Violin Adagios

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Continuing their Adagios series, the folks at Decca have combed the archives once again and assembled another soothing collection of beautiful melodies, Violin Adagios. This time the soulful sound of the violin takes center stage in a program of the most memorable slow-paced music written for the instrument. Opening with Kennedy's rendition of Massenet's mournful "Meditation" from Thaïs, the double-disc set continues with performances by legends like Arthur Grumiaux and Henryk Szeryng, along with newly minted stars such as Joshua Bell, Kyung-Wha Chung, and Leila Josefowicz. And all the essential composers -- from Bach to Beethoven to Brahms -- are represented, too, on this album in celebration of the violin, that ...
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Continuing their Adagios series, the folks at Decca have combed the archives once again and assembled another soothing collection of beautiful melodies, Violin Adagios. This time the soulful sound of the violin takes center stage in a program of the most memorable slow-paced music written for the instrument. Opening with Kennedy's rendition of Massenet's mournful "Meditation" from Thaïs, the double-disc set continues with performances by legends like Arthur Grumiaux and Henryk Szeryng, along with newly minted stars such as Joshua Bell, Kyung-Wha Chung, and Leila Josefowicz. And all the essential composers -- from Bach to Beethoven to Brahms -- are represented, too, on this album in celebration of the violin, that most lyrical of instruments.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/20/2001
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028946767528
  • Catalog Number: 467675
  • Sales rank: 28,274

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Méditation, for violin & orchestra (or other arrangement) (from opera "Thäis") - Jules Massenet & Richard Bonynge (5:42)
    Composed byJules Massenet
    Conducted byRichard Bonynge
    Performed byRichard Bonynge, National Philharmonic Orchestra
  2. 2 Violin Concerto No.1, in G minor, Op. 26: Adagio - Max Bruch & Kyung-Wha Chung (8:43)
    Composed byMax Bruch
    Conducted byRudolf Kempe
    Performed byRudolf Kempe, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  3. 3 Violin Concerto ("L'inverno", The Four Seasons), for violin, strings & continuo in F minor ("Il cimento" No. 4) Op. 8/4, RV 297: Largo - Antonio Vivaldi & Neville Marriner (2:24)
    Composed byAntonio Vivaldi
    Conducted byNeville Marriner
    Performed byNeville Marriner, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
  4. 4 Concerto for 2 violins & strings in D minor ("Double"), BWV 1043: Largo, ma non tanto - Johann Sebastian Bach & Neville Marriner (6:32)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
    Conducted byNeville Marriner
    Performed byNeville Marriner, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
  5. 5 Adagio for violin & orchestra in E major, K. 261 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Alexander Gibson (6:45)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted byAlexander Gibson
    Performed byAlexander Gibson, New Philharmonia Orchestra
  6. 6 Vocalise, instrumental arrangement, Op. 34/14 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Phillip Moll (5:30)
    Composed bySergey Rachmaninov
  7. 7 Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77: Adagio - Johannes Brahms & Joshua Bell (9:12)
    Composed byJohannes Brahms
    Conducted byChristoph von Dohnányi
    Performed byCleveland Orchestra, Christoph von Dohnányi
  8. 8 Violin Concerto, Op. 14: Andante - Samuel Barber & Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (8:49)
    Composed bySamuel Barber
    Conducted byDavid Zinman
    Performed byBaltimore Symphony Orchestra, David Zinman
  9. 9 Mélodie (Dance of the Blessed Spirits) for violin & piano (transcriptin of Gluck's Lento from Orfeo ed Euridice) - Fritz Kreisler & Arthur Grumiaux (2:49)
    Composed byFritz Kreisler
  10. 10 Sonata for violin & piano No. 5 in F major ("Spring") Op. 24: Adagio molt espressivo - Ludwig van Beethoven & Itzhak Perlman (6:29)
    Composed byLudwig van Beethoven
  11. 11 Violin Concerto, for violin & orchestra (or violin & piano) in D major, Op. 35: Canzonetta: Andante - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Neville Marriner (7:01)
