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The Devil's Music

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
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: 9/29/2009
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313808571
  • Catalog Number: 8578085-86
  • Sales rank: 154,401

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Toccata and Fugue in D minor, transcription for orchestra (after Bach, BWV 565) - Martin Luther & Leopold Stokowski (9:00)
  2. 2 Peer Gynt Suite No.2, Op. 28/2: The Devil's 5-Hop - Martin Luther & Harald Saeverud (2:16)
  3. 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 - Martin Luther & Hector Berlioz (4:05)
  4. 4 Sonata for cello & piano ("Faust"): Faust - Martin Luther & Michel Meynaud (0:17)
  5. 5 Sonata for cello & piano ("Faust"): Obiettrouvé avant Luis - Martin Luther & Michel Meynaud (3:44)
  6. 6 Seguidillas del diablo, for piano (Estampas andaluzas No. 3) - Martin Luther & Joaquín Rodrigo (3:50)
  7. 7 Sonata for violin & continuo in G minor, B. g5 ("The Devil's Trill") - Martin Luther & Giuseppe Tartini (14:41)
  8. 8 Mission of Virgil, ballet in 7 parts: Satan - Martin Luther & Charles Wuorinen (2:00)
  9. 9 Job, A Masque for Dancing, ballet: Satan's Dance of Triumph - Martin Luther & Ralph Vaughan Williams (3:38)
  10. 10 Mephisto Waltz (I & II), for piano No. 1 (Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke), S. 514 (LW A189) - Martin Luther & Franz Liszt (11:58)
  11. 11 L'histoire du soldat (The Soldier's Tale), concert suite for 7 instruments: The Devil's Dance - Martin Luther & Igor Stravinsky (1:20)
  12. 12 L'histoire du soldat (The Soldier's Tale), concert suite for 7 instruments: Triumphal March of the Devil - Martin Luther & Igor Stravinsky (2:07)
  13. 13 A Faust Overture, for orchestra in D minor, WWV 59 - Martin Luther & Richard Wagner (12:14)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Danse macabre, symphonic poem in G minor, Op. 40 - Martin Luther & Camille Saint-Saëns (7:10)
  2. 2 Waltz Suite, for orchestra, Op. 110: Mephisto Waltz - Martin Luther & Sergey Prokofiev (3:44)
  3. 3 Des Teufels Lustschloss, Opera, D. 84: Overture - Martin Luther & Franz Schubert (9:01)
  4. 4 The Devil That Tempted St Anthony, for 2 pianos - Martin Luther & Arnold Bax (6:28)
  5. 5 Les diablotins, for piano in E flat major (Motifs 4/45), Op. 63/4/45 - Martin Luther & Charles-Valentin Alkan (2:34)
  6. 6 Mephistos Höllenrufe (Mephisto's Cries in Hell), waltz for orchestra, Op. 101 (RV 101) - Martin Luther & Johann Strauss II (8:13)
  7. 7 Etudes, Book 2 No. 13 ("L'escalier du Diable"), for piano - Martin Luther & György Ligeti (6:38)
  8. 8 Scenes From Goethe's Faust for vocal soloists, chorus & orchestra (or piano), WoO 3: [Excerpt] - Martin Luther & Robert Schumann (8:57)
  9. 9 Faust, opera: Le Veau d'Or est Toujours Debout! - Martin Luther & Charles Gounod (2:18)
  10. 10 Faust Symphony (I & II), for orchestra or soloist, male chorus & orchestra, S. 108 (LW G12): Mephistopheles - Martin Luther & Franz Liszt (16:38)
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