Valentina Lisitsa Pays Tribute to Cinema's Golden Age on LOVE STORY
The album features selections from original scores for movies
Pianist Valentina Lisitsa, one of the most watched classical musicians on the internet with 118 million views and more than 260,000 subscribers on YouTube, returns with a lush program of cinematic music originally scored for piano and orchestra. Drawing on film scores from the 1940s and on, Lisitsa has selected a program showcasing the full range of on screen emotions. Love Story will be available August 26, 2016.
The solo piano was often the only accompaniment to film in the cinema's infancy and "silent" days, but with the advent of sound it was not long before the instrument found a more concertante role in soundtrack music. John Huntley, in his book British Film Music, cites the use of the piano in a minor melodrama, The Case of the Frightened Lady (1940), as a milestone in this field. It never really has a concerto role but it started something that has continued through changes in style and fashion right up to modern times.
A genre originally influenced by Rachmaninov's popular piano concertos, these pieces are arresting original scores for piano and orchestra composed for movies of the 1940s and 1950s including Dangerous Moonlight, Stagefright, and The Apartment. The album also brings us up-to-date with captivating music from Murder on the Orient Express, On Golden Pond and Pride & Prejudice.
The album presents a host of original works by well-known luminaries such as Nino Rota, Richard Addinsell, Carl Davies, Richard Rodney-Bennett and Dimitri Shostakovich, set alongside scores from Charles Williams, Hubert Bath, Robert Farnon and others. These pieces feature in films by legends such as Alfred Hitchcock, Leslie Arliss and Mark Rydell, accompanied by the great actors of the time such as Lauren Bacall, Katherine Hepburn, Jane Fonda, Albert Finney, Jack Lemmon, Ingrid Bergman and many more.