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Barber's Adagio and other Romantic Favorites for Strings
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Vaughn-William's Fantasia based on the music by Tallis is indeed haunting and beautiful, and Lenny's performance is highly stimulating, with the string ever so brilliantly played, undoubtly making one of the most acclaimed performaces. The 'Fantasia on Greensleeves' is beatifully played too.
Tchaikovsky's andante cantabile from his first string quartet is another emotive and wonderful adagio on the CD. Leo Tolsoy was so moved by the music, he was in tears. The same may happen to you with Bernstein and the ever melancholy strings.
Mahler's fourth movement from his fifth symphony is played very well tool. Although not as intricately played as the DG recording with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, this is still as touching as it gets.
Overall, I love this CD, with the ever emotion spilling Bernstein with the New York Phil strings. You should own it too if you love adagios. Lined with Karajan's "Adagio" Series, this CD won't disappoint you. Guaranteed!
The two Vaughn Williams Fantasies are a different story. Both are superb. Mystical, haunting, inspiring -- such words come to mind as the notes unfold into the ear. A master of musical emotion, Vaughn Williams is paid a fitting tribute in these superior recordings.
The Mahler and Tchaikovsky tracks are also quite good. However, in my opinion, these more traditionally romantic pieces are a mismatch for the Adagio and the Fantasies. I find this more true of the Tchaikovsky than of the Mahler. The Andante Cantible comes as a great disappointment to my ear after the Fantasies. Perhaps some other more contemporary (neo-romantic) composers should have been selected instead. One piece that comes to mind is the St. Paul Suite of Gustav Holst. I'm sure that there are any number of others that would have been more congruent with the works of Barber and Vaughn Williams.
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Loved the recording; however, it was packaged so badly, the case was broken and fell apart.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I like Barber's adagio for strings, this is probably a budget disc, not the best sound qualityPublished 11 months ago by BILL
I've always disagreed with Berstein's tempi on this recording. Particularly, in the Adagio, the cellos seem to be rushing. Still a nice recording.Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fine music. Buy and enjoy the Adagio and other favorites.Published 16 months ago by Dr. James A. Glasscock