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American Adagios

Various Artists Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 5, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B000009RCU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,567 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Adagio for strings (or string quartet; arr. from 2nd mvt. of String Quartet), Op. 11
2. Voyage for flute & string orchestra
3. Fantasy on a Hymn by Justin Morgan
4. Alleluia and Fugue for string orchestra, Op. 40b
5. Flute Concerto Anhran
6. Violin Concerto, Op. 14 Andante
7. Appalachian Spring, concert suite for full orchestra Variations on a Shaker Melody
8. Lullaby, for string quartet
9. Agnus Dei, for chorus & organ/piano (arr. from 2nd mvt. of String Quartet), Op. 11

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another highlight in the Adagio series May 30, 2002
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.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Subtle American Beauty November 30, 1999
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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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Contemplative Bliss April 21, 2000
I bought this disk to get Barber's Adagio for Strings. The entire disk is a contemplatively blissful experience. I don't want to meet the person for whom the "Agnus Dei" based on Barber's Adagio doesn't open the cosmos. I'm online ordering six more copies for my wife to give to friends.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Thematic Album November 3, 2012
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 Copland's Variations on a Shaker Melody is extracted more or less intact from Appalachian Spring, and I don't think its stand alone inclusion here works that well when presented out of the context of the larger work. That leaves two pieces which I think are the standouts here: A rendition of Gershwin's not-all-that-frequently-played Lullaby for Strings, and Thomas Canning's Fantasy on a Hymn by Justin Morgan. The Gershwin presented here is lilting and dreamy, though still informed by the composer's jazzy side. The Canning, meanwhile, is the reason I have this disc -- I heard the piece on the radio and simply wanted to own it. It's a marvelous nine minutes, very much an American cousin to Ralph Vaughan Williams' Fantasias on Greensleeves and a Theme by Thomas Tallis. It alone justifies buying this release, but the other tracks also help make this disc a most enjoyable experience.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful compelation of classical music! March 13, 2000
I am playing the Adagio for Strings by Barber in my orchestra and it is an absolutely moving piece. I watch the film Platoon now every weekend just because the Barber is so amazing to listen to. The Agnus Dei is great too and so are all the other pieces. A fantastic CD that is so much more than a few pieces for the orchestra.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will transport you... July 9, 2000
Adagios may be slower pieces, but this CD is definitely not simple background music. The tenderness of the Gershwin "Lullaby" and Barber's haunting "Adagio" demand your attention. This is music that soars and takes the listener along.
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