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    1. The Most Relaxing Classical Album
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    2. The Most Famous Opera Duets
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    3. Puccini: Madama Butterfly (complete
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    4. Henryk Gorecki: Symphony 3 "Sorrowful
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    5. UltraSound - Music for the Unborn
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    6. How Glory Goes
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    7. Bizet: Carmen (complete opera)
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    1. 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   


    2. The Most Famous Opera Duets
    by EMI Classics
    Audio CD (12 April, 1994)
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    Asin: B000002SCA
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    This is a misnomer--not all of these duets are all that famous--but it's a fine compilation nonetheless. You'll hear selections from Bizet's Read more

    Reviews (23)

    5-0 out of 5 stars The closest thing
    This is a marvelous CD, especially the Pearl Fisher's duet with Gedda and Blanc.I would rank that performance second all time, just below the
    4-0 out of 5 stars The Most Famous Opera Duets
    The quality of the recording is good. The variety of artists used is good

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great value for the money
    This is literally the CD that sparked my love for opera. The duet from "The Pearl Fishers" is just stunning. I'm buying another copy of this because my husband accidentally tossed the old one along with our old (nonfunctional) CD player. Can't do without this CD! ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Classical    2. Classical Music    3. French Romantic Opera    4. German/Austrian Classical Period Opera    5. German/Austrian Romantic Opera    6. Italian Romantic Opera    7. Opera    8. Opera / Operetta / Oratorio    9. Opera/Operetta Collections    10. V/a Compilations   


    3. Puccini: Madama Butterfly (complete opera) with Maria Callas, Lucia Danieli, Nicolai Gedda, Herbert von Karajan, Chorus & Orchestra of La Scala, Milan
    by EMI Classics
    Audio CD (19 August, 1997)
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    Asin: B000002RXX
    Sales Rank: 1375
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (53)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Giovanni Buffone Brusco Strikes Again
    How dare anyone refer to Tebaldi and Freni as "Standard Butterflies"??? The only thing that is standard around here is your intellect - shut up already.

    5-0 out of 5 stars It's a SHOCK!
    It's a SHOCK how Callas interpreted "Madama Butterfly" It's close to perfect. Must listen for opera lovers!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Perhaps The Best Recorded "Madama Butterfly"
    There are many "Butterfly" recordings out there that are excellent in their own right but this recording deserves a category of excellence all it's own.What almost looks like mis-casting on paper, Callas does an astonishing job with the title role, which she recorded months before singing a series in Chicago and never to touch the role again.This is really one of those recordings that should be considered an historical event in the history of recorded opera.The collaboration of all the principles with von Karajan shows a unique unity that hasn't been duplicated very often.
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    Subjects:  1. Classical    2. Classical Music    3. Italian Romantic Opera    4. Opera    5. Opera / Operetta / Oratorio    6. Opera/Operetta   


