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Shine [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

  • Disc 1
    1. With the Help of God, Shine
    2. Polonaise in a Flat Major, Opus 53, The (Chopin)
    3. Did He Win?
    4. Will You Teach Me?
    5. Scales to America
    6. Scenes From Childhood-"Almost Too Serious" (Schumann)
    7. These People Are a Disgrace
    8. Raindrop Prelude (Chopin's Prelude No. 15, Opus 28)
    9. Your Father Your Family - (featuring Noah Taylor)
    10. Tell Me a Story, Katherine
    11. Back Stage
    12. Punished For the Rest of Your Life
    13. Moments of Genius
    14. La Campalesson (Liszt)
    15. Letters to Katherine
    16. 1st Movement Cadenza From the Rach. 3 (Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Opus 30)
    17. Night Practice / Parcel From Katharine
    18. As If There Was No Tomorrow
    19. Rach. 3, The (Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No 3 in D Minor, Opus 30)
    20. Complicato in Israel
    21. Raindrop Reprise (Chopin's Prelude No. 15, Opus 28)
    22. Bath to Daisy Beryl
    23. Gloria, RV 589 (Vivaldi)
    24. Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C# Minor (Liszt)
    25. Prelude in C# Minor (Rachmaninoff)
    26. Flight of the Bumble Bee (Rimsky-Korsakov/Rachmaninoff)
    27. Rach. 3 Reborn (Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Opus 30)
    28. Goodnight Daddy
    29. Loud Bit of Ludwig's 9th, A
    30. Sospiro (Liszt)
    31. What's The Matter, David / Appassionata (Beethoven)
    32. La Campanella (Liszt)
    33. Familiar Faces / Rach. 3 Encore (Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 In D Minor, Opus 30)
    34. Nulla in Mundo Pax Sincera (Vivaldi) - (featuring Jane Edwards)

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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 4547102

  • Credits
    Producer
    Engineer

    Personnel includes: David Hirschfelder (orchestra arranger, piano); Ricky Edwards (orchestra conductor, piano); Robert John (violin); Noah Taylor, Jane Edwards (vocals); Gerald Keuneman (cello); Mary Doumany (harp); Geoffrey Lancaster (harpsichord); Jeffrey Crellin (oboe); Geoffrey Payne (trumpet); David Helfgott, Wilhelm Kempff (piano).
    Includes liner notes by Scott Hicks.
    Pianist David Helfgott's discography, including DAVID HELFGOTT PLAYS RACHMANINOV, can be found in the Muze classical music database.
    Classical music has done extremely well at the box office, and even better on Oscar night. Michael Nyman became a superstar with THE PIANO, while Mozart's overwhelming recent popularity can be traced to 1984's Academy Award-winning AMADEUS. SHINE creates two heroes at once--the film's real-life subject, pianist David Helfgott, and composer David Hirschfelder.
    What the duo accomplishes is extraordinary. Rather than rewrite the classics (a la THE PIANO) or rely exclusively on them, Hirschfelder creates a dialogue with the music of Chopin, Liszt and especially Rachmaninov. The A-flat running through Chopin's "Raindrop" Prelude transforms itself into the pounding ostinato on "Your Father, Your Family." The suite-like results transcend the over-populated world of warmed-over film music. Helfgott's playing eschews the technical glamour of his contemporaries in favor of a less glittery approach. His finest contributions are the joyous, imperfect live recordings recorded at a piano bar in Perth, Australia.
    The album's centerpiece is Rachmaninov's monumental Third Piano Concerto. This work, fittingly nicknamed "Rocky 3," becomes a character in the film, tormenting, transforming and releasing Helfgott's quirky personality. Hirschfelder dresses the work in different orchestrations and molds it to tell Helfgott's touching story in a way only great music can do.

  • Critic Reviews
    Entertainment Weekly (1/17/97, pp.61-63) - "...by eliminating pauses between cuts, the disc beguilingly pulls you into its sonic narrative. Hirschfelder's original music is simply intoxicating...and its scaled-down orchestral palette will be a tonic to anyone whose ears have been worn down by the sledgehammer tactics of most Hollywood scores..." - Rating: A-
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