CLASSICS The Piano At The Movies
The world of film
music is a rich repository of
good tunes and this new two-disc
album has 24 mostly memorable
themes played by See Siang Wong,
a 37 year-old Netherlands born
Chinese pianist who lives in
Switzerland teaching at the
Zurich University of Arts.
So there are
pieces by such stellar composers
of the genre as John Williams ('Schindler's
List'), Ennio Morricone Gabriel's
Oboe ('The Mission'), Hans
Zimmer ('Inception'), Michael
Nyman ('The Piano'), Philip Glass
('The Truman Show') and Ryuichi
Sakamoto ('The Last Emperor').
One of a quartet of tracks by the
ever-popular Ludivico Einaudi, Fly
('The Intouchables'), has
Chi-Wei-Hu as a second pianist.
There are also
works from classical composers:
Debussy's Clair de Lune
('Casino Royale'), Pachelbel's Canon
in D Major ('Ordinary People'),
Barber's Adagio for Strings
('Platoon'), Mendelssohn's Songs
Without Words ('Sophies
Choice'), and Mahler's Adagietto
('Death In Venice').
A favourite track
of mine is Dave Grusin's Main
Theme from 'On Golden Pond'.
With good playing and recording
this is an eminently listenable
and thoroughly relaxing release,
which is available from HMV for