Kammermusik verzichtet auf Bühne und großes Orchester, kann im privaten Kreis und in intimer Atmosphäre gespielt werden. Der Einstieg mit J. S. Bachs Adagio aus der Sonate Nr. 1 für Solovioline stellt das Extrem an „kleiner Besetzung“ bei gleichzeitig höchstem Anspruch an Virtuosität und musikalischer Reife dar. Weitere Kompositionen von Bach, Vivaldi, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Chopin, Faure, Debussy, Ravel und Schostakovich vertiefen die Kontemplation.

the project

Classical music is hot. In fact, it is probably the biggest story of the l990s in the recording industry. Classical crossover hits like Nigel Kennedy's recording of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, Henryk Gorecki's Symphony no. 3, the Gregorian Chant album by the monks of Silo, and Michael Nyman's score for the Jane Campion film The Piano—to name just a few—have broken out of classical music's traditional bounds and hit the pop charts. Suddenly, a classical recording that sells 10,000 units is no longer pushing the envelope; today's top classical releases are reaching sales heights formerly reserved for pop icons like Madonna and the Rolling Stones.

This stunning turnaround in classical music's marketing power did not come out of nowhere, though. Celestial Harmonies helped set the stage for it with its Adagio (Complete Edition) (19908) series. Since 1981, long before the current interest in classical music began, Celestial Harmonies' compilations have been used worldwide for relaxation, meditation and even music therapy. And in a stunning reversal of music industry rules, absolutely no advertising or promotion was needed to achieve substantial sales figures. And while the rest of the classical world scurries around looking for the next big hit, Celestial Harmonies has released an updated digital version of an already proven winner: The Adagio series, a total of seven double–CDs. With sales of over 300,000 units in the past decade, the reason for the series' success is no mystery. As modern life has become increasingly complex and stressful, listeners have turned to music as a source of relief—especially the timeless, contemplative sounds of classical music. It seems that as the pace of our lives gets progressively faster, the music that many listeners are seeking is increasingly slow. The Adagio series, presents over seventeen hours of the world's finest slow music, making it the largest such collection anywhere.

the music

Andante is in some ways the most intimate of the collections, as you might expect from a set of chamber music classics. Some of the most personal music by Debussy, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Schubert, and another dozen of the West's greatest composers are presented here.

the musicians

These compilations were put together by Celestial Harmonies' President, Eckart Rahn, and Sister Marie Therese Levey, RSJ, of Australia. They drew upon a vast repertoire of classical and sacred music recordings, from some of the most talented orchestras, chamber ensembles, and soloists in Europe. The Kodály Quartet, the Capella Istropolitana, and the Camerata Cassovia appear on Andante.


  Disk 1:  
1 Adagio from Sonata No. 1 in G Minor for violin solo BWV 1001 by J.S. Bach 5'31"
2 Largo from Concerto for keyboard, strings and basso continuo in F Minor BWV 1056 by J.S. Bach 2'44"
3 Adagio from Autumn Concerto No. 3 in F Major RV 293 by Antonio Vivaldi 2'45"
4 Prelude No. 22 in B Flat Minor BWV 867 from The Well-Tempered Clavier Vol. 1 by J.S. Bach 2'10"
5 Adagio from Oboe Quartet in F Major KV 370 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 3'28"
6 Lento assai, cantante e tranquillo from String Quartet No. 16 in F Major Op. 135 by Ludwig van Beethoven 5'40"
7 Adagio from Piano Quartet No. 3 in C Major Wo 036 by Ludwig van Beethoven 5'24"
8 Berceuse in D Flat Major Op. 57 by Frédèric Chopin 4'40"
9 Adagio from Piano Quartet in C Minor Op. 15 No. 1 by Gabriel Fauré 5'52"
10 Tres lent by Maurice Ravel 8'08"
11 Loure from Partita No. 3 in E Major for Viloin Solo BWV 1006 by J.S. Bach 4'15"
12 Largo from String Quartet No. 8 in C minor Op. 110 by Dimitry Shostakovich 3'19"
13 Ave Maria (arr. Liszt) by Franz Schubert 6'01"
14 Andante con moto from String Quartet in D Minor D. 810 by Franz Schubert 13'44"
  Total Time: 75'09"
  Disk 2:  
1 Romanze No. 1 from 3 Romanzen Op. 94 by Robert Schumann 4'21"
2 Poco adagio from String Quartet in C Major H. III:77 (Emperor) by Franz Joseph Haydn 7'42"
3 Adagio sostenuto from Piano Sonata No. 14 in C Sharp Minor Op. 27, No. 2 (Moonlight) by Ludwig van Beethoven 5'17"
4 Andantino from String Quartet in G Minor Op. 10 by Claude Debussy 7'56"
5 Larghetto from Clarinet Quintet in A Major KV 581 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 5'58"
6 Andante cantabile from String Quartet No. 1 D Major Op. 11 by Pyotr Tchaikovsky 6'25"
7 Sarabande from Cello Suite No. 5 in C Minor BWV 1011 by J.S. Bach 3'45"
8 Andante ma moderato from String Sextet No. 1 in B Flat Major Op. 18 by Johannes Brahms 9'36"
9 Adagio from Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet in B Minor Op. 115 by Johannes Brahms 10'30"
10 Adagio, molto espressivo from Violin Sonata in A Major Op. 30 No. 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven 7'15"
11 Grave from The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross H. III: 50-56 by Franz Joseph Haydn 7'59"
  Total Time: 77'47"

the series

Adagio I: A Special 2 ½ Hour Collection of Orchestral Classics (14050)
Adagio II: A Special 2 ½ Hour Collection of Orchestral Classics (14052)
Andante: A Special 2 ½ Hour Collection of Chamber Music Classics (14054)
Largo I: A Special 2 ½ Hour Collection of Piano Classics (14056)
Largo II: A Special 2 ½ Hour Collection of Piano Classics (14058)
Magnum Mysterium I: A Special 2 ½ Hour Collection of Sacred Music Classics (14060)
Magnum Mysterium II: A Special 2 ½ Hour Collection of Sacred Music Classics (14062)