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Various Artists: The Classics at the Movies: Suspense

Track List

>Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: No. 2, Air (as used in the film Seven)
>Préludes (12) for piano, Book I, L. 117: Les sons et les parfums tournet dans l'air du soir (as used in the film The Usual Suspects)
>Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Aria (as used in the film The Silence of the Lambs)
>Requiem, for 2 solo voices, chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 48: In paradisum (as used in the film Copycat) - Oxford Camerata/Schola Cantorum of Saint Peter's in the Loop/Jeremy Summerly
>Tosca, opera: Vissi d'arte (as used in the film Copycat)
>Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), opera: Largo al factotum (as used in the film Copycat) - Will Humburg
>Miserere mei Deus (Psalm 51), motet for chorus: (as used in the film Face Off) - Oxford Camerata/Jeremy Summerly
>Prelude for piano No. 15 in D flat major, Op. 28/15, CT. 180: (as used in the film Face Off)
>Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Ach, ich fühl's (as used in the film Face Off)
>Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2: Adagio Sostenuto (as used in the film Misery)
>Symphonie fantastique for orchestra ("Episode de la vie d'un Artiste...en cinq parties"), H.48 (Op. 14): Rêveries - Passions (as used in the f
>Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary, march and canzona for orchestra, Z. 860: March (as used in the film A Clockwork Orange) - Oxford Camerata/Jeremy Summerly
>Symphony No. 9 in D minor ("Choral"), Op. 125: Excerpt (as used in the film A Clockwork Orange)

Album Notes

Personnel: Claudio Otelli (bass baritone); Pi-Hsien Chen, Idil Biret , François-Joël Thiollier , Jenö Jandó (piano).

Editor: Lars Johnasson.

Besides its oddly creepy cover art, this edition of Naxos' The Classics at the Movies series isn't much different from its brethren. Using the suspense genre as a theme, Naxos has collected orchestral music from such films as The Silence of the Lambs, Seven, Copycat, and A Clockwork Orange. The Classics series doesn't feature music written specifically for the films it highlights. Rather, it gathers pieces from renowned composers that have appeared on the screen. Here, works from Bach, Beethoven, Puccini, and Chopin appear. Highlights include the latter composer's Prelude No. 15 "Raindrop," performed by pianist Idil Biret, and the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra's stirring performance of Berlioz' Rêveries -- Passions from Symphonie Fantastique. In terms of its relation to the film it is used in, best might be the march from Purcell's Music on the Death of Queen Mary. Its dirge-like tones and understated yet powerful percussion were incredibly effective in the second half of Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange, and it's those images that the piece suggests here. ~ Johnny Loftus


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