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Violin For Relaxation - Bach, Falla, Mozart, Messiaen, Et Al

Release Date: 05/16/2000 
Label:  Rca   Catalog #: 63676   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachClaude DebussySir Edward ElgarManuel de Falla,   ... 
Performer:  José Luis GarciaPinchas ZukermanVladimir SpivakovKyoko Takezawa,   ... 
Conductor:  Pinchas ZukermanLeonard SlatkinAndrew LittonClaus Peter Flor,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber OrchestraSt. Louis Symphony OrchestraPhilharmonia Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The "For Relaxation" series from RCA Victor offers music that, as the title suggests, creates an atmosphere of calm and serenity. Each disc in the series is dedicated to a single composer or instrument and features well known music of a tranquil, gentle nature. However, in addition to the familiar works, there are many pleasant surprises and unexpected selections all brilliantly performed by masters such as James Galway, Julian Bream, Pinchas Zukerman, and Gerhard Oppitz. Each album in the series is expertly programmed to set the appropriate mood of quiet reflection and, with the combination of superb music and exceptional performances, offers a truly pleasurable listening experience.
The violin most closely approximates the human voice
Read more with its ability to express a wide variety of emotions and styles ranging from simple, lyrical melodies to unbridled, virtuosic declamations. VIOLIN FOR RELAXATION offers the tranquil, contemplative side of the instrument with romantic staples of the repertory such as Massenet's 'Meditation' and Rachmaninov's 'Vocalise.' Mozart, Bach, and Mendelssohn are well represented, but the highlights of the disc are sensitive, meditative readings by Anne Akiko Meyers of Vaughan Williams's 'The Lark Ascending' and a song by Kosaku Yamada, 'Aka-Tonbo.' The disc concludes with Maria Bachman's luminous performance of Messiaen's "Praise to the Immortality of Jesus." Read less

Works on This Recording

Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043: 2nd movement, Largo ma non tanto by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  José Luis Garcia (Violin), Pinchas Zukerman (Violin)
Conductor:  Pinchas Zukerman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Petite suite for Piano 4 hands: no 1, En bateau by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Vladimir Spivakov (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1886-1889; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Salut d'amour, Op. 12 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Pinchas Zukerman (Violin)
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888/1889; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Canciones populares espańolas (7): no 5, Nana by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Kyoko Takezawa (Violin), Phillip Moll (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1915; Spain 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Red Dragonfly by Kosaku Yamada
Performer:  Anne Akiko Meyers (Violin), Sandra Rivers (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; Japan 
Length: 4 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Thaďs: Meditation by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Anne Akiko Meyers (Violin)
Conductor:  Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Concerto for Violin in E minor, Op. 64: 2nd movement, Andante by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Kyoko Takezawa (Violin)
Conductor:  Claus Peter Flor
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Quatuor pour la fin du temps: 5th movement, Louange ŕ l'Eternité de Jésus by Olivier Messiaen
Performer:  Kyoko Takezawa (Violin), Jon Klibonoff (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; Silesia, Poland 
Length: 7 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Concerto for Violin no 5 in A major, K 219 "Turkish": 2nd movement, Adagio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Vladimir Spivakov (Violin)
Conductor:  Vladimir Spivakov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 12 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Sicilienne in E flat major by Maria Theresia Paradis
Performer:  Anne Akiko Meyers (Violin), Sandra Rivers (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Sergei Bezrodny (Piano), Vladimir Spivakov (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912-1915; Russia 
Length: 5 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1912 - 1915). 
The lark ascending by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Anne Akiko Meyers (Violin)
Conductor:  Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914/1920; England 
Length: 14 Minutes 36 Secs. 

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