The Gadfly (includes Romance)
This is the highest film score in the Ultimate Hall of Fame and the second highest entry by Shostakovich. It's the only film soundtrack to feature in every single chart since it began in 1996.
Between 1929 and 1970 Shostakovich wrote more than 30 movie soundtracks, but it's this score for a 1955 swashbuckling costume drama depicting the life of a Russian hero in 1830s that still remains a big hit. Shostakovich borrowed musical ideas from Italian Romantic composers such as Verdi and Bellini, but it's the Romance for violin and orchestra that is best loved today, revived for the 1980s TV series Reilly, Ace of Spies.
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