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Various Artists: The Classics at the Movies: Romance

Track List

>forza del destino, opera: Overture, La - Hungarian State Opera Orchestra
>Gianni Schicchi, opera: O bio babbino caro - Alexander Rahbari
>Gianni Schicchi, opera: Firenze è come un albero fiorito - Janez Lotric/Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra/Johannes Wildner
>Rondine, La (The Swallow), opera: Doretta's dream - Will Humburg/Luba Orgonasova/Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
>Piano Sonata No. 17 in D major ("Trumpet", "Hunt"), K. 576: Adagio
>Doctor Zhivago, film score: Lara's theme - Richard Hayman
>Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622: Adagio - Johannes Wildner
>Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald (Tales from the Vienna Woods), waltz for orchestra, Op. 325 (RV 325)
>Impromptu for piano in A flat major, D. 899/4 (Op. 90/4)
>String Quartet No. 14 in D minor ("Death and the Maiden"), D. 810: Andante

Album Notes

Personnel: Ernst Ottensamer (clarinet); Jenö Jandó (piano).

This edition of Naxos' The Classics at the Movies series collects orchestral music from romantic films, including Jean de Florette, Out of Africa, A Room With a View, and Doctor Zhivago. Unlike some releases that feature symphonic music written specifically for the film, the Classics series gathers its material from the works of renowned composers that have been heard on the silver screen. In this case, pieces from such luminaries as Verdi, Mozart, Schubert, and Puccini appear. Highlights include Mozart's Adagio from Clarinet Concerto, with a solo by Ernst Ottensamer of the Vienna Mozart Academy, and pianist Jenö Jandó's performance of Schubert's Impromptu No. 4. All of the music on The Classics at the Movies: Romance is stirring, and could certainly be seen as romantic. But the album works just as well as a collection of pleasant, relaxing classical music. ~ Johnny Loftus


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