Vocalise

Vocalise

     
 

Previously released as Night Music 2, Vocalise is one in a series of albums for relaxation and contemplation. The pieces, ostensibly chosen for their slow tempi and gentle lyricism, are above average in terms of selection and performance, and may be of much greater interest than as mere background music. As a sampler of the many fine offerings in theSee more details below

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Previously released as Night Music 2, Vocalise is one in a series of albums for relaxation and contemplation. The pieces, ostensibly chosen for their slow tempi and gentle lyricism, are above average in terms of selection and performance, and may be of much greater interest than as mere background music. As a sampler of the many fine offerings in the Naxos catalog, this engaging disc offers a sophisticated introduction to pieces seldom included on similar adagio compilations. While some chestnuts are included, such as the Andante from Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" and Rachmaninov's "Vocalise," the selections are otherwise a little off the beaten path. The Andante from Haydn's "Symphony No. 96 (Miracle)," the Andante from Beethoven's "Piano Concerto No. 4," and the Largo from Handel's "Concerto Grosso, Op. 6/4," are especially welcome for a change of pace. Also gratifying is the variety of styles and ensembles -- which range from Baroque to Romantic and from solo piano to full orchestra -- yet the program is arranged to flow smoothly from one piece to the next without jarring contrasts of volume or mood. On the whole, this is one of the more inviting collections in the series, serving exceptional fare to newcomers and experienced listeners alike.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/01/2001
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0730099660228
catalogNumber:
8556602
Rank:
268473

Tracks

  1. The Swan Lake, ballet, Op. 20: Andante  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Michael Halász  -  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
  2. Piano Sonata No. 12 in F major, K. 332 (K. 300k): Adagio  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Péter Nagy
  3. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in E major ("La Primavera," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 1), Op.8/1, RV 269: Largo  - Antonio Vivaldi  -  Capella Istropolitana  - Stephen Gunzenhauser  - Takako Nishizaki
  4. Symphony No. 96 in D major ("Miracle"), H. 1/96: Andante  - Franz Joseph Haydn  -  Capella Istropolitana  - Barry Wordsworth
  5. Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58: Andante  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Capella Istropolitana  - Stefan Vladar  - Barry Wordsworth
  6. Vocalise, transcription for piano, Op. 34/14  - Sergey Rachmaninov  - Péter Nagy
  7. Peer Gynt Suite for orchestra (or piano or piano, 4 hands) No. 2, Op. 55: Solveig's Song  - Edvard Grieg  -  Czecho-Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra (Kosice)  - Stephen Gunzenhauser
  8. Water Music Suites Nos 1-3 for orchestra, HWV 348-350: Adagio  - George Frideric Handel  -  Capella Istropolitana  - Bohdan Warchal
  9. String Quartet, L. 85 (Op. 10): Andantino  - Claude Debussy  -  Kodály Quartet
  10. Concerto for flute, harp & orchestra in C major, K. 299 (K. 297c): Andantino  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Jiri Valek  -  Capella Istropolitana  - Richard Edlinger  - Hana Mullerova
  11. Concerto Grosso in A minor, Op.6/4, HWV 322: Largo  - George Frideric Handel  -  Capella Istropolitana  - Jozef Kopelman
  12. Work(s): [Unspecified] Moment Musical  - Franz Schubert  - Péter Nagy
  13. A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Notturno  - Felix Mendelssohn  - Anthony Bramall  -  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra

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