In a Woody Allen State of Mind

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Woody Allen’s latest film "Blue Jasmine" is getting great reviews and although it doesn't feature any classical music on the soundtrack, there are plenty of well-known uses of classical music in Allen’s films. For today's Showdwon, we offered three of our favorites.

It isn't too surprising that the iconic opening to Allen's "Manhattan," punctuated with Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" would be the fan favorite. We played a recording of it today at noon by the BBC Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Hugh Wolff and featuring pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet.

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Comments [12]

Jamie from Brooklyn

Midsummer's Night Sex Comedy is deeply indebted to Mendelssohn's incidental music to Midsummer Night's Dream, and also has other Mendolssohn music, as well as lieder by Schuman and Schubert.

Aug. 15 2013 12:56 PM
Miles from Montclair, NJ

Although clearly a "warhorse", my vote still goes to Rhapsody in Blue because it so perfectly coincides with, and enhances, the mood of "Manhattan". It's alternately bluesy, jazzy, sophisticated, syncopated and lyrical ---- just like our beloved city.

Aug. 14 2013 11:24 AM
Grant from San Francisco

Yes, we do hear "Rhapsody in Blue" often, but the matching of the Gershwin piece and the opening of "Manhattan" is brilliant beyond compare.

Aug. 14 2013 11:01 AM
Carol Luparella from Elmwood Park, NJ

Wasn't "Rhapsody in Blue" one of the choices in last week's Showdown? I guess they are going to keep including it until it wins (like they don't play it often enough already)!

Aug. 14 2013 10:56 AM
kriss from Piscataway, nj

We don't hear Rhapsody in Blue often enough???

Lovely piece, but . . . I'd rather hear the less frequently played works today (or at any time, for that matter)!

Aug. 14 2013 10:36 AM
Matthew from Cedar Rapids

You don't know about his movie, "Match Point"?
Una furtiva lagrima
from "L'Elisir d'Amore"
Composed by Gaetano Donizetti
Performed by Enrico Caruso
Courtesy of Sony BMG Entertainment Inc.
Licensed by Sony BMG Special Markets
Un dì felice, eterea
from "La Traviata"
Composed by Giuseppe Verdi
Performed by Alan Oke
Piano by Tim Lole
Arranged and Conducted by Tim Lole
Mal reggendo all'aspro assalto
from "Il Trovatore"
Composed by Giuseppe Verdi
Performed by Enrico Caruso
Courtesy of Sony BMG Entertainment Inc.
Licensed by Sony BMG Special Markets
Mi par d'udir ancora
from "I Pescatori di Perle"
Composed by Georges Bizet
Performed by Enrico Caruso
Licensed courtesy of EMI Records Limited
Mia piccirella
from "Salvator Rosa"
Composed by Carlos Gomes
Performed by Enrico Caruso
Courtesy of Sony BMG Entertainment Inc
Licensed by Sony BMG Special Markets
Gualtier Malde!.. Caro nome
from "Rigoletto"
Composed by Giuseppe Verdi
Performed by Mary Hegarty
Piano by Tim Lole
Arranged and Conducted by Tim Lole
Arresta
from "Guglielmo Tell"
Composed by Gioachino Rossini
Performed by Janez Lotric & Igor Morozov
Courtesy of Naxos of America
Desdemona
from "Otello"
Composed by Giuseppe Verdi
Performed by Janez Lotric & Igor Morozov
Courtesy of Naxos of America
I Believe My Heart
from "The Woman in White"
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics by David Zippel
Performed by Martin Crewes
Courtesy of EMI Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
O figli, o figli miei!
from "Macbeth"
Composed by Giuseppe Verdi
Performed by Enrico Caruso
Courtesy of Sony BMG Entertainment Inc.
Licensed by Sony BMG Special Markets

Aug. 14 2013 10:34 AM
Beatrice Parides from West side

Gershwin hands down!!!

Aug. 14 2013 10:34 AM
John Moran from Queens

I don't like the two others; I love Rhapsody in Blue.

Aug. 14 2013 09:58 AM
Susan from Manhattan

In the mood for a wailing clarinet. But don't forget the Lieutenant Kije Suite, which is playing now!! :) "Love and Death" What a great score.

Aug. 14 2013 09:33 AM
concetta nardone from Nassau

I am not sure but the beginning of Hannah and her sisters had the architect giving a tour of Manhattan and they played the opening of Madama Butterfly with Pinkerton being shown his dwelling. If this is a mistake on my part, will not be offended if I am corrected. Allen has used classical music quite often.

Aug. 14 2013 08:40 AM
Tim Brown from Washington, DC

The Gershwin is so integral to the movie Manhattan that there is no other possible choice for today's Showdown. Rhapsody in Blue it is.

Aug. 14 2013 08:17 AM
Rosanna from NYC

My vote goes to "Rhapsody in Blue" because it contributed so strongly to the success of "Manhattan" as a film contrasting (sometimes neurotic) romanticism with bittersweet reality in the dynamic city of unlimited possibilities.

Aug. 14 2013 03:19 AM

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