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Now! Classical

Audio Samples

>Puccini, Giacomo : La Boheme
>     O Soave Fanciulla
>Hess, Nigel : Ladies in Lavender
>     Theme
>Prizeman, Robert : Gloria, for chorus (after the 3rd movement of Saint-Saen's Symphony no 3)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 27 in B flat major, K 595
>     Finale
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Gloria
>     Domine Fili Unigente
>Delibes, Léo : Lakme
>     The Flower Duet
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109
>Levi, Eric : I Believe
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Four Seasons, Concerto no 2 in G minor (L'Estate)
>     1. Allegro non-molto
>Ravel, Maurice : Ma Mere l'Oye, Cinq Pieces Enfantines
>     Petit Poucet
>Dalla, Lucio : Caruso
>Palmer, Christopher : La Boheme Fantasy, for orchestra
>Cohen, Leonard : Hallelujah
>Morricone, Andrea : Cinema Paradiso (for the film Cinema Paradiso) (a.k.a. "Nuovo Cinema Paradiso - Love Theme")
>Webber, Andrew L : Pie Jesu, for soprano, treble & orchestra (from the Requiem)
>Brooker, Gary : A Whiter Shade of Pale (Senza luce), song

Album Summary

>Puccini, Giacomo : La Boheme
>Hess, Nigel : Ladies in Lavender
>Prizeman, Robert : Gloria, for chorus (after the 3rd movement of Saint-Saen's Symphony no 3)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 27 in B flat major, K 595
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Gloria
>Delibes, Léo : Lakme
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109
>Levi, Eric : I Believe
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Four Seasons, Concerto no 2 in G minor (L'Estate)
>Ravel, Maurice : Ma Mere l'Oye, Cinq Pieces Enfantines
>Dalla, Lucio : Caruso
>Palmer, Christopher : La Boheme Fantasy, for orchestra
>Cohen, Leonard : Hallelujah
>Morricone, Andrea : Cinema Paradiso (for the film Cinema Paradiso) (a.k.a. "Nuovo Cinema Paradiso - Love Theme")
>Webber, Andrew L : Pie Jesu, for soprano, treble & orchestra (from the Requiem)
>Brooker, Gary : A Whiter Shade of Pale (Senza luce), song
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Notes & Reviews:

About half of the tracks on EMI's collection Now! Classical are devoted to popular and well-known classical selections and about half are crossover hits performed by crossover stars. The classical pieces include selections from Puccini's La bohème, the "Flower Duet" from Delibes' Lakmé, a movement from a Mozart piano concerto, a Chopin piano nocturne, and a movement from Vivaldi's Four Seasons. Among the crossover pieces are the Love Theme from Cinema Paradiso, "Pie Jesu" from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Requiem, Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," and the theme from Ladies in Lavender. The selections, taken from EMI's archives, feature top-notch performances; for example, Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna; violinist Sarah Chang and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra; the Canadian Tenors; Sarah Brightman; and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra led by composer Nigel Hess. The sound for all the tracks is consistently very fine. The title of the album is somewhat ambiguous; purchasers might assume that it is a traditional classical collection, when in fact it is aiming at stretching the widespread definition of what can be considered classical by including a wider-than-usual selection of pieces. In any case, it is an altogether classy production that should please fans of classical crossover. ~ Stephen Eddins



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Works Details

>Puccini, Giacomo : La Boheme :: O Soave Fanciulla
  • Performers: Roberto Alagna (Tenor); Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Richard Armstrong
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Hess, Nigel : Ladies in Lavender :: Theme
  • Conductor: Nigel Hess
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004

>Prizeman, Robert : Gloria, for chorus (after the 3rd movement of Saint-Saën's Symphony no 3)
  • Conductor: Robert Prizeman
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 27 in B flat major, K 595 :: Finale
  • Performer: Evgeni Kissin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1791

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Gloria :: Domine Fili Unigente
  • Conductor: Sally Herbert
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1715

>Léo Delibes (Composer) (1836 - 1891) : Lakme :: The Flower Duet
  • Performers: Orchestre du Théàtre National de l'Op (Accordion); Mady Mesple (Voice); Danielle Millet (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Alain Lombard
  • Running Time: 5 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1883

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Nocturne for piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109
  • Performer: Yundi Li (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1830-1832

>Éric Levi : I Believe
  • Performers: Andrea Bocelli (Tenor); Katherine Jenkins (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Four Seasons, Concerto no 2 in G minor (L'Estate) :: 1. Allegro non-molto
  • Performer: Sarah Chang (Violin)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1725

>Ravel, Maurice : Ma Mere l'Oye, Cinq Pieces Enfantines :: Petit Poucet
  • Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1911-1912

>Dalla, Lucio : Caruso
  • Performer: Mark Masri (Programming)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1989

>Palmer, Christopher : La Bohème Fantasy, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Running Time: 12 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Cohen, Leonard : Hallelujah
  • Running Time: 5 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Morricone, Andrea : Cinema Paradiso (for the film Cinema Paradiso) (a.k.a. "Nuovo Cinema Paradiso - Love Theme")
  • Performer: Laurent Korcia (Violin)
  • Conductor: Michael Wendeberg
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Webber, Andrew L : Pie Jesu, for soprano, treble & orchestra (from the Requiem)
  • Performer: Sarah Brightman (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1985

>Brooker, Gary : A Whiter Shade of Pale (Senza luce), song
  • Performer: Paul Potts (Tenor)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Keith Reid (1946 - ).
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern