As if there wasn’t enough hype surrounding Fifty Shades of Grey -- which has just recently set the record as the fastest selling paperback of all time -- the classical music world has jumped on the bandwagon as well. Let's face it, we live in a world where the line between fiction and reality has gotten increasingly blurry.
Later this month EMI classics will release “Fifty Shades of Grey -- The Classical Album,” which features 15-tracks hand picked by author E L James. Those familiar with the book and its sequels, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, know that Mr. Christian Grey, the successful entrepreneur who devirginizes the young, innocent college student Anastasia in a series of kinky sexual encounters has a soft spot for classical music.
The album includes the Tallis Scholars version of “Spem in Alium,” which is prominently featured in the book, along with Bach’s “Goldberg Variations,” Pachelbel’s “Canon in D,” as well as Chopin’s “Prelude #4.”
"The Fifty Shades books are a bona fide cultural phenomenon, and they offer an exciting new way to present this timeless music to audiences who might not otherwise be exposed to it,” says Wendy Ong, VP of EMI Classics.
Peep the full track list and take a look at the short promotional video for the release below.
The album will be available in the U.S. and Canada digitally on August 21st and in CD format on September 18th. The album will be released internationally in both formats on September 17th. Pre-order here.
1 Lakmé (Act I): Flower Duet (Mady Mesplé, Danielle Millet)
2 Bach: Adagio from Concerto #3 BWV 974 (Alexandre Tharaud)
3 Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasilerias #5 – Cantilena (Barbara Hendricks)
4 Verdi: La Traviata Prelude (Riccardo Muti / Philharmonia Orchestra)
5 Pachelbel: Canon in D (Sir Neville Marriner/ Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields)
6 Tallis: Spem in Alium (The Tallis Scholars)
7 Chopin: Prelude #4 in E minor, Largo (Samson François)
8 Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto #2 – Adagio Sostenuto (Cecile Ousset, Sir Simon Rattle / CBSO)
9 Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (Sir Adrian Boult / LPO)
10 Canteloube: Chants d’auvergne, Bailero (Arleen Auger)
11 Chopin: Nocturne #1 in B-flat minor (Samson François)
12 Faure: Requiem – In Paradisum (Choir of King’s College, Cambridge / Stephen Cleobury)
13 Bach: Goldberg Variation – Aria (Maria Tipo)
14 Debussy: La Fille Aux Cheveux de Lin (Moura Lympany)
15 Bach: Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring (Alexis Weissenberg)