Violin Adagios, Evening Adagios, and other albums, now counts this two-disc collection celebrating the lyrical power of the piano. The term "Romantic" does double duty here, referring to both theSee more details below

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Decca's popular Adagios series, which includes Baroque Adagios, Violin Adagios, Evening Adagios, and other albums, now counts this two-disc collection celebrating the lyrical power of the piano. The term "Romantic" does double duty here, referring to both the languid, dreamy spirit of this music and to the era most of it comes from, the 19th century -- a period when composers indulged as never before in slow tempos and drawn-out melodies. Take Chopin's Second Piano Concerto, for one, and its gorgeous slow movement, played beautifully here by Vladimir Ashkenazy with the London Symphony. What could be more Romantic -- or romantic -- than this? Other familiar excerpts from Beethoven (the "Moonlight" Sonata, the "Emperor" Concerto), Rachmaninoff (the famous slow movement from the Second Piano Concerto), Tchaikovsky, and more will fill anyone's craving for slow-paced, expressive music. And no complaints about the performers: The 26 selections are played by several top-name pianists -- Alfred Brendel, Stephen Kovacevich, András Schiff, Radu Lupu, and others. Whether playing unaccompanied (as on Rubinstein's Melody in F or Schumann's Träumerei) or with an orchestra, each artist fashions the kind of gentle calm that only a Romantic adagio can offer. And by the end -- a tender Nocturne by Fauré played by Pascal Rogé -- you can't help but fall under the sway of this music's soothing charm.

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  1. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2: Adagio sostenuto  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Vladimir Ashkenazy
  2. Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18: Adagio sostenuto  - Sergey Rachmaninov  - Edo de Waart  - Zoltán Kocsis  -  San Francisco Symphony
  3. Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488: Adagio  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Neville Marriner  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields  - Alfred Brendel
  4. Concerto for piano & orchestra No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21, CT. 48: Larghetto  - Frédéric Chopin  - Vladimir Ashkenazy  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - David Zinman
  5. Piano Concerto No. 2, in F major, Op. 102: Andante  - Dmitry Shostakovich  - Vladimir Ashkenazy  - Cristina Ortiz  -  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  6. Suite bergamasque, for piano, L. 75: Clair de lune  - Claude Debussy  - Pascal Rogé
  7. Carnival of the Animals, zoological fantasy for 2 pianos & ensemble, complete: Aquarium  - Camille Saint-Saëns  - Charles Dutoit  -  London Sinfonietta  - Cristina Ortiz  - Pascal Rogé
  8. Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16: Adagio  - Edvard Grieg  - Colin Davis  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - Stephen Kovacevich
  9. Consolation, for piano No. 3 in D-flat Major "Lento placido", S. 172/3 (LW A111a/2/2)  - Franz Liszt  - Jorge Bolet
  10. Nocturne for piano in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109  - Frédéric Chopin  - Vladimir Ashkenazy
  11. Woodland Sketches for piano, Op. 51: No. 1, To a Wild Rose  - Edward MacDowell  - Joseph Cooper
  12. Melody in F, Op. 3/1  - Anton Rubinstein  - Shura Cherkassky
  13. Warsaw Concerto for piano & orchestra  - Richard Addinsell  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - Jean-Yves Thibaudet  - Hugh Wolff
  14. Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor ("Pathétique") Op. 13: Adagio cantabile  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Vladimir Ashkenazy
  15. Goldberg Variations for keyboard, BWV 988: Aria  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - András Schiff
  16. Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major ("Elvira Madigan") K. 467: Andante  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  -  English Chamber Orchestra  - Radu Lupu  - Uri Segal
  17. Impromptu for piano in G flat major, D. 899/3 (Op. 90/3)  - Franz Schubert  - Radu Lupu
  18. Kinderszenen No. 4 ("Bittendes Kind"), for piano, Op. 15/4: Träumerei  - Robert Schumann  - Radu Lupu
  19. Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major ("Emperor"), Op. 73: Adagio un poco mosso  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Vladimir Ashkenazy  - Vladimir Ashkenazy  -  Cleveland Orchestra
  20. Piano Concerto No. 1, for piano & orchestra (or 2 pianos) in B flat minor, Op. 23: Andantino semplice  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Vladimir Ashkenazy  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Lorin Maazel
  21. Piano Concerto in G major: Adagio assai  - Maurice Ravel  - Alceo Galliera  - Werner Haas  -  Monte Carlo National Opera Orchestra
  22. Gnossienne, for piano No.1, for piano  - Erik Satie  - Pascal Rogé
  23. Harpsichord Concerto No. 3 in D major, BWV 1054: Adagio e piano sempre  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Chamber Orchestra of Europe  - András Schiff  - András Schiff
  24. Piano Concerto No. 13 in C major, K. 415 (K. 387b): Andante  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Neville Marriner  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields  - Alfred Brendel
  25. Piano Sonata No. 13 in A major, D. 664 (Op. 120): Andante  - Franz Schubert  - András Schiff
  26. Nocturne for piano No. 1 in E flat Minor, Op. 33/1  - Gabriel Fauré  - Pascal Rogé

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Performance Credits

Colin Davis   Conductor
London Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Cleveland Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
San Francisco Symphony   Performing Ensemble
London Sinfonietta   Performing Ensemble
Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields   Performing Ensemble
English Chamber Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Neville Marriner   Conductor
Joseph Cooper   Piano
Radu Lupu   Piano
Charles Dutoit   Conductor
David Zinman   Conductor
Jean-Yves Thibaudet   Piano
Chamber Orchestra of Europe   Performing Ensemble
Vladimir Ashkenazy   Piano,Conductor
Hugh Wolff   Conductor
BBC Symphony Orchestra   Piano,Performing Ensemble
Zoltán Kocsis   Piano
Alfred Brendel   Piano
András Schiff   Piano,Conductor
Alceo Galliera   Conductor
Stephen Kovacevich   Piano
Werner Haas   Piano
Shura Cherkassky   Piano
Pascal Rogé   Piano
Lorin Maazel   Conductor
Uri Segal   Conductor
Jorge Bolet   Piano
Monte Carlo National Opera Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Edo de Waart   Conductor
Cristina Ortiz   Piano

Technical Credits

Richard Addinsell   Composer
Ludwig van Beethoven   Composer
Gabriel Fauré   Composer
Edvard Grieg   Composer
Franz Liszt   Composer
Edward MacDowell   Composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart   Composer
Sergey Rachmaninov   Composer
Maurice Ravel   Composer
Anton Rubinstein   Composer
Camille Saint-Saëns   Composer
Franz Schubert   Composer
Robert Schumann   Composer
Dmitry Shostakovich   Composer
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky   Composer
Erik Satie   Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach   Composer
Frédéric Chopin   Composer
Claude Debussy   Composer

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