Love Story: Piano Themes from Cinema’s Golden Age | Decca 4789454

Love Story: Piano Themes from Cinema’s Golden Age


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Label: Decca

Cat No: 4789454

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 26th August 2016



Valentina Lisitsa explores the glorious music of cinema’s unparalleled golden era.

Valentina looks back to the cinematic glory days of the big screen, performing the finest piano concerto music composed especially for film.

A genre originally influenced by Rachmaninov’s popular piano concertos, these pieces are arresting original scores for piano and orchestra composed for movies of the 1940s and 1950s including Dangerous Moonlight, Stagefright, and The Apartment.

The album also brings us up-to-date with captivating music from Murder on the Orient Express, On Golden Pond and Pride & Prejudice.

This is a feast of original works by well-known luminaries such as Nino Rota, Richard Addinsell, Carl Davies, Richard Rodney Bennett and Dmitri Shostakovich, set alongside scores from Charles Williams, Hubert Bath, Robert Farnon and others.

These pieces feature in films by legends such as Alfred Hitchcock, Leslie Arliss and Mark Rydell, accompanied by the great actors of the time such as Lauren Bacall, Katherine Hepburn, Jane Fonda, Albert Finney, Jack Lemmon, Ingrid Bergman and many more.

Track listing:
1. Warsaw Concerto, from Dangerous Moonlight (Richard Addinsell)
2. Murder on the Orient Express, from Murder on the Orient Express (Richard Rodney-Bennett)
3. The Storming of Red Hill (Assault on Beautiful Gorky), from The Unforgettable Year 1919 (Dmitri Shostakovich)
4. Jealous Lover, from The Apartment (Charles Williams)
5. The Legend of the Glass Mountain, from The Glass Mountain (Nino Rota)
6. Seashore, from Players – TV advert (Robert Farnon)
7. Invocation, from Journey to Romance – radio (Richard Addinsell)
8. The Mansell Concerto, from The Women's Angle (Kenneth Leslie-Smith)
9. Cornish Rhapsody, from Love Story (Hubert Bath)
10. Portrait of Isla, from The Case of the Frightened Lady (Jack Beaver)
11. New Hampshire Hornpipe, from On Golden Pond - solo piano (Dave Grusin)
12. Rhapsody, from Stage Fright (Leighton Lucas)
13. Legend of Lancelot, from Train of Events (Leslie Bridgewater)
14. The Dream of Olwen, from While I Live (Charles Williams)
15. Main Theme from Pride and Prejudice – BBC (Carl Davis)

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