The Ultimate Most Relaxing Music for Strings in the Universe

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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, ...
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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/14/2007
  • Label: Denon Records
  • UPC: 795041765529
  • Catalog Number: 17655
  • Sales rank: 3,542

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major ("Eine kleine Nachtmusik"), K. 525: Romance, Andante - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Lucerne Festival Strings (5:52)
  2. 2 Ständchen ("Leise flehen meine Lieder"), song for voice & piano (Schwanengesang), D. 957/4 - Franz Schubert & David Alan Kogut (3:58)
  3. 3 Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64: [Excerpt] - Felix Mendelssohn & Chee-Yun (8:48)
  4. 4 Arada, for guitar - Federico Moreno Torroba & David Alan Kogut (4:02)
  5. 5 Gymnopedie for piano No.1 - Erik Satie & David Alan Kogut (3:15)
  6. 6 Atom Hearts Club Duo, for 2 guitars, Op. 70a: Andante - Takashi Yoshimatsu & Eduardo Fernandez (2:20)
  7. 7 Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35: 2. Canzonetta: Andante - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Jean-Jacques Kantorow (6:53)
  8. 8 Romance - Unspecified & David Alan Kogut (2:52)
  9. 9 Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216: 2. Adagio - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Leopold Hager (7:23)
  10. 10 Sonata for guitar in D minor, Op. 61: 2. Andante - David Alan Kogut & Joaquín Turina (4:10)
  11. 11 Adagio for violin & orchestra in E major, K. 261 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Leopold Hager (7:51)
  12. 12 Vocalise, instrumental arrangement, Op. 34/14 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Chee-Yun (4:43)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Recuerdos de la Alhambra, for guitar - Francisco Tárrega & Sharon Isbin (4:09)
  2. 2 Thaïs, lyric comedy in 3 acts: Meditation - Jules Massenet & Chee-Yun (4:32)
  3. 3 Variations on "Marlborough S'en Va T'en Guerre" for guitar, Op. 28 - Fernando Sor & David Alan Kogut (9:05)
  4. 4 The Swan (from "Carnival of the Animals"), original (for 2 pianos & ensemble) and arrangements - Camille Saint-Saëns & Charles Groves (2:55)
  5. 5 Nocturne for piano No. 18 in E major, Op. 62/2, CT. 125 - Frédéric Chopin & David Alan Kogut (4:45)
  6. 6 Violin Concerto in D major (doubtful, "Concerto No. 7"), K(2) 271a (K. 271i): Andante - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Jean-Jacques Kantorow (8:00)
  7. 7 Barden-klänge (30), for guitar, Op. 13: Liebeslied - Johann Kaspar Mertz & David Alan Kogut (3:39)
  8. 8 Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in E major ("La cetra" No. 4), Op. 9/4, RV 263a: Adagio - Antonio Vivaldi & I Solisti Italiani (2:00)
  9. 9 Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op. 26: 2. Adagio - Max Bruch & Boris Belkin (8:31)
  10. 10 Partita for solo violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: Chaconne - Johann Sebastian Bach & Sharon Isbin (14:47)
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