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Classical Heartbreakers

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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)
>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act
>     Intermezzo
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini
>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera
>     O mio babbino caro
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord no 3 in G minor, BWV 1029
>     II. Adagio (opening)
>Strauss, Richard : Beim Schlafengehen ("Nun der Tag mich mud' gemacht") song for soprano & orchestra, o.Op. 150/3 (TrV
>Williams, John : Schindler's List
>     Theme
>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune
>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor
>     Conclusion
>Catalani, Alfredo : La Wally
>     Ebben? ne andrò lontana
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/2 "Moonlight"
>     I. Adagio sostenuto (extract)
>Bruch, Max [Composer] : Concerto for Violin no 1 in G minor, Op. 26
>     II. Adagio (opening)
>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
>     E lucevan le stelle
>     Vissi d'arte
>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 Fur Streicher
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concerto for Piano no 2 in F major, Op. 102
>     II. Andante
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Nabucco
>     Va, pensiero (Chorus of Hebrew Slaves)
>Albinoni, Tomaso : Adagio for Organ and Strings in G minor
>Nyman, Michael [Piano] : The Piano, film score
>     The Heart Asks Pleasure first / The Promise
>Sartori, Francesco : Time to Say Goodbye (Con te partiro), song
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
>     Aria
>Offenbach, Jacques : Gaîté Parisienne
>     Barcarolle
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18
>     II. Adagio sostenuto (opening)
>Elgar, Edward : Enigma Variations
>     Nimrod
>Myers, Stanley : He was beautiful
>     Cavatina
>Schubert, Franz : Quintet for Strings in C major, Op. 163/D 956
>     II. Adagio (opening)
>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice
>     J'ai perdu mon Eurydice
>Chopin, Frédéric : Etude for piano no 3 in E major, Op. 10/3, CT. 16
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata
>     Attendo, attendo ... Addio del passato
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043
>     II. Largo ma non tanto (
>Kashif, Tolga : The Queen Symphony
>     III. Adagio (Who Wants To Live Forever - Save Me)
>Chopin, Frédéric : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11
>     II. Romance (Larghetto) (opening)
>Fauré, Gabriel : Requiem, Op. 48
>     In paradisum
>Horner, James : My Heart Will Go On (from the film "Titanic")
>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody in Blue
>     Conclusion

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 mud' 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 Fur 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 partiro), song
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
>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 : Orfeo ed Euridice
>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
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); Andre Previn; London Symphony Orchestra (Piano)
  • 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: Philharmonia Orchestra; Riccardo Muti
  • 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: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (Voice); Cécile Ousset (Piano); Simon Rattle (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 (Harpsichord); Ton Koopman (Organ); 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: The London Philharmonic Orchestra (Soprano); Lucia Popp; Klaus Tennstedt (Soprano)
  • 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: Iain Sutherland; The New World Philharmonic (Violin); Tasmin Little (Violin)
  • 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: New Philharmonia Orchestra; John Barbirolli (Conductor)
  • 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: Philharmonia Orchestra (Soprano); Maria Callas; Tullio Serafin
  • 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: Philharmonia Orchestra (Violin); Yehudi Menuhin (Violin); Walter Susskind
  • 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 (Tenor); 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

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : 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: The London Philharmonic Orchestra (Cello); Robert Cohen (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: English Chamber Orchestra (Piano); Dmitri Alexeev (Piano); Jerzy Maksymiuk (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: Royal Opera House Orchestra & Choir; Bernard Haitink
  • 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, BWV 988 :: 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: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (Voice); Cécile Ousset (Piano); 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: London Symphony Orchestra (Spoken Vocals); Adrian Boult
  • 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 : Orfeo ed Euridice :: J'ai perdu mon Eurydice
  • Performers: Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano); John Gardiner (Piano); Jerzy Maksymiuk (Piano)
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Ensemble: Lyon Opera Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: Italy.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : 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); Myung-Whun Chung; Kiri Te Kanawa
  • 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

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : 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

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Requiem, Op. 48 :: In paradisum
  • Performers: English Chamber Orchestra (Organ); Cambridge King's College Choir (Organ); Stephen Cleobury
  • 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 :: 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