Now! Classical

Now! Classical

CD(Canadian Import)

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Overview

Now! Classical

About half of the tracks on EMI's collection Now! Classical are devoted to popular and well-known classical selections and about half are crossover hits performed by crossover stars. The classical pieces include selections from Puccini's "La bohème," the "Flower Duet" from Delibes' "Lakmé," a movement from a Mozart piano concerto, a Chopin piano nocturne, and a movement from Vivaldi's "Four Seasons." Among the crossover pieces are the "Love Theme" from Cinema Paradiso, "Pie Jesu" from Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Requiem," Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," and the theme from Ladies in Lavender. The selections, taken from EMI's archives, feature top-notch performances; for example, Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna; violinist Sarah Chang and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra; the Canadian Tenors; Sarah Brightman; and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra led by composer Nigel Hess. The sound for all the tracks is consistently very fine. The title of the album is somewhat ambiguous; purchasers might assume that it is a traditional classical collection, when in fact it is aiming at stretching the widespread definition of what can be considered classical by including a wider-than-usual selection of pieces. In any case, it is an altogether classy production that should please fans of classical crossover.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/08/2011
Label: Imports
UPC: 5099907006524
catalogNumber: 927175

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sarah Brightman   Soprano (Vocal)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Sarah Chang   Violin
Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields   Performing Ensemble
Sally Herbert   Conductor
Neville Marriner   Conductor
Andrea Bocelli   Tenor (Vocal)
Robert Prizeman   Conductor
Roberto Alagna   Tenor (Vocal)
Evgeny Kissin   Piano
Mady Mesplé   Soprano (Vocal)
Irish Film Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Libera   Choir, Chorus
Angela Gheorghiu   Soprano (Vocal)
Richard Armstrong   Conductor
Kremerata Baltica   Performing Ensemble
Danielle Millet   Soprano (Vocal)
Alain Lombard   Conductor
Mark Masri   Tenor (Vocal)
Katherine Jenkins   Soprano (Vocal)
Laurent Korcia   Violin
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Nigel Hess   Conductor
Paul Potts   Tenor (Vocal)
Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Priests   Vocal Ensemble
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
European Chamber Orchestra Lochen   Performing Ensemble
Yannick Nézet-Séguin   Conductor
Yundi Li   Piano
Tenors   Vocal Ensemble
Opéra-Comique Orchestra   Accordion
City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Michael Wendeberg   Conductor

Technical Credits

Léo Delibes   Composer
Andrew Lloyd Webber   Composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart   Composer
Giacomo Puccini   Composer
Maurice Ravel   Composer
Camille Saint-Saëns   Original Material
Antonio Vivaldi   Composer,Lyricist
Leonard Cohen   Composer
Gary Brooker   Composer
Matthew Fisher   Composer
Frédéric Chopin   Composer
Christopher Palmer   Composer
Keith Reid   Composer
Robert Prizeman   Composer
Andrea Morricone   Composer
Nigel Hess   Composer
Unspecified   Composer
Éric Levi   Composer

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