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    1. Bach and Beyond
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    2. Bedtime Beats: The Secret to Sleep
    $6.98
    3. Baby Einstein: Lullaby Classics
    $12.97
    4. The Homecoming
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    5. Romance of the Violin
    $31.49
    6. Phases: A Nonesuch Retrospective
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    7. The Most Relaxing Classical Album
    $75.49
    8. Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9
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    9. Reflection
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    10. 25 Mozart Favorites
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    11. 25 Classical Favorites
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    12. Essential Mozart: 32 Of His Greatest
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    13. Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
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    14. Beethoven's Wig: Sing Along Symphonies
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    15. Bach: Violin Concertos
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    16. The Essential Yo-Yo Ma
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    17. Mozart: The Great Piano Concertos,
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    18. Classics
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    19. 25 Bach Favorites
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    20. Beethoven's Wig 3: Many More Sing-Along

    1. Bach and Beyond
    by EMI Classics
    Audio CD (12 September, 2006)
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    Asin: B000HC2PC2
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Taking as her base 12 works of Bach, Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero proceeds to play variations on each. The works are familiar and most Classical fans will recognize their melodies instantly. But Montero, who is closer to a jazz improvisationalist than a classical pianist merely embellishing, alters rhythm as well as melody, and the results are invariably both surprising and delightful. The Presto from the Italian Concerto is positively wacky, but "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" sticks to the piece's mood with truth and originality. Montero plays "beyond" Bach with good taste and respect, and always with intense musicality. The results may seem improvised, but I doubt they are---they seem to well worked through---but that is more of a plus than a minus. You'll revel in hearing old favorites "interpreted" and find some unexpected pleasures here. Read more

    Reviews (4)

    5-0 out of 5 stars True improvisations -- a wonder!
    I struggle for the words to express how thrilled I am. Ms Montero is resurrecting the art of spontaneous improvisation in the field of classical music. Robert Levine, the Amazon site reviewer, hopefully has listened to the NPR interviews or the podcast and is now aware that Ms Montero did indeed improvise these on the spot. The only preparation lies in the fact that Gabriela Montero has been playing in this spontaneous way since before she was 3 years old! She was given a toy piano when she was 7 months and soon started picking out the songs her mother sang her to sleep with. Her talent today truly is astonishing! Give her a tune or theme never heard before, and she magically weaves a new piece out of it. We have read of Bach, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Gershwin all doing this -- it's a wonder and a fresh delight to hear how marvellously she does it for us. Kudos!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very gifted pianist playing beautiful music
    I have her CDs playing in my car and in my home.Her improvisation skills are top notch.Beyond Bach is one of my favorite pieces in this collection.Her other pieces are excellent as well.You can also find her interview on NPR.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Bach, Mozart and Beethoven Would Be Delighted...
    It's an often neglected fact that Bach, Mozart and Beethoven were master improvisers, and I often wonder how they would feel about 'classical music' having become so exclusively addicted to reproducing the notes on the page. It seems that the latter of the three important legs of a musician's stool -- technique, interpretation, and improvisation -- has been forgotten in lieu of endless variation on the former two legs.
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    Subjects:  1. Baroque Suite/Partita for Orchestra    2. Cantata    3. Choral    4. Classical    5. Classical Artists    6. Concerto    7. Concerto Grosso    8. Contrapuntal/Improvisatory Keyboard Music    9. Invention for Keyboard    10. Keyboard    11. Keyboard Concerto    12. Keyboard Music    13. Miscellaneous    14. Miscellaneous Music    15. Orchestral    16. Orchestral & Symphonic    17. Toccata for Keyboard    18. Violin Concerto   


