Vocalise

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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: 303,165

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Swan Lake, ballet, Op. 20: Andante - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Michael Halász (6:45)
    Composed byPeter Ilich Tchaikovsky
    Conducted byMichael Halász
    Performed byMichael Halász, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
  2. 2 Piano Sonata No. 12 in F major, K. 332 (K. 300k): Adagio - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Péter Nagy (5:23)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  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 - Antonio Vivaldi & Capella Istropolitana (2:42)
    Composed byAntonio Vivaldi
    Conducted byStephen Gunzenhauser
    Performed byCapella Istropolitana, Stephen Gunzenhauser
  4. 4 Symphony No. 96 in D major ("Miracle"), H. 1/96: Andante - Franz Joseph Haydn & Capella Istropolitana (5:08)
    Composed byFranz Joseph Haydn
    Conducted byBarry Wordsworth
    Performed byCapella Istropolitana, Barry Wordsworth
  5. 5 Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58: Andante - Ludwig van Beethoven & Capella Istropolitana (5:40)
    Composed byLudwig van Beethoven
    Conducted byBarry Wordsworth
    Performed byCapella Istropolitana, Barry Wordsworth
  6. 6 Vocalise, transcription for piano, Op. 34/14 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Péter Nagy (7:13)
    Composed bySergey Rachmaninov
  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)
    Composed byEdvard Grieg
    Conducted byStephen Gunzenhauser
    Performed byCzecho-Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra (Kosice, Stephen Gunzenhauser
  8. 8 Water Music Suites Nos 1-3 for orchestra, HWV 348-350: Adagio - George Frideric Handel & Capella Istropolitana (3:06)
    Composed byGeorge Frideric Handel
    Conducted byBohdan Warchal
    Performed byCapella Istropolitana, Bohdan Warchal
  9. 9 String Quartet, L. 85 (Op. 10): Andantino - Claude Debussy & Kodaly Quartet (7:59)
    Composed byClaude Debussy
  10. 10 Concerto for flute, harp & orchestra in C major, K. 299 (K. 297c): Andantino - Jiri Valek & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (7:35)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted byRichard Edlinger
    Performed byCapella Istropolitana, Richard Edlinger
  11. 11 Concerto Grosso in A minor, Op.6/4, HWV 322: Largo - George Frideric Handel & Capella Istropolitana (2:36)
    Composed byGeorge Frideric Handel
    Conducted byJozef Kopelman
    Performed byCapella Istropolitana, Jozef Kopelman
  12. 12 Work(s): [Unspecified] Moment Musical - Franz Schubert & Péter Nagy (5:47)
    Composed byFranz Schubert
  13. 13 A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Notturno - Felix Mendelssohn & Anthony Bramall (6:25)
    Composed byFelix Mendelssohn
    Conducted byAnthony Bramall
    Performed byAnthony Bramall, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
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