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Classical Heartbreakers

Album Summary

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23
>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini
>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord no 3 in G minor, BWV 1029
>Strauss, Richard : Beim Schlafengehen ("Nun der Tag mich müd' gemacht") song for soprano & orchestra, o.Op. 150/3 (TrV
>Williams, John : Schindler's List
>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune
>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor
>Catalani, Alfredo : La Wally
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/2 "Moonlight"
>Bruch, Max [Composer] : Concerto for Violin no 1 in G minor, Op. 26
>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 20 in C sharp minor, KK IVa/16, CT. 127 (B. 49)
>Barber, Samuel : Adagio for Strings
>Elgar, Edward : Adagio Für Streicher
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concerto for Piano no 2 in F major, Op. 102
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Nabucco
>Albinoni, Tomaso : Adagio for Organ and Strings in G minor
>Nyman, Michael [Piano] : The Piano, film score
>Sartori, Francesco : Time to Say Goodbye (Con te partirò), song
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9)
>Offenbach, Jacques : Gaîté Parisienne
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18
>Elgar, Edward : Enigma Variations
>Myers, Stanley : He was beautiful
>Schubert, Franz : Quintet for Strings in C major, Op. 163/D 956
>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orphée et Eurydice (French version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 41
>Chopin, Frédéric : Etude for piano no 3 in E major, Op. 10/3, CT. 16
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043
>Kashif, Tolga : The Queen Symphony
>Chopin, Frédéric : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11
>Fauré, Gabriel : Requiem, Op. 48
>Horner, James : My Heart Will Go On (from the film "Titanic")
>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody in Blue, for piano & orchestra (orchestrated by F. Grofé)
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers
Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Montserrat Caballé , Maria Callas , Lucia Popp , Elisabeth Schwarzkopf , Kiri Te Kanawa (soprano); Anne Sofie von Otter, Jeannine Collard (mezzo soprano); Carlo Bergonzi (tenor); Steve Morse, Manuel Barrueco (guitar); Christian Ferras , Tasmin Little , Yehudi Menuhin (violin); Jordi Savall (viola da gamba); Lászlo Varga, Robert Cohen (cello); Horacio Gutiérrez, André Previn , Dmitri Alexeev, John Ogdon , Garrick Ohlsson , Cécile Ousset, Maria Tipo (piano).

The aptly named Classical Heartbreakers collects two discs' worth of moving compositions that have also been featured in renowned films, including Chopin's "Nocturne in C sharp minor," which appeared in The Pianist; Mascagni's "Intermezzo (Cavalleria Rusticana)," which was featured in Raging Bull; and Bach's "Goldberg Variations -- Aria," a musical highlight from The English Patient. Other highlights include John Williams' theme from Schindler's List; Offenbach's "Barcarolle (Les Contes d'Hoffmann)," which appeared in Life Is Beautiful; and "Heart Asks Pleasure First/The Promise" from Michael Nyman's score for The Piano. Gershwin, Verdi, and Fauré are some of the other composers featured on this collection, which should please fans of films and classical music alike. ~ Heather Phares



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>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 :: I. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso (opening)
  • Performers: Horacio Gutierrez (Piano); London Symphony Orchestra (Piano); Andre Previn
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1874

>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act :: Intermezzo
  • Performers: Riccardo Muti; Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini
  • Performers: Cécile Ousset (Piano); Simon Rattle (Voice); City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (Voice)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1934

>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera :: O mio babbino caro
  • Performers: London Symphony Orchestra (Soprano); Montserrat Caballé; Charles Mackerras
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord no 3 in G minor, BWV 1029 :: II. Adagio (opening)
  • Performers: Ton Koopman (Organ); Ton Koopman (Harpsichord); Jordi Savall (Vielle)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Strauss, Richard : Beim Schlafengehen ("Nun der Tag mich müd' gemacht") song for soprano & orchestra, o.Op. 150/3 (TrV
  • Performers: Klaus Tennstedt (Soprano); The London Philharmonic Orchestra (Soprano); Lucia Popp
  • Conductor: Klaus Tennstedt
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1948

>Williams, John : Schindler's List :: Theme
  • Performers: Tasmin Little (Violin); The New World Philharmonic (Violin); Iain Sutherland
  • Conductor: Iain Sutherland
  • Ensemble: New World Philharmonic
  • Notes: Composition written: 1993.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1993

>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune
  • Performer: Moura Lympany (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890-1905

>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor :: Conclusion
  • Performers: John Barbirolli (Conductor); New Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Conductor: John Barbirolli
  • Ensemble: New Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1901-1902

>Catalani, Alfredo : La Wally :: Ebben? ne andrò lontana
  • Performers: Tullio Serafin; Maria Callas; Philharmonia Orchestra (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Tullio Serafin
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1892

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/2 "Moonlight" :: I. Adagio sostenuto (extract)
  • Performer: Moura Lympany (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1801

