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on 20 June 2011
I downloaded this whole album as MP3 tracks a while ago and I never tire of listening to it. The album consists of 23 pieces, many of them quite short, and mostly the slow movements of various concertos. Each of the tracks is the complete movement, by the way, not some awful edited version or "excerpt" - Baroque concertos just happened to have short sections.

The album begins with the renowned Adagio in G Minor for organ and strings, the only long track in the set. Interestingly, this beautiful work was only discovered in 1948. It has a simple, yet hauntingly exquisite melody, quite romantic in character - remarkable since it actually foreshadows the Romantic era in music by nearly 200 years! The other lesser known pieces are equally enchanting and this really is music to relax to, and dream to.

Tomaso Albinoni (1671-1751) composed a prolific number of works and was so influential at the time that Bach himself composed music based on his earlier pieces. Albinoni had a strongly intuitive sense of melody and phrasing, at a time when music was not noted for its reflective melodic insights but characterized by complex counterpoint, formal splendour and a rather ornamented style. The slower pieces have been deliberately chosen here and some might say it is all a bit "samey". But sometimes we have those moods when all we want is to revel in feelings generated by certain kinds of tempo, key, pace and combination of instruments, again and again. We don't want some big, demanding piece, just short, selected, dreamy glimpses into music. For this, and if you like Baroque, of course, Albinoni's Adagios could be exactly the place to go.

The orchestra featured on this album deserves a special mention. All the tracks are by I Solisti Veneti conducted by Claudio Scimone. This award-winning group is one of the first rank of small Italian chamber orchestras with modern instruments: they, and their founder, Scimone, specialise in this type of Italian Baroque music. All of the recordings are excellent though some are older, remastered tracks. The album just oozes with professionalism and the MP3 format seems more than adequate to convey the fine audio quality.

The very epitome of what Classic FM has dubbed 'smooth classics', believe me, this serene album will surprise and delight you. Highly recommended.
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on 13 December 2009
Albinoni's Adagios is a soothing ride along the canals of Venice from beginning to end. It will be a welcome addition to the venetian side of your CD collection and if you wish, upon hearing this, to buy another CD of the same venetian bent, then I would whole heartedly recommend Adagio Veneziano (double CD set) which is even better than the album under review. Incidentally, Albinoni's Adagios is a single CD album unlike all the other albums in Decca's Adagio series which are 2 CD sets, though this really shouldn't detract from your decision to purchase. Highly recommended.
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on 12 January 2001
Much of the music on this CD will be familiar to many as so much of it has used on movies, commercials etc. So a fantastic listen while being very relaxing. A great CD just to chill out to or play during a quiet dinner.
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on 12 April 2001
Along with the famous adagio for organ & strings , this cd contains many unheard works of this composer of the baroque era.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 27 May 2013
Fantastic value for the price, this is a beautiful collection of Albinoni's music. Wonderful for relaxing, I play it at night when drifting off to sleep. It's one of those albums you'll play over and over again.
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on 10 September 2011
I came across Albinoni in a novel and wondered what his music was like - this album contains 23 adaggios and is wonderful. Listening to this is a great way to wind-down without being dreary. Enjoy!
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on 1 January 2013
It does what you would expect. Peaceful and relaxing music. I suspect nothing on here ill ever become a stand out favourite for anyone. But it's good music for creating a mood and that's hey I bought it, so five stars it is
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on 10 June 2014
I find this collection of adagios the perfect 'chill out' - a sublime sound from superb musicians guaranteed to bring tranquility and calm to you if even just for a few minutes.
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on 21 January 2014
Lovely music and a very good recording. Extremely relaxing and a bargain at the price! Thoroughly recommended and must now look out other composers' adagios.
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on 31 August 2013
Lovely music brilliantly played! Will play it for its calming therapeutic qualities. Completely satisfied with purchase so a good buy
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