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Music for Wine Lovers

Music for Wine Lovers

Ref: CDG1202

12 tracks 64 min
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Vintage Classics
A glug of opera with a twist of piano and some of the classical world's best-known drinking songs are placed in the soothing ambience of refined melodies with some subtle highlights. Strauss, Brahms and Liszt...

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Music for Wine Lovers
Vintage Classics

1 Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
Brindisi 'Libiamo ne'lieti' (Drinking Song) from La Traviata
John Oakman & Susan McCulloch, The Prague Philharmonic Choir, The Czech Symphony Orchestra conducted by Julian Bigg

2 Johann Strauss II (1825-1899)
Wine, Women and Song Waltz, Op333
Vienna Opera Orchestra conducted by Carl Michalski

3 Josef Haydn (1732-1809)
Poco adagio from String Quartet in G minor Op20 No3
The Dekany String Quartet

4 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Fin ch'han dal vino calda la testa (Champagne aria) from Don Giovanni
Edward Pleasant, The Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Landor

5 Josef Haydn (1732-1809)
Adagio cantabile from String Quartet in A major Op20 No6
The Dekany String Quartet

6 Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884)
Wie schäumst Du in den Gläsern ('Bierchor') from The Bartered Bride
Sebastian Hauser, tenor, Kurt Böhme, bass, The Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Berlin Civic Opera conducted by Hans Lenzer

Josef Haydn (1732-1809)
Divertimento in C major for piano, strings & 2 horns Hob XIV/4
7 Allegro
8 Menuet
9 Finale (Allegro)
Ilse von Alpenheim, piano, The Bamberg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Antal Dorati

10 Pietro Mascagni (1863-1945)
Mamma, quel vino è genoroso from Cavalleria Rusticana
Cornel Stavru, The Orchestra of the Romanian Opera of Bucharest conducted by Mircea Popa

11 Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Andante ma moderato from Sextett in B flat major Op18
Paul Roczek, Peter Katt, Jürgen Geise, Dankwart Gahl, Irmgard Gahl, Wilfried Tachezi

12 Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Evening Harmonies in D flat - Andantino from 12 Etudes d'execution transcendante
Louis Kentner, piano

Cover image: Tasting clarets Raymond Campbell/By courtesy of Felix Rosenstiel's Widow & Son Ltd., London
This compilation P & C 2008 Classical Communications Ltd
Made in Great Britain

Music for Wine Lovers
Vintage Classics

'Wine, women and song': Strauss's potent waltz sums up the lighthearted mood of this album of Bacchanalian pleasure! Beginning with one of opera's most famous song, from the first act of Verdi's 'La Traviata', this album leads us into a mellow mood, in which elegant chamber music is punctuated by a few more famous operatic drinking songs. Mozart's notorious hero Don Giovanni exhorts us to party, while Smetana's chorus from the opening of Act II of 'The Bartered Bride' sings the praises of the grain rather than the grape, in a paean to the foaming glass of beer. And from 'Cavalleria Rusticana' we have chosen, in stark contrast, the rather dark final scene in which the hero Turiddu sings farewell to his mother outside her wine shop.

The beautiful music of Haydn provides dramatic contrast to these great operatic moments. Haydn's quartets are some of his most personal musical statements. He composed them in groups throughout his life. Op20, from which our two selections are taken, are early works, and their gentle simplicity belies their precisely wrought form and clear, well-constructed counterpoint, in which each of the four string instruments plays an equal part. The 'Divertimento in C' is a stunning piece. In contrast to the equal voices of the quartets, here the piano is definitely a solo instrument, with a gentle, unobtrusive accompaniment.

We couldn't resist finishing a Wine Lovers CD with a bit of Brahms and Liszt. The Brahms Sextet doubles the richness of the Haydn quartet texture by the addition of only two extra instruments. Classic Brahms is always like this: yearning music, urgent at times, particularly in the central section, but wrapped up in music of immense beauty - and technically perfect, of course. The Liszt piano piece receives an outstanding interpretation from Louis Kentner, one of the twentieth century's most outstanding players. As in the Brahms, the music surges to a majestic climax before finishing in the subdued tones reminiscent of a summer evening - enjoyed, we hope, with a fine glass of wine or two!

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