The Ultimate Most Romantic String Music in the Universe

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Denon's generous, if hyperbolically titled twofer The Ultimate Most Romantic String Music in the Universe covers extremely familiar ground in its selections, so prudent buyers should examine them carefully for any duplication of pieces they may already have. However, one probably wouldn't buy this compilation for any single track or to fill holes in a collection, but might choose it for its overall ambiance and utility as pleasant background music. The smooth, lyrical tone of the program ensures a mellow mood, and the balanced levels between tracks guarantee that there will be no loud surprises and little need to adjust the volume. The textures vary according to the ...
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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Denon's generous, if hyperbolically titled twofer The Ultimate Most Romantic String Music in the Universe covers extremely familiar ground in its selections, so prudent buyers should examine them carefully for any duplication of pieces they may already have. However, one probably wouldn't buy this compilation for any single track or to fill holes in a collection, but might choose it for its overall ambiance and utility as pleasant background music. The smooth, lyrical tone of the program ensures a mellow mood, and the balanced levels between tracks guarantee that there will be no loud surprises and little need to adjust the volume. The textures vary according to the instrumentation, so there are pieces and movements for violin and piano, violin, cello, guitar, string quartet, string orchestra, and several concerto formats, and the variety of ensembles is refreshing. The label's distinguished roster is well-represented, and such artists as violinist Chee-Yun, guitarist Shin-Ichi Fukuda, the Smetana and Prague String Quartets, I Solisti Italiani, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra are just a handful of the sophisticated musicians included in this package. One may quibble with the term Romantic, as it is used here, since music from the Baroque, Classical, and modern periods are sampled; if it is taken loosely, as it seems intended, then the music is indeed warm, lush, and emotionally satisfying, and suitable for quiet pursuits and relaxation.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/8/2008
  • Label: Denon Records
  • UPC: 795041767325
  • Catalog Number: 17623

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Thaïs, lyric comedy in 3 acts: Meditation - Jules Massenet & Chee-Yun (4:33)
  2. 2 Salut d'amour, for violin & piano, Op. 12 - Charles Groves & Edward Elgar (3:57)
  3. 3 Nocturne for piano No. 18 in E major, Op. 62/2, CT. 125 - Frédéric Chopin & David Alan Kogut (4:45)
  4. 4 String Quartet No. 15 in D minor, K. 421 (K. 417b): 4. Allegro ma non troppo - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Smetana Quartet (8:03)
  5. 5 Concerto for 2 violins, strings & continuo in D minor ("Double"), BWV 1043: 2. Largo ma non tanto - Johann Sebastian Bach & Münchener Kammerorchester (6:39)
  6. 6 Serenade for strings (or piano, 4 hands) in C major, Op. 48: 3. Élegie; Larghetto elegiaco - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Vasil Kazandjiev (10:04)
  7. 7 Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor, Op. 61: 2. Andantino quasi allegretto - Chee-Yun & Camille Saint-Saëns (8:10)
  8. 8 Nocturne for violin & piano - Chee-Yun & Aram Khachaturian (3:33)
  9. 9 String Quartet No. 5 in E minor: 2. Larghetto - Gaetano Donizetti & I Solisti Italiani (5:12)
  10. 10 Serenade for string orchestra in E major, B. 52 (Op. 22): 1. Moderato - Vasil Kazandjiev & Antonin Dvorák (4:18)
  11. 11 Henry V, film score: Touch Her Soft Lips and Part - William Walton & I Solisti Italiani (1:42)
Disc 2
  1. 1 String Quartet No. 2 in D major: 3. Nocturne - David Alan Kogut & Alexander Borodin (7:44)
  2. 2 Symphonie espagnole, for violin and orchestra in D minor, Op. 21: 5. Rondo allegro - Edouard Lalo & Chee-Yun (8:31)
  3. 3 Liebesträume, notturno for piano No. 3 in A flat major ("O Lieb, so lang du lieben kannst"), S. 541/3 (LW A103/3) - Franz Liszt & David Alan Kogut (6:07)
  4. 4 Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor: 4. Adagietto: Sehr langsam - Gustav Mahler & hr_Sinfonieorchester (Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orc (11:37)
  5. 5 Sonata for violin & piano in A major, M. 8: 4. Allegretto poco mosso - Chee-Yun & César Franck (6:17)
  6. 6 Idyll for string orchestra, JW 6/3: Adagio - David Alan Kogut & Leos Janácek (5:41)
  7. 7 Terzetto, for violin, cello & guitar in D major, MS 69: Andante larghetto - Niccolò Paganini & Anthea Gifford (3:36)
  8. 8 Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in F minor ("L'inverno," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 4), Op. 8/4, RV 297: 2. Largo - Antonio Vivaldi & Andrea Coen (2:15)
  9. 9 Fra Holbergs tid (From Holberg’s Time), for string orchestra ("Holberg Suite"), Op. 40: 4. Air religioso - Edvard Grieg & Baroque Strings Zürich (6:41)
  10. 10 Adagio for strings (or string quartet; arr. from 2nd mvt. of String Quartet), Op. 11 - Baroque Strings Zürich & Samuel Barber (7:01)
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    lovely CD

    I write children's stories, and have found that a background of soft, pretty music is soothing and conducive to creativity. I alternate playing this CD in the house and in my car. It's about worn out already.

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