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Soothing Piano

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Madacy's straightforwardly named Romantic Piano collects two discs' worth of lush classical piano pieces, including Tchaikovsky's Chant Sans Paroles in F Major, Op. 2/2, Bartholdy's Venetian Gondola Song Op. 30/6, and Chopin's Nocturne in F Sharp Major, Op. 15/2. Other highlights from disc one include excerpts from Liszt's Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in A Major, while Schubert's Waltz No. 14 in F Major, Op. 9b, D. 365, Grieg's Piano Concerto in a Minor, Op. 16 Allegro Molto Moderato (Excerpt), and Schumann's Weird Dreams, From "Fantasia Pieces," Op. 12 are among disc two's standout moments. Although the collection focuses on works by slightly more than a handful of composers, Romantic Piano still offers enough moods and music for a variety of romantic occasions.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23
1
3:24
2 3:21
Venezia e Napoli II (3), for piano (Années, supplement to II), S. 162 (LW A197)
3 5:22
Waldszenen (Forest Scenes), for piano, Op. 82
4 2:34
Fantasia and Variations on a theme by Danzi for clarinet & string quartet (or piano) in B flat major, Op. 81
5 4:18
6
3:52
7 2:52
The Seasons, for piano, Op. 37
8
4:02
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11, CT. 47
9 3:02
Elegiac Melodies (2) for orchestra (or piano), Op. 34
10 5:16
Années de pèlerinage, 1st Year ("Suisse"), suite for piano, S. 160 (LW A159)
11 2:47
12 3:15
Waltzes (12) for piano ("Valses Nobles"), D. 969 (Op. 77)
13 1:20
14 1:09
15
3:31
Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S. 125 (LW H6)
16 5:01
17 4:44
18 1:57

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54
1 6:32
2
4:00
3 8:35
Originaltänze (36) for piano (Erste Walzer), D. 365 (Op. 9)
4 0:38
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16
5 5:56
6
4:13
7 5:11
Fantasiestücke (8 Fantasy Pieces), for piano, Op. 12
8 2:44
Waltzes (16) for piano, 4 hands (or piano), Op. 39
9 1:58
10 1:55
11 6:05
Piano Trio No. 2 in E flat major, D. 929 (Op. 100)
12 10:56
Grande Polonaise for piano & orchestra (or solo piano) in E flat major, Op. 22, CT. 149
13 8:44
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