托马索·乔瓦尼·阿尔比诺尼（意大利语：Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni，1671年6月8日威尼斯 - 1750年1月17日威尼斯），意大利巴洛克作曲家，代表作《G小调柔板（Adagio in G minor）》。
Albinoni's Adagios(Claudio Scimone) album:
Stephen_Murray's Full Review: Albinoni's Adagios / Claudio Scimone, I Solisti Ve... Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni (1671-1751) is in our age something of a "one-hit wonder," that hit being the Adagio in G Minor for organ and strings. I've never seen it or anything else by Albinoni programmed for symphony concerts, but the organ and strings Adagio is on every "Baroque greatest hits" compilation. I first heard it in Alain Resnais's opaque art-film puzzle "Last Year at Marienbad" (1961). It haunted a much larger audience in the 1981 movie "Gallipoli."
Albinoni wrote fifty or so operas and at least 72 concerti (probably many more), none of which were in the repertory in the years after World War II when LP records made baroque music widely available. Many Albinoni manuscripts were in the Dresden State Library and destroyed when the UK and US firebombed Dresden in 1944 (see Slaughterhouse Five--and the movie adaptation of it, which used Bach music).
Among the collateral damage of the incineration of Dresden was the trio sonata from which the G minor adagio derived. The prototype Albinoni piece was arranged by Remo Giazotto and only published in 1958. Adagios in general are languorous, but this one lasts much longer than any of the 22 other Albinoni adagios and larghettos on the Erato disc performed by I Solisti Veneti, conducted by Claudio Scimone. It has a quite achingly beautiful final violin figure.
My other favorite is the second-longest one, one of many taken from oboe concertos, in this instance in D major. There is music from the soundtrack for "Brideshead Revisited" that seems to me inspired by this, with a very slow oboe "vibrato" above a faster-moving repeated four rising notes in the strings.
There are four more adagios from oboe concerti. Most of the rest are from violin concerti, and don't sound very different from each other. 73 minutes of slow movements makes for seeming repetition (as in the only somewhat exaggerated claim that Vivaldi wrote the same violin concerto 600 times).
All this poignant lyricism is fine background music for self-pity or post-coital reverie (drifting in a gondola in Venice's Grand Canal--which no one now does with motorized launches and even those riding gondolas for the sake of having ridden a gondola going someplace). Severed from the context of any concerto architecture and mostly running two minutes, plus or minus half a minute, the disc has very beautiful music, sublime even. There are different melodies, beautifully played and recorded, all aestheticizing sorrows--at least to my post-romantic ears. One that comes close to suggesting hope (though still falling away at the end) is the adagio from the Concerto for Oboe in B flat major. How Venetians three centuries ago heard and interpreted them, I'm not sure, but am sure they noticed the beauty of the music.
This compilation is a perfect work/study/contemplation CD, when you want to reduce the hum and din of modern life. It's wonderfully played, and has 23 tracks for a total of 72:45 minutes of melodic, serene music.
The famous Adagio in G minor, so often heard in films, etc., is here given a lovely rendition. Played a little faster than most other versions, with the individual instruments (especially the harpsichord) being heard clearly. It's not as lush and smooth as some recordings, but crisper, and to my ears, absolutely delightful.
It's hard to pick favorites among the other selections...each piece is a baroque beauty that flows well from one track to the next. I'm sure this CD will please most people who like 18th century music.
The recordings were done in 1970, '74, and '81, the sound is very good, and it's a great addition to my "quiet time" CDs.
01. Adagio in G minor for organ and strings
02. Concerto Op.10 No.1: Adagio
03. Concerto Op.10 No.2: Andante
04. Oboe Concerto in D minor: Adagio
05. Concerto Op.10 No.3: Adagio
06. Concerto Op.10 No.4: Andante
07. Concerto for two oboes in F: Adagio
08. Concerto Op.10 No.5: Andante
09. Concerto Op. 10 No.6: Larghetto
10. Oboe Concerto in C: Adagio
11. Concerto Op.10 No.7: Andante
12. Concerto Op.10 No.8: Largo
13. Concerto for two oboes in G: Adagio
14. Cocnerto Op.10 No.9: Larghetto
15. Violin Concerto in B flat: Adagio
16. Concerto Op.10 No.10: Larghetto
17. Violin concerto in F: Adagio
18. Cocnerto Op.10 No.11: Larghetto
19. Oboe Concerto in B flat: Adagio
20. Concerto Op.10 No.12: Adagio
21. Sinfonia in G minor: Larghetto
22. Sinfonia in C: Adagio
23. Sinfonia in G: Andante