After inspiring a sudden burst in sales of Thomas Tallis’ choral work “Spem In Alium,” E L James has decided to take the next logical step in building her Fifty Shades of Grey empire: she’s releasing a companion album.
Unlike the Fifty Shades of Grey “soundtrack” playlist listed on the bestselling author’s official site, this record will feature strictly classical music. James has personally selected 15 works from her BDSM blockbuster trilogy (Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed) to include on an album to be released by EMI as a digital release on Aug. 15, with a physical version following on Sept. 18.
According to EMI, the album “aims to provide the perfect accompaniment to the Fifty Shades reading experience, setting a mysterious and alluring atmosphere with just the slightest hint of danger…”
In a statement, James said that she was “thrilled that the classical pieces that inspired me while I wrote the Fifty Shades trilogy are being brought together in one collection for all lovers of the books to enjoy.”
So what will show up on what Music Mix assumes will be the biggest classical music album of the fall? For one, the aforementioned Tallis piece will be folded into the collection. But the biggest presence on the playlist looks to be Bach, who contributes three works. Chopin weighs in with two tracks, and the rest of the album will be filled by the likes of Verdi, Debussy, Faure, and other composers who had no idea their music would one day be used to help sell mommy porn.
Take a look at the video trailer and official tracklist below:
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)
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