The Classical Album
Rating: 4 / 5
The Classical Album is like delving into a box of the finest chocolates. Most tracks are ones that many of us would recognise, often from their use in film or television. For example, Rachmaninov’s beautiful second piano concerto is here, memorable to movie buffs as the music from the film Brief Encounter.
The great composers of the past are represented, including Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, Vivaldi, Elgar, Handel and many more, but so too are modern composers. Howard Shore’s ‘A Lord of the Rings Suite’ is here, as is the Benedictus from Karl Jenkins’ inspirational choral work ‘The Armed Man—A Mass For Peace’.
Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody In Blue’ makes an appearance, and the final track is a taste of Tchaikovsky’s ‘1812 Overture’. What The Classical Album does so well is to give us a broad range of musical moods. If you’re having a bad day, select track five on CD two, for a burst of one of the world’s most famous choruses, Handel’s ‘Hallelujah Chorus’, as it’s bound to cheer you up.
If you’re in a more reflective mood, then Dvorak’s ‘New World Symphony’ or Debussy’s soothing ‘Clair de Lune’ should fit the bill. There really is a piece of music to fit every mood on this double album. If you are looking for full-length recordings of favourite pieces, you won’t find them here, but this collection is a delicious dip into all those tunes we vaguely recognise.