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

Track Listing - Disc 2

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