    4. Henryk Gorecki: Symphony 3 "Sorrowful Songs"
    by Nonesuch
    Audio CD (05 May, 1992)
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    Asin: B000005J1C
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    This album, which catapulted Polish composer Henryk Gorecki to into the internationalspotlight, takes texts born in pain and turns them into statements of affirmation through the use of musicthat ebbs and flows in mystic minimalism. The clear voice of soprano Dawn Upshaw, singing the Polishtexts, is a large part of the success of this particular recording, but the music, contemporary without eitherdissonance or movie-music mawkishness, clarifies and uplifts the words. This is a moving and essentialelement of the modern repertoire. Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Gorecki - Spiritual and Emotional
    Written for the 50th anniversary concert of Hitler's invasion of Poland and the ensuing tragedies, Henryk Gorecki's Symphony No. 3 is a powerful, prayer-like setting of memories of those events.While considered a modern composer, the work is firmly rooted in the tonal world, often creating a mantra/meditative feel; the 1976 composition is as emotional today, as it was in its own time.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing piece of music
    This opera is absolutely amazing.I used it to help process the grief that I experienced due to the death of my closest Aunt.It worked.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Symphony for Humanity
    I believe that Gorecki was uniquely inspired by grace when he composed Symphony No.3. Each of the three movements in the symphony is a prayer: mother to child or child to mother. Each prayer pleading for grace to be bestowed upon a loved one that has suffered much pain created by man's inability to cherish life and spirit above pride. The first movement contains the words of the Lamentation of the Holy Cross Monastery. It is Mary's prayer for her son during his time of greatest need. The second movement contains the words of a prayer found on a wall of a Gestapo cell, written by an imprisoned young girl. It is the young girl's prayer for Mary during her time of greatest need. The last movement brings the symphony full circle. The words in the last movement is a mother's lamentation of the death of her son who was killed at war. Again, we find a mother praying for her son during his time of greatest need.I can not imagine anyone who would not be touched by this symphony or would not want it to be apart of their collection once they have it. The musical composition, on it's own ground, is truly inspiring and Dawn Upshaw's voice truly resonates the deepest sense of emotion or understanding of what each movement should reveal.
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    Subjects:  1. 20th/21st Century Symphony    2. Classical    3. Classical Composers    4. Classical Music    5. Orchestral & Symphonic    6. Symphonic   


    5. UltraSound - Music for the Unborn Child
    Audio CD (13 April, 1999)
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    Asin: B00000IIUP
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    While many hospitals across the country send new mums and babes home equipped with discs of classical music to soothe and gently stimulate babies' tender minds, Read more

    Reviews (15)

    4-0 out of 5 stars enjoyable
    I have enjoyed this cd thus far.If you have the money to spend, this is relaxing and enjoyable, however you can get similarmusic for free on your local classical station.So if you would rather save your money...just tune in on your radio dial.I am glad I bought the cd for the familiarity of the songs, but I also love just plain old classical radio.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Play in utero, sooths out utero
    My wife put the headphones from her portable CD player on her pregnant belly every night before bed."Ultrasound" played for 30 minutes to an hour every night to our unborn son.Once he was born he'd sometimes get cranky in the car.We'd turn this CD on and he'd INSTANTLY settle down.It was amazing.He's 15 months old now and it still calms him down after a frustrating car ride, and he goes down for naps like a champ with this CD playing. I HIGHLY recommend this technique to all pregnant mothers!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A++++++
    most comforting and beautiful music, for anybody looking
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    Subjects:  1. Ballet    2. Baroque Suite/Partita for Orchestra    3. Berceuse for Keyboard    4. Chamber    5. Classical Collections-Composer Desc.    6. Classical Music    7. Classical Period Serenade/Cassation/Divertimento    8. Coll. of Character/Single-Movement/Misc. Works for Keyb.    9. French Romantic Opera    10. German/Austrian Classical Period Opera    11. Harp Solo    12. Italian Romantic Opera    13. Keyboard    14. Keyboard Work with Descriptive or Unclassified Title    15. Miscellaneous    16. Miscellaneous Music    17. Music for Two Keyboards    18. Music with Spoken Words    19. New Age / Meditation    20. Opera   


    6. How Glory Goes
    by Nonesuch
    Audio CD (29 February, 2000)
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    Asin: B00004GJXS
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    After Audra McDonald's audacious recording debut with Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A joyful, sexy sound, with look and spirit to match
    I've owned this CD for so long and had to stop listening to it when a very jealous girlfriend of mine was around that I forgot to share with others how good it is.Audra McDonald is already a legendary figure on Broadway with four Tony awards, exemplifying the complete package of drama and artistry she is on stage.Yet that voice, which could just as easily have taken her to the Met as it did to the theatres downtown, is in rare expressive form on this CD tribute to Harold Arlen and others.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Terrific Album, BeautifulVoice
    I am most definitely an Audra McDonald fan. I saw her live recently at Linclon Center in the American Songbook Series and was blown away.
    2-0 out of 5 stars Golden Ears
    A Moose from California compared Audra's "Bill" with one done by Jane Monheit. I took his advise and listened to both. Audra sounds like a church choir singer making an attempt at jazz. The Moose from California has a tin ear when it comes to quality and soul.This is a sad recording as far as jazz goes. It should be in the cabaret bin. Absolutely!!! ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Pop Vocals    3. Popular Music    4. Show Tunes    5. Vocal   


