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Movie Adagios is a two-CD set from the New Classical 96.3 FM that brings together some of the famous classical melodies borrowed to great effect in movies from the Silver Screen days of yesteryear to the big-screen epics of today. From Clair de Lune by Debussy to the Mozart piano concerto made famous in the film Elvira Madigan, this set is sure to delight classical music lovers and film buffs alike.
1 String Quartet N1 Op11 Ad – Baltimore Symphony
2 Piano Concerto N21 Andant – English Chamber Orchestra
3 Gianni Schicchi O Mio – Renata Tebaldi
4 Warsaw Concerto – Christina Ortiz
5 Dances With Wolves – Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
6 Cavalleria Rusticana – National Philharmonic Orchestra
7 Piano Concerto Op18 N2 – Cleveland Orchestra
8 Gabriel’s Oboe – Prague Philharmonic
9 Heart Asks Pleasure First – Jean-Yves Thibaudet
10 Gadfly The Op97 Romance – Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
11 Serenade N10 Adagio – Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
12 Cosi Fan Tutte Soave Sia – Lucia Popp
13 La Wally Ebben Ne Andro – London Philharmonic Orchestra
14 Piano Concerto Largo N5 – Chamber Orchestra of Europe
15 Piano Sonata Op27 Moonlig – Vladimir Ashkenazy
16 String Quintet Op163 Adag – Weller Quartet
1 Requiem D Lacrimosa – BBC Symphony Orchestra
2 Swan Lake Op20 Scene – Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal
3 Les Contes D Hoffman Entr – L’Orchestra de la Suisse Romande
4 Piano Concerto Op73 Adagi – Vladimir Ashkenazy
5 Cello Concerto Op85 Adagi – Julian Lloyd Webber
6 Clarinet Concerto Ad – London Symphony Orchestra
7 Concerto For 2 Largo Ma N – Henryk Szeryng
8 Clair De Lune – Frederick Fennell
9 Nuovo Cinema Paradiso – Prague Philharmonic
10 Symphony N5 Adagietto – Chicago Symphony Orchestra
11 Orchestral N3 D 2 Air On – Stuttgarter Kammerorchester
12 Le Nozze Di Figaro Che So – Lucia Popp
13 Madama Butterfly Un Bel – London Philharmonic
14 Canon And Gigue In D Cano – Stuttgarter Kammerorchester
15 Sonata For Cello Adagio – Janos Starker
16 Prelude N1 C Op3 N2 – Vladimir Ashkenazy
17 We Have All The Time Of – Prague Philharmonic
This double CD comprises classical source music featured in many well-known and memorable films. Amongst the thirty-three pieces of music, are some very well known tunes, such as the Andante from Mozart Piano Concerto No.21 as featured in Elvira Madigan, Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major from Ordinary People, and the Air from Bach’s Suite No. 3 from the film Seven
My personal favourite was Puccini’s ‘O mio babbino caro’ from his opera Gianni Schicchi from the film ‘A Room with a View’. This piece conjures up romantic pictures of Florence in your mind. It also makes you think of the sultry hot days of summer. I remember that sensational scene in the film when Helena Bonham-Carter has the kiss with Julian Sands in the countryside. For that scene another Puccini aria was used, from his opera, La Rondine so very effectively. Alas that aria is not included in this compilation. I also liked John Barry’s John Dunbar theme from the film Dances with Wolves starring Kevin Costner. The music reminds you of the epic film in which man comes to one with nature and animals.
Not being a classical music lover, some of the pieces I did find a bit heavy, although, generally, I liked both CDs – especially CD 1. On CD 2, I enjoyed the Tchaikovsky Swan Lake music from the film Billy Elliot used in the scene at the end of the film in which Billy dances the lead part and his father watches him proudly. I also enjoyed the extremely difficult and amazing Rachmaninov Prelude in C sharp minor from Shine and the Offenbach’s Barcarolle from Life is Beautiful.
Altogether, this double CD was pleasurable to listen to and a nostalgic reminder of the many films featured in it.
Romantic tenor Sergio Franchi was born in Italy; during a career spanning close to three decades he won acclaim not only as an entertainer but also as a humanitarian, earning the title of «Cavaliery» from the Italian government. Becoming an American citizen in 1972, Franchi issued a series of recordings for RCA before succumbing to cancer on May 1, 1990; in the wake of his death, his widow Eva established the Sergio Franchi Music Foundation, annually awarding scholarships to students of vocal studies.
1 Core ‘ngrato 3:15
Written-By – Cordiferro* , Cardillo*
2 Funiculì, Funiculà 2:42
Written-By – Denza* , Turco*
3 ‘O Sole Mio 3:48
Written-By – Di Capua* , Capurro*
4 Mattinata 2:27
Written-By – Leoncavallo*
5 Mamma Mia, Che Vo’ Sapé 3:32
Written-By – Nutile* , Russo*
6 La Vilanella 2:36
Adapted By – Luboff*
Written-By – Franchi*
7 Marechiare 3:04
Written-By – Tosti* , Di Giacomo*
8 ‘A Vucchella 2:37
Written-By – Tosti* , D’Annunzio*
9 Comme Facette Mammeta? 2:10
Written-By – Capaldo* , Gambardela*
10 Fenesta Che Lucive 3:39
Written-By – Genoino* , Paolella*
11 Torna ‘A Surriento 3:00
Written-By – E. De Curtis* , B. G. De Curtis*
12 O Surdato ‘Namorato 2:25
Written-By – Califano* , Cannio*
Arranged By, Conductor [Orchestra And Chorus] – Wally Stott
Engineer [Remaster] – Thomas MacCluskey*
Photography [Photo] – Ron Cohen
Reissue Producer – Nathaniel S. Johnson
Tenor Vocals – Sergio Franchi
Italy’s Brilliant New Tenor
Sergio Franchi: Romantic Italian Songs.
Recorded in 1962 in London
Digitelly remastered in BMG/RCA Studios, New York City.
©1997, 1962 BMG Music. An RCA Victor recording licensed from BMG Music. Sergio Franchi courtesy of BMG Music.
©1998 Musical Heritage Society.
Printed in the USA.
Tracks 2, 9 and 11 with Chorus.