Video of the Week “NEO CLASSICAL”

For years, I have loved this kind of music. It started being called “New Age”, but that field has gotten crowded so was broken down into sub-genres of New Age.  Recently, I found that this music is in the category of “Neo Classical”.  (For widest view click on the page title.  If you like this drop me a line) Orchestral, not just some fancy digital piano with many keyboards and sounds.   Here, this piece is used in “Kingdom Heaven” with Orlando Bloom     300, Rise of an Empire   Used in Battleship     See also: Two Steps …

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Phantom of the Opera

Coming to Netflix in May I absolutely loved this film with Gerald Butler singing, Patrick Wilson, and Emmy Rossum. One of the most popular stage musicals in the history of Broadway and London’s West End makes its long-awaited arrival on the motion-picture screen in this lavish adaptation directed by Joel Schumacher. Christine (Emmy Rossum) is a beautiful and gifted young woman who longs to join the company of the Paris Opera House. During rehearsals for one of the opera’s grand productions, a backdrop falls and crashes to the floor, nearly crushing leading lady Carlotta (Minnie Driver). When several members of the …

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Shine 1996

A man (Geoffrey Rush) wanders through a heavy rainstorm finding his way into a restaurant. The restaurant’s employees try to determine if he needs help. Despite his manic mode of speech being difficult to understand, Sylvia learns that his name is David Helfgott and that he is staying at a local hotel. She returns him to the hotel, and despite his attempts to engage her with his musical knowledge and ownership of various musical scores, she leaves. As a child, David (played by Alex Rafalowicz) is growing up in suburban Adelaide, South Australia and competing in a local music competition. …

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‘THE GREATEST SHOWMAN’

THE GREATEST SHOWMAN  which hits theatres around the world this Christmas! Inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, THE GREATEST SHOWMAN is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.The true story movie also stars Zac Efron, Rebecca Ferguson and Michelle Williams. It is directed by Michael Gracey who previously worked on special effects in movies. The movie wasn’t originally envisioned as musical.

Copying Beethoven 2006

Personal Favorite of mine   It is set in 1824 as Beethoven (Ed Harris) is finishing his Ninth Symphony. He is plagued by deafness, loneliness and personal trauma. A fictional character, a new copyist, Anna Holtz (Diane Kruger) is engaged to help the composer finish preparing the score for the first performance. Anna is a young conservatory student and aspiring composer. Her understanding of his work is such that she corrects mistakes he has made, while her personality opens a door into his private world. Beethoven is initially skeptical, but slowly comes to trust Anna’s assistance and eventually grows fond …

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The Devil’s Violinist 2014

The film chronicles the life of Italian violinist and composer Niccolò Paganini, who rose to fame as a virtuoso in the early 19th Century. It begins with his youth as a childhood violinist pushed by his demanding father through his beginnings in Italy and then to his performances and acclaim in London under the guidance of the mysterious Urbani. Violinist playing Paganini is David Garret.  Clips of actual performances below.   IMDB           2008 David Garret sets Guinness Record for the fastest violinist.

Period Drama iPod – Charles Dickens

      Charles Dickens’ iPod Broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Saturday 25 December 2010 12:00-12:30 Charles Dickens wrote and performed songs all his life. As a little boy, his mother stood him on the table in the local pub to sing; as a successful writer he sang to his guests after dinner. He also wrote the libretto for an opera. Recorded on location in Dickens’ drawing room, with biographers Claire Tomalin and Michael Slater and actor and writer Simon Callow. With singers Gwyneth Herbert, Thomas Guthrie and Laura Crowther. Producer: Elizabeth Burke A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4. …

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