EMI Classics has announced it will release Fifty Shades of Grey – The Classical Album in the UK next month.
The 15-track album features classical music personally selected by author E L James and referenced in her bestselling Fifty Shades book trilogy.
The LP will be available in the US and Canada digitally on August 21 and in CD format on September 18. The album will be released internationally on both formats on September 17.
Said James of the new album: "I am 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."
The three novels in the Fifty Shades trilogy (Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed) have sold more than 31 million copies worldwide.
It was announced yesterday that the first title of the three has now sold 5.3m copies in the UK alone, making it the territory's bestselling book since records began.
The books' references to classical music have spurred sales in the genre – even causing Spem in Alium, a 16th century motet for 40 voices by Thomas Tallis, to jump to the top of the UK's Official Classical Chart.
According to a new EMI Classics press release, "Fifty Shades of Grey – The Classical 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…the music on the album includes The Tallis Scholars' sweeping version of Spem in Alium featured in the first novel, along with 14 other works from the books, such as the 'Flower Duet' from Lakme, Pachelbel's Canon in D, the 'aria' from Bach's Goldberg Variations and more. The recording artists include such world-class performers as Sir Simon Rattle, King's College Choir, Barbara Hendricks, and Alexandre Tharaud, and the album features cover art based on the novels."
"We are delighted to be partnering with E L James and Random House on this project," said Wendy Ong, VP of EMI Classics. "The Fifty Shades books are a bona fide cultural phenomenon, and they offer an exciting new way to present this timeless music to audiences who might not otherwise be exposed to it."
1 Lakme (Act I): Flower Duet (Mady Mesple, 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 Francois)
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 Francois)
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)