The Ultimate Most Relaxing Music for Strings in the Universe

The Ultimate Most Relaxing Music for Strings in the Universe


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The Ultimate Most Relaxing Music for Strings in the Universe may look like a double-disc collection of popular short pieces and excerpts from larger works for bowed strings, but a substantial portion of the program is actually filled with guitar music, a fact not suggested by the appearance of a violin on the cover. Listeners who expect mostly orchestral or chamber music for strings can find some here, but 10 of this twofer's 22 tracks are guitar music, which Denon has sufficiently covered in several of its compilations already. In the universe of classical music, there is a vast wealth of great works for violin, viola, cello, and bass -- not to mention string quartet, quintet, sextet, on up to string orchestra -- so this unnecessarily mixed program is poorly planned and deficient in key works from the repertoire; since even arrangements of piano music have been included, the serious fan of string music may well pass this collection by. For those who do give it a try, this album provides respectable performances by skilled artists, such as guitarist Sharon Isbin, violinist Chee-Yun, the Festival Strings Lucerne, I Solisti Italiani, and others, so the selections are played well and are serviceable as pleasant background music.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/14/2007
Label: Denon Records
UPC: 0795041765529
catalogNumber: 17655
Rank: 26838


Disc 1

  1. Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major ("Eine kleine Nachtmusik"), K. 525: Romance, Andante

    1. Romance, Andante  (05:52)
  2. Ständchen ("Leise flehen meine Lieder"), song for voice & piano (Schwanengesang), D. 957/4  (03:58)
  3. Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64: [Excerpt]

    1. [Excerpt]  (08:48)
  4. Arada, for guitar  (04:02)
  5. Gymnopedie for piano No.1  (03:15)
  6. Atom Hearts Club Duo, for 2 guitars, Op. 70a: Andante

    1. Andante  (02:20)
  7. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35: 2. Canzonetta: Andante

    1. 2. Canzonetta: Andante  (06:53)
  8. Jeux Interdits ("Spanish Romance"), for guitar  (02:52)
  9. Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216: 2. Adagio

    1. 2. Adagio  (07:23)
  10. Sonata for guitar in D minor, Op. 61: 2. Andante

    1. 2. Andante  (04:10)
  11. Adagio for violin & orchestra in E major, K. 261  (07:51)
  12. Vocalise, instrumental arrangement, Op. 34/14  (04:43)

Disc 2

  1. Recuerdos de la Alhambra, for guitar  (04:09)
  2. Méditation, for violin & orchestra (or other arrangement) (from opera "Thaïs")  (04:32)
  3. Variations on "Marlborough S'en Va T'en Guerre" for guitar, Op. 28  (09:05)
  4. The Swan (from "Carnival of the Animals"), original (for 2 pianos & ensemble) and arrangements  (02:55)
  5. Nocturne for piano No. 18 in E major, Op. 62/2, CT. 125  (04:45)
  6. Violin Concerto in D major (doubtful, "Concerto No. 7"), K(2) 271a (K. 271i): Andante

    1. Andante  (08:00)
  7. Barden-klänge (30), for guitar, Op. 13: Liebeslied

    1. Liebeslied  (03:39)
  8. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in E major ("La cetra" No. 4), Op. 9/4, RV 263a: Adagio

    1. Adagio  (02:00)
  9. Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op. 26: 2. Adagio

    1. 2. Adagio  (08:31)
  10. Partita for solo violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: Chaconne

    1. Chaconne  (14:47)

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