    2. Bedtime Beats: The Secret to Sleep
    by Rhino / Wea
    Audio CD (12 September, 2006)
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    Asin: B000GH3PQ8
    Sales Rank: 148
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (7)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Welcome relief
    I first listened at my computer and found myself slowly relaxing and really enjoying the beautiful music but wondered if it would REALLY work since I find it very hard to get to sleep and stay asleep. Well,folks, if youhave doubts about it working, throw them out the window! I did not make it through Track 1! Not only that but when I woke 5 hours later and turned it on againhoping to just enjoy the music - right----didn't make it through Track 1 again and got another 2hours of sound sleep.This CD is a godsend for those of us who have trouble getting to sleep.I highly recommend you buy this CD - you'll never find a better deal.Kudos to the Mercurios and everyone associated with it who have given us this beautiful pair of CDs. I'm getting several for friends and family.
    4-0 out of 5 stars I Haven't Heard the Second Half Yet..........
    Usually, when I write a review, I like to let the songs play in the background, hoping that it will inspire me to some new revelation as I write. In this instance, though, I can't risk it; every single time I play either disk from this two-disk set, I start to drift off. I'm not kidding! For insomniacs, this collection could work better than Sominex. My normal procedure for any review is to listen straight through every note of music at least once, and then listen twice more, emphasizing the bits that made the deepest impression. Nearly a month ago, I thought I would do just that, but this disk threw that methodology right out of the window. For three weeks, I listened to this collection at home, at night, in the environment that it is intended for - my bedroom. For three weeks straight, I fell asleep before track five...
    5-0 out of 5 stars Not as tasty as Merlot...
    ...but it doesn't come with the unpleasant side effects either!!
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    Subjects:  1. 20th/21st Century Orchestral Music    2. Adagio for Orchestra    3. Baroque Variations for Keyboard    4. Chamber    5. Chamber Music    6. Chamber Music & Recitals    7. Choral    8. Classical    9. Classical Collections-Composer Desc.    10. Coll. of Character/Single-Movement/Misc. Works for Keyb.    11. Concerto    12. Keyboard    13. Keyboard Concerto    14. Nocturne for Keyboard    15. Orchestral    16. Pavane for Keyboard    17. Piano Concerto    18. Prelude for Keyboard    19. Quartet for Four String Instruments    20. Quintet For Clarinet And String Quartet   


    3. Baby Einstein: Lullaby Classics
    by Buena Vista
    Audio CD (16 March, 2004)
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    Asin: B0001IXTU4
    Sales Rank: 290
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (35)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not real music!
    I bought this for our baby and like many of the reviewers, I was disappointed in the synthesized music.I have played some of the pieces, and although the concept is good, I want my child to hear music as it was on intended on the real instruments.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Musician Mom Loves - Does Use RealInstruments!
    My 8-month-old son and I listen to this CD every night, and by the Pachelbel Canon (track 7) he's usually sound asleep.It is NOT ALL SYNTHESIZER.The jacket clearly states that the "Music Box Orchestra" includes flute, piano, cello, percussion, english horn, and oboe.As a musician, I am not offended by the "easy-listening" versions of these classics.In fact, I enjoy them.They introduce my son to the timeless melodies WITHOUT OVERSTIMULATING HIM at bedtime.I find them relaxing too.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great lullaby cd!
    I love all the Baby Einstein products & this is my favorite cd so far!My 10 week old son loves it & we listen to it while I'm feeding him & when I'm rocking him to sleep.The music is very soothing for baby and mom. All of the songs are great and sometimes even puts me to sleep! I would recommend to any new mom. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Bagatelle for Keyboard    2. Baroque Suite/Partita for Orchestra    3. Cantata    4. Children's    5. Childrens    6. Choral    7. Classical Period Variations for Keyboard    8. Classical Sonata/Sonatina for Keyboard    9. Concerto    10. Keyboard    11. Keyboard Work with Descriptive or Unclassified Title    12. Lullabies    13. Miscellaneous    14. Orchestral    15. Pop    16. Romantic Music for Voice and Keyboard    17. Romantic Sonata/Sonatina for Keyboard    18. Romantic Symphony    19. Romantic Tone Poem/Symphonic Poem for Orchestra    20. Song Without Words for Keyboard   


    4. The Homecoming
    by Denon Records
    Audio CD (26 September, 2006)
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    Asin: B000H0MNIK
    Sales Rank: 907
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Homecoming....Andre Rieu
    I know it is relative, but this is the most enjoyable, exciting, inspiring, entertaining program I have watched in a long, long time. I did not get enough with one viewing, I will be watching it again and likely again. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Chamber Music & Recitals    2. Classical    3. Classical Artists    4. Concerto    5. French Romantic Opera    6. German/Austrian Operetta    7. Guitar Concerto    8. Italian Romantic Opera    9. Music Theater    10. Musical Theater    11. Opera    12. Orchestral    13. Orchestral Music    14. Solo Voice(s) and Orchestra    15. Vocal    16. Vocal Music   


