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Sensitive Sounds
     

Sensitive Sounds

 
Berlin Classics' Sensitive Sounds is a sampler of slow movements from Baroque and Classical works, with one fast excerpt -- the opening Allegro from J.S. Bach's "Violin Concerto in A minor" -- presumably thrown in for a little contrast. With that exception, the music is quite calm and relaxing, and seekers of a good chill-out CD may

Overview

Berlin Classics' Sensitive Sounds is a sampler of slow movements from Baroque and Classical works, with one fast excerpt -- the opening Allegro from J.S. Bach's "Violin Concerto in A minor" -- presumably thrown in for a little contrast. With that exception, the music is quite calm and relaxing, and seekers of a good chill-out CD may find that this album suits their needs. Drawing on Edel's backlist of performances dating from 1960 to 1989, the tracks are a mix of analog and digital recordings that are reasonably well-balanced, and the sound quality is quite high from track to track. The playing is never less than fine, and in many cases it is exceptional, since the roster of performers includes such excellent ensembles as the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Dresden Staatskapelle, and the Kammerorchester Berlin, among others, and such distinguished conductors as Herbert Blomstedt, Kurt Masur, and Václav Neumann, to name just a few. If there's one criticism to be made about this collection, it has to be the over-representation of the best-known composers: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart appears three times and J.S. Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, and George Frederick Handel each show up twice, while Franz Joseph Haydn, Christoph Willibald Gluck, and Giovanni Battista Viotti are given single tracks; surely there could have been a better balance on the program, or a few more composers considered, aside from the usual suspects. Still, for what it is, this budget disc will probably satisfy most casual listeners and it may be very practical for beginners.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/11/2007
Label:
Berlin Classics
UPC:
0782124127121
catalogNumber:
1271

Tracks

  1. Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Ballett. Andante

    1. Ballett. Andante  (03:20)
  2. Bassoon Concerto in B flat major, K. 191 (K. 186e): 2. Andante

    1. 2. Andante  (07:29)
  3. Concerto for violin, strings & continuo No. 1 in A minor, BWV 1041: 1. (Allegro)

    1. 1. (Allegro)  (04:38)
  4. Oboe Concerto in C major, H. 7g/C1 (doubtful): 2. Andante

    1. 2. Andante  (05:33)
  5. Bassoon Concerto, for bassoon, strings & continuo in A minor, RV 497: 2. Andante molto

    1. 2. Andante molto  (04:01)
  6. Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046: 2. Adagio

    1. 2. Adagio  (03:52)
  7. Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201 (K. 186a): 2. Andante

    1. 2. Andante  (07:26)
  8. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in A major ("L'ottavina"), RV 763: 2. Largo

    1. 2. Largo  (03:26)
  9. Concerto for violin & orchestra No. 22 in A minor, G97: 2. Adagio

    1. 2. Adagio  (07:19)
  10. Concerto Grosso in G major, Op.6/1, HWV 319: 3. Adagio

    1. 3. Adagio  (03:25)
  11. Flute Concerto No. 2 in D major, K. 314 (K. 285d): 2. Andante ma non troppo

    1. 2. Andante ma non troppo  (07:05)
  12. Concerto Grosso in C minor, Op.6/8, HWV 326: 3. Siciliano. Andante

    1. 3. Siciliano. Andante  (05:06)

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