Classics at the Movies: Comedy, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
While the films highlighted on Volume 1 of Naxos' Classics at the Movies: Comedy certainly had their moments of hilarity, the music that accompanied those instances are essentially straightforward classical pieces by composers such as Mozart, Handel, Bach, and Rachmaninov. This doesn't make the album bad; indeed, it functions well as a collection of popular classical compositions. It just has little to do with the films represented. Only Ravel's "Bolero" -- which played such a memorable role in the hilarious Dudley Moore/Bo Derek seduction scene in 10 -- has any real resonance as being from a specific film. For example, Mendelssohn's "Wedding March" is included as part of...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
While the films highlighted on Volume 1 of Naxos' Classics at the Movies: Comedy certainly had their moments of hilarity, the music that accompanied those instances are essentially straightforward classical pieces by composers such as Mozart, Handel, Bach, and Rachmaninov. This doesn't make the album bad; indeed, it functions well as a collection of popular classical compositions. It just has little to do with the films represented. Only Ravel's "Bolero" -- which played such a memorable role in the hilarious Dudley Moore/Bo Derek seduction scene in 10 -- has any real resonance as being from a specific film. For example, Mendelssohn's "Wedding March" is included as part of the soundtrack to Four Weddings and a Funeral, but isn't the piece better known in its real-life capacity? Pickiness aside, this set is sufficient enough musically, with strong performances by an assortment of orchestras and soloists throughout the album, with pianist Kathryn Selby and the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra delivering a particularly jaunty version of Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/2002
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 730099681124
  • Catalog Number: 8556811
  • Sales rank: 342,483

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Richard Hayman Conductor
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Capella Istropolitana Ensemble
Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Adrian Leaper Conductor
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Jenö Jandó Piano
Kathryn Selby Piano
Alexander Rahbari Conductor
Budapest Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Camerata Cassovia Ensemble
Robert Stankovsky Conductor
Miriam Gauci Vocals
György Lehel Conductor
Johannes Wildner Conductor
BRT Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Jozef Kopelman Conductor
Bertalan Hock Organ
Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra Kosice Performing Ensemble
Hae-Won Chang Piano
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Jacques Offenbach Composer
Sergey Rachmaninov Composer
Maurice Ravel Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach Composer
Romilly Lockyer Cover Photo
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