Violin for Relaxation

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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
The song of the violin is among the most expressive of any instrument, able to caress a sustained line and utter a myriad of nuanced inflections. The moments when it does so, though often sandwiched between pyrotechnics, may be the most dearly loved parts of the repertory. VIOLIN FOR RELAXATION is packed with just such meditative and soothing excursions from the full span of the instrument's history. A variety of sweet-toned soloists lend their bows to all-time romantic favorites by Mendelssohn, Massenet, Rachmaninoff, and others. Anne Akiko Meyers contributes the album's centerpiece, Vaughan Williams's pastoral "The Lark Ascending," as well as the Japanese song ...
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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
The song of the violin is among the most expressive of any instrument, able to caress a sustained line and utter a myriad of nuanced inflections. The moments when it does so, though often sandwiched between pyrotechnics, may be the most dearly loved parts of the repertory. VIOLIN FOR RELAXATION is packed with just such meditative and soothing excursions from the full span of the instrument's history. A variety of sweet-toned soloists lend their bows to all-time romantic favorites by Mendelssohn, Massenet, Rachmaninoff, and others. Anne Akiko Meyers contributes the album's centerpiece, Vaughan Williams's pastoral "The Lark Ascending," as well as the Japanese song "Aka-Tonbo." Representing the baroque is the Largo from J. S. Bach's Concerto for Two Violins, where Pinchas Zukerman and José-Luis Garcia provide a double dose of string harmony, and adding classical grace to the program is Vladimir Spivakov's performance of the slow movement from Mozart's Violin Concerto in A Major. Closing on a blissfully serene note, Messiaen's "Praise to the Immortality of Jesus" offers a rapturous song of devotion, played with timeless reverence by Maria Bachmann.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/16/2000
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 090266367627
  • Catalog Number: 63676
  • Sales rank: 46,028

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Méditation (from opera "Thäis"), violin & orchestra version and various arrangements - Jules Massenet & Andrew Litton (5:26)
  2. 2 Vocalise, instrumental arrangement, Op. 34/14 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Sergei Bezrodny (5:15)
  3. 3 Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major ("Turkish") K. 219: II. Adagio - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Sergei Bezrodny (12:04)
  4. 4 Suite Populaire Espagnole, for violin & piano (arr. from "Popular Spanish Songs" by Kochanski): Nana - Manuel de Falla & Phillip Moll (2:29)
  5. 5 The Lark Ascending, romance for violin & orchestra - Ralph Vaughan Williams & Andrew Litton (14:40)
  6. 6 Petite suite (4), for piano, 4 hands (or orchestra), L. 65: En Bateau - Claude Debussy & Sergei Bezrodny (3:47)
  7. 7 Aka Tonbo (Red Dragonfly), folk song, for voice & piano - arranged by Saegusa - Kosaku Yamada & Andrew Litton (4:49)
  8. 8 Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64: II. Andante - Felix Mendelssohn & Bamberg Symphony Chorus (8:35)
  9. 9 Concerto for 2 violins & strings in D minor ("Double"), BWV 1043: II. Largo ma non tanto - Johann Sebastian Bach & English Chamber Orchestra (7:23)
  10. 10 Sicilienne for keyboard in E flat - Maria Theresia von Paradis & Andrew Litton (3:23)
  11. 11 Salut d'amour, for violin & piano, Op. 12 - Edward Elgar & Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra (3:01)
  12. 12 Quatuor pour la fin du temps, for violin, cello, clarinet, & piano, I/22: Praise to the Immortality of Jesus - Olivier Messiaen & Maria Bachmann (7:21)
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