Romance Classics
9 Feb 2010
Delos Music
Romance Classics
DE 1602

Here is a special collection of great classics in the romantic vein. The booklet's introduction, quoted below, is meant to set the stage for a romantic interpretation of the CD's contents, and to suggest a romantic writer's view of the program.

Music is an invitation to explore a particular terrain, experience a certain mood or even take part in an adventure. When composers provide programmatic titles for their compositions, that terrain, mood or adventure comes to life perhaps more readily than when the score is without such signposts. We have, therefore, added descriptive titles to some of the works collected here in order to guide the listener along paths that seem to have a common destination: that place in the heart where tenderness and intimacy reside. As you listen to this music you may find yourself swathed in the romantic glow of a rustic fireside. You may find that your emotions are inexplicably mercurial or that your mind has taken rapturous flight. Go, then and perhaps celebrate love along Shakespeare's riverbank, his words whispering within: "How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank! Here we will sit, and let the sounds of music creep in our ears: soft stillness and the night become the touches of sweet harmony."

Chapter One: Sentimental Evening: Schumann: Adagio and Allegro, Op. 70, Allegro • Chapter Two: Remember: Rachmaninoff: Prelude in E-Flat, Op. 23, No. 6 • Chapter Three: Nocturne: Grieg: Nocturne * Chapter Four: Love's Reverie: Debussy: Reverie • Chapter Five: Invitation: Saint-Saëns: Trio No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 92, Andante * Chapter Six: Longing: Goldmark: Violin Concerto, Air • Chapter Seven: Intermezzo: Dvorák: Intermezzo (Notturno) • Chapter Eight: The Lover's Touch: Chopin: Nocturne in E-Flat, Op. 55, No. 2 • Chapter Nine: The Lover's Voice: Glière: The Red Poppy, Phoenix • Chapter Ten: Rapture: Dohnányi: Konzertstuck, II • Chapter Eleven: Passion by the Fireside: Strauss: Reverie by the Fireside from Intermezzo • Chapter Twelve: Romeo & Juliet: Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet, balcony scene

Artists include: Janos Starker, cello • Jian Wang, cello • Carol Rosenberger, piano • John Browning, piano • David Shifrin, clarinet • Nai-Yuan Hu, violin • The Arden Trio • Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center • Gerard Schwarz, conductor • Seattle Symphony • Zdenek Macal, conductor • New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
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Brahms: Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B minor, Op. 115
Bartók: Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, Sz 111
Bernstein: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
Mozart: Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A major, K 581
Mozart: Serenade for Winds no 11 in E flat major, K 375
Seiber: Serenade for 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons and 2 Horns
Music for Viola and Gypsy Band
Bolcom: Afternoon Cakewalk
Brahms: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 120 no 1
Brahms: Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano in A minor, Op. 114
Piazzolla: La muerte del Angel
Debussy: Première Rhapsodie for Clarinet and Piano
Poulenc: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in B-flat major, FP 184
Martinu: Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano, H 356
Hindemith: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
Lutoslawski: Dance Preludes (5) for Clarinet and Piano
Debussy: Two pieces from Children's Corner arr. for clarinet and piano by David Schiff
Debussy: Première Rhapsodie for Clarinet and Piano
Mozart: Parto, ma tu ben mio from La Clemenza di Tito
Dvorak: Serenade for Winds in D minor, Op. 44
Mozart: Serenade for Winds no 10 in B flat major, K 361 (370a) "Gran Partita"
Weber: Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B flat major, J 182/Op. 34
Weber: Variations (7) for Clarinet and Piano from "Silvana," J 128/Op 33
Weber: Grand Duo concertante for Clarinet and Piano in E flat major, J 204/Op. 48
Schubert: Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, D 965/Op. 129 (The Shepherd on the Rock)
Dvorak: Serenade for Winds in D minor, Op. 44
Strauss: Duet-Concertino for Clarinet, Bassoon, Strings and Harp, AV 147
Piazzolla: Oblivion
Rogerson: Constellations
Bunch: Ralph's Old Records for Flute, Clarinet, Viola, Cello, and PIano
Schickele: Serenade for Three
Schickele: Clarinet Quintet "Spring Ahead"
Shulman: Rendezvous
Etler: Concerto for Clarinet and Chamber Ensemble
Mozart: Serenade for Winds in E-flat Major, K. 375
Beethoven: Quintet for Piano, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Horn in E flat major, Op. 16
Bruch: Eight Pieces for viola, clarinet, and piano, Op. 83
Davidovsky: Septet for Piano, Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass
Beethoven: Septet in E flat major, Op. 20
Jalbert: Street Antiphons
Brahms: Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B minor, Op. 115
Mozart: Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A major, K 581
Stravinsky: L'histoire du soldat