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Railroad Rhythms: Classical Music About Trains

Railroad Rhythms Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (November 14, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hanssler Classics
  • ASIN: B000INAXOM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,422 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Kopenhagen Eisenbahn-Dampf Galopp
2. John Henry. A Railroad Ballad
3. Unter Dampf! Ein Zug Fahrt Voruber
4. Le Metro
5. Horizons Verts - Falconara
6. Bahn Freil Galopp
7. Humoreske
8. O Trenzinho Do Caipira
9. Mit Dampf! Polka Schnell
10. Construction Of The Railroad
11. Railway Fugue
12. Vergnugungszug
13. Subway Ride And Imaginary Coney Island
14. Pacific 231

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best "Pacific 231" I've heard May 9, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Admittedly I'm a sucker for this kind of novelty collection, but I really enjoyed this one. A collection of short pieces that were mostly unfamiliar to me. I found them approachable and accessible. But they are not by any means just Pops-concert marshmallow fluff. Most of them do not belong to the "light" music genre.

Despite the title, do not expect too much in the way of literalistic choo-choo and clackety-clack. Oh, sure, you get a bit of that in some of them, but I don't think many of us could guess the theme of the album just by listening to the music, unless we actually knew some of the pieces. "Pacific 231" is probably more evocative of train travel than most of the other pieces, and even it was famously written as abstract music, with the title added on as a casual afterthought.

I found Leonard Bernstein's "Subway Ride & Imaginary Coney Island" particularly baffling in this regard. It's a lovely piece, but it reminds me more of a ride on a swan boats in Boston's Public Garden than any subway I've ever ridden.

I like this recording of "Pacific 231" better than any other I've heard, and I've heard about five or six, starting with an LP made by Cook Recording back in the late 1950s. Simply, it brings out all sorts of things in the music I've never heard before. There's quite a lot going on underneath the main "tune." This train isn't going as buckety-buckety hell-for-leather as some other Pacific 231's but there's an overwhelming sense of power.

Is the inclusion of the Dvor'ák Humoreske a sly joke? The program notes, translated from an unspecified language, presumably German, say only that "the railroad fanatic Antonin Dvo'ák seems ...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great to fall asleep to November 23, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this to play when I need to relax and start to fall asleep. It does a good job - I know music is very personal and subjective - so my 4 stars could be some else's 1 star. So listen to the samples before you buy this!
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