    7. Bizet: Carmen (complete opera) with Maria Callas, Nicolai Gedda, Georges Pretre, Paris Opera Orchestra
    by EMI Classics
    Audio CD (19 August, 1997)
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    Asin: B000002RXS
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    This recording was made near the end of Maria Callas's career. It is a role she never sang onstage, but it suited her almost perfectly, and she gives a deep, compelling performance on this recording. The mezzo-soprano tessitura was comfortable for her voice, and the role did not call for a pretty sound. Nor did the recording studio require the kind of huge vocal power expected in an opera house. And furthermore, the character of a strong-willed, capricious, sexually compelling woman who thinks exclusively of herself was close to the offstage personality that made Callas so famous. Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Imperfect? Maybe. Worthwhile? Yes!
    Maria Callas' CARMEN has had at best, a checkered history. It seems to have found a permanent home in many record collections over the years, considering it has been released as an LP, cassette, and now CD, so it's loved by many if not by all the critics. It had some foes before it was released. Callas had never performed CARMEN on stage and in 1964 when the set was first issued, it was believed that a recording should only showcase an artist's best work after years of perfection. Since Maria Callas was Maria Callas, Angel records took a chance and released it, knowing she'd probably never attempt the role on stage. As soon as it was released, there was a noticeable decline in her vocal abilities, which caught many fans off guard. Still, it's stood the test of time. Maria Callas at her not so great is still better than some at their peak, and even if the voice isn't perfect, it still has an expressive quality to it that's evident to anyone who listens to it.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Throw me into solitary confinement with this CD
    My favorite singer singing my favorite opera. No other opera is so filled with fresh, innovative melodies... dramatic polar contrasts/opposites, and choir-multiple character interactions. No singer is as clean ( with accurate timing of gasps and rests) dramatic and prolific as Callas. In my mind this is the pinnacle of opera and most definitely of the non-Italian 19th century operatic landscape.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Callas...Callas...Callas...
    Even though Callas did not play "Carmen" on stage, she really saw through Carmen. AMAZING. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Classical    2. Classical Music    3. French Romantic Opera    4. Opera    5. Opera / Operetta / Oratorio    6. Opera/Operetta   


    8. Puccini - La Bohème / Freni, Pavarotti, Harwood, Ghiaurov, Karajan
    by Decca
    Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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    Asin: B0000041TD
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Cat's Meow
    This is the one, especially if you are a Pavarotti fan. In this recording everyone acquits themselves with style. Pavarotti is magnificent, Freni is gorgeous, as is Harwood, Ghiaurov...well the whole gang is great.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
    I own two recordings of Puccini's La Boheme, and this one is my favorite. I love this set, the recording is excellent. Pavorotti and Freni are magnificent in this version. This is just an excellent opera. It is so beautiful and touching. It is one of my all time favorite opera's.

    5-0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL!!!!
    Happy I purchased this album. Nothing pleases me more than to listen to this music I love. Pavarotti Fan ... Read more

