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Classical Chill

Album Summary

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Cantus Arcticus (Concerto for Birds & Orchestra), for orchestra & taped bird songs, Op. 61
>Bliss, Sir A. [Composer] : Adam Zero, ballet in one scene, Op. 67, F. 1a
>Moeran, E.J. : Trio for strings in G major, R. 59
>Glass, Philip : Concerto for Violin
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Bagatelles (5) for clarinet & piano, Op. 23
>Sibelius, Jean : Kuolema
>Peterson-Berger, Wilhelm : Om mågna år, for piano (Frösöblomster, Book 3 "I Sommarhagen", no 7)
>Arnold, Malcolm : Cornish Dances (4), for orchestra, Op. 91
>Debussy, Claude : Préludes (12) for piano, Book I, L. 117
>Takemitsu, Toru : Toward the Sea II, for alto flute, harp & strings
>Szymanowski, Karol : Mazurkas (20) for Piano, Op. 50
>Pärt, Arvo : Tabula rasa, concerto for 2 violins (or violin & viola), prepared piano & string orchestra
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Symphony no 7 for soprano, small female chorus & orchestra with narrator ad lib ("Sinfonia Antartic
>Tavener, John : Song for Athene
>Bloch, Thomas : Sancta Maria, for voice, keyboards and tape
>Ravel, Maurice : Concerto for Piano in G major
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Prelude for string orchestra in F Minor, Op 25
>Elgar, Edward : Sospiri
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Partsongs (8), Op. 119
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Mass in G minor
>Ireland, John [Composer] : Chelsea Reach, for piano (from "London Pieces")
>Schumann, Robert : Fantasiestücke (8 Fantasy Pieces), for piano, Op. 12
>Handel, George Frideric : Apollo e Dafne (La Terra è Liberata), dramatic cantata for soprano, bass & orchestra, HWV 122
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Divertimento for 2 Horns and Strings no 15 in B flat major, K 287 (271H)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Gran Partita
>Larsson, Lars-Erik : Pastoral Suite, for orchestra, Op. 19
>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Suite for Orchestra, Op. 54
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Concerto for Violin no 2 in G minor, Op. 63
>Tavener, John : The Lord's Prayer, for chorus (1982)
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Notes & Reviews:

Naxos jumps onto the downbeat/chillout bandwagon with Classical Chill, a two-disc collection that shoehorns selected pieces from the classical canon into a package that might hook a few young listeners. Creative marketing concepts aside, it wouldn't be a bad idea for a few young people with adventurous listening habits to pick this one up: The selectors did a good job of picking evocative works with at least a small degree of crossover. From Einojuhani Rautavaara's Cantus Arcticus Concerto to Philip Glass' Violin Concerto to Toru Takemitsu's Toward the Sea, Classical Chill intersperses the more staid sound of string trios and quartets with more abstract, conceptual pieces with genuine appeal to those who appreciate the ambitious sound worlds of Röyksopp, Koop, and others in the downbeat subgenre that spawned this compilation. ~ John Bush



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>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Cantus Arcticus (Concerto for Birds & Orchestra), for orchestra & taped bird songs, Op. 61 :: Suo (The
  • Performers: Hannu Lintu; Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  • Conductor: Hannu Lintu
  • Ensemble: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  • Notes: This selection includes a pre-recorded tape of sounds of singing birds.
  • Running Time: 7 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1972
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Bliss, Sir A. [Composer] : Adam Zero, ballet in one scene, Op. 67, F. 1a :: Approach of Autumn
  • Performers: David Lloyd-Jones; English Philharmonia
  • Conductor: David Lloyd-Jones
  • Ensemble: English Northern Philharmonia
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1946
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Moeran, E.J. : Trio for strings in G major, R. 59 :: Adagio
  • Performer: Maggini Quartet
  • Ensemble: Members of the Maggini String Quartet (Members)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1931
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Glass, Philip : Concerto for Violin :: 2.
  • Performers: Ulster Orchestra (Violin); Adele Anthony (Violin); Takuo Yuasa (Violin)
  • Conductor: Takuo Yuasa
  • Ensemble: Ulster Orchestra
  • Running Time: 8 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1987
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Bagatelles (5) for clarinet & piano, Op. 23 :: Romance
  • Performers: Royal Northern Sinfonia; Howard Griffiths (Clarinet); Robert Plane (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Howard Griffiths
  • Ensemble: Northern Sinfonia
  • Notes: Arranged: Lawrence Ashmore
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941-1943
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Sibelius, Jean : Kuolema
  • Performers: Turku Philharmonic Orchestra; Jorma Panula
  • Conductor: Jorma Panula
  • Ensemble: Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1904
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Peterson-Berger, Wilhelm : Om mågna år, for piano (Frösöblomster, Book 3 "I Sommarhagen", no 7)
  • Performer: Niklas Sivelöv (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Arnold, Malcolm : Cornish Dances (4), for orchestra, Op. 91 :: Andantino
  • Performers: Andrew Penny; Queensland Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Andrew Penny
  • Ensemble: Queensland Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1966
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Debussy, Claude : Préludes (12) for piano, Book I, L. 117 :: Des pas sur la neige
  • Performer: François-Joël Thiollier (Piano)
  • Conductor: Andrew Penny
  • Ensemble: Queensland Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1907-1910
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Takemitsu, Toru : Toward the Sea II, for alto flute, harp & strings :: The Night
  • Performers: Okko Kamu; Petri Alanko (Flute); Tapiola Sinfonietta
  • Conductor: Kamu
  • Ensemble: Tapiola Sinfonietta
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1981
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Szymanowski, Karol : Mazurkas (20) for Piano, Op. 50 :: no 3
  • Performer: Martin Roscoe (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1924-1925
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Pärt, Arvo : Tabula rasa, concerto for 2 violins (or violin & viola), prepared piano & string orchestra :: Ludus (e
  • Performers: Rebecca Hirsch (Violin); Takuo Yuasa (Violin); Lesley Hatfield (Violin); Ulster Orchestra (Violin)
  • Conductor: Takuo Yuasa
  • Ensemble: Ulster Orchestra
  • Notes: This selection is an excerpt from "Ludus."
  • Running Time: 5 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1977
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Symphony no 7 for soprano, small female chorus & orchestra with narrator ad lib ("Sinfonia Antartic
  • Performers: Kees Bakels; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Kees Bakels
  • Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1949-52.
  • Running Time: 11 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1949-1952
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Tavener, John : Song for Athene
  • Performers: Christopher Robinson (Organ); Cambridge St. John's College Choir
  • Conductor: Christopher Robinson
  • Ensemble: St. John's College Choir, Cambridge
  • Running Time: 5 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1993
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Bloch, Thomas : Sancta Maria, for voice, keyboards and tape
  • Performer: Thomas Bloch (Ondes Martenot)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1998
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Ravel, Maurice : Concerto for Piano in G major :: Adagio assai
  • Performers: Antoni Wit (Piano); Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra in Katowi; François-Joël Thiollier (Piano)
  • Conductor: Antoni Wit
  • Ensemble: Polish Radio/TV Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 8 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1929-1931