    5. Romance of the Violin
    Audio CD (28 October, 2003)
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    Asin: B0000DG06L
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Every track on this CD contains a beautiful melody, many of them easily recognizable, all of them exuding tranquility. "O mio babbino caro" from Puccini's Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Ralaxing and Simple
    This is great collection of relaxing and beautiful songs. Joshua's violin playing is wonderful, romantic and precise. I heard my local radio station raving about this CD so I decided to buy it. This is definitely worth buying unless you already have all the songs.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Romance of the Violin
    Joshua Bell plays on the violin some of the most beautiful music ever written.His violin sings when he plays O Mio Babbino Caro and Songs My Mother Taught Me.This music is a pleasure to relax by or to listen to at a romantic dinner.
    1-0 out of 5 stars Sorry But......
    NO! I don't think this is a wonderful recording. Yes they are beautiful melodies but this is not how they were written. This is the same as taking beautiful natural fruits of the earth and turning them into something so processed that it takes away from the mother earth rather than shows her splendor. There are many beautiful melodies written for the violin by composers (not by Hollywood style arrangers). Showing off a beautiful Stradivari violin this way is like degrading a beautiful person into being a slave for some petty whim of an unfortunate insecure person. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Chamber    2. Chamber Music    3. Classical    4. Classical Artists    5. Classical Music    6. Classical Pop    7. Concerto    8. Italian 20th/21st Century Opera    9. Italian Baroque Opera    10. Italian Romantic Opera    11. Keyboard    12. Keyboard Work with Descriptive or Unclassified Title    13. Nocturne for Keyboard    14. Opera    15. Orchestral    16. Orchestral & Symphonic    17. Piano Concerto    18. Prelude for Keyboard    19. Romantic Music for Voice and Keyboard    20. Transcription for Orchestra   


    6. Phases: A Nonesuch Retrospective
    by Nonesuch
    Audio CD (26 September, 2006)
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    Asin: B000H3095G
    Sales Rank: 1631
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Budget priced overview of newer recordings
    Reich suffers much the same problem as Riley (or even Cage and Stockhausen) where classic recordings remain unavailable and what can be found (easily) on the shelf are newer, 'tamer' recordings that fail to express the more challenging dimensions of the pieces.While much has been done to fix this problem with Riley, the best recordings of Reich remain unavailable.
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    Subjects:  1. Chamber Music & Recitals    2. Classical    3. Classical Artists   


    7. The Most Relaxing Classical Album in the World...Ever!
    by Virgin Records
    Audio CD (30 March, 1999)
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    Asin: B00000I93Z
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    You want relaxing classical music that'll soothe your soul but won't lull you into sleep? Here's a double CD for you. Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Quieting the Noise
    I play this at the office and it reduces my reaction to the stress. A keeper!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Similar to "most Relaxing Piano anywhere"
    I would like to delete about half of the truly unfamiliar tracks and possibly add a couple of better known more familiar works.

    4-0 out of 5 stars My wife made me buy this!
    This certainly will relax you....but don't listen to this while driving! ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. 20th/21st Century Orchestral Music    2. 20th/21st Century Symphony    3. Adagio for Orchestra    4. Baroque Suite/Partita for Orchestra    5. Cantata    6. Chamber    7. Chamber Music    8. Character/Single-Movement/Miscellaneous Work for Keyboard    9. Choral    10. Clarinet Concerto    11. Classical    12. Classical Collections-Composer Desc.    13. Classical Crossover    14. Classical Music    15. Concerto    16. Concerto for Two Solo Instruments    17. Concerto for Two String Instruments    18. French Romantic Opera    19. Guitar Concerto    20. Italian 20th/21st Century Opera   


    8. Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 [Special Edition] [Hybrid SACD]
    by Lso Live
    Audio CD (12 September, 2006)
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    Asin: B000GUJYRE
    Sales Rank: 2367
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    • Hybrid SACD

    Subjects:  1. Cello Concerto    2. Classical    3. Classical Composers    4. Concerto    5. Orchestral    6. Orchestral & Symphonic    7. Romantic Overture for Orchestra    8. Romantic Symphony    9. Symphonic   


