Sensitive Sounds

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Berlin Classics' Sensitive Sounds is a sampler of slow movements from Baroque and Classical works, with one fast excerpt -- the opening Allegro from J.S. Bach's "Violin Concerto in A minor" -- presumably thrown in for a little contrast. With that exception, the music is quite calm and relaxing, and seekers of a good chill-out CD may find that this album suits their needs. Drawing on Edel's backlist of performances dating from 1960 to 1989, the tracks are a mix of analog and digital recordings that are reasonably well-balanced, and the sound quality is quite high from track to track. The playing is never less than fine, and in many cases it is exceptional, since the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Berlin Classics' Sensitive Sounds is a sampler of slow movements from Baroque and Classical works, with one fast excerpt -- the opening Allegro from J.S. Bach's "Violin Concerto in A minor" -- presumably thrown in for a little contrast. With that exception, the music is quite calm and relaxing, and seekers of a good chill-out CD may find that this album suits their needs. Drawing on Edel's backlist of performances dating from 1960 to 1989, the tracks are a mix of analog and digital recordings that are reasonably well-balanced, and the sound quality is quite high from track to track. The playing is never less than fine, and in many cases it is exceptional, since the roster of performers includes such excellent ensembles as the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Dresden Staatskapelle, and the Kammerorchester Berlin, among others, and such distinguished conductors as Herbert Blomstedt, Kurt Masur, and Václav Neumann, to name just a few. If there's one criticism to be made about this collection, it has to be the over-representation of the best-known composers: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart appears three times and J.S. Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, and George Frederick Handel each show up twice, while Franz Joseph Haydn, Christoph Willibald Gluck, and Giovanni Battista Viotti are given single tracks; surely there could have been a better balance on the program, or a few more composers considered, aside from the usual suspects. Still, for what it is, this budget disc will probably satisfy most casual listeners and it may be very practical for beginners.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/11/2007
  • Label: Berlin Classics
  • UPC: 782124127121
  • Catalog Number: 1271

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Ballett. Andante - Christoph Willibald Gluck & Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra (3:20)
    Composed byChristoph Willibald Gluck
    Conducted byVáclav Neumann
    Performed byLeipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Václav Neumann
  2. 2 Bassoon Concerto in B flat major, K. 191 (K. 186e): 2. Andante - Siegfried Kurz & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (7:29)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted bySiegfried Kurz
    Performed bySiegfried Kurz, Dresden Staatskapelle
  3. 3 Concerto for violin, strings & continuo No. 1 in A minor, BWV 1041: 1. (Allegro) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra (4:38)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
    Conducted byKurt Masur
    Performed byLeipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Kurt Masur
  4. 4 Oboe Concerto in C major, H. 7g/C1 (doubtful): 2. Andante - Franz Joseph Haydn & Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (5:33)
    Composed byFranz Joseph Haydn
    Conducted byHeinz Rogner
    Performed byBerlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Heinz Rogner
  5. 5 Bassoon Concerto, for bassoon, strings & continuo in A minor, RV 497: 2. Andante molto - Antonio Vivaldi & Herbert Kegel (4:01)
    Composed byAntonio Vivaldi
    Conducted byHerbert Kegel
    Performed byHerbert Kegel, MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra
  6. 6 Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046: 2. Adagio - Johann Sebastian Bach & Gerhard Bosse (3:52)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
    Conducted byGerhard Bosse
    Performed byGerhard Bosse, Bachorchester des Gewandhauses zu Leipzig
  7. 7 Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201 (K. 186a): 2. Andante - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Dresden Staatskapelle (7:26)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted byOtmar Suitner
    Performed byDresden Staatskapelle, Otmar Suitner
  8. 8 Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in A major ("L'ottavina"), RV 763: 2. Largo - Antonio Vivaldi & Berlin Chamber Orchestra (3:26)
    Composed byAntonio Vivaldi
    Conducted byHelmut Koch
    Performed byBerlin Chamber Orchestra, Helmut Koch
  9. 9 Concerto for violin & orchestra No. 22 in A minor, G97: 2. Adagio - Giovanni Battista Viotti & Berlin Chamber Orchestra (7:19)
    Composed byGiovanni Battista Viotti
    Conducted byHelmut Koch
    Performed byBerlin Chamber Orchestra, Helmut Koch
  10. 10 Concerto Grosso in G major, Op.6/1, HWV 319: 3. Adagio - George Frideric Handel & Gerhard Bosse (3:25)
    Composed byGeorge Frideric Handel
    Conducted byHorst-Tanu Margraf
    Performed byHändel-Festspielorchester Halle, Horst-Tanu Margraf
  11. 11 Flute Concerto No. 2 in D major, K. 314 (K. 285d): 2. Andante ma non troppo - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Herbert Blomstedt (7:05)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted byHerbert Blomstedt
    Performed byHerbert Blomstedt, Dresden Staatskapelle
  12. 12 Concerto Grosso in C minor, Op.6/8, HWV 326: 3. Siciliano. Andante - George Frideric Handel & Gerhard Bosse (5:06)
    Composed byGeorge Frideric Handel
    Conducted byHorst-Tanu Margraf
    Performed byHändel-Festspielorchester Halle, Horst-Tanu Margraf
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