Various Artists

Mozart: Popular Music from Film

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This CD of Mozart works used in hit films, presumably released in conjunction with the Mozart 250th birthday hoopla, actually stands out from among EMI's reduce-reuse-and-recycle CD releases as a compilation that's both enjoyable and useful. The value of the collection lies in its scope and in its quality of being current -- all the films whose soundtracks are excerpted are fairly recent (Amadeus, the obvious choice, is one of the oldest), and there are some surprises, like There's Something About Mary and even Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, which use different movements from Eine kleine Nachtmusik. There's a good range of the uses to which Mozart's music can be put, ranging from the hushed and miraculous (Lorenzo's Oil) to the tensely mechanical (The Truman Show), and the famous coffeehouse passage in Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut, in which the Rex tremendae section of the Requiem foreshadows the growing immersion of Tom Cruise in a sea of dark doings, can be relived on Disc 2. The sound quality of these 1960s and 1970s releases is just fair, and the attention given to Amadeus is excessive considering the more than 300 film soundtracks including some Mozart that were available to choose from. Nevertheless, buyers interested in anything from the contemporary significance of Mozart's music to a pleasant two hours of listening will be pleased with this disc.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K. 183 (K. 173dB)
1 04:45 Amazon
Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major ("Elvira Madigan") K. 467
2 06:48 Amazon
Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major ("Eine kleine Nachtmusik"), K. 525
3 05:53 Amazon
Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622
4 06:37 Amazon
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492
5 03:41 Amazon
String Quartet No. 17 in B flat major ("Hunt"), K. 458
6 06:35 Amazon
Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588
7 03:21 Amazon
Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major ("Alla Turca") K. 331 (K. 300i)
8 03:29 Amazon
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492
9 02:56 Amazon
Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major ("Eine kleine Nachtmusik"), K. 525
10 05:46 Amazon
Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527
11 01:22 Amazon
Concerto for flute, harp & orchestra in C major, K. 299 (K. 297c)
12 04:01 Amazon
Requiem for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, K. 626
13 02:58 Amazon
Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major, K. 503
14 07:10 Amazon
Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527
15 06:30 Amazon
Horn Concerto No. 2 in E flat major, K. 417
16 03:16 Amazon
Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio), opera, K. 384
17 01:30 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492
1 04:21 Amazon
Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550
2 05:35 Amazon
Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588
3 04:46 Amazon
Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major ("Alla Turca") K. 331 (K. 300i)
4 02:00 Amazon
Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620
5 02:51 Amazon
Clarinet Quintet in A major ("Stadler"), K. 581
6 06:30 Amazon
Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527
7 03:17 Amazon
Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466
8 06:16 Amazon
Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216
9 06:26 Amazon
Requiem for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, K. 626
10 02:06 Amazon
Serenade No. 10 for winds in B flat major ("Gran Partita"), K. 361 (K. 370a)
11 06:05 Amazon
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492
12 03:06 Amazon
Concerto for 2 pianos & orchestra in E flat major ("Concerto No. 10"), K. 365 (K. 316a)
13 06:48 Amazon
Vesperae solennes de confessore for soloists, chorus & orchestra, K. 339
14 05:07 Amazon
Divertimento for violin, viola & cello in E flat major, K. 563
15 05:22 Amazon
16 03:26 Amazon
Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major ("Eine kleine Nachtmusik"), K. 525
17 03:05 Amazon
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