    9. Reflection
    by Deutsche Grammophon
    Audio CD (12 September, 2006)
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    Asin: B000C5RRL8
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Cool and cleaar-eyed in the romantics
    From the opening performance of the Schumann Paino Concerto, you would peg Helene Grimaud as a cool modernist with a light French touch. She is joined by Salonen, himself a musician who takes a chilly view of the Romantics (when he conducts them at all). Together, they produce a very unsentimental but sensitive reading that happens to be in exceptionally good sound. The ability of engineers to capture the actual sound of a concert grand piano is improving every day. The Staatskapelle Dresden plays elegantly. If you want a Schumann A minor that's almost chaste but very well articulated, Grimaud's isa perfect choice.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful
    I think this CD is, as is always the case with Helene Grimaud, thoughtful.As with her other recent thematic offerings, I appreciate the effort in putting together something more than an unrelated selection of pieces.In this case, we have a program which reveals in musical form the relationship between the Schumanns and Brahms -- a story I recently read about in the Brahms' biography by Jan Swafford, which in turn greatly piqued my interest in this album.The performances are, all around, very moving and the sound well balanced between instruments (and, in the case of the lieder, vocalist).Bravo, Ms. Grimaud, for another wonderful effort!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must for all Brahms lovers
    Hélène Grimaud is widely regarded as the preemintent Brahms interpreter of her generation and this CD shows why.
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    Subjects:  1. Cello with Keyboard    2. Chamber    3. Chamber Music & Recitals    4. Classical    5. Classical Composers    6. Concerto    7. Keyboard    8. Piano Concerto    9. Rhapsody for Keyboard    10. Romantic Music for Voice and Keyboard    11. Vocal   


    10. 25 Mozart Favorites
    by Vox (Classical)
    Audio CD (20 August, 1996)
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    Asin: B0000058HV
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    This is an astonishing collection of works - or parts of works - by Mozart that covers almost every aspect of his creative output: symphonic, religious music, concerti (for piano, horn, violin, clarinet, flute), chamber music, serenades (for strings; winds), a couple of opera overtures and more. Those who know and love Mozart's music will not need this, but it's a great introduction, a great overview. The selections are well-chosen and interestingly organized, with familiar pieces splrinkled among some not-so well known. A good primer. Read more

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    • Original recording reissued
    • Original recording remastered

    Reviews (14)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Nice Mozart selection - Nice price
    Nice selection of Mozart work that give us inner peace...
    4-0 out of 5 stars MozartListener
    This is a good CD if you like Mozart's music.It is not the best CD I ever purchased.It is nice to listen to it in the morning before I go to work.And I sometimes listen to it in the evening before I go to bed.It is relaxing and soothing.I am not amusic major or therapist.This is the best review I can write.Mary Agnes Cross

    1-0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this CD
    Quality is poor. Some songs are not playing. Avoid buying @Amazon. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Chamber    2. Chamber Music & Recitals    3. Choral    4. Clarinet Concerto    5. Classical    6. Classical Composers    7. Classical Music    8. Classical Period Serenade/Cassation/Divertimento    9. Classical Period Symphony    10. Classical Sonata/Sonatina for Keyboard    11. Concerto    12. Flute Concerto    13. French Horn Concerto    14. German/Austrian Classical Period Opera    15. Keyboard    16. Opera    17. Orchestral    18. Piano Concerto    19. Quartet for Four String Instruments    20. Quintet For Clarinet And String Quartet   


    11. 25 Classical Favorites
    by Vox (Classical)
    Audio CD (23 January, 1996)
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    Asin: B0000058HT
    Sales Rank: 1735
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars THE VERY BEST OF THE BEST
    This is indeed a very awesome cd for me, because i would not have known which artist to buy, this way you get a variety of them. this cd is great for beginners such as I am.
    4-0 out of 5 stars Era issues
    This CD is only "classical" in the sense that it is music by an orchestra.It does not mean that the music is from the classical ERA of music.It is still beautiful music, but those of you who are trying to learn to distinguish the different time periods will be disappointed.The CD actually does claim to be from the classical ERA but actually has much baroque era and romantic era music on it (the romantic CD by the same publisher is also not era specific).In regard to some of the other reviews, while the classical era did have an emotionally detatched quality, not all of the music on here is classical!Still, for those of you looking for an introduction to "classical" music, it is a beautiful CD.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly Surprised! :)
    I'm not much of a classical music buff, but I realized not too long ago that I do like many of the "popular" classical music tracks. Since then I have been on the lookout for a collection of "famous" classical music tracks that would appeal to the layman (so as to develop my interest in classical music further, and also to familiarize myself with some of the more famous classical tunes). Saw this CD on sale and bought it on a whim, and I havent been disappointed. The collection is indeed very nice, and my only gripe is that there isnt a single Beethoven track!! (and I wonder why non of the other user reviews mention this). ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. 20th/21st Century Music for Voice and Keyboard    2. Ballet    3. Band    4. Baroque Suite/Partita for Orchestra    5. Choral    6. Classical    7. Classical Collections-Composer Desc.    8. Classical Music    9. Classical Period Serenade/Cassation/Divertimento    10. Classical Period Symphony    11. Concerto    12. Concerto Grosso    13. French Horn Concerto    14. German/Austrian Classical Period Opera    15. Keyboard    16. March for Band    17. Music for Four Hands at One Keyboard    18. Opera    19. Oratorio    20. Orchestral   


