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Shine - Original Soundtrack

Release Date: 11/05/1996 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 454710   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  David HirschfelderRobert SchumannSergei RachmaninovNikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Wilhelm KempffDavid Helfgott
Conductor:  Ricky Edwards
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Personnel includes: David Hirschfelder (orchestra arranger, piano); Ricky Edwards (orchestra conductor, piano); Robert John (violin); Noah Taylor, Jane Edwards (vocals); Gerald Keuneman (cello); Mary Doumany (harp); Geoffrey Lancaster (harpsichord); Jeffrey Crellin (oboe); Geoffrey Payne (trumpet); David Helfgott, Wilhelm Kempff (piano).
Includes liner notes by Scott Hicks.
Pianist David Helfgott's discography, including DAVID HELFGOTT PLAYS RACHMANINOV, can be found in the Muze classical music database.
Classical music has done extremely well at the box office, and even better on Oscar night. Michael Nyman became a superstar with THE PIANO, while Mozart's overwhelming recent popularity can be traced to 1984's Academy
Read more Award-winning AMADEUS. SHINE creates two heroes at once--the film's real-life subject, pianist David Helfgott, and composer David Hirschfelder.
What the duo accomplishes is extraordinary. Rather than rewrite the classics (a la THE PIANO) or rely exclusively on them, Hirschfelder creates a dialogue with the music of Chopin, Liszt and especially Rachmaninov. The A-flat running through Chopin's "Raindrop" Prelude transforms itself into the pounding ostinato on "Your Father, Your Family." The suite-like results transcend the over-populated world of warmed-over film music. Helfgott's playing eschews the technical glamour of his contemporaries in favor of a less glittery approach. His finest contributions are the joyous, imperfect live recordings recorded at a piano bar in Perth, Australia.
The album's centerpiece is Rachmaninov's monumental Third Piano Concerto. This work, fittingly nicknamed "Rocky 3," becomes a character in the film, tormenting, transforming and releasing Helfgott's quirky personality. Hirschfelder dresses the work in different orchestrations and molds it to tell Helfgott's touching story in a way only great music can do. Read less

Works on This Recording

Shine by David Hirschfelder
Conductor:  Ricky Edwards
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1996 
Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 10, Fast zu ernst by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Wilhelm Kempff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30: Excerpt(s) by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  David Helfgott (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Russia 
Tale of Tsar Saltan: Suite, Op. 57 - Flight of the bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  David Helfgott (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Russia 

Sound Samples

With The Help of God, Shine
Polonaise No.6 in A flat, Op.53 -"Heroic"
Did He Win?
Wil You Teach Me?
Scales to America
Kinderszenen, Op.15: 10. Fast zu ernst
These People Are a Disgrace
24 Préludes, Op.28 - Arr. Hirschfelder: Prélude No.15 in D flat, Op.28, No.15 - "Raindrop"
Your Father Your Family
Tell Me a Story, Katharine
Back Stage
Punished for the Rest of Your Life
Moments of Genius
La Campalesson - Arr. Edwards/Hirschfelder
Letters to Katharine
Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor, Op.30: First Movement Cadenza
Night Practice / Parcel from Katharine
As If There Was No Tomorrow
The Rach. 3 (Part One)
Complicato in Israel
Raindrop Reprise
Bath to Daisy Beryl
Gloria - Arr. Edwards/Hirschfelder
Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 in C sharp minor, S.244
Prélude in C sharp minor, Op.3, No.2
The Tale of Tsar Saltan - Transcribed S. Rachmaninoff (1873-1943): The Flight of the Bumble-Bee
Rach. 3 Reborn
Goodnight Daddy
A Loud Bit Of Ludwig's 9th - Arr. Edwards/Hirschfelder
What's The Matter, David/Appassionata - Arr. Edwards
La Campanella - Arr. Edwards
Familiar Faces/Rach. 3 Encore
Nulla in Mundo Pax Sincera - Arr. Edwards/Hirschfelder

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