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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 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 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 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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