celestial harmonies

What makes music romantic? Like beauty, romanticism is in the eye—or ear—of the beholder. As a musical movement, it is generally associated with nineteenth century Europe though the romantic movement actually originated in Germany. Its visual symbol, used by poets from Novalis to Eichendorff, is Die blaue Blume (The blue Flower). In this exquisite trilogy of romantic classical music, The Romantic Approach explores the origin of music romanticism, French and Italian romantic music, and 20th century American romantic music written after the end of the romantic era.

The first volume in this trilogy, The Romantic Approach: A Special Collection of 20th Century American Music (13087-2) may have surprised listeners who felt that contemporary America has produced very little romantic art. The diverse roster of some of the last century's finest composers also reflects the diversity in the music, from jazz influence to classical. This collection of works echo the lyrical, tonal style of European classical music of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

The Romantic Approach, Volume Two: A Special Collection of Classical Music from Italy and France (13101-2) showcases the very heart of romantic literature. Of all the countries in the world, France and Italy have been those most associated with things romantic; even the sounds of their languages are musical, and that song-like quality has certainly colored much of the music of these two countries. Some of the works and composers on this volume will be familiar to opera lovers, a central part of the musical life of these countries, although all selections are instrumental. It is rounded out with unjustly neglected masterpieces from several gifted French and Italian composers, reaching all the way into the present time.

The Romantic Approach, Volume Three: Classical Music from Germany (13162-2) takes us back to the origin of the Romantic movement—to Germany—and to the emotional works of some of its greatest composers. These composers could move their listeners without having to resort to painting a particular image in sound. This is music that can speak to the emotions without dictating which emotion you should feel; in fact, it can evoke a different vision or story in each listener. 

 

The Romantic Approach / Complete Edition (3CD)

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Volume One:

 

Quiet City by Aaron Copland 

Lonely Town (Pas de deux) from

On the Town: Three Dance Episodes 

by Leonard Bernstein 

Hymn and Fuguing Tune No. 2 

by Henry Cowell  

Elegy by Elliott Carter 

Adagio from String Quartet

by Samuel Barber 

Dream by John Cage 

Lullaby by George Gershwin 

A Night Piece by Arthur Foote 

3rd Movement from

Quartet for Violin, Clarinet, Cello and Piano 

by Peter Schickele 

Village of the Virgins from

Suite from the River by Duke Ellington 

Painted Desert from Grand Canyon Suite 

by Ferde Grofé 

The Unanswered Question 

from Two Contemplations 

by Charles Ives

 

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Volume Two:

 

Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana 

by Pietro Mascagni 

Clair de Lune from Suite bergamasque 

by Claude Debussy 

Prélude V for String Orchestra

by Jean Françaix  

Berceuse from Dolly Suite Op. 56

by Gabriel Fauré 

Andantino from

Sonata for Strings No. 1 in G

by Gioachino Rossini 

Largo from Concerto in C

for Mandolin and Strings RV 425 

by Antonio Vivaldi 

Nocturne from La Boutique Fantasque 

by Ottorino Respighi 

Crisantemi by Giacomo Puccini 

Andantino from String Quartet 

by Giuseppe Verdi 

Notturno Op. 70 No. 1 

by Giuseppe Martuccci 

Andantino, doucement expressif 

from String Quartet

by Claude Debussy 

Andante religioso / Meditation from Thaïs 

by Jules Massenet 

Très lent from String Quartet 

by Maurice Ravel 

Gymnopédie No. 1 by Erik Satie 

 

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Volume Three:

 

 

Adagio sostenuto from

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C Sharp Minor Op. 27 No. 2 

by Ludwig van Beethoven 

Fantasia from Clarinet Quintet in B Flat Major Op. 34

by Carl Maria von Weber 

Romance No. 2 in F Major Op. 50 

by Ludwig van Beethoven 

Songs without Words Book 7 No. 41 in A Major Op. 85 No. 5 

by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Kol Nidrei Adagio on Hebraic Melodies

Op. 47 by Max Bruch 

Langsam getragen from Fantasie in C Major Op. 17 

by Robert Schumann 

Adagio from Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B Minor Op. 115 

by Johannes Brahms 

Siegfried Idyll by Richard Wagner 

 

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