Tuesday, March 1, 2011

[Classical] Various Artists - Relaxing Adagios (2006) [2CD] [FLAC]

Various Artists - Relaxing Adagios (2006) [2CD]
| FLAC+CUE | 594 MB | Classical/Instrumental | Label: Decca/England |
Decca's two-disc set, Relaxing Adagios: Over 2 ½ hours of the world's most peaceful music, pretty much delivers what it promises. The selections are in fact restful, intended to induce a sense of mellow tranquility. The pieces are nicely varied in style, genre, and instrumentation. For listeners looking for recordings with more stylistic homogeneity, Decca produces a number of "Adagio" albums, organized by style or composer (Baroque Adagios, Mozart Adagios) or instrumentation (Guitar Adagios, Romantic Piano Adagios). The pieces on this album range from the Baroque to the post-Romantic eras and are taken from works from a number of genres, including concertos, orchestral music, chamber music, keyboard music, opera, and choral music. The performances, all taken from Decca's archives, are consistently very fine, and the notes identify the performers so interested listeners should be able to track down the recordings from which these selections were taken. (Purists may want to note that the Baroque pieces are played on modern instruments.) The sound varies from track to track, but is never less than adequate.

Tracklist:
CD 1
01. Bach Double Concerto: slow movement Szeryng/Hasson/ASMF/Marriner 06:29
02. Delibes Lakme duet Sutherland/Bonynge 05:06
03. Borodin Nocturne from String Quartet 2 Borodin Qt 08:09
04. Satie Gymnopedie no 3 Pascal Roge 02:34
05. Satie Gnossienne no 3 Pascal Roge 03:07
06. Mozart Piano concerto no 21/slow movement Ashkenazy/LSO 07:47
07. Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Greensleeves ASMF/Marriner 04:20
08. Schubert String Quintet/Adagio (excerpt) Takacs/Perenyi 05:48
09. Beethoven Moonlight Sonata - opening movement Radu Lupu 07:04
10. Bach Sheep may safely graze Stuttgart CO/Munchinger 04:31
11. Casals Te lucis (Song of the Birds) New Colllege/Higginbottom 02:20
12. Faure Dolly Suite (Berceuse) Katia & Marielle Labeque 02:56
13. Guridi Aritz adarean Marisa Robles 02:08
14. Boccherini Minuet Stuttgart/Munchinger 03:40
15. Dvorak New World Symphony Largo extract VPO/Kondrashin 04:23
16. Bizet Intermezzo from Carmen MSO/Dutoit 02:33
17. Vivaldi Winter from 4 Seasons SCO/Munchinger 02:15

CD 2
1. Gluck Dance of the Blessed Spirits Stuttgart/Munchinger 06:34
2. Handel Largo (Crux fidelis) New College/Higginbottom 02:25
3. Hofstetter Serenade SCO/Munchinger 04:02
4. Respighi Italiana from Ancient Airs and Dances Suite 111 I Musici 02:50
5. Mozart Clarinet Concerto: Slow movement Jack Brymer 07:27
6. Offenbach Barcarolle OSR/Bonynge 04:00
7. Puccini Humming Chorus VPO/Karajan 02:56
8. Beethoven Piano Concerto no 5/slow movement Ashkenazy/Cleveland 07:41
9. Rodrigo Fantasia para un gentilhombre Bonell/MSO/Dutoit 04:41
10. Saint-Saens The Swan Julian Lloyd Webber/ECO/Cleobury 03:12
11. Grieg Morning Lgo/Masur 04:18
12. Bach Air on a G String SCO/Munchinger 03:50
13. Boccherini Andante cantabile Segovia/Jorda 06:15
14. Chopin Nocturne op 9/2 Bolet 05:17
15. Faure Sanctus (Requiem) OSM/Dutoit 03:05
16. Rachmaninov Adagio from Symphony 2 (conclusion) RCO/Ashkenazy 06:50

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Other Albums:
Decca's Adagios Series (1992-2009) [53CD] [APE/FLAC]
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