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Cinema Classics: The Piano at the Movies

Album Summary

>Nyman, Michael [Piano] : The Piano
>Morricone, Ennio : The Mission
>Zimmer, Hans : Inception
>Tiersen, Yann : Amélie
>Williams, John : Schindler's List
>Sakamoto, Ryuichi : Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence
>Einaudi, Ludovico : Fly (In Volo), for piano
>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune
>Portman, Rachel : Chocolat
>Pachelbel, Johann : Canon in D major, arranged for keyboard
>Glass, Philip : The Hours
>Hisaishi, Jo : Spirited Away
>Einaudi, Ludovico : Le Onde (The Wave), for piano
>Morricone, Ennio : Cinema Paradiso
>Yiruma : River Flows in You
>Grusin, Dave : On Golden Pond
>Barber, Samuel : Adagio for Strings
>Einaudi, Ludovico : Una mattina
>Glass, Philip : Dreaming of Fiji (for the film "The Truman Show")
>Yared, Gabriel : The English Patient
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Songs without words, vol 2, Op. 30
>Sakamoto, Ryuichi : The Last Emperor
>Mahler, Gustav : Death in Venice
>Einaudi, Ludovico : Divenire
Performers Composers
Notes & Reviews:

Film music themes are generally presented in their original orchestral guises on recordings. But in the glory days of silent cinema it was only the biggest and most luxurious theaters that could boast a live orchestra, and even the mighty theater organ was heard mostly in big downtown movie palaces rather than in the neighborhood theaters where movies lived on a daily basis. Instead, it was a pianist who provided the soundtrack for a movie. This double album by Chinese-Dutch-Swiss pianist See Siang Wong pays tribute to this idea (in the graphics as well as in the general idea), applying the piano to a range of contemporary, very familiar movie themes. Wong gets only small-print billing in the graphics, and Sony seems to have regarded him basically as a device for executing the concept. That concept involves quasi-improvisatory arrangements of the movie themes by mostly uncredited arrangers, with the themes drawn most from the sentimental side: Michael Nyman, Ennio Morricone, and Ludovico Einaudi, whose Divenire is included even though it's not a movie theme. Dip in and sample anywhere; the tone doesn't vary much by composer. And that's the appeal of this collection: it doesn't do much to challenge the mind, or the pianist, but it offers you a couple of relaxing hours of highly evocative tunes, set in a gauzy background. For stress elimination to wind down in the evening, or to get through a commute, it may fill the bill. ~ James Manheim



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Works Details

>Nyman, Michael [Piano] : The Piano :: The Heart Asks Pleasure First
  • Performer: See Wong (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1992

>Morricone, Ennio : The Mission :: Gabriel's Oboe
  • Performer: See Wong (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1986

>Zimmer, Hans : Inception :: Time
  • Performer: See Wong (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score

>Tiersen, Yann : Amélie :: Comptine d'un autre été
  • Performer: See Wong (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Williams, John : Schindler's List :: Main Theme
  • Performer: See Wong (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1993.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1993

>Sakamoto, Ryuichi : Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence :: Main Theme
  • Performer: See Wong (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1983

>Einaudi, Ludovico : Fly (In Volo), for piano
  • Performers: Chih-Wei Hu (Piano); See Wong (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune
  • Performer: See Wong (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890-1905

>Portman, Rachel : Chocolat :: Main Theme
  • Performer: See Wong (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000

>Pachelbel, Johann : Canon in D major, arranged for keyboard
  • Performer: See Wong (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: after 1700

>Glass, Philip : The Hours :: The Poet Acts
  • Performer: See Wong (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Hisaishi, Jo : Spirited Away :: One Summer's Day
  • Performer: See Wong (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001

>Einaudi, Ludovico : Le Onde (The Wave), for piano
  • Performer: See Wong (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Morricone, Ennio : Cinema Paradiso :: Main Theme
  • Performer: See Wong (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1988

>Yiruma : River Flows in You
  • Performer: See Wong (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Grusin, Dave : On Golden Pond :: Main Theme
  • Performer: See Wong (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1981

>Barber, Samuel : Adagio for Strings
  • Performer: See Wong (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936

>Einaudi, Ludovico : Una mattina
  • Performer: See Wong (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Glass, Philip : Dreaming of Fiji (for the film "The Truman Show")
  • Performer: See Wong (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1998

>Yared, Gabriel : The English Patient :: Main Theme
  • Performer: See Wong (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1996

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Songs without words, vol 2, Op. 30
  • Performer: See Wong (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 06/26/1830

>Sakamoto, Ryuichi : The Last Emperor :: Main Theme
  • Performer: See Wong (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1988

>Mahler, Gustav : Death in Venice :: Adagietto
  • Performer: See Wong (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1901-1902

>Einaudi, Ludovico : Divenire :: [Exceprt]
  • Performer: See Wong (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary