Skating for Gold

Skating for Gold

by City of Prague Philharmonic OrchestraCity of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra


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Silva Screen Records maintains a library of classical music and film scores, most of it recorded by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, that it recycles in various albums tied into specific themes, some of them obvious (a composer-based collection, for instance), some more esoteric. The concept here is credited to Keith Ferreira, who seems to have noticed that many competitive figure skaters choose music to accompany their routines from the same repertoire. So, here we have 16 selections, ranging from familiar classical pieces such as Ravel's "Bolero" and Richard Strauss' "Also Sprach Zarathustra" to excerpts from movies like Little Women and Sense and Sensibility, that were used by the likes of Tara Lipinski, Michelle Kwan, and Torvill & Dean to underlie their spins and lifts and Lutzes as they competed in the Olympics and other skating championships. The excerpts tend to run around five minutes each, an appropriate length for a skating program, and to have some rhythmic variation. Some seem more obvious than others. It's easy to see why Sarah Hughes chose "Swan Lake" at the 1998 World Junior Championship in Saint John, Canada, where she won the Gold Medal, but Satie's "Gymnopedie No. 1," a contemplative piano solo (here credited to London Music Works) seems an odd choice for Kwan at the same competition, where she too won the gold, according to the CD's annotations. In any case, as a listening experience, the album simply brings together some appealing classical and film music, some of it well known and the rest equally attractive.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/07/2009
Label: Imports
UPC: 0738572128029
catalogNumber: 1118939
Rank: 196324

Album Credits

Performance Credits

City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra   Primary Artist,Performing Ensemble
Nic Raine   Conductor
Tony Bremner   Conductor
Kenneth Alwyn   Conductor
Paul Bateman   Conductor
Crouch End Festival Chorus   Choir, Chorus,Track Performer
James Fitzpatrick   Conductor
London Music Works   Performing Ensemble
Lubos Havlek   Violin
Philharmonia Orchestra   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

Tomaso Albinoni   Composer
Maurice Jarre   Composer
Jules Massenet   Composer
Sergey Prokofiev   Composer
Maurice Ravel   Composer
Nino Rota   Composer
Giuseppe Verdi   Composer
Jerry Goldsmith   Composer
Randy Edelman   Composer
Jean-Claude Petit   Composer
Thomas Newman   Composer
Vangelis   Composer
Keith Ferreira   Concept
James Fitzpatrick   Producer
Damien Doherty   Art Direction
Reynold da Silva   Executive Producer

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