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For Your Life - For a Sunday Morning

Audio Samples

>Grieg, Edvard : Peer Gynt
>     Morning Mood
>     Anitra's Dance
>Dvorak, Antonin : Serenade for Strings
>     Waltz
>Fauré, Gabriel : Pavane, Op. 50
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 3 in D major, BWV 1068
>     Air
>Holst, Gustav : St. Paul's Suite for Strings, Op. 29 no 2/H 118
>     Finale "The Dargason"
>Debussy, Claude : Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
>Fauré, Gabriel : Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 80
>     Sicilienne
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 140, "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," BWV 140 (BC A166)
>     Sleepers, Awake
>Debussy, Claude : Petite suite for Piano 4 hands
>     En Bateau (Orchestra version)
>Britten, Benjamin : Peter Grimes
>     Sunday Morning By The Beach
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : English Folk Song Suite
>     March
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Morgenblatter, Op. 279

Album Summary

>Grieg, Edvard : Peer Gynt
>Dvorak, Antonin : Serenade for Strings
>Fauré, Gabriel : Pavane, Op. 50
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 3 in D major, BWV 1068
>Holst, Gustav : St. Paul's Suite for Strings, Op. 29 no 2/H 118
>Debussy, Claude : Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
>Fauré, Gabriel : Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 80
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 140, "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," BWV 140 (BC A166)
>Debussy, Claude : Petite suite for Piano 4 hands
>Britten, Benjamin : Peter Grimes
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : English Folk Song Suite
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Morgenblatter, Op. 279
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers
Notes & Reviews:

This selection contains both DDD and ADD recordings.

Personnel: Thurston Dart (harpsichord).

Another volume in Decca's lifestyle classical music series, For a Sunday Morning collects lively yet relaxing compositions, including Grieg's "Morning Mood," Bach's "Sleepers, Awake," and Johann Strauss II's "Morning Newspapers." Debussy's "Prelude to Afternoon of a Faun" and "En Bateau" lend a languid elegance to the album, while Lord Benjamin Britten's "Sunday Morning by the Beach" has a bustling, cosmopolitan feel that reflects a completely different -- but just as refreshing -- Sunday morning. Dvorák's "Waltz From Serenade for Strings" and Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Seventeen Come Sunday From English Folk Suite" add a pastoral feel to the album that gives it diversity without losing focus. Gabriel Fauré's "Sicilienne From Pelléas et Mélisande" and Holst's "Finale (The Dargason) From St Paul's Suite" are two of the other standout pieces from this collection. While the gentle, almost lulling feel of For a Sunday Morning is almost as appropriate for falling asleep as waking up, the album is pleasant at any time of day and for almost any occasion. ~ Heather Phares



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Works Details

>Grieg, Edvard : Peer Gynt :: Morning Mood
  • Performer: San Symphony
  • Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
  • Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874-1875

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Serenade for Strings :: Waltz
  • Performer: The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Running Time: 6 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Pavane, Op. 50
  • Performer: The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Running Time: 5 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1887

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 3 in D major, BWV 1068 :: Air
  • Performers: The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields; Thurston Dart (Harp)
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Running Time: 5 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1731

>Holst, Gustav : St. Paul's Suite for Strings, Op. 29 no 2/H 118 :: Finale "The Dargason"
  • Conductor: Christopher Hogwood
  • Ensemble: St. Paul Chamber Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1912-1913

>Debussy, Claude : Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
  • Performer: Detroit Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Paul Paray
  • Ensemble: Detroit Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 8 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 80 :: Sicilienne
  • Performer: The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 140, "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," BWV 140 (BC A166) :: Sleepers, Awake
  • Performer: New Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Raymond Agoult
  • Ensemble: New Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 11/25/1731

>Debussy, Claude : Petite suite for Piano 4 hands :: En Bateau (Orchestra version)
  • Performer: Suisse Romande Orchestra
  • Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
  • Ensemble: Suisse Romande Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888-1889

>Grieg, Edvard : Peer Gynt :: Anitra's Dance
  • Performer: San Symphony
  • Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
  • Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874-1875

>Britten, Benjamin : Peter Grimes :: Sunday Morning By The Beach
  • Performer: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1945

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : English Folk Song Suite :: March
  • Performer: The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1923

>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Morgenblätter, Op. 279
  • Performer: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Willi Boskovsky
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 9 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1864