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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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: 9/1/2001
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 730099660228
  • Catalog Number: 8556602
  • Sales rank: 342,384

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Swan Lake, ballet, Op. 20: Andante - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Michael Halász (6:45)
  2. 2 Piano Sonata No. 12 in F major, K. 332 (K. 300k): Adagio - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Péter Nagy (5:23)
  3. 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 - Capella Istropolitana & Antonio Vivaldi (2:42)
  4. 4 Symphony No. 96 in D major ("Miracle"), H. 1/96: Andante - Capella Istropolitana & Franz Joseph Haydn (5:08)
  5. 5 Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58: Andante - Ludwig van Beethoven & Capella Istropolitana (5:40)
  6. 6 Vocalise, transcription for piano, Op. 34/14 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Péter Nagy (7:13)
  7. 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 (4:37)
  8. 8 Water Music Suites Nos 1-3 for orchestra, HWV 348-350: Adagio - Capella Istropolitana & George Frideric Handel (3:06)
  9. 9 String Quartet, L. 85 (Op. 10): Andantino - Claude Debussy & Kodály Quartet (7:59)
  10. 10 Concerto for flute, harp & orchestra in C major, K. 299 (K. 297c): Andantino - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Jiri Valek (7:35)
  11. 11 Concerto Grosso in A minor, Op.6/4, HWV 322: Largo - Capella Istropolitana & George Frideric Handel (2:36)
  12. 12 Work(s): [Unspecified] Moment Musical - Franz Schubert & Péter Nagy (5:47)
  13. 13 A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Notturno - Felix Mendelssohn & Anthony Bramall (6:25)
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