The Classics at the Movies: War

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Naxos' Classics at the Movies series is really only tangentially linked to the film music it presents, since the majority of each release is actually traditional classical pieces that happened to be used by certain films. For its War installment, the label has chosen music from Chopin, Mozart, and Strauss, from films like G.I. Jane, The Peacemaker, and The Devil's Own. While these films' weight in the entire history of war movies is debatable, the compositions included are performed with appropriate grace and professionalism by an assortment of symphony orchestras, soloists, and choirs. And while it's certainly one of the most recognizable classical pieces on its own, the...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Naxos' Classics at the Movies series is really only tangentially linked to the film music it presents, since the majority of each release is actually traditional classical pieces that happened to be used by certain films. For its War installment, the label has chosen music from Chopin, Mozart, and Strauss, from films like G.I. Jane, The Peacemaker, and The Devil's Own. While these films' weight in the entire history of war movies is debatable, the compositions included are performed with appropriate grace and professionalism by an assortment of symphony orchestras, soloists, and choirs. And while it's certainly one of the most recognizable classical pieces on its own, the inclusion of Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries" here is predictable, yet mandatory, since it's part of the defining image of Apocalypse Now, a war epic if there ever was one. Or, it's at least more of a war epic than The Peacemaker.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/2002
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 730099680820
  • Catalog Number: 8556808
  • Sales rank: 369,223

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Idil Biret Piano
Capella Istropolitana Ensemble
Jeremy Summerly Conductor
Ondrej Lenard Conductor
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Norbert Kraft Guitar
Richard Edlinger Conductor
Camerata Cassovia Ensemble
Oxford Camerata Ensemble
Johannes Wildner Conductor
Eder Quartet Ensemble
Strauss Festival Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Will Humburg Conductor
Uwe Mund Conductor
Luba Orgonasova Vocals
Oxford Schola Cantorum Choir, Chorus
Kosice Teacher's Choir Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Tomaso Albinoni Composer
Samuel Barber Composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Composer
Gary Chapman Cover Photo
Frédéric Chopin Composer
Stanley Myers Composer
Vivian Chapman Cover Photo
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