Fifty Shades Classical Album: Suggestions for newfound classical music lovers!

Image Credit: EMI Classics / Akash Kataruka

 EL James awakened a new found interest in classical music (among other things) in women everywhere by making it a prominent fixture in the Fifty Shades Trilogy. Interest became so great in the works mentioned in the books that James teamed up with EMI to release a Classical Album to accompany Fifty Shades of Grey. Many fans know little about classical music beyond the fact that they liked what the heard on the album and mentioned in the books so we thought we would have recent interviewee and modern classical composer Andrew Rosciszewski take a look at the track list and suggest some additional pieces you might like!

On to the suggestions!

If you enjoyed: Lakme (Act I): Flower Duet
Than you might also like: Saint-Saens: The Swan (from Carnival of the Animals)

If you enjoyed: Bach: Adagio from Concerto #3 BWV 974
Than you might also like: Beethoven: Moonlight Sonata, Movements 1 & 2

If you enjoyed: Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasilerias #5 – Cantilena
Than you might also like: Vocalise (from The Ninth Gate), Piazzolla: Libertango, or Piazzolla: Nightclub 1960

If you enjoyed: Verdi: La Traviata Prelude
Than you might also like:  Barber: Adagio for Strings

If you enjoyed: Pachelbel: Canon in D
Than you might also like: Holst: Chorale from Jupiter (from The Planets), Elgar: Pomp & Circumstance March no. 4, or Bach: Prelude from Cello Suite no. 1 in G Major

If you enjoyed: Tallis: Spem in Alium
Than you might also like: Arvo Part: Te Deum or Gorecki: Miserere

If you enjoyed: Chopin: Prelude #4 in E minor, Largo
Than you might also like: Philip Glass: Metamorphosis nos. 1-5 or Satie: Lent et doulourex from Gymnopedie no. 1

If you enjoyed: Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto #2 – Adagio Sostenuto
Than you might also like: Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto no. 3, mov’t 1, Mahler: Adagietto from Symphony no. 5, or William Schuman: New England Triptych, mov’t 2 “When Jesus Wept”

If you enjoyed: Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Than you might also like: Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Greensleeves

If you enjoyed: Canteloube: Chants d’auvergne, Bailero
Than you might also like: Rachmaninoff: Vocalise

If you enjoyed: Chopin: Nocturne #1 in B-flat minor
Than you might also like: Gorecki: Good Night, mov’t 2, Chopin: Nocturne in G minor Op 37 no. 1, or Liszt: Liebestraume

If you enjoyed: Faure: Requiem – In Paradisum
Than you might also like: Bernstein: Chichester Psalms, mov’t 2, Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms, Gorecki: Symphony no. 3, or Mahler: Symphony no. 2 “Resurrection” (Finale)

If you enjoyed: Debussy: La Fille Aux Cheveux de Lin
Than you might also like: Ravel: Pavane pour une Infante Defunte

If you enjoyed: Bach: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Than you might also like: Bach: Prelude from Cello Suite no. 1 in G Major or Hovhaness: Prayer of St. Gregory

We would like to thank Composer Andrew Rosciszewski for his suggestions and wish you all happy listening!


2 thoughts on “Fifty Shades Classical Album: Suggestions for newfound classical music lovers!

  1. jsw12 says:

    Glad to see Chopin appearing more than once in the list of suggested listening.

    My own blog isn’t classical music-themed but I felt compelled to write a short posting about his music the other day, along the lines of ‘check out Chopin if you haven’t already’.

    • Andrew Rosciszewski says:

      Hi jsw12, glad you enjoyed reading the list. I could have easily included many other works by Chopin since many of his pieces would have fit the ‘mood.’ (Plus he really hasn’t composed a bad piece!). I did, however, want to get away from the typical pieces and composers (even though there are a few that made the list). My intent was to expose the average non-classical listener to other great pieces and composers that probably wouldn’t be known to them outside the classical world. While I don’t know every piece in the classical repertoire and my list just barely scratches the surface, I hope it’s enough to get people to explore and go outside the box a little. They just may discover something that they really like.

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