Romantic Piano Adagios

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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/11/2002
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947077725
  • Catalog Number: 470777
  • Sales rank: 62,665

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2: Adagio sostenuto - Ludwig van Beethoven & Vladimir Ashkenazy (6:08)
  2. 2 Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18: Adagio sostenuto - Sergey Rachmaninov & Edo de Waart (10:18)
  3. 3 Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488: Adagio - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Neville Marriner (6:51)
  4. 4 Concerto for piano & orchestra No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21, CT. 48: Larghetto - Frédéric Chopin & Vladimir Ashkenazy (9:10)
  5. 5 Piano Concerto No. 2, in F major, Op. 102: Andante - Dmitry Shostakovich & Vladimir Ashkenazy (7:35)
  6. 6 Suite bergamasque, for piano, L. 75: Clair de lune - Claude Debussy & Pascal Rogé (5:30)
  7. 7 Carnival of the Animals, zoological fantasy for 2 pianos & ensemble, complete: Aquarium - Camille Saint-Saëns & Charles Dutoit (2:36)
  8. 8 Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16: Adagio - Edvard Grieg & Colin Davis (6:47)
  9. 9 Consolation, for piano No. 3 in D-flat Major "Lento placido", S. 172/3 (LW A111a/2/2) - Franz Liszt & Jorge Bolet (3:51)
  10. 10 Nocturne for piano in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109 - Frédéric Chopin & Vladimir Ashkenazy (4:00)
  11. 11 Woodland Sketches for piano, Op. 51: No. 1, To a Wild Rose - Edward MacDowell & Joseph Cooper (2:07)
  12. 12 Melody in F, Op. 3/1 - Anton Rubinstein & Shura Cherkassky (4:17)
  13. 13 Warsaw Concerto for piano & orchestra - Richard Addinsell & BBC Symphony Orchestra (8:53)
  14. 14 Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor ("Pathétique") Op. 13: Adagio cantabile - Ludwig van Beethoven & Vladimir Ashkenazy (5:00)
  15. 15 Goldberg Variations for keyboard, BWV 988: Aria - Johann Sebastian Bach & András Schiff (3:49)
  16. 16 Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major ("Elvira Madigan") K. 467: Andante - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & English Chamber Orchestra (7:16)
  17. 17 Impromptu for piano in G flat major, D. 899/3 (Op. 90/3) - Franz Schubert & Radu Lupu (6:34)
  18. 18 Kinderszenen No. 4 ("Bittendes Kind"), for piano, Op. 15/4: Träumerei - Robert Schumann & Radu Lupu (2:31)
  19. 19 Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major ("Emperor"), Op. 73: Adagio un poco mosso - Ludwig van Beethoven & Vladimir Ashkenazy (7:47)
  20. 20 Piano Concerto No. 1, for piano & orchestra (or 2 pianos) in B flat minor, Op. 23: Andantino semplice - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Vladimir Ashkenazy (6:48)
  21. 21 Piano Concerto in G major: Adagio assai - Maurice Ravel & Alceo Galliera (8:48)
  22. 22 Gnossienne, for piano No.1, for piano - Erik Satie & Pascal Rogé (3:46)
  23. 23 Harpsichord Concerto No. 3 in D major, BWV 1054: Adagio e piano sempre - Johann Sebastian Bach & Chamber Orchestra of Europe (5:50)
  24. 24 Piano Concerto No. 13 in C major, K. 415 (K. 387b): Andante - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Neville Marriner (8:44)
  25. 25 Piano Sonata No. 13 in A major, D. 664 (Op. 120): Andante - Franz Schubert & András Schiff (4:13)
  26. 26 Nocturne for piano No. 1 in E flat Minor, Op. 33/1 - Pascal Rogé & Gabriel Fauré (7:42)
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Album Credits

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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