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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Barber: Adagio For Strings, Op.11Baltimore Symphony Orchestra 8:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Mozart: Piano Concerto No.21 in C, K.467 - 2. AndanteRadu Lupu 7:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Puccini: Gianni Schicchi - "Oh! mio babbino caro"Renata Tebaldi 2:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Addinsell: Warsaw ConcertoCristina Ortiz 9:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Barry: John Dunbar ThemeHollywood Bowl Orchestra 2:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana - IntermezzoThe National Philharmonic Orchestra 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18 - 2. Adagio sostenuto (extract)Vladimir Ashkenazy 3:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Morricone: Gabriel's OboePrague Philharmonia 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Nyman: The Piano - The Heart Asks Pleasure FirstJean-Yves Thibaudet 2:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Shostakovich: The Gadfly, Op.97 - 3. Youth (Romance)Alexander Kerr 3:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Mozart: Serenade in B flat, K.361 "Gran partita" - 3. AdagioMembers of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields 5:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Mozart: Così fan tutte / Act 1 - "Soave sia il vento"Lucia Popp 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Catalani: La Wally / Act 1 - Ebben? Ne andrò lontanaRenée Fleming 5:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. J.S. Bach: Concerto for Harpsichord, Strings, and Continuo No.5 in F minor, BWV 1056 - 2. LargoAndrás Schiff 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor, Op.27 No.2 -"Moonlight" - 1. Adagio sostenutoVladimir Ashkenazy 6:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Schubert: String Quintet in C, D.956 - 2. Adagio (excerpt)Weller Quartet 5:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Mozart: Requiem in D minor, K.626 (compl. by Franz Xaver Süssmayer) - 3. Sequentia: LacrimosaThe John Alldis Choir 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake / Act 2 - No.10 Scène (Moderato)Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 3 - Intermède-Entr'acte (Barcarolle)L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande 4:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major Op.73 -"Emperor" - 2. Adagio un poco mossoVladimir Ashkenazy 7:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor, Op.85 - 1. Adagio - Moderato (excerpt)Julian Lloyd Webber 3:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A, K.622 - 2. AdagioJack Brymer 7:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. J.S. Bach: Concerto for 2 Violins, Strings, and Continuo in D minor, BWV 1043 - 2. Largo ma non tantoHenryk Szeryng 6:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Debussy: Suite bergamasque - Orch. Henri Pierre Edouard Mouton (1917- ) - Clair de luneEastman-Rochester "Pops" Orchestra 4:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. A. Morricone: Nuovo Cinema ParadisoPrague Philharmonia 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Mahler: Symphony No.5 in C sharp minor - 4. Adagietto (Sehr langsam)Chicago Symphony Orchestra 9:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. J.S. Bach: Suite No.3 in D, BWV 1068 - 2. AirStuttgarter Kammerorchester 3:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 - Act 3 - "Che soave zeffiretto"Kiri Te Kanawa 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Un bel dì vedremoRenée Fleming 4:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Pachelbel: Canon in DStuttgarter Kammerorchester 4:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. J.S. Bach: Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord No.3 in G minor, BWV 1029 - Arr. Cello & Piano - 2. AdagioJános Starker 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Rachmaninov: Prelude in C sharp minor, Op.3, No.2Vladimir Ashkenazy 4:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Barry: We Have All The Time In The WorldPrague Philharmonia 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 9, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca
  • Run Time: 151 minutes
  • ASIN: B00005OC0D
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,380 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The quality of recording is excellent.
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The music is very relaxing and great for times when you want to slow down.
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This is one of the best classical compilations I've heard to date.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Joseph C. Jones on September 8, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Of course, I'm nuts for classical music and classic movies, so this compilation of music featured in some of the most famous movies ever made is an absolutely ideal CD.
Filmmakers have been raiding the classical music files since the days of the silents in order to heighten the mood of a scene and provide a greater emotional impact. Barber's Adagio for Strings has been used not only in "Platoon", as this CD lists, but also in "The Elephant Man". While there's only a small snippet of Rachmininoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 here, it's worth remembering that the entire piece is used throughout the magnificent "Brief Encounter" to heighten the impact of the romance. Mozart's Trio (Cosi fan tutte) was brilliantly used in "Sunday, Bloody Sunday" to comment on a complex romantic triangle.
