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Classical Heartbreakers: The Most Moving Classical Music of All Time

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The aptly named Classical Heartbreakers collects two discs' worth of moving compositions that have also been featured in renowned films, including Chopin's "Nocturne in C sharp minor," which appeared in The Pianist; Mascagni's "Intermezzo (Cavalleria Rusticana)," which was featured in Raging Bull; and Bach's "Goldberg Variations -- Aria," a musical highlight from The English Patient. Other highlights include John Williams' theme from Schindler's List; Offenbach's "Barcarolle (Les Contes d'Hoffmann)," which appeared in Life Is Beautiful; and "Heart Asks Pleasure First/The Promise" from Michael Nyman's score for The Piano. Gershwin, Verdi, and Fauré are some of the other composers featured on this collection, which should please fans of films and classical music alike.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23
1 3:24 Amazon
Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act
2 3:43
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Introduction and 24 Variations), for piano & orchestra in A minor, Op. 43
3 3:02 Amazon
Gianni Schicchi, opera
4 2:48 Amazon
Sonata for viola da gamba & keyboard No. 3 in G minor, BWV 1029
5 2:33 Amazon
6
6:26 Amazon
Schindler's List, film score
7
5:05
8 4:58
Adagietto, for orchestra (from the Symphony No. 5)
9 3:10
La Wally, opera (dramma musicale) in 4 acts
10 4:54
Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2
11 3:59 Amazon
Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op. 26
12 4:25 Amazon
Tosca, opera
13
3:05
14 4:24
15 6:24
16 3:48
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102
17 6:10 Amazon
Nabucco, opera (Nabucodonosor)
18 5:27

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Adagio, for violin, strings & organ in G minor, T. Mi 26 (composed by Remo Giazotto; not by Albinoni)
1 5:53 Amazon
The Piano, film score
2 3:15
3 4:00
Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9)
4 3:05
Les contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts
5 3:52
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
6 4:32
Enigma Variations, for orchestra, Op. 36
7
3:58
Tosca, opera
8
3:04
The Deer Hunter, film score
9 3:17
Quintet for 2 violins, viola & 2 cellos in C major, D. 956 (Op. posth. 163)
10 4:40
Orphée et Eurydice (French version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 41
11 3:32
12 4:15
La Traviata, opera
13
3:51
Concerto for 2 violins, strings & continuo in D minor ("Double"), BWV 1043
14 2:36
The Queen Symphony
15 5:58
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11, CT. 47
16 4:08
Requiem, for 2 solo voices, chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 48
17 3:28
18 4:22
Rhapsody in Blue, for piano & orchestra (orchestrated by F. Grofé)
19 5:35
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