    Composed byPeter Ilich Tchaikovsky
    Conducted byNeville Marriner
    Performed byNeville Marriner, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
  12. 12 Songs my mother taught me (Als die alte Mutter), song for voice & piano (Gypsy Melodies), B. 104/4 (Op. 55/4) - Antonin Dvorák & Arthur Grumiaux (2:11)
    Composed byAntonin Dvorák
  13. 13 None but the lonely heart, song for voice & piano, Op. 6/6 - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & London Festival Orchestra and Chorus (3:28)
    Composed byPeter Ilich Tchaikovsky
    Performed byLondon Festival Orchestra and Chorus
  14. 14 The Gadfly, suite from the film score, Op. 97a (assembled by Atovmyan): Romance - Dmitry Shostakovich & Riccardo Chailly (3:49)
    Composed byDmitry Shostakovich
    Conducted byRiccardo Chailly
    Performed byRiccardo Chailly, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
Disc 2
  1. 1 Romance for violin & orchestra No. 2 in F major, Op. 50 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam (7:52)
    Composed byLudwig van Beethoven
    Conducted byBernard Haitink
    Performed byRoyal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Bernard Haitink
  2. 2 Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major, BWV 1042: Adagio - Johann Sebastian Bach & Midori (6:36)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
    Conducted byPinchas Zukerman
    Performed bySaint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Pinchas Zukerman
  3. 3 Salut d'amour, for violin & piano, Op. 12 - Edward Elgar & Phillip Moll (2:58)
    Composed byEdward Elgar
  4. 4 Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), song for voice & piano, D. 839 (Op. 52/6) - Franz Schubert & Arthur Grumiaux (4:15)
    Composed byFranz Schubert
  5. 5 Double Violin Concerto, for 2 violins, strings & continuo in A minor (L'estro armonico No. 8), Op. 3/8, RV 522: Larghetto - Antonio Vivaldi & Midori (4:33)
    Composed byAntonio Vivaldi
    Conducted byPinchas Zukerman
    Performed bySaint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Pinchas Zukerman
  6. 6 Violin Sonata in D major, Op.1/13, HWV 371: Larghetto - George Frideric Handel & Iona Brown (2:33)
    Composed byGeorge Frideric Handel
  7. 7 Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216: Adagio - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Colin Davis (7:37)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted byColin Davis
    Performed byColin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra
  8. 8 Liebesleid "Love's Sorrow" for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Joshua Bell (3:44)
    Composed byFritz Kreisler
  9. 9 Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64: Andante - Felix Mendelssohn & Kyung-Wha Chung (7:23)
    Composed byFelix Mendelssohn
    Conducted byCharles Dutoit
    Performed byCharles Dutoit, Montreal Symphony Orchestra
  10. 10 Souvenir d'un lieu cher, for violin & piano (or orchestra), Op. 42: Mélodie - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Phillip Moll (3:39)
    Composed byPeter Ilich Tchaikovsky
  11. 11 Violin Concerto, for violin & orchestra in D minor, Op. 47: Adagio di molto - Jean Sibelius & André Previn (8:12)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
    Conducted byAndré Previn
    Performed byAndré Previn, London Symphony Orchestra
  12. 12 Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35: Romance: Andante - Erich Wolfgang Korngold & Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (8:56)
    Composed byErich Wolfgang Korngold
    Conducted byJohn Mauceri
    Performed byBerlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, John Mauceri
  13. 13 Ständchen ("Leise flehen meine Lieder"), song for voice & piano (Schwanengesang), D. 957/4 - Franz Schubert & Arthur Grumiaux (2:40)
    Composed byFranz Schubert
  14. 14 Estrellita for voice & piano (or orchestra) - Manuel Ponce & Arthur Grumiaux (3:05)
    Composed byManuel Ponce
  15. 15 Suite for orchestra No 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air on a G String - Johann Sebastian Bach & Neville Marriner (5:12)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
    Conducted byNeville Marriner
    Performed byNeville Marriner, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
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