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    1. American Angels
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    2. The Most Relaxing Classical Album
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    3. The Most Famous Opera Duets
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    4. Classics
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    5. Sweeney Todd (2005 Broadway Revival
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    6. Puccini: Madama Butterfly (complete
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    7. Andrea Bocelli - Sacred Arias
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    11. Cecilia Bartoli - If You Love
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    1. American Angels
    by Harmonia Mundi
    Audio CD (10 February, 2004)
    list price: $21.98 -- our price: $16.99
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    Asin: B0001ADB4Q
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    This, Anonymous 4's final recording, is a break from their usual "early music" periods and locations; it presents American music, religious in nature, from the 18th and 19th centuries. And it's absolutely beautiful from start to finish. Their normal, exquisite technique and purity here blend to sound the way we imagined the ladies' choir in church meetings in America past might have sounded: sweet, sincere, and with harmonies recognizable yet somehow fresh. Some of the songs begin with the women singing "fa, so la" exercises, which was called "shape note" singing because some places taught singing with notes as shapes--circle, rectangle, diamond, triangle. But it's the music that counts, and there are treasures here. They include two versions of "Amazing Grace," one familiar, one with an unusual melody and a piece called "Blooming Vale" which is as sophisticated as anything on their previous albums. "Shall We Gather at the River" is performed with a clarity and loveliness that makes us forget that it's normally sung as background to movies about the Great Depression. The foursome sometimes sing in rich harmonies and occasionally alone or in pairs or trios. This is glorious Americana and highly recommended. Read more

    Reviews (22)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Rich Heritage
    Anonymous 4 consistently produces exquisite and authentically beautiful recordings and this one presents early American hymns in ways few groups can manage. Some tunes are highly recognizable while others are 'new' to me but a refreshing reminder of the singing heritage of religious societies in times past. For those who enjoy old hymns and authentic renderings, this is a must buy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Superb
    This collection of American Christian music is not only an enthralling musical experience but a spiritually uplifting one as well. Anonymous Four have transferred their luminous vocal quality to a new space with perfect success.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Can't walk away from it!
    My only "complaint" about the CD is that I absolutely HAVE to sit and listen to the entire thing whenever I start it up!I usually have music playing in the background while doing other things, but not this one!There are no tracks that I find myself wanting to skip over as in most collections.In fact, I usually find myself going back and listening to selected tracks again (and again and...) after taking the hour+ to listen to the whole thing through once.
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    Subjects:  1. Choral    2. Choral Music    3. Classical    4. Classical Composers    5. Early Music / Chant    6. Folk Song    7. Miscellaneous    8. Miscellaneous Music    9. Vocal    10. Vocal Music   


    2. The Most Relaxing Classical Album in the World...Ever!
    by Virgin Records
    Audio CD (30 March, 1999)
    list price: $18.98 -- our price: $13.99
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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

    Reviews (77)

    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   


    3. The Most Famous Opera Duets
    by EMI Classics
    Audio CD (12 April, 1994)
    list price: $3.98 -- our price: $3.99
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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   


    4. Classics
    by Angel Records
    Audio CD (20 November, 2001)
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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   


    5. Sweeney Todd (2005 Broadway Revival Cast)
    by Nonesuch
    Audio CD (31 January, 2006)
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    Asin: B000CRR3P6
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    The 2005 revival of Stephen Sondheim's 1979 Grand Guignol masterpiece Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Recording I Have Ever Heard
    The orchestrations are breathtaking. The cast members act, sing, and play instruments! What talent! Michael Cerveris is phenomenal! Patti LuPone is amusing and wonderful as always as Sweeney's pie shop sweetie. Manoel Felciano is heartbreaking as Tobey, performing the best rendition of "Not While I'm Around" that i have ever heard. Lauren Molina is equally talented as she brings a delicate, yet exotic soprano to the beautiful character of Joanna. I am so happy that i had the pleasure of seeing this in New York and meeting this ever-so-talented cast. How come they left out some of the dialogue/music towards the end? They did not include the Parlor Songs or Tobey in the bakehouse on this recording. Oh well, the music they do give us is positively spectaculer. I love Sweeney Todd!!!!!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not quite right
    This is a very uneven recording. I have not seen this production, and am a big fan of the original produciton and album. I think a minimalist produciton can work, and I quite like the musical arrangements which tend to allow the voices to stand out. Sweeney himself is remarkable. Most of the rest of the cast does well too. But Lupone disappoints as Mrs. Lovett -- she sounds flat and monotonic. Bamford also sounds like he is on way too strong medication. And what's with a female Pirelli?
    5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect.
    Sweeney Todd is the greatest musical that has ever been made, this cast is the best that I've ever heard, Sondheim is the greatest lyricist and composer of musical theatre, and the revival production on Broadway was the single greatest thing I've seen on Broadway in the past 10 years. Cerveris owns the role of Sweeney, it really is going to be the crowning achievment in his impressive career, he's that good in it. Lupone is a goddess of musical theatre as usual, and supporting players like Alex Gemignani and Mano Felciano are standouts among an exceptionally talented cast.
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    Subjects:  1. Cast Recordings    2. Music Theater    3. Musical Theater    4. Musicals    5. Pop    6. Show Tunes    7. Showtunes / B'way   


