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Fifty Shades of Grey: The Classical Album

Various Artists , Bach , Verdi , Pachelbel , Chopin , Rachmaninoff , Riccardo Muti , Sir Neville Marriner , Sir Simon Rattle , Sir Adrian Boult , Philharmonia Orchestra , Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields , Choir of King s College , Cambridge/Stephen Cleobury , Alexandre Tharaud , Barbara Hendricks , Samson Francois , Alexis Weissenberg Audio CD
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listen  1. Lakmé (Act I): Flower DuetDanielle Millet 3:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Keyboard Concerto in D Minor BWV 974: II AdagioLes Violons du Roy 4:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 (for soprano and 8 cellos): I. Aria (Cantilena): AdagioRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra 6:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. La traviata: PreludioPhilharmonia Orchestra 3:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Canon in D (1997 - Remaster)Academy Of St. Martin-In-The-Fields 5:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Spem in AliumPeter Phillips 9:56Album Only
listen  7. Prélude No.4 en mi mineur Op.28 (Remasterisé en 1995)Samson Francois 1:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Piano Concerto No.2 in C Minor, Op.18: II. Adagio sostenuto (excerpt)City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra 4:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (opening) (1985 Digital Remaster)London Philharmonic Orchestra 6:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Chants d'Auvergne: Baïlèro (Series 1, No.2)English Chamber Orchestra 6:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Nocturne No.1 en si bémol mineur Op.9 No.1 (Remasterisé en 1995)Samson Francois 5:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Requiem, Op.48: In ParadisumStephen Cleobury 3:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Aria from Goldberg Variations, BWV 988Maria Tipo 3:04$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. La fille aux cheveux de lin from Préludes Book IMoura Lympany 2:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Cantata No. 147, 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben' BWV147: Choral: Jesu bleibe meine Freude (Jesu, joy of man's desiring)Alexis Weissenberg 3:31$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Performer: Alexandre Tharaud, Barbara Hendricks, Samson Francois, Alexis Weissenberg
  • Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Choir of King s College, Cambridge/Stephen Cleobury
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti, Sir Neville Marriner, Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Adrian Boult
  • Composer: Bach, Verdi, Pachelbel, Chopin, Rachmaninoff
  • Audio CD (September 11, 2012)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol Records
  • ASIN: B008PZ69T8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (234 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,182 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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EMI Classics will release Fifty Shades of Grey The Classical Album, a 15-track album featuring classical music personally selected by author E L James herself and referenced in her bestselling Fifty Shades book trilogy. The album will be available digitally August 21st and on CD September 18th.

Says James of the new compilation album: "I am thrilled that the classical pieces that inspired me while I wrote the Fifty Shades Trilogy are being brought together in one collection for all lovers of the books to enjoy."

The three novels in the Fifty Shades trilogy (Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed) are published by Vintage Books and have sold more than 20 million copies in the U.S. (the trilogy has sold 31 million copies worldwide). The books' various references to classical music have spurred sales of the pieces mentioned even going so far as to cause Spem in Alium, a 16th century motet for 40 voices by Thomas Tallis, to jump to the top of the classical charts in the UK.

Fifty Shades of Grey The Classical Album aims to provide the perfect accompaniment to the Fifty Shades reading experience, setting a mysterious and alluring atmosphere with just the slightest hint of danger...the music on the album includes The Tallis Scholars' sweeping version of Spem in Alium featured in the first novel, along with 14 other works from the books, such as the 'Flower Duet' from Lakmé, Pachelbel's Canon in D, the 'aria' from Bach's Goldberg Variations and more. The recording artists include such world-class performers as Sir Simon Rattle, King's College Choir, Barbara Hendricks, and Alexandre Tharaud, and the album features cover art based on the novels with a liner note from E L James.

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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Album September 11, 2012
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I may have first had interest in this album because of the 50 Shades books, but the music is so hauntingly beautiful on its own. As I was reading the books I found myself pausing to look up certain songs mentioned, so while it may seem silly to have an entire album based upon books, I'm really glad there is. Not only am I excited to re-read the books and play this as my background music, but I see myself listening to this when I just need to unwind and relax too.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
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Ludwig is twisting in his grave at the fact that this is currently the top-selling classical album. Any classical aficionado (ahem, snob) will look at the selections on this album and call them safe, vanilla, uninteresting. Make no mistake: This is an unabashed attempt to profit on the already-ridiculously-profitable Fifty Shades brand, and to do so by selling widely appealing (i.e., "vanilla") music.

