Top ten classical works used in the movies
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Classical music has a long relationship with the movies: Brief Encounter (1945), for example, made Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto a popular classic. Richard Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra – or rather its first two minutes! – conjures up images of space travel or rockets rising majestically into the sky (thanks to Stanley Kubrick).
Or the music can be used ironically – Barber’s intense and passionate Adagio juxtaposed with the horrors of combat in Vietnam – or to add a sonic dimension of napalming the jungle in Apocalypse Now; helicopters taking the place of Wagner’s Valkyries.
(All of these recordings are available to stream via Spotify, as well as purchase on Amazon)
Rimsky-Korsakov Flight of the Bumble Bee ('Shine') Academy of St Martin in the Fields / Sir Neville Marriner (CfP) Download from Amazon
Pachelbel Canon ('Ordinary People') The English Concert / Trevor Pinnock (Archiv) Download from Amazon
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