No Description Available. Genre: Classical Music Media Format: Compact Disk Rating: Release Date: 25-AUG-1998
NR (Not Rated)
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Of the nine pieces on this disc, a third are by Samuel Barber, two of those the same work more or less with different arrangements. The Adagio for Strings is itself a rearrangement for string orchestra of a movement from Barber's lone string quartet, while Barber's Agnus Dei is a rendition of the Adagio for voices. Both performances here are perfectly fine -- given the overpowering nature of the music, I'm not sure how easy it is to give a bad performance of it. Also on the program is the middle movement of Barber's Violin Concerto, a wonderful composition that really deserves to be listened to in its entirety, though this movement is in keeping with the company it keeps here. And what about the remaining six works? John Corigliano's Voyage for Flute and String Orchestra is okay, but it didn't strike me as anything special. The excerpt from Christopher Rouse's Flute Concerto is a bit better, and Alan Hovhaness' Alleluia and Fugue even better than that. On the other hand, Aaron...
Many of the pieces of music on this disc are masterpieces and all are played to perfection.Barber's Adagio appears twice:in orchestral and choral versions,and the Agnus Dei choral is given loving treatment by the Robert Shaw festival singers.The familiar but never tiring Shaker variations of Copland and the exquisite Lullabye for strings of Gershwin are two quintessential slices of Americana performed by the Cincinnati Pops under Eric Kunzel.The most beautiful work of the collection may be the Anhran from flute concerto by Christopher Rouse.This little piece may find its way on many recordings in the coming years.With all around excellent performances and gorgeous sound this disc is definitely a keeper.
This CD is amazing. The form and melodies are soft, beautiful, and relaxing. The artists featured cross different time periods in contemporary classical music. The variety of composers features a span of American music not usually seen paired together. The Thomas Canning alone is worth purchasing this CD. A definite must for any classical enthusiest or someone just looking for a CD to soothe the soul. This CD is adagios at their best!
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