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Love
Ralph Vaughan Williams, English Traditional, Frank [1] Martin
Love
Genre: Classical
 
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Like Allegro's "Power" album, this is apparently intended as a vehicle to sell other discs, on the Nimbus, Vanguard Classics, Carlton Classics, Dorian Recordings, and Collins Classics labels. Sure wish we could find out ...  more »

      
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Like Allegro's "Power" album, this is apparently intended as a vehicle to sell other discs, on the Nimbus, Vanguard Classics, Carlton Classics, Dorian Recordings, and Collins Classics labels. Sure wish we could find out who the performers are, but they are not listed anywhere. All we see are teeny reductions of the album covers from which these cuts are recycled. We get Vaughan Williams's "Lark Ascending," of course, and the Adagietto from Mahler's Fifth Symphony, of course. The high point of the album is the Larghetto from Mozart's Clarinet Quintet in A Minor, featuring the legendary Karl Leister of the Berlin Philharmonic. This we know not because we can find any credits, but because Leister's distinctive sound is unmistakable. --Gwendolyn Freed

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Music to get you through a bad moment or two
Joanna Daneman | Middletown, DE USA | 02/07/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I first heard the Finzi cut (Eclogue) from this CD while suffering through a miserable plane flight. I clamped on the headphones and listened to the Finzi time and again and was able to drift off into a semi-state of relaxation to make the time sandwiched in that sardine can pass more or less bearably. Finzi, a 20th Century British composer who is sadly neglected in the US, wrote this Eclogue for a never-to-be-finished piano concerto. He realized it stood well on its own and it was published as a complete composition. One only regrets that Finzi did not write the entire concerto as this fragment is incredibly beautiful. Close your eyes and you will see rolling, green pastures, bubbling streams, birds floating on warm breezes, fleecy clouds. Anyway, that's what I see whenever I play it. It's heavenly. All the music on this CD (which is poorly titled and has boring cheap graphics on the cover) are masterpieces. And the selections are appropriate for one another. But get it for the Finzi and you won't be disappointed. All in all, the whole cd is lovely music and nicely selected."