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Various Artists: The Classics at the Movies: Epics

Track List

>Carmina Burana, scenic cantata for soloists, choruses & orchestra: O Fortuna - Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra/Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra/Stephen Gunzenhauser
>Prelude to Tristan und Isolde, for orchestra: Prelude - Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra in Katowice/Johannes Wildner
>Die Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods), opera, WWV 86d: Siegfried's Funeral March - Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra/Uwe Mund
>Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.2, No.4 in D minor, HWV 437: Sarabande - Alan Cuckston
>Piano Trio No. 2 in E flat major, D. 929 (Op. 100): Andante con moto
>Miserere mei Deus (Psalm 51), motet for chorus - Oxford Camerata/Jeremy Summerly
>Te Deum, motet for 8 voices, chorus & orchestra, H. 146: Fanfare
>Baïlèro, folksong for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 1, No. 2) - Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra/Johannes Wildner
>Enigma Variations, for orchestra, Op. 36: Nimrod - Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/George Hurst
>Minuet in A major, arrangement (after String Quintet in E major, Op.11/5 [aka Op. 13/5], G. 275) - Capella Istropolitana
>Symphony No. 1 in A flat major, Op. 55: (Beginning) - BBC Philharmonic Orchestra/George Hurst
>Pomp and Circumstance March No.4, for orchestra in G major, Op. 39/4 - Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra/Adrian Leaper

Album Notes

Personnel: Alan Cuckston (harpsichord); Simon Lindley (organ).

The Epics volume of Naxos' Classics at the Movies series presents the orchestral music featured in epic films such as Richard III, Henry V, Barry Lyndon, and Chariots of Fire. Nothing in the collection was written specifically for the films represented; instead, works from notables like Orff, Wagner, and Handel appear, grouped by film name. This means that Classics at the Movies: Epics is essentially a classical music compilation album, with no tangible link to the films represented beyond listing them in the liner notes. Nevertheless, it's a fine set, filled with grandeur and performed with skill by an assortment of symphony orchestras, soloists, and vocalists. ~ Johnny Loftus



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