Two years after his first offering to his fan-family the first series of his favorite classical music collections - BYJ Classics Hero 34 (released when he was 34 years old), now we are in the spring of 2008. What do we get this year? Not "BYJ Classics **** 36", but the "BYJ Classics The Scenes". A bit Surprised first, but think twice, it makes so much sense. Being a professional in drama making field, AND a music lover, is it fair to think that combining the classical drama scenes and music masterpieces into a series of music albums offers a perfect vehicle to communicate part of his inner world to us.
As we recall from the Dong-gam (Sympathy) Vol. II album, BYJ represents "Love", see Dong-gam(Symapathy) vol. 2 Making film:
It seems so natural that in this music series, one of the four themes shall be about love - Love Story. So let's start from this album first.
Thanks to flowerbossa, I got the movie/music list of the CD from her recent posting for Love Story. Let's see what movies and musics HRH likes and perhaps recommends to us.
1. Dvorak's Symphony No.9 "From the New World" (from the film “Clear and Present Danger”)
I don't seem to fine the theme "love" in this movie summary. Guess I need to watch the movie to find the "Love Story".
Movie : Clear and Present Danger (1994)
Smart, tight, utterly convincing and believable and well executed, this is that rare brainy "action" film that does get you involved and hanging on the edge of your seat.
Music: Dvorak's Symphony No.9 "From the New World"
Youtube: Dvorak - Symphony No. 9 "From the New World" - 4th movement
Marvelous!!! One of my favorite symphonies!
2. Puccini's 'Turandot, Nessun Dorma' (from “The Killing Fields”)
There! At least I see the word "love" in Dith Pran's journal when he was imprisoned.
Movie: The Killing Fields (1984)
A great movie, of an awful moment in human history. If we have any chance of overcoming man's sorry past, it will be because movies like this one get made once in a while.
Quotes:Dith Pran: [in his journal while imprisoned] The wind whispers of fear and hate. The war has killed love. And those that confess to the Angka are punished, and no one dare ask where they go. Here, only the silent survive.
Music: Puccini's Turandot, Nessun Dorma
Youtube: Pavarotti - Nessun Dorma - Turandot, Puccini
Breathtaking!!! Of course, one of my favorite opera songs!
3. Beethoven's 'Piano concerto No.5, Emperor'. (from “Immortal Beloved”)
Movie: Immortal Beloved (1994)
"The music is wonderful here and tries to explain the emotions behind the man."
Music: Beethoven Cencerto No. 5, Emperor
Youtube : Beethoven: Concerto 5 movt. 3 (by Claudio Arrau, never before published)
Claudio Arrau is one of the best Beethoven performers.
Mitsuko Uchida is also one of my favorite pianist, want to compare her performance on this movement?
Now since you are looking at Mitsuko Uchida and piano concertos, please please please watch this clip, one of my favorite favorite favorite piano concertos, my son is haunted by this piece too! It's Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20. Just recently I found out that this is widely rated as the No. 1 of 100 greated piano concertos in history. No wonder!
1st movement part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3ymJGV5_lI
1st movement part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpYlUI5HTpM&feature=related
2nd movement http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyMNDHaMb2w&feature=related
3rd movement http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDQ-S7lD6E4&feature=related
Uchida is usually rated as one of the best Mozart piano performers. The reviews said she plays Mozart the best, but lesser on Beethoven pieces. To me she is good enough.
4. J.S. Bach’s Harpsichord Concerto in D Major (from “Love Story”)
Movie: Love Story (1970)
"The music was also terrific in this movie. I think it's, beside the acting, one of the most important points to make this movie timeless."
Music: J.S. Bach’s Harpsichord Concerto in D Major
Bach - Concerto No. 3 in D Major for harpsichord (BWV 1054)
5. Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No.2 (from “Brief Encounter”)
Movie: Brief Encounter (1945)
"Brief Encounter" is the perfect encapsulation of a very specific time in both women's and British history.
How about just leave it like that and you can figure out the rest of the "Love Story". Watch this line, I love it!
"See this film to witness how it was once possible to make films about love without bedroom scenes. "
Music: Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No.2
Youtube: Rachmaninov piano concerto No.2 by Weissenberg & Karajan
Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZRbko3UsnQ&feature=related
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gx_XfNWkf_s&NR=1
Such a touching piece! Rachmaninov is so talented isn't he? Karajan was the conductor. Pianist Alexis Weissenberg did a great job!
6. Barber's "Adagio for Strings" (from “Amelie”)
Movie: Amelie (2001)
From the reviews, it looks like a must-see. Wow HRH, thank you for bring this to my attention. I am so ignorant!
"In my opinion, it is an outstanding film in film history for its cinematography, the music, the story, but above all the overall atmosphere ... The atmosphere is also supported by the magnificent music by Yann Tiersen who has composed 19 songs in 15 days for this movie. The principal motive appears in many variations somehow being joyful, yet at the same time sad - slow and sometimes fast and activating. The music supports every moment in the film and becomes the sound of a fabulous world."
Music: Barber's "Adagio for Strings"
Actually never heard this before. Thank you BYJ for introducing a beautiful piece to me!
Youtube :Samuel Barber - Adagio for Strings, op.11. Uncut
A nice pace
A singing version, hauntingly beautiful ...
Wow, no wonder we all love HRH! He has such good taste for arts. These movies and musics are all so very beautiful and meaningful! Thank you HRH for introducing this CD to us. I find it rather educational too! For the lucky sisters in Japan, especially Jaime, enjoy the BYJ Classics Scenes concerts!