    12. Essential Mozart: 32 Of His Greatest Masterpieces
    by Decca
    Audio CD (13 March, 2001)
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    Asin: B00005A8JZ
    Sales Rank: 1661
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A nice introduction
    This is a good well rounded collection to dip you into the classical world of Mozart.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Mozart is the reference point for good classical music.
    A good collection of his best work and I find it helps me focus when I'm writing or contempating life.
    4-0 out of 5 stars Mozart's music
    This is a review of Mozart's music, not the cd.Mozart is praised to the skies by all and sundry, including most musicians, including my father, who no doubt has his reasons.But my feeling about Mozart has always been that there is nothing in Mozart's music that is other than music.There is no logical impressionism, there are no events that seem to be transpiring as in, for example, Beethoven.Mozart is just music.Mozart is to music as pure mathematics is to science.It hints of nothing else and has no application.I find some of his music irritatingly trivial, for example, Eine Kleine Nachtmuzic.This is mechanical music that one can imagine being piped in by a totalitarian government that insists everyone be cheerful.If Disneyland was an eighteenth century totalitarian state, Mozart would be its Muzak.The populace would be awakened, like Chinese train passengers, at 6AM by the strains of some allegro.They would arise and busy themselves with their ablutions in a state of thoughtless cheer, never for one moment leaving the surface of things.That being said, the second movement of Mozart's clarinette concerto is the music that one will hear on going into heaven. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Chamber    2. Choral    3. Clarinet Concerto    4. Classical    5. Classical Composers    6. Classical Music    7. Classical Period Serenade/Cassation/Divertimento    8. Classical Period Symphony    9. Classical Sonata/Sonatina for Keyboard    10. Concerto    11. Concerto for Two Solo Instruments    12. Dance/Single-Movement/Miscellaneous Work for Orchestra    13. French Horn Concerto    14. German/Austrian Classical Period Opera    15. Keyboard    16. Miscellaneous Sacred Choral Music    17. Motet    18. Opera    19. Orchestral    20. Orchestral & Symphonic   


    13. Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
    by Telarc
    Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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    Asin: B000003CSU
    Sales Rank: 512
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Four Seasons-Ozawa
    The Four Seasons by Vivaldi always provides for 'easy listening'.Hearing it when conducted by Seiji Ozawa makes it even better.I have it on another CD which I now keep in the car, but the CD on which Ozaza conducts the BSO is the one I keep at my computer for near-daily listening.
    5-0 out of 5 stars This is the best recording of "The Four Seasons" I have found yet.
    I have not yet found a better recording of Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" than this one by the Boston Symphony on the Telarc label.It is so clear and crisp and Joel Silverstein will move you with his violin.Highly recommended for any lover of Vivaldi!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Lovely!
    This is an excellent recording of this work. Crisp, clear sound from world-class performers. I couldn't be more pleased. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Classical    2. Classical Composers    3. Classical Music    4. Concerto    5. Orchestral & Symphonic    6. Violin Concerto   


    14. Beethoven's Wig: Sing Along Symphonies
    by Rounder / Umgd
    Audio CD (05 March, 2002)
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    Asin: B000060OLA
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Inspired and wildly imaginative, Read more

    Reviews (60)