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    9. Puccini: Tosca (complete opera) with Maria Callas, Giuseppe di Stefano, Tito Gobbi, Victor de Sabata, Chorus & Orchestra of La Scala, Milan
    by EMI Classics
    Audio CD (19 August, 1997)
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    Asin: B000002RXZ
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Little can be added to what's been written about this landmark recording, except that Walter Legge's 1953 mono production yields nothing to modern Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars this is not a review
    Just the fact that this product has gathered 123 reviewers by the time I write my first comment ever in a similar internet site, should tell something per se... I am a singer myself. I could write endless technical comments on the slightest vocal or musical nuance these four legendary musicians have contributed here. Empty words! Just ask yourselves: "Do I really and humbly love Music!?" If the answer is "YES!!!", run and buy this recording.
    5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent Tosca
    Wonderful recording. "Vissi d'arte" by Maria Callas should not be missed. She is magnificent as Floria Tosca. Guiseppe DiStefano is excellent as Cavaradossi as well and Tito Gobbi makes Scarpia come alive.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Recorded in mono
    Wonderful performance of Tosca, however I was quite disappointed when I realized it was recorded in mono.
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    Subjects:  1. Classical    2. Classical Music    3. Italian Romantic Opera    4. Opera    5. Opera / Operetta / Oratorio    6. Opera/Operetta   


    10. Cecilia Bartoli - If You Love Me (Se tu m'ami ), 18th-Century Italian Songs
    by Decca
    Audio CD (13 October, 1992)
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    Asin: B00000420F
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    The 17th-century Italian art song repertory traditionally reserved for novice singers is given new life via Bartoli's artistry. With impeccable diction and evocative phrasing, she captures every innuendo of these simple, but passionate, pieces. No two repetitive phrases are alike; she chisels every line into a landscape of interpretive magnificence. Scarlatti's simple "O Cessate di Piagarmi" becomes a testament of innocent pain and plaintiveness. Giordano's "Caro Mio Ben" is transformed into a tender cry for love. All embellishments are imaginative and well executed. Accompaniment by György Fischer is equally appealing, sensitive and precise. Every singer questing for the art of singing should study these. Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Bartoli, but not her best Italian songs
    'The Impatient Lover' sung by Cecilia Bartoli is a collection of 18th and 19th century songs in Italian which were written by the predominantly German composers, Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert, and Hayden. Oddly, this is very seriously a better, or at least a more enjoyable collection, to my ear, than the 'If you Love Me' collection of Italian songs written by Italians, including Scarlatti, Caldera, and Vivaldi. And, neither collection of Italian songs is as interesting as Mme. Bartoli's collection of French love songs, 'Chant D'Amore'. All are done on London, but with three different accompaniests. I think the French material is just better than the Italian.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and useful CD
    I used this CD as accompaniment and inspiration for a voice class. It's very useful and Cecilia Bartoli sounds amazing.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Passionate, Technically Brilliant, Beautiful Beyond Measure
    As someone who knows next to nothing about opera but who loves music, I have to say that the music here is simply beyond anything I ever expected. It's is stunningly beautiful; it is an amazing accomplishment. It is - if anything is - high art. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. 20th/21st Century Music for Voice and Keyboard    2. Baroque Opera    3. Classical    4. Classical Artists    5. Classical Music    6. Classical Vocals    7. Italian Baroque Opera    8. Italian Classical Period Opera    9. Miscellaneous    10. Miscellaneous Music    11. Miscellaneous Vocal Music    12. Opera    13. Solo Voice and Continuo    14. Solo Voice(s) and Orchestra    15. Solo Voice(s) and Small Ensemble    16. Vocal    17. Vocal Music   


