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Albinoni's Adagios

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1. Adagio
2. Concerto Op.10 No.1: Adagio
3. Concerto Op.10 No.2: Andante
4. Oboe Concerto in D minor: Adagio
5. Concerto Op.10 No.3: Adagio
6. Concerto Op.10 No.4: Andante
7. Concerto for two oboes in F: Adagio
8. Concerto Op.10 No.5: Andante
9. Concerto Op. 10 No.6: Larghetto
10. Oboe Concerto in C: Adagio
11. Concerto Op.10 No.7: Andante
12. Concerto Op.10 No.8: Largo
13. Concerto for two oboes in G: Adagio
14. Cocnerto Op.10 No.9: Larghetto
15. Violin Concerto in B flat: Adagio
16. Concerto Op.10 No.10: Larghetto
17. Violin concerto in F: Adagio
18. Cocnerto Op.10 No.11: Larghetto
19. Oboe Concerto in B flat: Adagio
20. Concerto Op.10 No.12: Adagio
See all 23 tracks on this disc

Product Details

  • Performer: I Solisti Veneti
  • Conductor: Claudio Scimone
  • Composer: Tomaso Albinoni
  • Audio CD (August 24, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Erato
  • ASIN: B00000JXQ8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,254 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Customer Reviews

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra Vernon HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 7, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This compilation is a perfect work/study/contemplation CD, when you want to reduce the hum and din of modern life. It's wonderfully played, and has 23 tracks for a total of 72:45 minutes of melodic, serene music.
The famous Adagio in G minor, so often heard in films, etc., is here given a lovely rendition. Played a little faster than most other versions, with the individual instruments (especially the harpsichord) being heard clearly. It's not as lush and smooth as some recordings, but crisper, and to my ears, absolutely delightful.
It's hard to pick favorites among the other selections...each piece is a baroque beauty that flows well from one track to the next. I'm sure this CD will please most people who like 18th century music.
The recordings were done in 1970, '74, and '81, the sound is very good, and it's a great addition to my "quiet time" CDs.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mark Crilley on May 15, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I am certainly no authority on classical music, but I wanted to add my voice since this CD has garnered so very few reviews.
From my point of view the decision to make a series of CDs composed only of slow movements is a brilliant stroke. By moving seamlessly from one slow-tempo piece to another, one is truly allowed to relax while listening to this CD. While the classical purist might object to these pieces being extracted from their original settings, the lover of 'restful classical music' will rejoice.
Even better, this CD by its very nature avoids serving up a series of pieces we've all heard before (a pitfall, I find, in many so-called 'relaxation' classical music CDs). What we get instead is just one 'popular favorite' (the first track, which is of course fully deserving of its popularity) followed by more than twenty pieces most listeners have probably never heard before (but are in fact fully deserving of much greater exposure).
If you like quiet classical music, haunting classical music, simply gorgeous classical music, this is the CD for you.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By M. Stoltenberg on March 1, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I was glad to purchase this CD because it is now very difficult to find any recordings of Albinoni's string symphonies. There used to be a recording by Erato with all 3 movements of the 3 string symphonies, but then they wouldn't be all adagios for people who want their classical music slow and soft. This disc has a lot of very well played tracks. I actually found the Adagio for Organ and Strings a little fast for my taste, but I prefer slower tempos generally to allow a composer's music to breathe. This CD was pleasing overall due to the fact that most of the Albinoni recordings I have heard tend to sound like the strings are slightly out of tune or warped in the adagio passages. Not the case with this nicely packaged CD and the adagios of the concertos and especially the string symphonies at the end are patiently and hauntingly rendered. Remember what Mahler said about life and art: "If my life flowed as calmly and peacefully as a stream, I would cease to compose any music altogether."
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Cecelia C Royal on December 4, 1999
Format: Audio CD
The first on this CD is a gorgeous, extremely moving, somber piece that drew me in the first time I heard it. Adagio in G minor apparently was a hit in France 20 years ago and the idea of French lovers dancing to this sad, incredibly beautiful symphonic arrangement captured my imagination. I heard this piece on the radio and searched for it for weeks thereafter. When I found it in Borders, I was delighted. And when I played it at home, I was not disappointed. One of the best classical CDs I own.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ClassicalFan on February 17, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I love Bach and Vivaldi. I have lately been accumulating Vivaldi Concertos like they are going out-of-style. I stumbled across this CD at the store while looking for a Bach CD and decided to give it a try. I've heard Albinoni's famous Adagio in G minor, but was not familiar with his other works. If you love Baroque period music, this CD is a must have. The pieces are absolutely beautiful, and have increased my respect for Albinoni. I plan to listen to more of his work.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A violin player on December 6, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Until I bought this CD. I am not quite a novice classical
music lover.
My strong preference is what is called baroque music - and I
would say my attention was mostly on the period 1600- 1775.
I love Bach, Vivaldi all Italian and German composers of this period.
I am really fascinated by this CD and impressed with Albinoni's
talent. Like Vivaldi and Bach he displays a genuine ability to
to play with the music material and to create musical
forms of remarkable purity and and novelty (in his personal
ways).
Although I like - like many others - the first piece on the CD
- I am usually skipping it to reach to my #1 favorite: piece #3:
Concerto op10, No 2. Andante or piece #9: op 10. no 6.
Larghetto.
I would characterize many of the pieces on this CD as
"celestial or heavenly" music. I would recommend this CD
to anybody as the first to choose from among hundreds of other
good baroque ones. At its current price is a formidable
gift for anyone which have a "bone" for classical music - but I
think many others may very well be impressed.
I Solisti Veneti are doing a superb job in interpreting their
Italian ancestor. This CD made me search for some other
Albinoni music and I found another remarkable one:
Albinoni, Oboe Concerti, Op. 9, Nos. 2, 3, 5, 8, 9& 11
published by Naxos with Anthony Camden, The London Virtuosi
and John Georgiadis.
I read a bigraphy of Vivaldi and I used to think that during
his years in Venice (most of his life) he was unrivaled as
a composer. I started to think otherwise after getting better
acquainted with Albinoni. I am looking now for a good Albinoni
biography.
Now one more thought.
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