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Adagios For After Hours - The Relaxing Way To End Your Day


Release Date: 10/10/2000 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 468066   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Claude DebussyErik SatiePietro MascagniMaurice Ravel,   ... 
Performer:  Zoltán KocsisCelin RomeroHeinz HolligerMitsuko Uchida,   ... 
Conductor:  Paul ParaySir Neville MarrinerErnest AnsermetTullio Serafin,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Detroit Symphony OrchestraAcademy of St. Martin in the FieldsSuisse Romande Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

ADAGIOS FOR AFTER HOURS is an excellent pick-me-up to listen to at home after a busy day at work. For some, it might be a great antidote to commuting or stress. There is something particularly soothing about French music, and the inclusion of works by Debussy, Satie, Ravel and Fauré not only represents their styles nicely but also creates a peaceful sonic landscape.
As the accompanying liner notes suggest, these pieces are suitable for meditation, or as a sleep aide, or for general relaxation. Perhaps most interesting is their possible use for meditation due to their tendency to assist visualization. The sounds of "Clair de Lune" and "En Bateau" suggest nighttime sounds and sounds that are quiet with a touch of sentimentality. "Reverie"
Read more seems to produce an alpha rhythm conducive to daydreaming and reminiscence. The ever-popular Pachelbel Canon is elegant and majestic. It is here performed soothingly by Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields in a memorable rendition.
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Works on This Recording

1. Petite suite for Piano 4 hands: no 1, En bateau by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Paul Paray
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1886-1889; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
2. Gymnopédies (3) for Piano: no 1, Lent et douloureux by Erik Satie
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 45 Secs. 
3. Suite bergamasque: 3rd movement, Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890/1905; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 10 Secs. 
4. Cavalleria Rusticana: Intermezzo by Pietro Mascagni
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 55 Secs. 
5. Poèmes (7) de Banville: no 1, Rêverie by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1880-1882; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
6. Pavane pour une infante défunte by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; France 
Length: 6 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Maurice Ravel (1910) 
7. Pavane, Op. 50 by Gabriel Fauré
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 44 Secs. 
8. Concerto for Guitar in D major: Largo by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Celin Romero (Guitar)
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
9. Concerto for Oboe in F major, BWV 1053: Siciliano by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Heinz Holliger (Oboe)
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
10. Canon and Gigue for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major: Canon by Johann Pachelbel
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
11. Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467: 2nd movement, Andante by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida (Piano)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 7 Minutes 1 Secs. 
12. Adagio for Organ and Strings in G minor by Tomaso Albinoni
Conductor:  Maria Teresa Garatti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Notes: This work was reconstructed by Remo Giazotto in 1945 from a fragment by
Albinoni. 
13. Suite for Orchestra no 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 33 Secs. 
14. Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight": 1st movement, Adagio sostenuto by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 46 Secs. 
15. Concerto for Clarinet in A major, K 622: 2nd movement, Adagio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Karl Leister (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 7 Minutes 43 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Petite suite: 1. En bateau
Gymnopédie No.1 - Orchestrated by Claude Debussy
Suite bergamasque: Clair de lune
Cavalleria rusticana: Intermezzo sinfonico
Rêverie
Pavane pour une infante défunte - Orchestral version
Pavane, Op.50
Concerto for Lute, 2 Violins and Continuo in D, RV.93: 2. Largo
Concerto for Oboe, Strings, and Continuo in D minor, BWV 1059 - reconstruction after Concerto for Harpsichord, Oboe, Strings, and Continuo in D minor, BWV 1059: 2. Siciliano
Canon and Gigue in D major: 1. Canon
Piano Concerto No.21 in C, K.467: 2. Andante
Adagio for Strings and Organ in G minor
Suite No.3 in D, BWV 1068: 2. Air
Piano Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor, Op.27 No.2 -"Moonlight": 1. Adagio sostenuto
Clarinet Concerto in A, K.622: 2. Adagio

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