The Ultimate Most Romantic String Music in the Universe

The Ultimate Most Romantic String Music in the Universe

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Overview

Denon's generous, if hyperbolically titled twofer The Ultimate Most Romantic String Music in the Universe covers extremely familiar ground in its selections, so prudent buyers should examine them carefully for any duplication of pieces they may already have. However, one probably wouldn't buy this compilation for any single track or to fill holes in a collection, but might choose it for its overall ambiance and utility as pleasant background music. The smooth, lyrical tone of the program ensures a mellow mood, and the balanced levels between tracks guarantee that there will be no loud surprises and little need to adjust the volume. The textures vary according to the instrumentation, so there are pieces and movements for violin and piano, violin, cello, guitar, string quartet, string orchestra, and several concerto formats, and the variety of ensembles is refreshing. The label's distinguished roster is well-represented, and such artists as violinist Chee-Yun, guitarist Shin-Ichi Fukuda, the Smetana and Prague String Quartets, I Solisti Italiani, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra are just a handful of the sophisticated musicians included in this package. One may quibble with the term Romantic, as it is used here, since music from the Baroque, Classical, and modern periods are sampled; if it is taken loosely, as it seems intended, then the music is indeed warm, lush, and emotionally satisfying, and suitable for quiet pursuits and relaxation.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/08/2008
Label: Denon Records
UPC: 0795041767325
catalogNumber: 17623

Tracks

  1. Thaïs, lyric comedy in 3 acts: Meditation
  2. Salut d'amour, for violin & piano, Op. 12
  3. Nocturne for piano No. 18 in E major, Op. 62/2, CT. 125
  4. String Quartet No. 15 in D minor, K. 421 (K. 417b): 4. Allegro ma non troppo
  5. Concerto for 2 violins, strings & continuo in D minor ("Double"), BWV 1043: 2. Largo ma non tanto
  6. Serenade for strings (or piano, 4 hands) in C major, Op. 48: 3. Élegie; Larghetto elegiaco
  7. Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor, Op. 61: 2. Andantino quasi allegretto
  8. Nocturne for violin & piano
  9. String Quartet No. 5 in E minor: 2. Larghetto
  10. Serenade for string orchestra in E major, B. 52 (Op. 22): 1. Moderato
  11. Henry V, film score: Touch Her Soft Lips and Part
  12. String Quartet No. 2 in D major: 3. Nocturne
  13. Symphonie espagnole, for violin and orchestra in D minor, Op. 21: 5. Rondo allegro
  14. Liebesträume, notturno for piano No. 3 in A flat major ("O Lieb, so lang du lieben kannst"), S. 541/3 (LW A103/3)
  15. Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor: 4. Adagietto: Sehr langsam
  16. Sonata for violin & piano in A major, M. 8: 4. Allegretto poco mosso
  17. Idyll for string orchestra, JW 6/3: Adagio
  18. Terzetto, for violin, cello & guitar in D major, MS 69: Andante larghetto
  19. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in F minor ("L'inverno," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 4), Op. 8/4, RV 297: 2. Largo
  20. Fra Holbergs tid (From Holberg’s Time), for string orchestra ("Holberg Suite"), Op. 40: 4. Air religioso
  21. Adagio for strings (or string quartet; arr. from 2nd mvt. of String Quartet), Op. 11

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