Quartet [Original Soundtrack]

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
The original motion picture soundtrack to Dustin Hoffman's comedy Quartet brings together a variety of vintage performances from Decca's back catalog that are complemented by excerpts from the film score by Dario Marianelli. Taken on its own merits, this is an accessible collection of vocal and instrumental favorites, which run the gamut from Classical chamber music by Haydn and Boccherini to Romantic opera favorites by Verdi and Puccini, with pieces by Schubert, Rossini, Saint-Saëns, and Gilbert and Sullivan thrown in for good measure. Viewers of the film will recall the music in that context, though anyone who hasn't seen Quartet must make sense of the program. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
The original motion picture soundtrack to Dustin Hoffman's comedy Quartet brings together a variety of vintage performances from Decca's back catalog that are complemented by excerpts from the film score by Dario Marianelli. Taken on its own merits, this is an accessible collection of vocal and instrumental favorites, which run the gamut from Classical chamber music by Haydn and Boccherini to Romantic opera favorites by Verdi and Puccini, with pieces by Schubert, Rossini, Saint-Saëns, and Gilbert and Sullivan thrown in for good measure. Viewers of the film will recall the music in that context, though anyone who hasn't seen Quartet must make sense of the program. Marianelli's background music and the instrumental performances by James Morgan and the Danish National Chamber Orchestra were recorded in 2012, though most of the other recordings have earlier dates from the 1960s through the 1980s, so the sound quality is somewhat variable. Considering that there are plenty of opera compilations on the market that have more consistency of performers, performances, and recording quality, this CD seems in comparison like a random introduction to the genre, however agreeable it is as a soundtrack album. However, as a keepsake of the film, it has its own associative value.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/8/2013
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028948070152
  • Catalog Number: 001790602
  • Sales rank: 460

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dario Marianelli Primary Artist, Piano
Antal Doráti Conductor
Carlo Maria Giulini Conductor
Joan Sutherland Soprano (Vocal)
London Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Luciano Pavarotti Tenor (Vocal)
Ileana Cotrubas Soprano (Vocal)
National Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Kiri Te Kanawa Soprano (Vocal)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Sherrill Milnes Baritone (Vocal)
Hermann Prey Baritone (Vocal)
John Georgiadis Violin
John Heley Cello
James Morgan Conductor
Colin Wright Tenor (Vocal)
Richard Bonynge Conductor
Karl Münchinger Conductor
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Georg Solti Conductor
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Valerie Masterson Soprano (Vocal)
Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Bruno Bartoletti Conductor
Trevor Peacock Vocals
Royston Nash Conductor
Ronnie Hughes Trumpet
Pascal Rogé Piano
Christopher van Kampen Cello
London Opera Chorus Choir, Chorus
Philharmonia Hungarica Performing Ensemble
Peggy Ann Jones Mezzo-Soprano (Vocal)
Kenneth Sandford Baritone (Vocal)
Pauline Wales Soprano (Vocal)
Karl Engel Piano
Danish National Chamber Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Gianna D'Angelo Soprano (Vocal)
Nicola Monti Tenor (Vocal)
Takács String Quartet String Quartet
Huguette Tourangeau Mezzo-Soprano (Vocal)
Renato Capecchi Baritone (Vocal)
John Reed Baritone (Vocal)
D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus Choir, Chorus
Graeme Scott Viola
Leon Charles Piano
Ita Herbert Violin
David Ryall Vocals
Technical Credits
Luigi Boccherini Composer
Ferruccio Busoni Arranger
Franz Joseph Haydn Composer
Giacomo Puccini Composer
Camille Saint-Saëns Composer
Franz Schubert Composer
Arthur Sullivan Composer
Giuseppe Verdi Composer
Carmen Dragon Arranger
Victor Hugo Librettist
Johann Sebastian Bach Composer
Sammy Fain Text
John Georgiadis Arranger
James Morgan Arranger, Producer
Gioachino Rossini Composer
Jack Yellen Text
Sir William Schwenk Gilbert Composer
Dustin Hoffman Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Rolf Wilson Orchestra Leader
Maggie Rodford Score Coordinator
Barry Grint Mastering
Jackie Joseph Music Business Affairs, Legal Advisor
Trevor Peacock Composer
Ronnie Hughes Composer
Dario Marianelli Composer
Giuseppe Giacosa Librettist
Luigi Illica Librettist
Lars C. Bruun Engineer
Francesco Maria Piave Librettist
Juliette Pochin Arranger, Producer
Yann McCullough Producer
Eduard von Bauernfeld Text
Cesare Sterbini Librettist
Steve Price Engineering
Leon Charles Composer
Nadina Challoner Producer
David Ryall Composer
Martin Trevis Engineering
Noorjhan Flanagan Music Business Affairs, Legal Advisor
Finola Dwyer Executive Producer
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