    11. Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 / Karajan, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
    by Deutsche Grammophon
    Audio CD (23 January, 1996)
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    Asin: B000001GPY
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    This performance is also available on Deutsche Grammophon in an earlier,mid-price incarnation, but this version is clearly the one to own, since theremastered sound is a definite improvement over previous issues. Herbert vonKarajan always did a good job with this symphony, and his performances are quiteconsistent, even down to the very backward-balance of the chorus. By generalconsensus, though, this is the best of them. Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing
    This is a great interpretation of the piece (which is admittedly my favorite piece of all).The tempi are faster than other recordings, but the orchestra never really lags or slows down.The level of musicianship throughout are exactly what you'd expect from one of the world's leading orchestras.
    4-0 out of 5 stars If One Must...
    Knowing that this reviewer's view of this internationally popular favorite of every concertgoer is that of a curmudgeon, this recording is as acceptable as any of the ones available. Herbert von Karajan is at the helm of the trusty Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Singverein, and a cast of soloists that are the envy of any conductor - Gundula Janowitz, Hilde Rossel-Majdan, Waldemar Kmentt and Walter Berry, stalwarts all and obviously veteran performers of this regularly programmed piece.The interpretation is brisk and lively and yet lingers over the inner two movements that gives some solace between the sandwich ends of the first and fourth movements.It is a fine recording.
    5-0 out of 5 stars First time I have ever switched preferences for a symphony
    I have almost always stuck by the first recordings I buy for classical music. The only exceptions being the cheap Laserlight cd's I would buy in high school and college.
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    Subjects:  1. Classical    2. Classical Composers    3. Classical Music    4. Orchestral    5. Romantic Overture for Orchestra    6. Romantic Symphony    7. Symphonic   


    12. Pavarotti's Opera Made Easy-My Favourite Opera For Children
    by Decca
    Audio CD (23 August, 1994)
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    Asin: B00000424Y
    Sales Rank: 12537
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Opera for Children
    This is an excellent CD to introduce children to some of the more familiar operas.I would highly recommend this CD for children and also for adults who want to become familiar with opera.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Opera for Children
    This CD is an excellent compilation of opera for children and adults alike. The operas that are represented on this disc are: Carmen, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Faust, Il Trovatore, Madama Butterfly, Die Walkure, Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Aida, Die Zauberflote, and Hansel und Gretel. People love the Children's March, as well as the Toreador Chorus, from the opera Carmen. The well known Toreador Song is performed on this CD by great bass- baritone Jose van Dam. Children who watch Bugs Bunny will recognize "Largo al factotum" from Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Sherrill Milnes performs the role of Figaro expertly, and his falsetto is evident in Figaro's famous patter aria. Great choruses, like the Soldier's Chorus from Faust, the Anvil Chorus from Il Trovatore, the Triumphal Chorus from Aida, and the Humming Chorus from Madama Butterfly make appearences on this CD. The Doll Song from Les Contes d'Hoffmann is performed by soprano Joan Sutherland. She uses her voice to rise up and down, like a mechanical doll. My favorite German baritone, Hermann prey, performs Papageno's entrance aria from Die Zauberflote, as well was the duet with Papagena. Choruses from Hansel und Gretel round the CD.

    4-0 out of 5 stars My six-year old liked it!
    My six year-old son enjoyed hearing this CD. We like to sing together, so we found many of the pieces quite alot. But to be honest, when we discovered the more recently released CD, The Classical Child AT the Opera, he went wild because all the pieces have been translateded into English, so it's much more enjoyable for us to sing along. So I would recommend it, but check out the other one as well -- your kids will be glad you did. All the best, Steven ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Classical    2. Classical Music    3. French Romantic Opera    4. German/Austrian Classical Period Opera    5. German/Austrian Romantic Opera    6. Italian Romantic Opera    7. Opera    8. Opera/Operetta Collections   


