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Quartet [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Album Summary

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata
>Marianelli, Dario : Quartet, film score
>Schubert, Franz : An Sylvia
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto
>Sullivan, Arthur : The Mikado
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Carnival of the animals
>Boccherini, Luigi : Menuett
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Symphony no 100 "Military"
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings no 63 in B flat major ("Sunrise"), Op. 76/4, H. 3/78
>Rossini, Gioachino : Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia), opera
>Fain, Sammy : Are You Havin' Any Fun
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565
>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
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Notes & Reviews:

The original motion picture soundtrack to Dustin Hoffman's comedy Quartet brings together a variety of vintage performances from Decca's back catalog that are complemented by excerpts from the film score by Dario Marianelli. Taken on its own merits, this is an accessible collection of vocal and instrumental favorites, which run the gamut from Classical chamber music by Haydn and Boccherini to Romantic opera favorites by Verdi and Puccini, with pieces by Schubert, Rossini, Saint-Saëns, and Gilbert and Sullivan thrown in for good measure. Viewers of the film will recall the music in that context, though anyone who hasn't seen Quartet must make sense of the program. Marianelli's background music and the instrumental performances by James Morgan and the Danish National Chamber Orchestra were recorded in 2012, though most of the other recordings have earlier dates from the 1960s through the 1980s, so the sound quality is somewhat variable. Considering that there are plenty of opera compilations on the market that have more consistency of performers, performances, and recording quality, this CD seems in comparison like a random introduction to the genre, however agreeable it is as a soundtrack album. However, as a keepsake of the film, it has its own associative value. ~ Blair Sanderson



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Works Details

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata :: Act 1
  • Conductor: James Morgan
  • Notes: Composition written: 1853.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Marianelli, Dario : Quartet, film score
  • Performer: Dario Marianelli (Piano)
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 2012

>Schubert, Franz : An Sylvia
  • Performers: Karl Engel (Piano); Hermann Prey
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1826

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto :: La donna è mobile
  • Conductor: James Morgan
  • Running Time: 1 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851

>Sullivan, Arthur : The Mikado :: The Flowers that Bloom in the Spring
  • Performers: Colin Wright (Voice); John Reed (Baritone); Peggy Jones (Mezzo Soprano); Valerie Masterson (Soprano); Kenneth Sandford (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Royston Nash
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1884-1885

>Marianelli, Dario : Quartet, film score
  • Performer: Dario Marianelli (Piano)
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 2012

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Carnival of the animals
  • Performers: Pascal Rogé (Piano); Christopher Kampen (Cello)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Sullivan, Arthur : The Mikado :: So Please You, Sir, We Much Regret
  • Performers: Peggy Jones (Mezzo Soprano); Valerie Masterson (Soprano); Kenneth Sandford (Baritone); Pauline Wales (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Royston Nash
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1884-1885

>Boccherini, Luigi : Menuett
  • Conductor: Karl Munchinger
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1771

>Marianelli, Dario : Quartet, film score
  • Performer: Dario Marianelli (Piano)
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 2012

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Symphony no 100 "Military" :: 3. Menuet
  • Conductor: Antal Dorati
  • Running Time: 5 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1793-1794

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings no 63 in B flat major ("Sunrise"), Op. 76/4, H. 3/78
  • Notes: Composition written: 1797.
  • Running Time: 22 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1797

>Sullivan, Arthur : The Mikado :: Tit Willow
  • Performer: John Reed (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Royston Nash
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1884-1885

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto :: Act 1. Caro nome
  • Performer: Ileana Cotrubas (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Carlo Giulini
  • Running Time: 6 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851

>Rossini, Gioachino : Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia), opera :: Act 2. Ah! qual colpo inaspettato!
  • Performers: Nicola Monti (Tenor); Renato Capecchi (Baritone); Gianna D'Angelo (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Bruno Bartoletti
  • Running Time: 5 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1816

>Fain, Sammy : Are You Havin' Any Fun
  • Performers: Leon Charles (Piano); David Ryall (Voice); Ronnie Hughes (Trumpet); Trevor Peacock (Voice)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Marianelli, Dario : Quartet, film score
  • Performer: Dario Marianelli (Piano)
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 2012

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 :: [Excerpt]
  • Performers: Leon Charles (Piano); Ita Herbert (Violin); John Georgiadis (Violin); John Heley (Cello); Graeme Scott (Viola)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1708

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata :: Act 1. Libiamo ne' lieti calici (Brindisi)
  • Performers: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor); Joan Sutherland
  • Conductor: Richard Bonynge
  • Notes: Composition written: 1853.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: Act 2. Vissi d'arte
  • Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: Georg Solti
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto :: Act 3. Bella figlia dell'amore
  • Performers: Huguette Tourangeau (Mezzo Soprano); Sherrill Milnes; Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor); Joan Sutherland
  • Conductor: Richard Bonynge
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851