Ultimate Most Relaxing Music for Strings in the Universe

The Ultimate Most Relaxing Music for Strings in the Universe

     
 
The Ultimate Most Relaxing Music for Strings in the Universe may look like a double-disc collection of popular short pieces and excerpts from larger works for bowed strings, but a substantial portion of the program is actually filled with guitar music, a fact not suggested by the appearance of a violin on the cover. Listeners who expect mostly orchestral or

Overview

The Ultimate Most Relaxing Music for Strings in the Universe may look like a double-disc collection of popular short pieces and excerpts from larger works for bowed strings, but a substantial portion of the program is actually filled with guitar music, a fact not suggested by the appearance of a violin on the cover. Listeners who expect mostly orchestral or chamber music for strings can find some here, but 10 of this twofer's 22 tracks are guitar music, which Denon has sufficiently covered in several of its compilations already. In the universe of classical music, there is a vast wealth of great works for violin, viola, cello, and bass -- not to mention string quartet, quintet, sextet, on up to string orchestra -- so this unnecessarily mixed program is poorly planned and deficient in key works from the repertoire; since even arrangements of piano music have been included, the serious fan of string music may well pass this collection by. For those who do give it a try, this album provides respectable performances by skilled artists, such as guitarist Sharon Isbin, violinist Chee-Yun, the Festival Strings Lucerne, I Solisti Italiani, and others, so the selections are played well and are serviceable as pleasant background music.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/14/2007
Label:
Denon Records
UPC:
0795041765529
catalogNumber:
17655
Rank:
9599

Tracks

  1. Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major ("Eine kleine Nachtmusik"), K. 525: Romance, Andante  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  -  Lucerne Festival Strings  - David Alan Kogut
  2. Ständchen ("Leise flehen meine Lieder"), song for voice & piano (Schwanengesang), D. 957/4  - Franz Schubert  - David Alan Kogut  - Shin-Ichi Fukuda
  3. Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64: [Excerpt]  - Felix Mendelssohn  -  Chee-Yun  - Jesús López-Cobos  - David Alan Kogut  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra
  4. Arada, for guitar  - Federico Moreno Torroba  - David Alan Kogut  - Alexander-Sergei Ramírez
  5. Gymnopedie for piano No.1  - Erik Satie  - David Alan Kogut  -  Danceries
  6. Atom Hearts Club Duo, for 2 guitars, Op. 70a: Andante  - Takashi Yoshimatsu  - Eduardo Fernandez  - David Alan Kogut  - Shin-Ichi Fukuda
  7. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35: 2. Canzonetta: Andante  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Jean-Jacques Kantorow  - David Alan Kogut  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra  - Bryden Thomson
  8. Romance  -  Unspecified  - David Alan Kogut  - Machiko Kikuchi
  9. Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216: 2. Adagio  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Leopold Hager  - Jean-Jacques Kantorow  - David Alan Kogut  -  Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
  10. Sonata for guitar in D minor, Op. 61: 2. Andante  - Joaquín Turina  - David Alan Kogut  - Alexander-Sergei Ramírez
  11. Adagio for violin & orchestra in E major, K. 261  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Leopold Hager  - David Alan Kogut  -  Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
  12. Vocalise, instrumental arrangement, Op. 34/14  - Sergey Rachmaninov  -  Chee-Yun  - David Alan Kogut  - Akira Eguchi
  13. Recuerdos de la Alhambra, for guitar  - Francisco Tárrega  - Sharon Isbin  - David Alan Kogut
  14. Thaïs, lyric comedy in 3 acts: Meditation  - Jules Massenet  -  Chee-Yun  - David Alan Kogut
  15. Variations on "Marlborough S'en Va T'en Guerre" for guitar, Op. 28  - Fernando Sor  - David Alan Kogut  - Alexander-Sergei Ramírez
  16. The Swan (from "Carnival of the Animals"), original (for 2 pianos & ensemble) and arrangements  - Camille Saint-Saëns  - Charles Groves  - David Alan Kogut  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  17. Nocturne for piano No. 18 in E major, Op. 62/2, CT. 125  - Frédéric Chopin  - David Alan Kogut  - Shin-Ichi Fukuda
  18. Violin Concerto in D major (doubtful, "Concerto No. 7"), K(2) 271a (K. 271i): Andante  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Jean-Jacques Kantorow  - David Alan Kogut  -  Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
  19. Barden-klänge (30), for guitar, Op. 13: Liebeslied  - Johann Kaspar Mertz  - David Alan Kogut  - Shin-Ichi Fukuda
  20. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in E major ("La cetra" No. 4), Op. 9/4, RV 263a: Adagio  - Antonio Vivaldi  -  I Solisti Italiani  - David Alan Kogut
  21. Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op. 26: 2. Adagio  - Max Bruch  - Boris Belkin  - Jun'ichi Hirokami  - David Alan Kogut  -  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  22. Partita for solo violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: Chaconne  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Sharon Isbin  - David Alan Kogut

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