    13. Ragtime - The Musical (1998 Original Broadway Cast)
    by RCA Victor Broadway
    Audio CD (28 April, 1998)
    list price: $24.98 -- our price: $22.99
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    Asin: B0000064XS
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful and Inspirational Cast Recording!
    This 2-disc set is the most beautiful recording you will ever come across.The sound is perfect and it contains all of the songs from the musical, unlike the 'Highlights' CD.The singers are brilliant and they play their roles perfectly.Brian Stokes Mitchell is a wonderful and intense Coalhouse, and Peter Friedman is a beautiful voice as Tateh.Marin Mazzie and Audra McDonald co-star as Mother and Sarah, and Mark Jacoby is a inspirational and powerful Father.Lynette Perry and Jim Corti are halarious as Evelyn Nesbit and Harry Houndini.Some of the best songs on this recording are:
    5-0 out of 5 stars In the Age of Sondheim, this piece stands beside his work and doesn't pale at all.
    "Ragtime" utilzes so many different elements. From a compositional stand point, the music begins as does the story. We have three different classes of people and three different styles of music. As the musical proceeds and the classes begin to mingle and then clash, the music does the same thing. This is a subtle element of brilliance; most audience memebers wouldn't catch this. This piece comes as close to opera as does "Sweeney Todd". The recording includes a Orchestra Suite at the end that is so well written that it stands beautifully on it's own and doesn't sound like a last minute Overture. Each character is well defined by musical motif. The cast is outstanding with the very best singers and actors available to Broadway and Lincoln Center. Marin Mazzie sings the remarkable "Back To Before" and Audra MacDonald "Your Daddy's Hands" making them songs that will stand as monuments to theatre the way that "People" does for Streisand, "Rose's Turn" For Merman, "Hello Dolly" for Carol Channing. The musical skill of the orchestra is remarkable, whether it's the pianist, the clarinet sounding like an Eastern European standard. Or the remarkable first violin who climbes up a scale to bring a piece together at the end for a pitch so beautifully played at the top of the instrument's range. The songs themselves are spectacular; each piece develops and we do hearcharacter development themes; each repeated motif in a song has thickened and developed along with the character, so we never ever feel as though the score was written hastily. "Ragtime" is a musical that defies the old line, "Theatre in New York is Dead."

    5-0 out of 5 stars Ragtime, Ragtime , Ragtime, Ragtime, Ragtime, Ragtime, Ragtime!!!!!
    When I was 11 I got the oppertunity to see Ragtime on Broadway, but back then I really didn't get how deep and beautiful the score was and is.Back then I just thought it was boring and I couldn't wait to leave so I could be that much closer to seeing the Lion King (Which is also an amazing musical, but anyway).
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    Subjects:  1. Cast Recordings    2. Klezmer    3. Original Cast Recordings    4. Pop    5. Ragtime    6. Show Tunes    7. Showtunes / B'way    8. Soundtracks    9. Swing   


    14. Verdi - Rigoletto / Sutherland, Pavarotti, Milnes, LSO, Bonynge
    by Decca
    Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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    Asin: B0000041Q2
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great performance
    I love this recording. I love the voice of Joan Sutherland - such a full, warm, beautiful sound. However, I must correct a reviewer who mentions that Sutherland recorded every optional high note; She does end the ensembles with SPECTACULAR high notes, but does not follow suit with "Caro Nome". In fact, before I became one of her BIGGEST fans, after hearing this version of the aria, I was THOROUGHLY disappointed. I was used to hearing the final high e''' (thanks to Moffo, in her EMI recording, and surprisingly enough, Leontyne Price), so when Sutherland ended the aria an octave lower (though sustained for quite some time), I lost what little respect I had for her at the time (late 1994, early 1995?). Shortly thereafter, I heard her 1971 (I think?) recording of the Doll's song from 'Hoffmann', and was instantly mesmerized. She may not have sung Zerbinetta or any arias with a g''', but I believe she is THE coloratura assoluta.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
    I have heard many Rigoletto's during my life, but any like this. Bonyge is an absolute master, conducting London Symphony Orchestra brilliantly. Pavarotti's Duke surpasses the best of tenors, and even though I am not one of Pavarotti's greatest fans-don't misunderstand me, I agree he is very good-I think that, in this performance, he has reached his level best, thus I give him the deserveful credit of five stars.
    4-0 out of 5 stars Almost the best
    I really do love this recording. But because of several minor flaws, it is not my absolute favorite Rigoletto recording.
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    Subjects:  1. Classical    2. Classical Music    3. Italian Romantic Opera    4. Opera    5. Opera / Operetta / Oratorio    6. Opera/Operetta   


    15. Orff: Carmina Burana / Fischer-Dieskau, Jochum
    by Deutsche Grammophon
    Audio CD (14 May, 1996)
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    Asin: B000001GQP
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars This is what it was supposed to sound like
    Maybe just like most other people, I heard bits of the first piece of "Carmina Burana" - I think it was as part of a chocolate commercial (back in Germany). When I saw that that was actually the very first piece, I wondered what could possibly come after that, and I did a bit of research into what the music was all about. The result of that search made it all the more interesting: It's medival poems and songs, partly in Latin, partly in old German, set to the music of Carl Orff.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Music to my ears...
    Great CD, great price, fast delivery -- what more is there?