    2-0 out of 5 stars I'd rather watch Bugs Bunny cartoons
    I borrowed this disc from a co-worker.Initially, IO was interested in this disc because it seemed like it could be a very clever way to introduce classical music to children.I tried to like it, but I found the singers very cloying and saccharine sweet.The lyrics created for the music were very ricky-ticky and not very creative.Perhaps it is best used with very young children, but my students were less than impressed with the selections available on this disc.When introducing classical music to young children, I have found it is not necessary to find cutesy versions of the music with silly lyrics put to them.Watching old Bugs Bunny cartoons (quite a few use classical music as their background) caught my students attention and interest a lot more than the music on this disc did.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Kids love it
    I have not actually listened to this one - we gave it as gift and have not heard from them either.But we started with Beethoven's Wig 3 which is OUTSTANDING!My kids love it, as do all the "kid" passengers who have ever heard it.We also have #2, which initially didn't seem as good as #3, but with more listening, we are enjoying it more too.#3 was a winner from the very first song.The lyrics are hilarious and the music is beautiful - and my kids love the instrumental pieces as much as the sing-along versions.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Crap/KitchSAVE YOUR CHILDREN FROM THIS!
    This is so much worse than silly phrases to remember a symphony and the composer.The singing is horrendous, and so much vibrato, that anyone who thinks it is an example of good musicianship will never learn that there is some good music out there - 'cause it ain't HERE!
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    Subjects:  1. Bagatelle for Keyboard    2. Ballet    3. Chamber    4. Children's Collections    5. Childrens    6. Classical    7. Classical Period Serenade/Cassation/Divertimento    8. Classical Period Symphony    9. French Operetta    10. Keyboard    11. Keyboard Work with Descriptive or Unclassified Title    12. Lute Solo    13. Miscellaneous    14. Miscellaneous Music    15. Opera    16. Orchestral    17. Rhapsody for Keyboard    18. Romantic Ballet    19. Romantic Overture for Orchestra    20. Romantic Rhapsody for Orchestra   


    15. Bach: Violin Concertos
    by EMI Classics
    Audio CD (13 August, 2002)
    list price: $6.98 -- our price: $3.99
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    Asin: B00005NPIX
    Sales Rank: 1431
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (5)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Uniformly excellent
    One of the most unique aspects of this disc is the inclusion of the G minor Violin Concerto, thought to be a reconstruction of an earlier work for oboe and harpsichord.
    4-0 out of 5 stars Rewarding and excellent value
    This CD is a bargain, a wonderful collection of music at a very reasonable price for the quality.
    4-0 out of 5 stars good but a tad lacking somewhat.
    The bach violin concertos have for me always been something ive always enjoyed listening to over and over. I suppose that is why such music is called classical music - it is timeless and still well loved after 1-2 hundred years after its 1st performance.Read more

    Subjects:  1. Chamber Music & Recitals    2. Classical    3. Classical Composers    4. Classical Music    5. Concerto    6. Concerto for Two String Instruments    7. Keyboard Concerto    8. Oboe Concerto    9. Violin Concerto   


    16. The Essential Yo-Yo Ma
    Audio CD (16 August, 2005)
    list price: $24.98 -- our price: $17.49
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    Asin: B000A7Q29G
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Here are three dozen pieces of music, all played by Yo-Yo Ma, culled from his extensive discography. Aside from the technical mastery and beautiful tone that are absolutes in all of his playing, one is dazzled by his curiosity and ability to adapt to so many forms and types of music. His Bach and Vivaldi are pellucid and played with non-sentimental crispness, his tango music gritty and rhythmically pungent, his jazz seemingly spontaneous, the "Meditation" from Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Collection!
    Between these two disks, the listener experiences the expansive swath of this virtuoso's briliant repetoire.I bought the disk primarily for Bach's Prelude from Cello Suite No 1 in G Major, but I also loved the other Bach selections and the hauntingly beautiful rendition of "Simple Gifts".I have heard other performances by Yo-Yo Ma of this Cello suite selection, but I found this version to be the most stylistically appealing--at least by my humble tastes.I usually avoid compilation cds ("best of" is usually a turn off), but this is a definite thumbs-up.At the very least, it will point the way to other selections to pursue in greater depth.It really is a great musical find!

