The Classics at the Movies: Suspense

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Besides its oddly creepy cover art, this edition of Naxos' The Classics at the Movies series isn't much different from its brethren. Using the suspense genre as a theme, Naxos has collected orchestral music from such films as The Silence of the Lambs, Seven, Copycat, and A Clockwork Orange. The Classics series doesn't feature music written specifically for the films it highlights. Rather, it gathers pieces from renowned composers that have appeared on the screen. Here, works from Bach, Beethoven, Puccini, and Chopin appear. Highlights include the latter composer's "Prelude No. 15 Raindrop," performed by pianist Idil Biret, and the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Besides its oddly creepy cover art, this edition of Naxos' The Classics at the Movies series isn't much different from its brethren. Using the suspense genre as a theme, Naxos has collected orchestral music from such films as The Silence of the Lambs, Seven, Copycat, and A Clockwork Orange. The Classics series doesn't feature music written specifically for the films it highlights. Rather, it gathers pieces from renowned composers that have appeared on the screen. Here, works from Bach, Beethoven, Puccini, and Chopin appear. Highlights include the latter composer's "Prelude No. 15 Raindrop," performed by pianist Idil Biret, and the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra's stirring performance of Berlioz' "Rêveries -- Passions" from "Symphonie Fantastique." In terms of its relation to the film it is used in, best might be the march from Purcell's "Music on the Death of Queen Mary." Its dirge-like tones and understated yet powerful percussion were incredibly effective in the second half of Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange, and it's those images that the piece suggests here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/2002
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 730099681025
  • Catalog Number: 8556810
  • Sales rank: 249,150

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Idil Biret Piano
Capella Istropolitana Ensemble
Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz Vocals
Jeremy Summerly Conductor
Pi-Hsien Chen Piano
Pinchas Steinberg Conductor
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Jenö Jandó Piano
Claudio Otelli Brass Baritone
Francois-Joël Thiollier Piano
Alexander Rahbari Conductor
Michael Halász Conductor
Jaroslav Dvorak Conductor
Oxford Camerata Performing Ensemble
Will Humburg Conductor
Failoni Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Béla Drahos Conductor
Manfred Fink Tenor (Vocal)
Budapest Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia Performing Ensemble
Nicolaus Esterházy Chorus Choir, Chorus
Nelly Miricioiu Vocals
Roberto Servile Vocals
Oxford Schola Cantorum Choir, Chorus
Hasmik Papian Soprano (Vocal)
Ruxandra Donose Mezzo-Soprano (Vocal)
Technical Credits
Henry Wolf Cover Photo
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