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Amadeus: Original Soundtrack Recording Soundtrack
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While the story and the performances by F. Murray Abraham (Antonio Salieri) and Tom Hulce (W. A. Mozart) were enthralling, the true star of the movie was, of course, Mozart's beautiful and timeless music, and no wonder, for the music supervisor (and conductor) for Amadeus was none other than one of the best interpreters of Mozart's compositions, Sir Neville Marriner.
In this wonderful two-disc set of the original soundtrack, Marriner leads the acclaimed Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields orchestra in 20 excerpts from various symphonies, piano concertos, operas, and Mozart's final opus, the Requiem.
Disc One begins with the first movement of Mozart's Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K 183, a very dramatic and energetic work which foreshadows the emotionally charged compositions of Beethoven (who was a student of Mozart's) and other composers of the Romantic era. Composed when Mozart was only 17 years old, it is the first symphony he wrote in a minor key. Sweeping and almost stormy at times, it is an apt accompaniment to the film's "I killed Mozart!" opening sequence.
Among the other eight tracks on this first disc are excerpts from Giovanni Pergolesi's "Stabat Mater," early 18th Century Gypsy music played on instruments of the period, and more Mozart works ranging from opera (the Turkish Finale from The Abduction from the Seraglio) to the first movement from Symphonie Concertante, K 364.
Disc Two contains 11 tracks, including the beautiful third movement of the Piano Concerto in E flat, masterfully played by pianist Ivan Moravec and the Academy of St.Read more ›
The film Amadeus does very well in capturing emotions expressed by Mozart's diverse compositions. This soundtrack in turn succeeds in making the listener conjure up scenes from Amadeus as well as images of 18th century Vienna.
From melancholic to playful and romantic to firey, it will be difficult to match the prefection with which Sir Neville Mariner and The Academy of St Martin-In-The-Fields have assembled this compilation.
This also has Mozart's only concerto for two pianos which is soothing and delicate where the orchestra keeps a distance and lets the piano take over. No wonder when I saw a web-site recommending this piece of music to students for improving their concentration.
The rest of the CD contains operactic songs (in German?) - "Mass in C Minor", "Marriage of Figaro". All of them are splendid. The booklet (songlist) made interesting reading about Mozart's life. A truly marvelous collection of some of the maestro's best. Worth every buck you pay for it.
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The movie is basically a musical without the singing and dancing, leaving you with this beautiful score, and this album covers the whole thing.Published 4 months ago by Bradley P. Warren
The movie was great...the soundtrack is even better! This was the gateway that started my love of Mozart. Probably my most listened to music. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Magnificent soundtrack performed by the orchestra and choir of St. Martin in the Fields. See the excellent movie that never gets old. This one is a keeper.Published 8 months ago by LI Shopper
When I recived this yesterday, the case was falling appart. I'm not sure if that was like this before or after it was sent to me, however, the discs themselves are both left... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Michael Andrew Taggart
This soundtrack is one of my all-time favorites. Wolfie at his greatest!Published 11 months ago by Aaron T. Unell