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100 Best Adagio Voices

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EMI's Best Adagio Voices 100 collection, taken from the label's vast archive, includes many varieties of music using voice: solo songs, opera arias, small ensembles accompanied and unaccompanied, choruses, madrigals, and spirituals, among others. The music ranges from Medieval plainchant to works by late 20th century composers like Pärt and Tavener, but it is weighted toward Baroque, Romantic, and post-Romantic repertoire. The majority of the tracks come from releases from the late 20th century featuring top-notch performers, and that were recorded digitally, so the sound quality is very good. The music is consistently contemplative and gently lyrical, so the album should appeal to fans of vocal music that soothes and relaxes.

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Norma, opera
1
5:35
Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, oratorio, HWV 46a
2
6:29
3
3:55
Serse (Xerxes), opera, HWV 40
4
2:49
5
2:40
Hippolyte et Aricie, tragédie lyrique
6
5:13
Il Delirio Amoroso (Da Quel Giorno Fatale), cantata for soprano & instruments, HWV 99
7
5:27
La sonnambula, opera
8
4:47
Otello, opera
9
5:33
Gustaf Wasa, opera
10
3:47
La légende de Sainte Cécile, incidental music for solo voices, female voices & small orchestra, Op. 22
11
4:47
Hamlet, opera in 5 acts
12
4:54
Turandot, opera
13
2:52
Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23
14
4:52
15
4:48
16
3:56
17
2:55
Pulcinella, ballet with song in 1 act, for 3 vocal soloists & orchestra
18
3:20

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Cantata No. 47, "Wer sich selbst erhöhet," BWV 47 (BC A141)
1
3:29
St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b)
2
6:48
Dixit Dominus, hymn for soloists, chorus & orchestra in G minor, HWV 232
3
3:30
Stabat mater, for soprano, alto, strings & organ in F major
4
4:42
5
3:32
Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56
6
3:20
Vesperae solennes de confessore for soloists, chorus & orchestra, K. 339
7
5:27
Magnificat, for 5 voices, 5-part chorus, orchestra & continuo in D major, BWV 243 (BC E14)
8
3:24
Mass No. 17 for soloists, chorus & orchestra in C minor (fragment, "Great Mass"), K. 427 (K. 417a)
9
6:40
Mass in B minor, for soloists, chorus & orchestra, BWV 232 (BC E1)
10
3:00
Requiem for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, K. 626
11
3:16
Requiem in D minor
12
5:46
Messe de Requiem, for soloists, chorus & orchestra, Op. 23
13
1:38
Psalm 42 ("As pants the hart"), for soloists, chorus & orchestra in F major, Op. 42
14
5:54
Missa Solemnis, for soloists, chorus & orchestra in B flat minor, WAB 29
15
3:29
Requiem, for 2 solo voices, chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 48
16
3:17
17
4:00
Requiem, for orchestra, organ & chorus; for organ & chorus; for small ensemble, organ & chorus, Op. 9 (3 versions)
18
2:55
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