It might not be everyone's cup of tea and it certainty wont be the most played music on Spotify but Classical music always seems to get a lot of usage in film. Why? Quite simply, it ticks all the boxes.
Love them or hate them these tracks are instantly recognizable, grandiose in scale and give off a perception of quality.
A bonus for any director.
Here are some of the most iconic and recognisable classical tracks at work along with our brand new arrangements of these pieces; recorded LIVE at Abbey Road Studios with the English Session Orchestra.
Where better to start than the iconic Ride of the Valkyries from Wagner's opera Die Walküre.
Most will also know this from the iconic scene in Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now.
The urgent, dramatic footage is supported by the hard hitting, driving piece of music.
Fun Fact: Valkyries are female figures in Old Norse mythology who decide the fate of warriors in battle.
IKEA - LET'S RELAX
I saw this spot that you guys made recently for IKEA and had to include it here.
With a period based script like this, classical music is naturally the perfect fit and with Vivaldi's Four Seasons, Summer you have the drive and the drama to really set the visuals off.
This must have been a lot of fun to make. Bravo Acne!
BARCLAYCARD - TOYS
Who didn't grow up wishing their toys would come alive?
Magical, mysterious, playful - all attributes of Tchaikovsky's Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies one of the most recognizable pieces from The Nutcracker.
For those enjoying the movie plays so far you can find it in Bad Santa.
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
Going back to the feature film usage and we come across another classic in Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Oddyssey.
Soft, gentle orchestral movements lend perfectly to a calm scene of weightless space flight.
REPLAY - HYPERSKIN
This stunning rendition of Ave Maria works perfectly on this Replay spot.
The gentle, tranquil nature of the piece reflects the effortless workout that Irina Shayk is undertaking in her jeans.
Skip to 2:18 in this film for the Flower Duet, or just enjoy the whole scene of Brian da Palma's Carlito's Way.
Carlito (the one and only Al Pacino) is searching for his uptown girl, Gail, in the rain and he finds her in a ballet class.
What better place to have the beautiful and delicate operatic piece playing underneath?
In this scene from Pretty Woman we see Richard Gere and Julia Roberts setting down to a nice, sophisticated, romantic meal. The music and visuals go hand in hand, but the music is very much setting the scene only.
If you want to trial any of these tracks or you find something you like from our other artists (see below),
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