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Serenades

Cologne New Philharmonic Orchestra, Volker Hartung

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Serenade in E-Flat Major, Op. 6  
1.1
I. Andante con moto
Josef Suk; Cologne New Philharmonic Orchestra; Volker Hartung
5:27
1.2
II. Allegro ma non troppo e grazioso
Josef Suk; Cologne New Philharmonic Orchestra; Volker Hartung
5:28
1.3
III. Adagio
Josef Suk; Cologne New Philharmonic Orchestra; Volker Hartung
9:51
1.4
IV. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo presto
Josef Suk; Cologne New Philharmonic Orchestra; Volker Hartung
6:38
Thaïs  
1.5
Méditation
Jules Massenet; Anouck von Perlfaster; Cologne New Philharmonic Orchestra; Volker Hartung
5:39
1.6
Les larmes de Jacqueline, Op. 76 No. 2 (Arr. for Cello & Strings)
Jacques Offenbach; Jadranka Gasparovic; Cologne New Philharmonic Orchestra; Volker Hartung
7:30
String Sonata No. 3 in C Major (Arr. for Flute & Strings)  
1.7
I. Allegro
Gioacchino Rossini; Dejan Gavric; Cologne New Philharmonic Orchestra; Volker Hartung
3:59
1.8
II. Andante
Gioacchino Rossini; Dejan Gavric; Cologne New Philharmonic Orchestra; Volker Hartung
4:42
1.9
III. Moderato
Gioacchino Rossini; Dejan Gavric; Cologne New Philharmonic Orchestra; Volker Hartung
2:35
1.10
Crisantemi, SC 65 (Arr. for String Orchestra)
Giacomo Puccini; Cologne New Philharmonic Orchestra; Volker Hartung
6:16
String Quartet No. 2 in D Major  
1.11
III. Notturno. Andante
Alexander Borodin; Cologne New Philharmonic Orchestra; Volker Hartung
8:05
1.12
Carnival Overture, Op. 92
Antonín Dvořák; Cologne New Philharmonic Orchestra; Volker Hartung
9:31
Total Playing Time    75:41
On this album, Volker Hartung conducts his Cologne New Philharmonic Orchestra and its soloists in beautiful highlights of 19th Century Serenade music. Josef Suk (1874 - 1935) was a Czech composer, Antonín Dvořák's son-in-law, and a well-known violinist. He began his oeuvre with chamber music and, in wonderful sounding Dvořák tradition, with a four-movement string serenade op. 6, Several sources report that the avowed railway enthusiast Dvořák had encouraged his then-future son-in-law Suk to write down locomotive numbers at train stations. Dvořák Suk is also said to have passed tests on his knowledge of locomotive engineering to get Dvorak's approval to marry his daughter! Jules Massenet gained notoriety through the violin solo "Meditation, "which is part of the oriental influenced opera "Thaïs. " This solo is considered a famous encore in concerts and is often part of classical editions on specific topics. Alexander Borodin composed his Second Quartet in D Major in 1881 and dedicated it to his wife. The quartet was supposed to be a 20th-anniversary gift with a program evoking the couple's first meeting in Heidelberg. The third movement, called "Nocturne," became popular. Rossini wrote his Serenades when he was only 12 years old. On this album, the Serbian flute virtuoso Dejan Gavric plays one of these happy pieces together with the fabulous string players of the Cologne New Philharmonic. Offenbach composed "Les Larmes de Jacqueline" in 1846 as the second in a set of three pieces under the title "Les Harmonies des Bois" (Op.76). During this time, Offenbach was traveling throughout Europe, performing as a cello virtuoso. Often performing his music, «Les Larmes de Jacqueline» was most likely composed for himself and his daughter Jacqueline. Jadranka Gasparovic performs this lovely piece in this recording. Dvorák's Carnival Overture served as a musical farewell to his beloved Prague and, at the same time, as a greeting for the composer from New York, where he took on the job of director of the National Conservatory of Music. The carnival overture is about a lonely, sensitive visitor who comes to a city at nightfall where the carnival is in full swing. Everywhere you can hear the sound of instruments and singing. One can feel the joyful mood increasing to unrestrained cheerfulness.
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