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Fifty Shades Of Grey: The Classical Album

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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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Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Lakmé (Act I): Flower DuetMady Mesplé/Danielle Millet/Orchestre du Théâtre National de I'Opéra-Comique/Alain Lombard 3:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. Keyboard Concerto in D Minor BWV 974: II AdagioAlexandre Tharaud/Les Violins du Roy/Bernard Labadie 4:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 (for soprano and 8 cellos): I. Aria (Cantilena): AdagioBarbara Hendricks/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Enrique Bátiz 6:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. La traviata: PreludioPhilharmonia Orchestra/Riccardo Muti 3:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. Canon in D (1997 - Remaster)Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields/Sir Neville Marriner 5:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. Spem in AliumPeter Phillips & The Tallis Scholars 9:56Album Only
  7. Prélude No.4 en mi mineur Op.28 (Remasterisé en 1995)Samson François 1:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. Piano Concerto No.2 in C Minor, Op.18: II. Adagio sostenuto (excerpt)Cécile Ousset/Sir Simon Rattle/City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra 4:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (opening) (1985 Digital Remaster)London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Adrian Boult 6:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. Chants d'Auvergne: Baïlèro (Series 1, No.2)Arleen Augér/English Chamber Orchestra/Yan Pascal Tortelier 6:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. Nocturne No.1 en si bémol mineur Op.9 No.1 (Remasterisé en 1995)Samson François 5:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
12. Requiem, Op.48: In ParadisumKing's College Choir, Cambridge/English Chamber Orchestra/Peter Barley/Stephen Cleobury 3:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
13. Aria from Goldberg Variations, BWV 988Maria Tipo 3:04$1.29  Buy MP3 
14. La fille aux cheveux de lin from Préludes Book IDame Moura Lympany 2:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
15. 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 

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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (307 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,796 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Adriane Leigh on 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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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Terry on September 15, 2012
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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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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A fellow with a keyboard on November 21, 2012
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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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Yvonne Goh on 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeanette on 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Janet Cooper on November 3, 2012
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By jedi_rosy on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By braveheart on October 19, 2012
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I wish I had heard the music before I ordered the disc. After listening to the the clasical music I began to enjoy the music. The Tannis selection makes me think of medieval monks living in a monastery. The Bach selection the last song on the album was my favorite. The more I listen to the album the more I like the music. It was worth buying. signed braveheart Purchased from Amazon.com
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