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Vampire's Immortal Classics, Vol. 1

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Released to capitalize on the vampire craze inspired by the

Twilight book series and film saga and the HBO series True Blood, ZYX's Vampire's Immortal Classics, Vol. 1, suggests perhaps a gothic theme in its pallid cover art, yet it falls short of that notion musically. Indeed, there is little that is particularly creepy or eerie in this compilation that most listeners would associate with vampirism, but the program seems rather more attuned to sadness and grieving on the one hand, and romantic yearning on the other. Least of all in the spooky vein are the well-worn excerpts from the Requiem by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the Air on the G string by Johann Sebastian Bach, or the Adagietto from Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 5, and the Andante from Felix Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto and Franz Liszt's Liebestraum No. 3 are only included because of their dark Romanticism. The opening movement from Ludwig van Beethoven's "Moonlight" Sonata works well, as does the slow movement from his "Ghost" Trio, and the Marche au supplice from Hector Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique is a favorite for chilling programs. But the confusion between morbidity and passion that torments young, brooding vampires makes this album a hodgepodge of funereal sacred works and ardent love themes that aren't consistently morbid or passionate. Some obvious contenders for vampiric music are missing , such as the Marche funèbre by Frédéric Chopin, La lugubre gondola by Liszt, the Prelude in C sharp minor by Sergey Rachmaninov, or even some choice late piano pieces by Alexander Scriabin, and there are many more classical works that could have made a decent collection of haunted hits. This one, unfortunately, will mostly appeal to the casual fan, and less to those who take their scary music seriously.

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