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Music for Dog LoversCanine ClassicsThis light-hearted classical collection will appeal to dog lovers as we celebrate 'man's best friend'. Music from the great composers is themed around dogs and some of the things that they do and some of their typical characteristics and traits.Dog days1 Morning from Peer Gynt Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Libor PesekDog about town2 Sonata in D minor K9 Domenico Scarlatti(1685-1757)Martin Souter harpsichordHis Bach is better than his bite3 Ouverture in C major JS Bach (1685-1750)European Union Baroque Orchestra, Lars Ulrick MortensenSalty old sea dog4 Ashley's hornpipe TraditionalIan Giles, John Spiers, Jon Boden & Graham MetcalfeHunting dog5 La Caccia, Allegro from Autumn, The Four Seasons Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)St Petersburg Radio & TV Orchestra, Paval PopovShooting dog6 William Tell Overture Giacchino Rossini (1792-1868)London Philharmonic Orchestra, Alfred ScholzFishing dog7 Trout quintet, Andante Franz Schubert (1797-1828)Bamberg Piano QuintetIt's a dog's life8 Prelude flasque pour un chien, Chanson canine Erik Satie (1866-1925)Grant Johannesen pianoMan's best friend9 Solace Scott Joplin (1868-1917)Martin Souter pianoLet sleeping dogs lie10 Jimbo's lullaby Claude Debussy (1862-1918)Martin Souter pianoSniffer dog11 The sounds and perfumes turn the evening air Claude DebussyMartin Souter pianoDog in a manger12 Nocturne in F minor Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)Martin Souter pianoHair of the dog 13 Barleymow TraditionalDragonsfireCCL CDG1279Cover image: Brizo, A Shepherd's Dog Painted 1864 Oil on canvas (Marie-Rosalie) Rosa Bonheur (1822-1899) The Wallace Collection, LondonP and C 2014 Classical Communications LtdMade in Great Britainwww.thegiftofmusic.comI have found that when you are deeply troubled, there are things you get from the silent devoted companionship of a dog that you can get from no other source. Doris Day Recollect that the Almighty, who gave the dog to be companion of our pleasuresand our toils, hath invested him with a nature noble and incapable of deceit.Sir Walter ScottIf you eliminate smoking and gambling, you will be amazed to find that almost all an Englishman's pleasures can be, and mostly are, shared by his dog.George Bernard ShawYou think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long beforeany of us. Robert Louis StevensonA house is not a home until it has a dog. Gerald Durrell'Morning' is full of atmosphere as befits music originally conceived to accompany the stage play, 'Peer Gynt'. The music really sounds like the sun is coming up. Domenico Scarlatti had his music first published in the great city of London and it amazed the musical public with the sophistication and stylishness of the keyboard writing. It marked Scarlatti out as an exceptional composer even though this was almost the only volume of his sonatas published in his lifetime, despite the fact that he wrote up to 600 such pieces.Johann Sebastian Bach was one of the very greatest composers that ever lived. This overture is a comparatively early work. It is full of joy and celebration, beginning with a very grand slow start followed by an exceptional central section.The salty old sea dog dances a hornpipe, even though there are not many canine passengers on a ship! This music is vigourous and vibrant as is the music from Vivaldi's famous 'Four Seasons'. 'La Caccia' describes an autumn hunting scene. Vivaldi actually names a dog as one of the characters in this scene and marks him in the score. The shooting scene in Rossini's opera 'William Tell' is famous as is the story of the apple on the head. Schubert's 'Trout' is suitably watery and slippery.Erik Satie was one of music's more eccentric composers who wrote many works with unusual titles and on unusual themes. This lovely prelude is dedicated to the dog. 'Solace' is brought to many a dog lover by a wonderful companion who is faithful. 'Jimbo's Lullaby' is from Debussy's famous 'Children's Corner', a suite for piano composed with children in mind. We all know that a dog's sense of smell is vastly superior to our own and one can imagine a dog sitting in the evening air and sniffing 'the perfumes' in a lush garden as in Debussy's 'The sounds and perfumes turn in the evening air'.Chopin's Nocturne features a beautiful melody and a very fine ending. The central section is more urgent: perhaps the dog is dreaming? The 'Hair of the dog' is self-explanatory. The singers have definitely had one too many by the end of the song!
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