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Saturday, March 19, 2016 Permalink

The Adagio Connection


For marketing purposes, record companies often use “Adagio” to mean any slow piece with a strong emotional content.

Adagio,” however, means “to go at a slow or easy pace”—and it’s that pace, characterized by an insistent, underlying pulse, that allows for both peaks and valleys of emotion. 

In this hour, how a simple tempo notation makes for memorable music by Albinoni, Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Khachaturian, Rodrigo and Barber.

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


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