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Prelude for string orchestra in F Minor, Op 25
  • Performers: David Lloyd-Jones; Royal Sinfonia
  • Conductor: David Lloyd-Jones
  • Ensemble: Royal Ballet Sinfonia
  • Running Time: 5 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1920

>Elgar, Edward : Sospiri
  • Performers: English Philharmonia; David Lloyd-Jones
  • Conductor: David Lloyd-Jones
  • Ensemble: English Northern Philharmonia
  • Running Time: 4 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1913-1914

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Partsongs (8), Op. 119 :: no 3, The Blue Bird
  • Performers: Oxford Camerata; Jeremy Summerly
  • Conductor: Jeremy Summerly
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Mass in G minor :: Kyrie
  • Performers: Elora Singers; Noel Edison
  • Conductor: Noel Edison
  • Ensemble: Elora Festival Singers
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1920-1921

>Ireland, John [Composer] : Chelsea Reach, for piano (from "London Pieces")
  • Performer: John Lenehan (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1917-1920

>Schumann, Robert : Fantasiestücke (8 Fantasy Pieces), for piano, Op. 12 :: Des Abends
  • Performer: Benjamin Frith (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1837

>Handel, George Frideric : Apollo e Dafne (La Terra è Liberata), dramatic cantata for soprano, bass & orchestra, HWV 122 :: Felic
  • Performers: Roy Goodman; European Union Baroque Orchestra (Violin); Olga Pasichnyk (Soprano); Olga Pasiecznik (Voice)
  • Conductor: Roy Goodman
  • Ensemble: European Union Baroque Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1710.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1710

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Divertimento for 2 Horns and Strings no 15 in B flat major, K 287 (271H)
  • Performers: Capella Istropolitana (Symphonia); Harald Nerat
  • Conductor: Harald Nerat
  • Ensemble: Capella Istropolitana
  • Notes: Composition written: 1777.
  • Running Time: 8 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1777

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Gran Partita :: Adagio
  • Performer: German Soloists
  • Ensemble: German Wind Soloists
  • Running Time: 5 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1781

>Larsson, Lars-Erik : Pastoral Suite, for orchestra, Op. 19 :: Romance
  • Performers: Okko Kamu; Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra (Violin)
  • Conductor: Kamu
  • Ensemble: Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Suite for Orchestra, Op. 54 :: Shepherd's Boy
  • Performers: Richard Edlinger (Congas); CSSR State Philharmonic Orchestra/Peter Breiner
  • Conductor: Richard Edlinger
  • Ensemble: Czecho-Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra Kosice
  • Running Time: 4 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1904

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Concerto for Violin no 2 in G minor, Op. 63 :: Andante assai
  • Performers: Tedi Papavrami (Violin); Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra in Katowi; Antoni Wit (Violin)
  • Conductor: Antoni Wit
  • Ensemble: Polish Radio/TV Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1935.
  • Running Time: 10 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1935

>Tavener, John : The Lord's Prayer, for chorus (1982)
  • Performers: Cambridge St. John's College Choir; Christopher Robinson (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1982