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Movie Adagios

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Adagio for strings (or string quartet; arr. from 2nd mvt. of String Quartet), Op. 11 - Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
    2. Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major ("Elvira Madigan") K. 467: Andante - Radu Lupu
    3. Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro - Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra/Renata Tebaldi
    4. Warsaw Concerto for piano & orchestra (for the film "Dangerous Moonlight"/"Suicide Squadron")
    5. Dances with Wolves, film score: John dunbar Theme - Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
    6. Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Intermezzo - National Philharmonic Orchestra
    7. Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18: Adagio sostenuto (except) - Cleveland Orchestra/Jean-Yves Thibaudet
    8. Mission, film score: Gabriel's Oboe, The - Prague Philharmonia
    9. Piano, film score: The heart asks pleasure first, The - Jean-Yves Thibaudet
    10. Gadfly, film score, Op. 97: Romance, The - Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Alexander Kerr
    11. Serenade No. 10 for winds in B flat major ("Gran Partita"), K. 361 (K. 370a): Adagio - Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
    12. Cos fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Soave sia il vento - Lucia Popp
    13. Wally, opera, La (dramma musicale) in 4 acts: Ebben?...Ne andr lontana - London Philharmonic Orchestra
    14. Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056: Largo - Chamber Orchestra of Europe
    15. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2: Adagio sostenuto - Vladimir Ashkenazy
    16. Quintet for 2 violins, viola & 2 cellos in C major, D. 956 (Op. posth. 163): Adagio (excerpt)
    17. Requiem for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, K. 626: Lacrimosa - John Alldis/BBC Symphony Orchestra
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Swan Lake, ballet, Op. 20: Scene, The (Opening of Act 2)
    2. contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Barcarolle, Les - L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
    3. Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major ("Emperor"), Op. 73: Adagio un poco mosso - Cleveland Orchestra/Vladimir Ashkenazy
    4. Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85: Adagio - Moderato (excerpt) - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Julian Lloyd Webber
    5. Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622: Adagio - London Symphony Orchestra/Jack Brymer
    6. Concerto for 2 violins, strings & continuo in D minor ("Double"), BWV 1043: Largo, ma non tanto - Neville Marriner/Henryk Szeryng
    7. Clair de lune, for orchestra or other arrangement (from "Suite Bergamasque" for piano), L. 75/3 - Frederick Fennell
    8. Nuovo cinema paradiso, film score (aka Cinama Paradiso): Nuovo Cinema Paradiso - Prague Philharmonia
    9. Adagietto, for orchestra (from the Symphony No. 5) - Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    10. Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air - Karl Mnchinger
    11. nozze di Figaro, Le (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Che soave zeffretto (Letter Duet) - London Philharmonic Orchestra/Lucia Popp/Kiri Te Kanawa
    12. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Un bel di - London Philharmonic Orchestra
    13. Canon and gigue, for 3 violins & continuo in D major, T. 337: Canon in D major - Karl Mnchinger
    14. Sonata for viola da gamba & keyboard No. 3 in G minor, BWV 1029: Adagio (excerpt)
    15. Prelude for piano No.1 in C sharp minor ("The Bells of Moscow"), Op. 3/2 - (mix)
    16. On Her Majesty's Secret Service, film score: We have all the time in the world - Prague Philharmonia
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 289468506

  • Credits

    Personnel: Alexander Kerr, Henryk Szeryng (violin); Julian Lloyd Webber (cello); Jack Brymer (clarinet); Vladimir Ashkenazy, Radu Lupu, Jean-Yves Thibaudet (piano).
    Arrangers: Karl Mnchinger; Nick Ingman.
    Movie Adagios gathers two discs' worth of adagios, by composers such as Barber, Mozart, and Bach, that have appeared in films ranging from Platoon to On Her Majesty's Secret Service. The selections range from pieces that played a large part in the movies in which they were used, such as the Adagio Sostenuto from Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata, which appeared in the biopic Immortal Beloved, to pieces from a specially commissioned score, such as "Gabriel's Oboe" from Ennio Morricone's music for The Mission, to evocative choices like Debussy's Clair de Lune, which appeared in Frankie and Johnny. Since the selections, composers, and performers -- which include the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Renata Tebaldi, Kiri Te Kanawa, and the London Symphony Orchestra -- are first-rate, Movie Adagios could also work well as a classical music primer in addition to a worthwhile compilation for movie music fans. ~ Heather Phares

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