Director Isabel Coixet's Elegy is based on Philip Roth's novel The Dying Animal and examines the life of a college professor in his sixties (played by Ben Kingsley) and his relationship with a former student in her thirties (Penelope Cruz), among other things. It's a low-key character study, and in lieu of a background score, Coixet has opted for a collection of classical music, plus some jazz, traditional pop, and Latin music. Most of the tracks on this 65-minute soundtrack album are solo piano performances, many of them by David Troy Francis or Kirill Bolshakov, who give thoughtful interpretations to pieces by Bach, Beethoven, Satie, and Arvo Pärt; even Bach's Organ Fugue in G Minor" is played on piano. Add to them Madeleine Peyroux's jazzy reading of Leonard Cohen's "Dance Me to the End of Love," Chet Baker's lengthy cool jazz tune "Early Morning Mood," and Al Lerner's "Loneliness Ends with Love," vocal by Margaret Whiting, and this is a ponderous collection of music, the mood only disturbed by Gecko Turner's "45,000$ (Guapa Pasea)," a Latin dance song. It's appropriate accompaniment to a story concerned with complicated human interactions and the approach of death.
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AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann
|Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 1 in D minor, BWV 1052|
|Variations (33) on a waltz by Diabelli, for piano in C major ("Diabelli Variations"), Op. 120|