Essential Adagios

Essential Adagios


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There are no surprises in EMI's Essential Adagios, for almost all of the famous slow pieces and movements from larger works that have become immensely popular over the years are included, and all of the selections are performed by first-rate musicians, long associated with this distinguished label. Lest the great fame of these pieces be lost on the inexperienced, EMI has taken pains to list many of the well-known films that have featured them in their soundtracks, so absolute beginners might be misled into thinking they were specifically composed for that purpose. However, the danger of over-familiarity is more likely to trouble listeners, for anyone who has purchased at least one classical relaxation CD or a greatest-hits compilation is likely to have encountered some, if not most, of these selections. Pachelbel's "Canon" (sans Gigue), Albinoni's spurious "Adagio," Bach's "Air on the G string," Barber's "Adagio for strings," the first movement from Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata," Fauré's "Pavane," and the Adagietto from Mahler's "Symphony No. 5" are all ubiquitous, and their inclusion with other chestnuts only serves to make this unimaginative set appeal to the most casual and incurious listener. Yet this double-disc set is almost ideal for use as background music, and anyone who needs a long-playing album for quiet activities or entertaining will probably find this mellow program quite suitable.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/23/2010
Label: Warner Classics
UPC: 5099968857622
catalogNumber: 88576


  1. Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor: 4. Adagietto
  2. Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102: 2. Andante
  3. Thaïs, opera in 3 acts: Méditation
  4. Concierto de Aranjuez, for guitar & orchestra: 2. Adagio
  5. The Swan (from "Carnival of the Animals"), original (for 2 pianos & ensemble) and arrangements
  6. Pavane, for orchestra & chorus ad lib in F sharp minor, Op. 50
  7. Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor ("Pathétique"), Op. 13: 2. Adagio cantabile
  8. Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64: 2. Andante (excerpt)
  9. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11, CT. 47: 2. Romance: Larghetto
  10. Symphony No. 9 in E minor ("From the New World"), B. 178 (Op. 95) (first published as No. 5): 2. Largo
  11. Concerto for flute, harp & orchestra in C major, K. 299 (K. 297c): 2. Andantino (excerpt)
  12. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2: 1. Adagio sostenuto (excerpt)
  13. Lute (Chamber) Concerto, for lute (or guitar), 2 violins & continuo in D major, RV 93: 2. Largo
  14. Concerto for 2 violins, strings & continuo in D minor ("Double"), BWV 1043: 2. Largo ma non tanto
  15. 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
  16. Adagio for strings (or string quartet; arr. from 2nd mvt. of String Quartet), Op. 11
  17. The Planets, suite for orchestra & female chorus, Op. 32, H. 125: Venus
  18. Piano Concerto in A minor: 2. Adagio
  19. Symphony No. 6 in F major ("Pastoral"), Op. 68: 5. Allegretto (Shepherds' Hymn after the Storm)
  20. Enigma Variations, for orchestra, Op. 36: Nimrod
  21. Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26: 2. Adagio
  22. The Lark Ascending, romance for violin & orchestra: Opening
  23. Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85: 3. Adagio
  24. Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18: 2. Adagio sostenuto (Opening)
  25. Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, for 2 string orchestras: Opening
  26. Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major ("Emperor"), Op. 73: 2. Adagio
  27. Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622: 2. Adagio
  28. Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068
  29. Canon in D major, instrumental arrangement
  30. Adagio in C minor for strings & organ (previously attributed to Tomaso Albinoni)

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