Devil's Music

Devil's Music

     
 

The intent of this double-album compilation of tracks from other Naxos-label releases was doubtless to capitalize on the Halloween market in North America, and it could certainly provide a successful soundtrack for a Halloween party. The booklet notes are putatively provided by Lucifer himself. Several of the greatest hits of the satanic genre are present, including… See more details below

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The intent of this double-album compilation of tracks from other Naxos-label releases was doubtless to capitalize on the Halloween market in North America, and it could certainly provide a successful soundtrack for a Halloween party. The booklet notes are putatively provided by Lucifer himself. Several of the greatest hits of the satanic genre are present, including Bach's "Toccata and Fugue in D minor" (in the Stokowski orchestration), the Saint-Saëns "Danse macabre," and Tartini's "The Devil's Trill." As usual with Naxos, however, the fun is partly in the unexpected material the label has revived. It's not common to find music of the 20th century on an anthology like this, but the program includes not only Vaughan Williams and Stravinsky, but even György Ligeti ("L'Escalier du Diable"). This variety also makes the disc useful for those studying how the Devil has been musically represented over the centuries, even though the Bach is the earliest piece (the question has been on the table ever since medieval theorists defined the tritone as the "Diabolus in Musica"). While there are constants (minor keys with lots of minor-second intervals, virtuosity used in tortured ways), the concept of the Devil naturally evolves, through waltzes and other dances that conflate the demonic and the sensual, up to dramatic psychological studies like Arnold Bax's "The Devil That Tempted St. Anthony," one of several unusual pieces included. Recommended for those who want to dig a little deeper for their Halloween music, or for students who want an instant term paper topic.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/29/2009
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313808571
catalogNumber:
8578085-86
Rank:
300362

Tracks

  1. Toccata and Fugue in D minor, transcription for orchestra (after Bach, BWV 565)  - Leopold Stokowski  - Martin Luther  - Klaus Heymann  - Jim Selby  - Andrea Bonaiuti
  2. Peer Gynt Suite No.2, Op. 28/2: The Devil's 5-Hop  - Harald Saeverud  - Martin Luther  - Klaus Heymann  - Jim Selby  - Andrea Bonaiuti
  3. La Damnation de Faust, for mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, bass, chorus and orchestra, ("légende dramatique") H. 111 (Op. 24): Chorus of the Damned & the Demons  - Hector Berlioz  - Martin Luther  - Klaus Heymann  - Jim Selby  - Andrea Bonaiuti
  4. Sonata for cello & piano ("Faust"): Faust  - Michel Meynaud  - Martin Luther  - Klaus Heymann  - Jim Selby  - Andrea Bonaiuti
  5. Sonata for cello & piano ("Faust"): Obiettrouvé avant Luis  - Michel Meynaud  - Martin Luther  - Klaus Heymann  - Jim Selby  - Andrea Bonaiuti
  6. Seguidillas del diablo, for piano (Estampas andaluzas No. 3)  - Joaquín Rodrigo  - Martin Luther  - Klaus Heymann  - Jim Selby  - Andrea Bonaiuti
  7. Sonata for violin & continuo in G minor, B. g5 ("The Devil's Trill")  - Giuseppe Tartini  - Martin Luther  - Klaus Heymann  - Jim Selby  - Andrea Bonaiuti
  8. Mission of Virgil, ballet in 7 parts: Satan  - Charles Wuorinen  - Martin Luther  - Klaus Heymann  - Jim Selby  - Andrea Bonaiuti
  9. Job, A Masque for Dancing, ballet: Satan's Dance of Triumph  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - Martin Luther  - Klaus Heymann  - Jim Selby  - Andrea Bonaiuti
  10. Mephisto Waltz (I & II), for piano No. 1 (Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke), S. 514 (LW A189)  - Franz Liszt  - Martin Luther  - Klaus Heymann  - Jim Selby  - Andrea Bonaiuti
  11. L'histoire du soldat (The Soldier's Tale), concert suite for 7 instruments: The Devil's Dance  - Igor Stravinsky  - Martin Luther  - Klaus Heymann  - Jim Selby  - Andrea Bonaiuti
  12. L'histoire du soldat (The Soldier's Tale), concert suite for 7 instruments: Triumphal March of the Devil  - Igor Stravinsky  - Martin Luther  - Klaus Heymann  - Jim Selby  - Andrea Bonaiuti
  13. A Faust Overture, for orchestra in D minor, WWV 59  - Richard Wagner  - Martin Luther  - Klaus Heymann  - Jim Selby  - Andrea Bonaiuti
  14. Danse macabre, symphonic poem in G minor, Op. 40  - Camille Saint-Saëns  - Martin Luther  - Klaus Heymann  - Jim Selby  - Andrea Bonaiuti
  15. Waltz Suite, for orchestra, Op. 110: Mephisto Waltz  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Martin Luther  - Klaus Heymann  - Jim Selby  - Andrea Bonaiuti
  16. Des Teufels Lustschloss, Opera, D. 84: Overture  - Franz Schubert  - Martin Luther  - Klaus Heymann  - Jim Selby  - Andrea Bonaiuti
  17. The Devil That Tempted St Anthony, for 2 pianos  - Arnold Bax  - Martin Luther  - Klaus Heymann  - Jim Selby  - Andrea Bonaiuti
  18. Les diablotins, for piano in E flat major (Motifs 4/45), Op. 63/4/45  - Charles-Valentin Alkan  - Martin Luther  - Klaus Heymann  - Jim Selby  - Andrea Bonaiuti
  19. Mephistos Höllenrufe (Mephisto's Cries in Hell), waltz for orchestra, Op. 101 (RV 101)  - Johann Strauss  - Martin Luther  - Klaus Heymann  - Jim Selby  - Andrea Bonaiuti
  20. Etudes, Book 2 No. 13 ("L'escalier du Diable"), for piano  - György Ligeti  - Martin Luther  - Klaus Heymann  - Jim Selby  - Andrea Bonaiuti
  21. Scenes From Goethe's Faust for vocal soloists, chorus & orchestra (or piano), WoO 3: [Excerpt]  - Robert Schumann  - Martin Luther  - Klaus Heymann  - Jim Selby  - Andrea Bonaiuti
  22. Faust, opera: Le Veau d'Or est Toujours Debout!  - Charles Gounod  - Martin Luther  - Klaus Heymann  - Jim Selby  - Andrea Bonaiuti
  23. Faust Symphony (I & II), for orchestra or soloist, male chorus & orchestra, S. 108 (LW G12): Mephistopheles  - Franz Liszt  - Martin Luther  - Klaus Heymann  - Jim Selby  - Andrea Bonaiuti

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