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Movie Adagios

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Movie Adagios gathers two discs' worth of adagios, by composers such as Barber, Mozart, and Bach, that have appeared in films ranging from Platoon to On Her Majesty's Secret Service. The selections range from pieces that played a large part in the movies in which they were used, such as the Adagio Sostenuto from Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata, which appeared in the biopic Immortal Beloved, to pieces from a specially commissioned score, such as "Gabriel's Oboe" from Ennio Morricone's music for The Mission, to evocative choices like Debussy's Clair de Lune, which appeared in Frankie and Johnny. Since the selections, composers, and performers -- which include the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Renata Tebaldi, Kiri Te Kanawa, and the London Symphony Orchestra -- are first-rate, Movie Adagios could also work well as a classical music primer in addition to a worthwhile compilation for movie music fans.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 8:47 Amazon
Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major ("Elvira Madigan") K. 467
2 7:18 Amazon
Gianni Schicchi, opera
3
2:12 Spotify
4 9:04
Dances with Wolves, film score
5 2:31
Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act
6 3:14
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
7 4:02 SpotifyAmazon
The Mission, film score
8 3:19
The Piano, film score
9 2:15 SpotifyAmazon
The Gadfly Suite
10 3:54 Amazon
Serenade No. 10 for winds in B flat major ("Gran Partita"), K. 361 (K. 370a)
11 5:43 Amazon
Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588
12 2:42 Amazon
La Wally, opera (dramma musicale) in 4 acts
13 5:06 Amazon
Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056
14 3:00 SpotifyAmazon
Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2
15 6:10 SpotifyAmazon
Quintet for 2 violins, viola & 2 cellos in C major, D. 956 (Op. posth. 163)
16
5:18 Amazon
Requiem for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, K. 626
17 3:09 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
The Swan Lake, ballet, Op. 20
1 3:02
Les contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts
2 4:04
Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major ("Emperor"), Op. 73
3 7:50 SpotifyAmazon
Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85
4
3:37 SpotifyAmazon
Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622
5 7:22 SpotifyAmazon
Concerto for 2 violins, strings & continuo in D minor ("Double"), BWV 1043
6 6:32 SpotifyAmazon
7 4:33 Amazon
Nuovo cinema paradiso, film score (aka Cinama Paradiso)
8
3:14
9
9:54
Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068
10
Air
3:46
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492
11 2:43 Amazon
Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera
12
4:56
Canon and gigue, for 3 violins & continuo in D major, T. 337
13
4:35
Sonata for viola da gamba & keyboard No. 3 in G minor, BWV 1029
14 3:15 Amazon
15 4:33 Amazon
On Her Majesty's Secret Service, film score
16 3:21 Amazon
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