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not the Best Version by a Longshot
    I have six different recordings of this masterpiece, and this particular recording is probably my least favourite of them all.It's jarring to hear sprightly passages played too slowly, making them seem to plod along -- and it's even worse to hear sensuous and languid portions like "Cour D'Amours" and "Uf Dem Anger" played too quickly, as if they were all in a hurry to get home.It ruins the effect completely.
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    16. Mozart - Mass in C minor / Te Kanawa · von Otter · Rolfe Johnson · R. Lloyd · Marriner
    by Philips
    Audio CD (20 September, 1994)
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    Asin: B00000418D
    Sales Rank: 13420
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars C MinorMass
    The chorus and the soloists are all excellent.This is a really dense piece and it is done full justice by the artists involved.Very satisfying.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Review of Mozart-Mass in C Minor
    Beautiful CD--arrived in excellent condision and in a very timely manner for the price of shipping asked.

    4-0 out of 5 stars An overlooked masterpiece of sacred choral music
    I had the fun of performing the Mass in C Minor in grad school--what a joy. While listening to it is not nearly as much fun as performing, I enjoy this particular recording for the great soloists. Read more

    Subjects:  1. Choral    2. Classical    3. Classical Composers    4. Classical Music    5. Mass    6. Motet   


    17. Way Back to Paradise
    by Nonesuch
    Audio CD (22 September, 1998)
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    Asin: B00000AEE1
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    A more explanatory title might be "Sons of Sondheim" since this disc is the first anthology of the young, brainy, literate, hip songwriters who are influenced by Stephen Sondheim and just might turn Broadway's artistic compass several degrees away from Disneyland. Musically, they break most unwritten precepts by freely modulating into distant keys and throwing traditional notions about form and symmetry to the wind when dramatic content dictates it. Adam Guettel is the master storyteller in "Come to Jesus" (about abortion) and "Baby Moon" (about pregnancy). Michael John La Chiusa writes great character sketches: his "Mistress of the Senator" might as well be a tour through the mind of Monica Lewinsky. Ricky Ian Gordon is the most subtle, poetic, and abstract, exploring interior states of being, using the words of Langston Hughes and others. McDonald is ideal throughout, deploying her lustrous soprano with the dramatic relish that has won her three Tony Awards. This could be a watershed release. Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars When Lord, when will Audra McDonald make her foray into opera?
    She could sing the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List and I'd pay full price.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent and Moody
    Audra McDonald has won four Tony Awards, and this album will let you know why. She has a splendid, full-bodied voice, perfect for interpreting layered and textured music. For this album, she has chosen songs mostly by two of the best composers currently working: Michael John LaChiusa and Jason Robert Brown. She does both of them justice.
    5-0 out of 5 stars All for the forging of new groud
    The world needs more beautiful songs, and Audra McDonald gives them to us. With the release of her debut album, Ms. McDonald gives all of us a chance to hear up-and-coming music composers who demonstrate that good songs need not follow all the rules of songwriting. It is truly daring and exciting for any singer to make such a statement. "These are great songs by great composers and I have the voice to make them shine." It is so refreshing to see new artists who do not write their own material still find ways of giving us new music worth hearing.Read more

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    18. Bach for Babies
    by Philips
    Audio CD (13 April, 1999)
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    Asin: B00000IIYV
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Our favorite CD for all occasions
    This is absolutely my favorite CD that we bought for our baby! We've bought quite a few classical-music-for-baby compilations, and this is far and away the best. The music is fun, flirty, stimulating, sweet, and beautifully performed. It's not syrupy, dumbed-down, or played on electronic instruments like some of those other compilations. We listen to it all the time. I now buy this as a baby shower gift for everyone I know!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Bach and Roll!
    You can't beat Bach.If classical music is the thing you want for your baby, get this CD.If you are single and have no kids, but classical music is your thing, get this CD.This is fantastic reading music, study music (regardless of what you're studying), and just plain relaxing music.I also highly recommend the CD, BUILD YOUR BABY'S BRAIN 1.

