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Sileo - The Music of Serenity
     

Sileo - The Music of Serenity

 
Normally it's the new age-friendly buyers of North America who provide an audience for CDs with words like "serenity" in the title, but this is a German release. Sileo: Musik der Stille (here translated as Sileo: Music of Serenity) is one of several "Sileo" discs with similar meditative content. The browser in search of music for relaxation is encouraged to

Overview

Normally it's the new age-friendly buyers of North America who provide an audience for CDs with words like "serenity" in the title, but this is a German release. Sileo: Musik der Stille (here translated as Sileo: Music of Serenity) is one of several "Sileo" discs with similar meditative content. The browser in search of music for relaxation is encouraged to sample the performances here; you may or may not like them, but the disc is distinct from other albums with a similar purpose. It's not just the opening orchestral arrangement of the variations from Schubert's "Death and the Maiden" string quartet, which most people would call anything but serene. Even the Matthias Claudius text of the song on which Schubert based the movement is provided (in German): "Give me your hand, you picture of beauty and tenderness! I am your friend, and I do not come to punish you. Cheer up! I am not crazy. Soon you will sleep gently in my arms." Only in the land of Schopenhauer would this qualify as serenity. But the performance by the Kammerorchester "Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach" is lush and indeed somewhat calming. Lushness is a keyword for many of the selections on the album, which includes the Adagietto from Mahler's "Symphony No. 5" and the "Nimrod" section of Elgar's "Enigma Variations." The second disc is more oriented toward piano music, but orchestral, chamber, and piano music are mixed throughout, with one choral piece by Max Reger (someone else you wouldn't be likely to hear on a similar American release). The performances are compiled from recordings of the 1990s and early 2000s, but they hang together better than do those on many releases of this type. If you're down with the idea that German serenity is a weightier, more philosophically ambitious thing than the American version, you may well enjoy this double-disc set.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/28/2006
Label:
Berlin Classics
UPC:
0782124828523
catalogNumber:
8285

Tracks

  1. String Quartet No. 14 in D minor ("Death and the Maiden"), D. 810: Andante con moto
  2. Adagio for strings (or string quartet; arr. from 2nd mvt. of String Quartet), Op. 11
  3. Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90: Poco allegretto
  4. Vocalise, transcriptions for various instruments, Op. 34/14
  5. Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor: Adagietto
  6. Cello Concerto: Adagio
  7. Piano Sonata No. 19 in C minor, D. 958: Adagio
  8. Enigma Variations, for orchestra, Op. 36: Nimrod
  9. Impromptu for piano in G flat major, D. 899/3 (Op. 90/3)
  10. String quartet in B flat, Op 8: Andante sostenuto
  11. Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor ("Werther"), Op. 60: Andante
  12. Tone Poems (4) after Arnold Böcklin for orchestra, Op. 128: Der geigende eremit
  13. Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1: Andante
  14. Song without Words for piano No. 6 in G minor ("Venetianisches Gondellied"), Op. 19b/6
  15. Songs without Words (6) for piano, Book 2, Op. 30: Venezianisches gondellied, Op. 30 No. 6
  16. Song without Words for piano No. 29 in A minor ("Venetianisches Gondellied"), Op. 62/5
  17. Intermezzo for piano in C sharp minor, Op. 117/3: Andante con moto
  18. Piano Trio in B flat major, D. 898 (Op. 99): Andante un poco mosso
  19. Cello Concerto, in A minor, Op. 22: Andante sostenuto

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