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Classical Goes To The Movies

By Capitol Records

What does Meryl Streep’s Oscar-winning performance in The Iron Lady and Terrence Malick’s cinematic masterpiece The Tree of Life have in common? In each instance, classical music plays a fundamental role in what makes these movies memorable and blockbuster hits. Here are 50 tracks featuring over three hours of the greatest classical works used in iconic films from the past and present.

50 songs

  1. 1.
    Bach, JS: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XXXII. Aria da capo - Andante espressivoJohann Sebastian Bach, Nicholas AngelichBach : Goldberg Variations
    2:430:30
  2. 2.
    Smetana: Má Vlast, JB 1, 112 : II. Vltava (Die Moldau)Bedřich Smetana, Paavo Berglund, Staatskapelle DresdenSmetana: Ma Vlast
    11:420:30
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    Wagner: Tristan und Isolde, WWV 90, Act 1: Vorspiel (Langsam und schmachtend - Belebend)Richard Wagner, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Antonio Pappano, Ian BostridgeWagner: Tristan und Isolde
    11:460:30
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    Norma (1989 - Remaster): Casta Diva (Act I)Felice Romani, Vincenzo Bellini, Maria Callas, Tullio SerafinLa Divina
    5:360:30
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    Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op. 20, Act 2: 14. Scene (Moderato)Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, André Previn, London Symphony OrchestraTchaikovsky: Swan Lake
    3:000:30
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    9:010:30
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    Debussy: Suite bergamasque, L. 75: III. Clair de lune (Andante très expressif)Claude Debussy, Leif Ove AndsnesHorizons
    4:430:30
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    Bach: Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: I. PréludeJohann Sebastian Bach, Pablo CasalsThe Legendary Pablo Casals
    2:280:30
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    2:160:30
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    7:440:30
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    Chopin: Polonaise No. 6 in A-Flat Major, Op. 53 'Heroic'Frédéric Chopin, Piotr AnderszewskiChopin: Ballades, Mazurkas, Polonaises
    7:450:30
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    Concerto for Strings in G major RV151, 'Alla rustica': I. PrestoAntonio Vivaldi, Andrew ParrottVivaldi: Four Seasons etc.
    1:050:30
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    Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74, TH 30, "Pathétique": III. Allegro molto vivacePyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Antonio Pappano, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa CeciliaTchaikovsky: Symphonies 4, 5 & 6
    8:410:30
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    Brahms: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77: III. Allegro giocoso ma non troppo vivaceJohannes Brahms, Yehudi Menuhin, Rudolf Kempe, Berliner PhilharmonikerYehudi Menuhin
    8:150:30
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    Schubert: Die Forelle, D. 550Franz Schubert, Ian BostridgeSchubert: Lieder
    2:120:30
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    4:320:30
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    3:110:30
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    Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor, Act 1: "Il dolce suono" (Lucia)Gaetano Donizetti, Natalie Dessay, Evelino Pidò, Concerto KölnBellini, Donizetti, Verdi: Italian Opera Arias
    2:370:30
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    6:240:30
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    My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme from the movie Titanic)David Abel, OrchestraClassical Heartbreakers
    4:220:30
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    Williamson: Star Wars (Main Theme) - Main Theme from the Film ''Star Wars''Geoff LoveStar Wars And Other Space Themes
    3:170:30
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    5:300:30
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    6:000:30
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    3:570:30
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    5:050:30
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    The Fellowship (From "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring")The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra100 Greatest Film Themes
    5:520:30
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    Fawkes The Phoenix (From "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets")The City of Prague Philharmonic OrchestraThe Essential Harry Potter Film Music Collection
    3:360:30
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    2:500:30
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    3:150:30
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    2:420:30

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