Music and cinema share a world together. At the start, when films were still silent, musicians used to play live in the dark rooms of the movie theatres. Since then, classical music has settled in the movie soundtracks of the greatest blockbusters. The evocative power of music is so strong that even a few notes can bring back an entire scene to the spectator's mind. A lot of famous cinematographic moments are inseparable from the melodies heard in the background. Indeed, it is hard to imagine Death in Venice without Mahler's Adagietto, or the flying helicopters in Apocalypse Now without Wagner's Ride of the Vakyries...
Discover here a selection of the best movie soundtracks which have left a mark on the history of cinema.
Listen to:"Ride of the Vakyries", excerpt from Wagner's Valkyrie, as heard in Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola, 1979); Chopin's Nocturne in C minor, Op. posth, as heard in The Pianist (Roman Polanski, 2002); The "Allegro con brio", excerpt from Mozart's Symphony No. 25, as heard in Amadeus (Miloš Forman, 1984); "Molto vivace", excerpt from Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, as heard in A Clockwork Orange (Stanley Kubrick, 1971); "Aria", excerpt from the Goldberg Variations by Bach as heard in The Silence of the Lambs (Jonathan Demme, 1991); The "Adagio", excerpt from the Clarinet Concerto by Mozart, as heard in Out of Africa (Sydney Pollack, 1985); The Prelude from the 3rd act of Tristan und Isolde by Wagner, as heard in Melancholia (Lars von Trier, 2011); The aria, "Oh mio babbino caro" from Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, as heard in Room With View (James Ivory, 1986); The "Andante con moto" from the Schubert Piano Trio No. 2, as heard in Barry Lyndon (Stanley Kubrick, 1975); Film scores by Ennio Morricone for Once Upon The Time In America (Sergio Leone, 1984), The Sicilian Clan (Henri Verneuil, 1969), Once Upon a Time in the West (Sergio Leone, 1968) and The Mission (Roland Joffé, 1986); The aria "Una voce poco fa" from Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia, as heard in Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1981); The "Adagietto" from Mahler's Fifth Symphony, as heard in Death in Venice (Luchino Visconti, 1971). Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake as heard in Black Swan (Darren Aronofsky, 2011) Alan Gilbert conducts masterpieces of Italian cinema
Verbier Festival 2011
Angela Denoke, Burkhardt Fritz, Waltraud Meier, René Pape
Bachfest Leipzig 2008
Verbier Festival 2010