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Various Artists: The Classics at the Movies: War

Track List

>Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Ride of the Valkyries - Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra/Uwe Mund
>Adagio and Fugue for string quartet (or string orchestra) in C minor, K. 546
>Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro - Will Humburg/Luba Orgonasova/Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
>Adagio for strings (or string quartet; arr. from 2nd mvt. of String Quartet), Op. 11
>Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35, CT. 202: Funeral March
>Cavatina (from "The Deer Hunter")
>Requiem, for 2 solo voices, chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 48: In paradisum - Schola Cantorum of Saint Peter's in the Loop/Jeremy Summerly
>Frühlingsstimmen (Voices of Spring), waltz for orchestra (with voice ad lib), Op. 410 (RV 410)
>Work(s): Nocturne No. 15
>Ave verum Corpus, motet for chorus, strings & organ, K. 618 - Johannes Wildner
>Adagio, for violin, strings & organ in G minor, T. Mi 26 (composed by Remo Giazotto; not by Albinoni)

Album Notes

Personnel: Norbert Kraft (guitar); Idil Biret (piano).

Naxos' Classics at the Movies series is really only tangentially linked to the film music it presents, since the majority of each release is actually traditional classical pieces that happened to be used by certain films. For its War installment, the label has chosen music from Chopin, Mozart, and Strauss, from films like G.I. Jane, The Peacemaker, and The Devil's Own. While these films' weight in the entire history of war movies is debatable, the compositions included are performed with appropriate grace and professionalism by an assortment of symphony orchestras, soloists, and choirs. And while it's certainly one of the most recognizable classical pieces on its own, the inclusion of Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries" here is predictable, yet mandatory, since it's part of the defining image of Apocalypse Now, a war epic if there ever was one. (Or, it's at least more of a war epic than The Peacemaker.) ~ Johnny Loftus


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