The Ultimate Most Romantic String Music in the Universe (2008)
by Akira Eguchi (piano), Andrea Coen (organ), Anthea Gifford (guitar), Ayako Shinozaki (harp), Baroque Strings Zürich, Chee-Yun (violin), I Solisti Italiani, Jean-Jacques Kantorow (violin), Lunaire Ensemble, Mozart String Trio, Prague String Quartet
Denon's generous, if hyperbolically titled twofer The Ultimate Most Romantic String Music in the Universe covers extremely familiar ground in its ... Show synopsis Denon's generous, if hyperbolically titled twofer The Ultimate Most Romantic String Music in the Universe covers extremely familiar ground in its selections, so prudent buyers should examine them carefully for any duplication of pieces they may already have. However, one probably wouldn't buy this compilation for any single track or to fill holes in a collection, but might choose it for its overall ambiance and utility as pleasant background music. The smooth, lyrical tone of the program ensures a mellow mood, and the balanced levels between tracks guarantee that there will be no loud surprises and little need to adjust the volume. The textures vary according to the instrumentation, so there are pieces and movements for violin and piano, violin, cello, guitar, string quartet, string orchestra, and several concerto formats, and the variety of ensembles is refreshing. The label's distinguished roster is well-represented, and such artists as violinist Chee-Yun, guitarist Shin-Ichi Fukuda, the Smetana and...
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