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Fifty Shades of Grey: The Classical Album / Alexandre Tharaud, Barbara Hendricks, Samson Francois Alexis Weissenberg, et al.

Audio Samples

>Delibes, Leo [Composer] : Lakme
>     Act 1. Flower Duet
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Keyboard Concerto in D minor, BWV 974
>     Adagio
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Bachiana brasileira no 5 for Soprano and 8 Cellos
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La Traviata
>     Prelude
>Pachelbel, Johann : Canon and Gigue for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major
>Tallis, Thomas : Spem in alium
>Chopin, Frédéric : Prelude for piano no 4 in E minor, Op. 28/4, CT. 169
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18
>     Adagio sostenuto
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
>     Opening
>Canteloube, Joseph : Baïlèro
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 9/1, CT. 108
>Fauré, Gabriel : Requiem, Op. 48
>     In paradisum
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
>     Aria
>Debussy, Claude : La fille aux cheveux de lin
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" BWV 147
>     Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring

Album Summary

>Delibes, Leo [Composer] : Lakme
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Keyboard Concerto in D minor, BWV 974
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Bachiana brasileira no 5 for Soprano and 8 Cellos
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La Traviata
>Pachelbel, Johann : Canon and Gigue for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major
>Tallis, Thomas : Spem in alium
>Chopin, Frédéric : Prelude for piano no 4 in E minor, Op. 28/4, CT. 169
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
>Canteloube, Joseph : Baïlèro
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 9/1, CT. 108
>Fauré, Gabriel : Requiem, Op. 48
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
>Debussy, Claude : La fille aux cheveux de lin
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" BWV 147
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

EMI Classics is proud to present Fifty Shades of Grey - The Classical Album, an exciting new release featuring 15 pieces of classical music personally selected by author E L James herself and referenced in her bestselling Fifty Shades book trilogy.

Fifty Shades of Grey - The Classical Album aims to provide the perfect accompaniment to the Fifty Shades reading experience, setting a mysterious and alluring atmosphere with just the slightest hint of danger... music includes The Tallis Sholars' sweeping version of Spem in Alium featured in the first novel, along with 14 other works from the books, all performed by world-class artists such as Sir Simon Rattle, King's College Choir, Alexanre Tharaud and more. The album features cover art based on the novels with a liner note from E L James.

The three novels in the Fifty Shades trilogy are published by Vintage Books and have sold more than 20 million copies in the U.S. alone. The books' various references to classical music have spurred sales of the pieces mentioned - even going so far as to cause one recording to jump to the top of the classical charts in the UK.

A top-priority release, EMI will be working with Vintage Books and author E L James to promote the album.

The Independent, September 2012
As a one-stop compilation of popular classical favourites, it's hugely enjoyable.

Notes & Reviews:

When E.L. James was writing her Twilight-slash-fic-turned-BSDM potboiler Fifty Shades of Grey, she apparently fueled her writing sessions by listening to tons of classical music. Once the book turned into a runaway hit, it only made sense to create a companion album, and that's what 2012's Fifty Shades of Grey: The Classical Album is: pieces that functioned as a soundtrack for James' writing, along with some compositions that crept their way into the text. Unsurprisingly, this makes it an album that's targeted not at the classical connoisseurs but rather fans of Fifty Shades of Grey looking for a dose of sophisticated danger. For that subset of listeners, this collection will serve their needs quite well. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine



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Works Details

>Léo Delibes (Composer) (1836 - 1891) : Lakmé :: Act 1. Flower Duet
  • Performers: Mady Mesple (Voice); Danielle Millet (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Alain Lombard
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1883

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Keyboard Concerto in D minor, BWV 974 :: Adagio
  • Performer: Alexandre Tharaud (Piano)
  • Conductor: Bernard Labadie
  • Ensemble: Les Violons du Roy
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1713-1714

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Bachiana brasileira no 5 for Soprano and 8 Cellos
  • Performer: Barbara Hendricks (Voice)
  • Conductor: Enrique Bátiz
  • Ensemble: Cellos of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Cellos
  • Running Time: 6 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La Traviata :: Prelude
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Notes: Composition written: 1853.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Pachelbel, Johann : Canon and Gigue for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: after 1700

>Tallis, Thomas : Spem in alium
  • Running Time: 9 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1567

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Prelude for piano no 4 in E minor, Op. 28/4, CT. 169
  • Performer: Samson Francois (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838-1839

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18 :: Adagio sostenuto
  • Performer: Cécile Ousset (Piano)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1900-1901

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis :: Opening
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Running Time: 6 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Canteloube, Joseph : Baïlèro
  • Performers: Arleen Augér; Arleen Augér (Voice)
  • Conductor: Yan Tortelier
  • Running Time: 6 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1923-1930

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Nocturne for piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 9/1, CT. 108
  • Performer: Samson Francois (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1830-1832

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Requiem, Op. 48 :: In paradisum
  • Performers: Peter Barley (Organ); José Garcia (Violin)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1887-1900

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 :: Aria
  • Performer: Maria Tipo (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1741

>Debussy, Claude : La fille aux cheveux de lin
  • Performer: Moura Lympany (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" BWV 147 :: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
  • Performer: Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 07/02/1723