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Classical Hits / Brightman, Church, Ma, Pavarotti, et al

Audio Samples

>Webber, Andrew Lloyd : Requiem
>     Pie Jesu
>Huljic, Tonci : Victory
>Williams, John : Star Wars, Episode I
>     The Phantom Menace, film score
>Webber, Andrew Lloyd : The Phantom of the Opera
>     Wishing you were somehow here again
>Horner, James : Titanic
>     Rose
>Morricone, Ennio : Nella fantasia, for voice & orchestra
>Fauré, Gabriel : Pavane, Op. 50
>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera
>     O mio babbino caro
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" BWV 147
>     Jesu, Joy of man's desiring
>Capua, Eduardo di : O sole mio
>Brohn, William : West Side Story Suite, for violin & orchestra (after Bernstein)
>     Maria
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Jazz Suite no 2 (as used in the film "Testimony")
>     The Second Waltz
>Hans Zimmer / Lisa Gerrar : Gladiator, film score
>     Now we are free
>Tan Dun : Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, film score
>     The Eternal Vow
>Orff, Carl : Carmina burana
>     O Fortuna
>Horner, James : Braveheart
>     Main Title
>Clarke, Jeremiah : Prince of Denmark's March
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera"
>O'Connor, Mark [Violin] : Appalachia Waltz
>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot
>     Nessun dorma

Album Summary

>Webber, Andrew Lloyd : Requiem
>Huljic, Tonci : Victory
>Williams, John : Star Wars, Episode I
>Webber, Andrew Lloyd : The Phantom of the Opera
>Horner, James : Titanic
>Morricone, Ennio : Nella fantasia, for voice & orchestra
>Fauré, Gabriel : Pavane, Op. 50
>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" BWV 147
>Capua, Eduardo di : O sole mio
>Brohn, William : West Side Story Suite, for violin & orchestra (after Bernstein)
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Jazz Suite no 2 (as used in the film "Testimony")
>Hans Zimmer / Lisa Gerrar : Gladiator, film score
>Tan Dun : Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, film score
>Orff, Carl : Carmina burana
>Horner, James : Braveheart
>Clarke, Jeremiah : Prince of Denmark's March
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera"
>O'Connor, Mark [Violin] : Appalachia Waltz
>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot
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Notes & Reviews:

Are you tired of your classically minded friends laughing at you when you mispronounce the names of renowned, long-expired European composers? Do you think the Three Tenors are the latest teenage boy band? Well, those well-educated friends of yours still won't cut you much slack for purchasing CLASSICAL HITS, but at least you'll feel like you've dipped your toe into the deep waters of classical music. CLASSICAL HITS is very clearly a compilation designed for the newcomer, as it's made up almost exclusively of compositions that have somehow managed to sneak into the popular consciousness over the years through a variety of means, such as "Pie Jesu," "O Solo Mio," and "Nessun Dorma." There are a bunch of ringers here as well, mostly ersatz-classical soundtrack themes in an orchestral mode, such as John Williams's theme from STAR WARS: THE PHANTOM MENACE. For the uninitiated, it's a start.



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Works Details

>Webber, Andrew Lloyd : Requiem :: Pie Jesu
  • Performer: Charlotte Church (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1984

>Huljic, Tonci : Victory
  • Performer: Bond
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Williams, John : Star Wars, Episode I :: The Phantom Menace, film score
  • Performer: John Williams (Piano)
  • Conductor: John Williams
  • Running Time: 4 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1999

>Webber, Andrew Lloyd : The Phantom of the Opera :: Wishing you were somehow here again
  • Performer: Sarah Brightman (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1986

>Horner, James : Titanic :: Rose
  • Conductor: James Horner
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score

>Morricone, Ennio : Nella fantasia, for voice & orchestra
  • Performer: Russell Watson (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Pavane, Op. 50
  • Performer: John Williams (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1887

>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera :: O mio babbino caro
  • Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" BWV 147 :: Jesu, Joy of man's desiring
  • Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 07/02/1723

>Capua, Eduardo di : O sole mio
  • Performers: Placido Domingo (Tenor); José Carreras (Tenor); Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: circa 1900

>Brohn, William : West Side Story Suite, for violin & orchestra (after Bernstein) :: Maria
  • Performer: Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Jazz Suite no 2 (as used in the film "Testimony") :: The Second Waltz
  • Performer: André Rieu (Violin)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938

>Hans Zimmer / Lisa Gerrar : Gladiator, film score :: Now we are free
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 2000

>Tan Dun : Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, film score :: The Eternal Vow
  • Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 2000

>Orff, Carl : Carmina burana :: O Fortuna
  • Performer: Boston Pops
  • Conductor: John Williams
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Horner, James : Braveheart :: Main Title
  • Performer: James Horner (Keyboards)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1995

>Clarke, Jeremiah : Prince of Denmark's March
  • Performer: Wynton Marsalis (Trumpet)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1697

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera"
  • Performer: Gil Shaham (Violin)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1725

>O'Connor, Mark [Violin] : Appalachia Waltz
  • Performers: Mark O'Connor (Violin); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Edgar Meyer (Double Bass)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot :: Nessun dorma
  • Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1926