It’s a fairly safe bet that most playlists for those more intimate bedroom moments these days don’t include classical music in the likes of Chopin’s “Nocturne No. 1 in B-flat minor.”
But apparently composers like Bach get “Fifty Shades of Grey” author E.L. James pretty excited. For the popular novel, which explores the world of BDSM, one might expect a steamy soundtrack. But on Aug. 21, EMI Classics will release “Fifty Shades of Grey — The Classical Album” featuring 15 tracks from Lakmé, Rachmaninoff and more.
Besides his affinity for all things kink, main character Christian Grey actually loves classical music as well. U.K. book fans purchased enough copies of 16th century composer Thomas Tallis’ “Spem in Alium,” which is referenced in the book, to put it on the top of the country’s classical charts.
“The ‘Fifty Shades’ books are a bona fide cultural phenomenon,” Wendy Ong, vice president of EMI Classics, said in a statement. “They offer an exciting new way to present this timeless music to audiences who might not otherwise be exposed to it.” –Kelsey Fowler
Kelsey Fowler is the 2012 Features Intern at The Denver Post, currently studying nothing music-related at Ithaca College. Help keep her in the loop on Twitter.