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Warsaw Concerto
     

Warsaw Concerto

by Jean-Yves Thibaudet
 
It didn't take long for filmmakers to realize that music is an essential aspect of their art. What would a love scene be without a yearning melody to set the mood? For this homage to the silver screen, Jean-Yves Thibaudet plays lush lyrical works for piano and orchestra that have heated up several cinematic romances. Rachmaninov's

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It didn't take long for filmmakers to realize that music is an essential aspect of their art. What would a love scene be without a yearning melody to set the mood? For this homage to the silver screen, Jean-Yves Thibaudet plays lush lyrical works for piano and orchestra that have heated up several cinematic romances. Rachmaninov's music was featured so effectively in black-and-white tear jerkers that Richard Addinsell wrote his "Warsaw Concerto" (for the 1941 film "Dangerous Moonlight") as a perfect pastiche of the Russian master's style. Thibaudet, who has a deep love for jazz, also plays Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue," used memorably in Woody Allen's "Manhattan." The slow movement of Shostakovich's Second Piano Concerto has not yet been featured in a film, but its tender lyricism fits in beautifully with the mood of this album. Thibaudet plays everything with affection and flair. WARSAW CONCERTO doesn't break new ground, but its candlelit atmosphere is alluring and warmly recommended to those who are just starting to explore the riches of the classical repertoire. Classical aficionados who want to explore more unusual fare in this vein should snap up Philip Fowke's PIANO CONCERTOS FROM THE MOVIES on Naxos, a fascinating -- and inexpensive -- program that also includes Addinsell's "Warsaw" Concerto along with works by Bernard Herrmann, Nino Rota, and other masters of film music.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/15/1999
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028946050323
catalogNumber:
460503
Rank:
83108

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