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Tranquil Moods
CD1 Classical Moods

BEETHOVEN Shepherds' Thanksgiving; Pathetique - adagio; VIVALDI Domine Deus; Winter; Il Gardellino; SAINT-SAENS The Cuckoo; IRELAND Downland Suite; CHOPIN Kontretanze; DELIUS Summer Night; FAURÉ In Paradisum; Pastorale; LISZT En Reve; TCHAIKOVSKY Sleeping Beauty - Panorama; BRAHMS Violin Concerto - adago; SHOSTAKOVICH Romance; ELGAR Salut d'Amour
CD2 Contemporary Moods

BARRY John Dunbar theme; HYNES Rolling Hills; Mary's Garden; CUNNINGHAM/LUNNY When the snow melts; SJONNEBY Impressions of Spring; OVIDE Willow Tree; YARED English patient (excpts); EINAUDI Out of the Night; Passaggio; MORRICONE The Mission; NILSSON Moonbeam Song; ARKENSTONE Special Place; PHILLIPS Summer Dawn; The Nightingale; MERCER/MANCINI medley; Days of Wine and Roses, Moon River, Charade, Cameo
licensed from Silver Screen, Conifer, Nimbus, BMG, HNH International, Arte Nova, Windham Hill
rec 1972-2000
THE NATIONAL TRUST - BMG COMMERCIAL 74321 92469 [2CDs: 51.00+73.00]

This essentially is a box containing two CDs also available separately. No doubt there is a price advantage but you will need to check that for yourself and you will only be able to do that if you go to one of the UK's National Trust shops or possibly at their website (I have not verified that). I also noticed it in a branch of W H Smiths in Runcorn in the UK at 13.99.

The two discs are entitled 'Contemporary Moods' and 'Classical Moods'. The first is principally film music administered a s a romantic soporific. The second is a selection of romantic classical 'moments'.

What there is here is mostly well done. On the classical disc William Boughton's ESO/Nimbus Minuet is a delight (tr 5). The Winter 2nd movement played by Anthony Marwood goes well. Mark Ermler's Panorama from Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty benefits from Ermler's stage-craft and theatrical roots. The violinist in the second movement of Brahms violin concerto is not identified. I presume it is Oistrakh or Francescatti ... but which?

Among the film music the orchestral tracks are drained from the Silver Screen catalogue. Everything is a shade glutinous but the stronger tracks are John Barry's John Dunbar theme, When the Snow Melts (Cunningham/Lunny - I presume that is Donal Lunny of Capercaillie fame?), Willow Tree by Fracois Ovide, the cimbalom-haunted music of Gabriel Yared for The English patient and two Delian tracks by Anthony Phillips.

The compilation is from the BMG and Silva Screen vaults.

Attractive of its kind though the first CD should have been more open-handedly stacked.

Rob Barnett

 

 


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