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Saturday, March 29, 2014 Permalink

The Adagio Connection

Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings"

 

The term means “to go at a slow or easy pace” but always with a strong sense of movement that allows for its characteristic peaks and valleys of emotion. 

In the next hour some of the most familiar and recorded pieces of classical music — each of them marked by their composer with that word “Adagio.”

 

RECORDINGS USED

CD Title

Group/Artist

Catalog #

UPC

Mozart: Concertos 23 & 26

Friedrich Gulda; Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Warner Classics 89091

8573890912

Albinoni: Complete Oboe Concertos

 

Anthony Robson; Collegium Musicum 90, Simon Standage

Chandos CHAN 579

095115057926

Albinoni Adagio & Concerti

Eduard Kaufmann, Lucerne Festival Strings

Deutsche Grammophon 469 607-2

028946960721

Beethoven: Sonatas 13, 14 & 15

Maurizio Pollini

Deutsche Grammophon 427770

028942777026

Tchaikovsky: The 3 Ballets (for Sleeping Beauty)

National Philharmonic Orchestra, Richard Bonynge

Decca 460 411-2

028946041123

Khachaturian: Spartacus.- Gayaneh – Masquerade

Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Loris Tjeknavorian

ASV CD DCA 773

743625077322

Rodrigo Edition

Alfonso Moreno; London Symphony Orchestra, Enrique Batiz

EMI Classics CZS 7 67435 2

077776743523

American Dreams [for Barber: Adagio for Strings]

 

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Raymond Leppard

Decca 458 157-2

028945815725