    4-0 out of 5 stars DVD purchase
    Purchasing this product was hassle free and arrived well packaged in short time frame considering overseas destination.
    5-0 out of 5 stars After heearing both discs-- totally Out-0f-Sight!
    Before first hearing this awesome Essential Yo-Yo Ma, my hearing Yo-Yo Ma in person came from a few feet from front-stage. Yet hearing him on ear-phones on this CD each morning, you get sucherie aura of inner presence, from the Prelude of Bach Suite No 1 in G major, then Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, Sheep May Safely Graze, full Orchestra with Wachet Auf, "Simple Gifts" played by the Master Musician, sung by the plaintive soprano voice of an angel, two Morricone Pieces, "Gabriel's Oboe and the Falls" + "The Eternal Vow," from the Crouching Tiger and "The Cellist of Sarajevo." It is 153 minutes of blessed, calming, soothing, heavenly, Eternally Peaceful, flowing of Melodies!
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    Subjects:  1. Cantata    2. Cello Concerto    3. Cello Solo    4. Cello with Keyboard    5. Chamber    6. Chamber Music    7. Choral    8. Choral Music    9. Chorale Prelude or Chorale Treatment for Keyboard    10. Classical    11. Classical Artists    12. Concerto    13. Film    14. Film Music    15. Keyboard    16. Keyboard Music    17. Miscellaneous    18. Miscellaneous Music    19. Orchestral    20. Orchestral & Symphonic   


    17. Mozart: The Great Piano Concertos, Vol. 1
    by Philips
    Audio CD (12 April, 1994)
    list price: $17.98 -- our price: $13.99
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    Asin: B000004194
    Sales Rank: 5740
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Brendel and Marriner play Mozart at a bargain price
    Philip's two double-CD sets of Alfred Brendel and Neville Marriner performing a total of ten of Mozart's great piano concertos, plus two rondos for piano and orchestra, must rate as one of the best of many bargains available in their "2 for 1" series. The four CDs add up to close to five hours of music, most of it essential listening for anyone interested in Mozart, great piano music, and great concertos.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Mozart: The Great Piano Concertos, Vol. 1 Alfred Brendel
    Nice interpretation of Mozart's piano concerto.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Mozart's great piano concertos, Vol 1 and Vol 2
    We love Mozart. Especially his piano concertos. We purchased these volumes, because we wore out our cassette tapes.
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    Subjects:  1. Classical    2. Classical Composers    3. Classical Music    4. Concerto    5. Piano Concerto   


    18. Classics
    by Angel Records
    Audio CD (20 November, 2001)
    list price: $17.98 -- our price: $10.99
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    Asin: B00005RD78
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Have some friends who still haven't discovered what the Sarah Brightman fuss is all about? You'll find the perfect introduction to make converts of them all in Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Pleasently Suprised
    I am a new fan to Sarah Brightman, this is the first CD I have purchased, I am delighted to say I LOVE IT,, her voice is haunting and the lyrics are amazing... I am now a Sarah Brightman FAN... Great CD I higly recommend it!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars I love this !
    This is an amazing cd. Sarah Brightman is a great vocalist, who already is a household name in classical music. There are good songs and I finally found the song i was looking for- from the Secret Garden "Anytime, Anywhere." It's an amazing song and alsoAva Maria. A good song. Some other opera singers don't really know how to make their voices pure... as they grow up into woman. But, Sarah has accomplished this role in making her voice still pure, but amazing.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Fails to impress...
    Now I'm as much a Sarah Brightman fan as the next guy; thought she was terrific vocally as "Phantom"'s Christine.Listening to this CD helps me to remember that was *20* years ago.What Sarah lacks in vocal control and tonality she makes up for in breathiness and her infamous "swooping" up into high notes.
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    Subjects:  1. 20th/21st Century Music for Voice and Keyboard    2. Adagio for Orchestra    3. Adult Contemporary    4. Chamber    5. Choral    6. Classical Vocal Crossover    7. Czech Romantic Opera    8. Etude for Keyboard    9. Guitar Solo    10. Italian 20th/21st Century Opera    11. Italian Baroque Opera    12. Italian Romantic Opera    13. Keyboard    14. Musical Theater    15. Musicals    16. Opera    17. Operettas    18. Orchestral    19. Pop    20. Pop Vocals   


    19. 25 Bach Favorites
    by Vox (Classical)
    Audio CD (20 August, 1996)
    list price: $4.98 -- our price: $4.98
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    Asin: B0000058I1
    Sales Rank: 1019
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    • Original recording reissued
    • Original recording remastered