But this album wasn't made for classical snobs. It was made for people who want some musical mood enhancers for their reading experience. And for that, it works. You will certainly get a better Fifty Shades reading experience through this album than you will by, say, turning on the radio to Maroon 5 and Ke$ha and Flo Rida.

The music on this album has a subtle, emerging intensity, a mysterious allure with a vague suggestion of danger. Which means it's a perfect complement for the book.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly beautiful September 15, 2012
By Terry
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I have to admit that I am totally caught up in the trilogy -- and I have always loved classical music-- so this is a double treat for me. It has introduced me to Thomas Trellis, who like many people who are casual classical listeners, I've never heard before being introduced to it in the book. Some other less familiar pieces are simply haunting and lushly beautiful. The more familiar pieces are heard in a slightly different context. If you've read the book, you will never be able to listen to Bach's Concerto in D Minor without thinking of Christian Grey playing sadly at the piano, or the Goldberg variations without thinking of "THAT SCENE!!" At the same time, this volume stands on its own as a relaxing and lovely collection of some of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written. It is worth every cent!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great classical pieces November 4, 2012
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Classical music was never my choice of music. But after reading fifty shades, I'm intrigued by how classical pieces can inspire such a great story. So I bought this album and I'm drawn to these pieces immediately. Supposed to receive it after my exams, but it came on the day before my first paper. These pieces calmed my ball of nerves greatly. And as I was re-reading fifty shades, the effect of listening to these pieces at the same time is fantastic. Recommend greatly to people who wants to get introduced to classical music and people who enjoyed fifty shades. (:
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent October 4, 2012
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The Fifty Shades of Grey: Classical Album is excellent. While I was reading the Trilogy I often wondered about the classical music quotes - so I ordered the cd & remember the books when I play the cd. Totally awesome.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Some beautiful music for a beautiful love...I'm not the world's biggest classical fan, but there are several pieces I like...This album is wonderful!! It sets a mood that is perfect...That sad piano piece that Christian plays is haunting...

@Terry: Thomas Tallis was Henry VIII's court composer, and was kind of a "Beatle" of his time, until he got accused of fooling around with Anne Boleyn...He's in the TV Series "The Tudors"...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite October 3, 2012
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All the songs were great. I listen to it to study.I also listen to it to go to sleep it's very soothing and relaxing.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MUSIC SO MUCH CLASSIER THAN THE AWFUL BOOK August 13, 2013
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While the book was so poorly written and so lame, the music is wonderful. I would not be surprised to learn that someone other than the author of this book which was neither romantic or sexy or a turn-on, chose the music she mentioned in the book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it
Published 22 hours ago by Shonleeka R. Coward
4.0 out of 5 stars I was glad to get the music that went along with the ...
I was glad to get the music that went along with the story. Definatly classical music but I still loved it.
Published 8 days ago by K Piper
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love everything 50 Shades..
Published 10 days ago by Shelley Anker
5.0 out of 5 stars great story
truly a new classic
Published 19 days ago by nataka
5.0 out of 5 stars music to my ears
Love this music and I have it on repeat, so I can listen to it all day long.
Published 20 days ago by Char Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this selection
I love the music that the author has chosen as her inspiration during the writing of her book. These are both classical and pop pieces that fill the heart with longing and passion
Published 25 days ago by Gloria Herrera
3.0 out of 5 stars Great music, not great sound quality
The sound quality is not the greatest but the music itself is very nice.
Published 1 month ago by JRC914
5.0 out of 5 stars Great overall choice of classical pieces
Great overall choice of classical pieces. Good for the beginner and more experienced classical lovers. I have given this as a gift.
Published 1 month ago by Mary Cahill
2.0 out of 5 stars Music far better than this lousy book deserves
What a shame that such a trashy, manipulative and poorly-written book is the vehicle for getting millions to listen to little snippets of great music. Read more
Published 1 month ago by JMB1014
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Shade...
Who but Christian Grey could integrate classical music into a spell binding trilogy..I can't get enough of this CD.
Published 1 month ago by Linda Avila
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