    4-0 out of 5 stars My daughter loves this CD
    She's one-year-old now, and she's been listening to this CD since she was 1 month old.Recommend it for those new parents that can't come up with any other way to lay their little ones to sleep. ... Read more

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    19. Mahler - Des Knaben Wunderhorn / von Otter, Quasthoff, Berlin Phil., Abbado
    by Deutsche Grammophon
    Audio CD (15 June, 1999)
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    Asin: B00000J9G6
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars A Small Reservation/Complaint
    Perhaps it should be mentioned that 5 of the songs in Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn are set as dialogues between a soldier and a girl. In both the Baker/Evans and Schwartzkopf/Fischer-Dieskau recordings, both singers participate in those songs. In this recording, these songs are performed by one or the other of the two vocalists;not both.

    5-0 out of 5 stars ausdrucksvoll und machtig
    This is a fantastic reading of these songs. Both von Otter and Quasthoff are superb Mahlerians who give these songs distinct character and color. Quasthoff's singing of Der Tamboursg'sell is most affecting. The pathos of the song is wonderfully brought out.
    5-0 out of 5 stars It just doesn't get much better than this!
    Having reviewed the Bonney/Goerne/Chailly recording of Mahler's DES KNABEN WUNDERHORN and settling in to that fine CD of this important cycle of songs, it feels a bit traitor-like to offer a new recommendation of this music. Perhaps it is partially due to being in the afterglow of Thomas Quasthoff's radiant performance of KINDERTOTENLIEDER with the Los Angeles Philharmonic that propelled the purchase of this CD.
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    20. Happy Songs
    by Nonesuch
    Audio CD (17 September, 2002)
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    Asin: B00006FXHI
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Can a diva sing the blues? Past efforts at torch singing by the classically trained have sometimes left listeners feeling more stung than singed. But in tackling this slate of songs from the '30s and '40s (seasoned with a couple of newer, era-friendly tunes by Jay Leonhart and Michael John LaChiusa) for her third studio album, multiple Tony Award winner Audra McDonald has wisely remembered that plumbing their emotional core requires more than perfect vibrato and resonates from a place just slightly to the left of the diaphragm. McDonald claims this collection was inspired by the birth of her daughter. If that's the case, she is going to have one joyous, soulful child. The singer ranges from the gorgeous, delicate smoke of "I Must Have That Man" and the standard "More Than You'll Know" through the saucy jazz of Leonhart's "Beat My Dog" and loopy spunk of LaChiusa's "See What I Want to See" to the breathy blues of "Tess' Torch Song" and unabashed romance of the Gershwins' "He Loves and She Loves." And if the exotica-goes-Broadway ethos of the Brazilian "Bambalele" seems slightly askew, it nonetheless meets the album's happy criterion.Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars So sad
    Her first album was beyond brilliant.The second showed great depth.Her third suggests she needs better management.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Lose That Long Face!
    When I first got this album, way back in 2002, I wasn't crazy about it. Composer-wise, it didn't focus on bright young things -- Guettel et al. -- like Audra's previous efforts. The period productions seemed to get in the way of this singer's full spontaneity.
    1-0 out of 5 stars Broadway Type
    She sounds like a Broadway trained actress trying to sing jazz. She just does'nt make it. Her vibrato is much too wide for a jazz singer. Forget this one, unless you like the Broadway Effect ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Pop Vocals    3. Popular Music    4. Vocal   


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