>Bruch, Max [Composer] : Concerto for Violin no 1 in G minor, Op. 26 :: II. Adagio (opening)
  • Performers: Walter Susskind; Yehudi Menuhin (Violin); Philharmonia Orchestra (Violin)
  • Conductor: Walter Susskind
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1864-1867

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: E lucevan le stelle
  • Performers: Carlo Bergonzi; Georges Prêtre
  • Conductor: Georges Prêtre
  • Ensemble: Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900

>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 20 in C sharp minor, KK IVa/16, CT. 127 (B. 49)
  • Performer: Maria Tipo (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Barber, Samuel : Adagio for Strings
  • Performer: Eugene Ormandy
  • Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
  • Ensemble: Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936

>Elgar, Edward : Adagio Für Streicher
  • Performers: Robert Cohen (Cello); The London Philharmonic Orchestra (Cello)
  • Conductor: Norman del Mar
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1919

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concerto for Piano no 2 in F major, Op. 102 :: II. Andante
  • Performers: Jerzy Maksymiuk (Piano); Dmitri Alexeev (Piano); English Chamber Orchestra (Piano)
  • Conductor: Jerzy Maksymiuk
  • Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1957

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Nabucco :: Va, pensiero (Chorus of Hebrew Slaves)
  • Performers: Bernard Haitink; Royal Opera House Orchestra & Choir
  • Conductor: Bernard Haitink
  • Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
  • Running Time: 5 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1842

>Albinoni, Tomaso : Adagio for Organ and Strings in G minor
  • Performers: Academy Music; Sir Marriner (Violin)
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Running Time: 5 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1945

>Nyman, Michael [Piano] : The Piano, film score :: The Heart Asks Pleasure first / The Promise
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1992

>Sartori, Francesco : Time to Say Goodbye (Con te partirò), song
  • Performer: David Abel (Violin)
  • Conductor: David Abel
  • Ensemble: Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9) :: Aria
  • Performer: Maria Tipo (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1741

>Offenbach, Jacques : Gaîté Parisienne :: Barcarolle
  • Performers: Choeurs Ducios; Jeanine Collard (Mezzo Soprano); Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
  • Conductor: André Cluytens
  • Ensemble: René Duclos Chorus
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18 :: II. Adagio sostenuto (opening)
  • Performers: Cécile Ousset (Piano); City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (Voice); Simon Rattle (Voice)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1900-1901

>Elgar, Edward : Enigma Variations :: Nimrod
  • Performers: Adrian Boult; London Symphony Orchestra (Spoken Vocals)
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898-1899

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: Vissi d'arte
  • Performers: Maria Callas; Georges Prêtre
  • Conductor: Georges Prêtre
  • Ensemble: Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900

>Myers, Stanley : He was beautiful :: Cavatina
  • Performers: Steve Morse (Guitar); Manuel Barrueco (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1978

>Schubert, Franz : Quintet for Strings in C major, Op. 163/D 956 :: II. Adagio (opening)
  • Performer: Laszlo Varga (Cello)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1828

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orphée et Eurydice (French version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 41 :: J'ai perdu mon Eurydice
  • Performers: Jerzy Maksymiuk (Piano); John Gardiner; Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Ensemble: Lyon Opera Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: Italy.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Chopin, Frédéric : Etude for piano no 3 in E major, Op. 10/3, CT. 16
  • Performers: Jerzy Maksymiuk (Piano); John Ogdon (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1832

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata :: Attendo, attendo ... Addio del passato
  • Performers: London Symphony Orchestra (Soprano); Kiri Te Kanawa; Myung-Whun Chung
  • Conductor: Myung-Whun Chung
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1853.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043 :: II. Largo ma non tanto (
  • Performers: Christian Ferras (Violin); Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
  • Conductor: Yehudi Menuhin
  • Ensemble: Bath Festival Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1730-1731

>Kashif, Tolga : The Queen Symphony :: III. Adagio (Who Wants To Live Forever - Save Me)
  • Performers: Tolga Kashif (Piano); Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Piano)
  • Conductor: Tolga Kashif
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Chopin, Frédéric : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11 :: II. Romance (Larghetto) (opening)
  • Performers: Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra in Katowi; Jerzy Maksymiuk (Piano); Garrick Ohlsson (Piano)
  • Conductor: Jerzy Maksymiuk
  • Ensemble: Polish National Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1830

>Fauré, Gabriel : Requiem, Op. 48 :: In paradisum
  • Performers: English Chamber Orchestra (Organ); Stephen Cleobury; Cambridge King's College Choir (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Ensemble: King's College Choir, Cambridge
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1887-1900

>Horner, James : My Heart Will Go On (from the film "Titanic")
  • Performer: David Abel (Violin)
  • Conductor: David Abel
  • Ensemble: Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody in Blue, for piano & orchestra (orchestrated by F. Grofé) :: Conclusion
  • Performers: Andre Previn (Piano); London Symphony Orchestra (Piano)
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1924