This double CD comprises classical source music featured in
many well-known and memorable films. Amongst the thirty-three pieces of music,
are some very well known tunes, such as the Andante from Mozart Piano Concerto
No.21 as featured in Elvira Madigan, Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major from
Ordinary People, and the Air from Bach’s Suite No. 3 from the film Seven
My personal favourite was Puccini’s ‘O mio babbino caro’ from
his opera Gianni Schicchi from the film ‘A Room with a View’. This piece
conjures up romantic pictures of Florence in your mind. It also makes you think
of the sultry hot days of summer. I remember that sensational scene in the film
when Helena Bonham-Carter has the kiss with Julian Sands in the countryside.
For that scene another Puccini aria was used, from his opera, La Rondine
so very effectively. Alas that aria is not included in this compilation. I also
liked John Barry’s John Dunbar theme from the film Dances with Wolves
starring Kevin Costner. The music reminds you of the epic film in which man
comes to one with nature and animals.
Not being a classical music lover, some of the pieces I did
find a bit heavy, although, generally, I liked both CDs – especially CD 1. On
CD 2, I enjoyed the Tchaikovsky Swan Lake music from the film Billy
Elliot used in the scene at the end of the film in which Billy dances the
lead part and his father watches him proudly. I also enjoyed the extremely difficult
and amazing Rachmaninov Prelude in C sharp minor from Shine and the Offenbach’s
Barcarolle from Life is Beautiful.
Altogether, this double CD was pleasurable to listen to and
a nostalgic reminder of the many films featured in it.