Done to death but still irresistible Puccini Rachmaninoff

Done to Death but still Irresistible

Hijacked by car ads, Hollywood tearjerkers and Muzac/elevator music; they remain eternally and universally appealing!

Rachmaninoff – Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini. Heaps of these versions on a “theme by Paganini” by a number of Interperters and Composers. I like this particular one by Rachmaninoff /Performed by  John Barry from “Somewhere in Time” – The movie.

rhapsody-on-a-theme-by-paganini

 

What can you say?! Puccini’s O Mio Bambino Caro (from the movie A room with a view)

o-mio-babbino-caro

 

Not sure if this is the best version (by the St. Louis Symphony) – But it’s good enough!

fantasia on greensleeves


2 Comments

  • Reply
    Muriel Wells
    05/06/2010 at 11:36 am

    Hi Jim,
    The Fantasia on “Greensleeves” is such a timeless, beautiful piece, with an air of serenity. It evokes nostalgia for the Merrie England which was supposed to have existed, ( but I expect that was a fallacy!)
    I think that “Greensleeves” was the first record that I bought, a 78, so you will relise how long ago that must have been. I am pleased to say that the sound quality has much improved in recordings since then!
    Regards,
    Polly.

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    Calvin
    09/01/2008 at 4:01 am

    I saw this at bedtime and explored it
    for an hour. I’ll keep coming back until I’ve heard it all.

    My classical LPs were resurrected a
    few months ago, and this is like sharing,
    sorta.

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