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Like Floating On A Cloud
    My first real appreciation of this sound was from watching the film "Slaughterhouse Five" in the theater, back in the '70s. That soundtrack was just a taste of what you get with this recording. My family pops this CD in the car stereo on long trips, and glide down the highway to some original smooth grooves. Helps the miles pass swiftly. Music for the soul.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Bach
    Surely you don't need me to review the guy. You know who he is, you've heard his music, and I hope you own some. So let me turn the podium over to a cat named Picasso, and you can read into that whatever you wish. She's in a chair, near the CD player. She has entered the room specifically for the music. Her eyes are squinted, almost but not quite shut, little face concentrating on just how contented those sounds make her feel. Nobody can say why they move her so, any more than we can say why they move us so. If we knew the answer to that one, we'd copy the guy. But anyway, she loves the music, and don't you dare make a sound such as squeaking your computer chair. If you do, her golden orbs will open, fix upon your face, and shame you. Yes they will. But if you are quiet long enough, you can watch a little calico sleep, with the very same sweet kitten face that drew you to her five years ago. Bach is gooooood.
    4-0 out of 5 stars Good CD, especially for novices
    I was looking for a recommended Bach CD - certain music by a certain orchestra - and stumbled on this.It is an excellent choice for a new library.I think when there was more than one movement to a piece, it would have made more sense to go ahead and keep the movements together instead of separating them, but a novice listener would not notice.A great way to become exposed to a great composer. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Baroque Suite/Partita for Orchestra    2. Cantata    3. Chamber    4. Choral    5. Chorale Prelude or Chorale Treatment for Keyboard    6. Classical    7. Classical Composers    8. Classical Music    9. Concerto    10. Concerto Grosso    11. Concerto for Three Solo Instruments    12. Concerto for Two Pianos    13. Concerto for Two String Instruments    14. Invention for Keyboard    15. Keyboard    16. Magnificat    17. Mass    18. Music for Organ    19. Orchestral    20. Orchestral & Symphonic   


    20. Beethoven's Wig 3: Many More Sing-Along Symphonies
    by Rounder / Umgd
    Audio CD (02 May, 2006)
    list price: $12.98 -- our price: $10.99
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    Asin: B000F1IPPQ
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Fun exposure to classical music
    I bought Beethoven's Wig 1 and 2 last year, and my children (ages 6 and 10) begged me to get this one!Richard Perlmutter's voice is a little nasal (every once in a while you're reminded of Barney sing-a-longs) but the other voices that are on the CD are nice.This is an awesome way to familiarize children with classical music themes.I'm hoping that as my children grow up, they will be attracted to some classical music because they will have some familiar melodies in their memory banks.I highly recommend this CD to anyone with young children.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The appeal of this CD can't be exaggerated
    Sometimes pretentious, sometimes downright ridiculous products promising to expose our children to classical music can be as obnoxious as they are ubiquitous. Noise-making machines imitating Mozart do not a classical music lover make, particularly when it comes to plastic devices that light up and play unrecognizable sound.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Warning:the fun is contagious!
    For those of you familiar with Beethoven's Wig 1 and 2, you already know to expect the unexpected from lyric genius Richard Perlmutter and his very talented Beethoven's Wig crew.They have single-handedly delivered the classical music repertoire to millions of young children in the most innovative, engaging way - marrying the best of the classical repertoire to witty, fun lyrics for children (and adults!) that engage, entertain, and make the music unforgettable with the charming voice of Perlmutter himself and an accomplished operatic ensemble of singers.While so many artists struggle to follow up two gigantic successes with a third that doesn't disappoint, Beethoven's Wig 3 masterfully and refreshingly follows its own act with a new twist on the recipe this time:showcasing individual instruments in the orchestra, appreciating the uniqueness of each, and marrying them to short lyrical stories that are making my nephews and nieces laugh out loud while they learn (and while their parents and grandparents chuckle along -- and learn a few things too).The CD booklet contains not only the illustrated stories, but also interesting and fun questions about classical music and different orchestral instruments.I can really see why Beethoven's Wig has won so many children's music awards - there's nothing else like it, kids adore it, and parents feel great about knowing their children are developing a life-long love and appreciation for classical music at an early age. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Cello Solo    2. Chamber    3. Character/Single-Movement/Miscellaneous Work for Keyboard    4. Children's    5. Childrens    6. Concerto    7. French Horn Concerto    8. French Romantic Opera    9. Harp Concerto    10. Keyboard    11. Mandolin Music    12. Miscellaneous    13. Music for Organ    14. Novelty    15. Opera    16. Orchestral    17. Orchestral Music    18. Pop    19. Recorder Concerto    20. Romantic Tone Poem/Symphonic Poem for Orchestra   


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