There are also 5 pieces written directly for the screen, two by Ennio Morricone (the haunting Gabriel's Oboe from "The Mission" and the exquisite Nuovo Cinema Paradiso from "Cinema Paradiso"), two by John Barry (a lovely version of We Have All the Time in the World from the James Bond classic "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" and the elegiac John Dunbar Theme from "Dances With Wolves") and one by Michael Nyman (The heart asks pleasure first from "The Piano").
I love this CD, to relax with, to read with, and just immerse myself in the spectacular sounds of genius.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By The Ultimate Philosopher on July 25, 2006
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I say "probably," since it's hard to outdo its "Beethoven Adagios" set. I've only bought a few of these "Adagios" sets because, looking over the track listings of so many, there's just so much overlap. Here, you get the best single collection of the bunch. Here, I was introduced to Addinsell's "Warsaw Concerto," and for that alone it was worth the price. But let's not forget a significant number of other gorgeous classic adagios: Beethoven's "Emperor" concerto (used in a gorgeous film, "Picnic at Hanging Rock"), Bach's "Air on a G String," Mahler's Adaghietto from Symphony no. 5, some obligatory Mozart, the Barber adagio, Debussy's Claire de lune, and - oh lovely! - Schubert's String Quintet in C. Then there are much-appreciated entries (Cinema Paradiso, Gabriel's Oboe) from a personal favorite composer, Ennio Morricone, one of the actual official film composers (as distinct from long-dead composers whose music was used in film) used for this collection, along with a couple from another personal favorite, John Barry. (You'd really need to get Barry's own set of "adagios," titled "Moviola," to get his best, e.g., the title theme to "Out of Africa" and to "Somewhere in Time." For Morricone, the master of the romantic adagio in the past century, go with "Itinerary of a Genius" or individual soundtracks like "Legend of 1900," "Lolita," "Once Upon a Time in America," "Once Upon a Time in the West," and others.)

A couple drawbacks to this set: (1) The adagio from Rachmaninov's 2nd is truncated to a mere 4 minutes. For this, one is well advised to purchase a CD with the entire concerto, or get a full version of just the adagio elsewhere (Decca does include a full version on its "Romantic Adagios" collection).
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 22, 2003
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This is an excellent selection of music. I listen to it every chance I get. It is great just to put in your CD player on "repeat" and allow it to soothe and inspire you for a few hours, for an evening, or an for entire day.
One reason I chose it was that I was looking for music that could simply be a nice background noise for when I'm working on things that require reading and concentration. I wanted music that would not be a distraction, and this does a good job. It is also great to listen to when doing almost anything, like even cleaning the house or doing laundry. I will admit though, that listening to the selection from Swan Lake might make you want to dance around the living room.
Also, besides the obvious ones that everybody knows (Beethoven's 5th, or Canon in D, etc.) I do not know enough to distinguish specific songs from their composers, which is why I was hesitant to buy a classical CD soley of one artist because once I got it I may not have liked it or been familiar with any of the songs. That is why I picked Movie Adagios because I knew it would be a selection of some of the best classical music from the movies, which it is.
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27 of 36 people found the following review helpful By RODNEY TRIPP on December 3, 2001
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This is a great classical piece for the lovers of classical, as well as the ones who may hate it. These Adagios CDs get beter and better each time there is a new release. I must warn you there some good as well as some bad ones. There is a certain Adagio flavor for everyones. At the present I have others, but the ones I truly enjoy are Violin Adagios, The Piano Adagios and this one. This compilation is great for reading. Furthermore this CD can be great evening music... for sleeping.
Those of you who have not got on board with the ADAGIOS, please get on board the next time you go to your favorite music store. You may be surprised at how you have enriched yourselves with great music for your listening pleasure.
You may want to check other reviews here at Amazon under my section in the customers reviews.
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