    6. 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)
    list price: $32.98 -- our price: $23.09
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    Asin: B000002RXX
    Sales Rank: 1375
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    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   


    7. Andrea Bocelli - Sacred Arias / Myung-Whun Chung
    by Philips
    Audio CD (09 November, 1999)
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    Asin: B00002ND9N
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    When he was growing up, Andrea Bocelli recalls finding inspiration in a favorite recording of sacred music performed by tenor legend Franco Corelli. Bocelli--who in the meantime has come to inspire millions of fiercely loyal fans himself--returns to the genre as the guiding theme of Read more

    Reviews (122)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Andrea Bocelli-Sacred Arias
    Excellent listening.Voice quality and tone is superb.Brings tears to my eyes when I envision listening to this in a church setting.

    4-0 out of 5 stars An "experience" of sacred arias more than "listening" of sacred arias
    I bought this CD's special edition with DVD, and I am impressed by bocelli's singing in this album. I have heard many voices singing sacred songs, and christmas songs, but very few singers can achieve the "sacred atmosphere" that bocelli devotes when he sings. He may not have a "strong" voice as opera singers, but I think singing these sacred songs, devoting the "sacred atmosphere" to the audience is much more important, the voice actually is just a tool that helps a singer to achieve the result. For real, I have heard some CD by some chorus that perform sacred arias, but they did not move me as much as this CD does, mostly not even close. Personally I like "O come all ye faithful", "silent night", all "ave maria"'s, "domine deus", "cujus animam" the most. When I listen Bocelli's singing I focus on what he tries to devote in singing more than his voice color, because in terms of voice color he surely cant be compared with pavarotti or domingo, so why compares? The way of listening him and listening real opera singers is different man. But the reason I gave only this CD four stars is that I have heard several sacred arias from this album performed by his voice teacher, the legendary tenor Franco Corelli. I tried not to compare both...but I cant, not because Bocelli sings bad, he is already excellent, just Corelli is TOO excellent that cant be described by human language (well I think even Pavarotti is not even close to Franco Corelli, but this is just my opinion). Anyway if you want to "experience" the true beauty of sacred arias, this CD is highly recommended. And this is also a very good sacred aria album for beginning listeners who want to broaden their musical taste to sacred arias.

    5-0 out of 5 stars amazing talent
    worth the price the songs are breathtaking and talent is indescribable ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Choral    2. Christmas    3. Christmas Music    4. Classical    5. Classical Artists    6. Classical Crossover    7. Classical Music    8. Classical Vocals    9. Holiday    10. Italian Baroque Opera    11. Italian Romantic Opera    12. Italy    13. Mass    14. Miscellaneous    15. Miscellaneous Music    16. Motet    17. Opera    18. Oratorio    19. Requiem/Requiem Section    20. Romantic Music for Voice and Keyboard   


    8. 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

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    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   


    9. Cecilia Bartoli ~ Opera Proibita (Handel · Scarlatti · Caldara) / Les Musiciens du Louvre · Minkowski
    by Decca
    Audio CD (13 September, 2005)
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    Asin: B000A6T1HC
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Cecilia Bartoli's new CD features a collection of music that could not be heard in her native Rome at the start of the 18th century due to Papal censorship. Theaters, the Church felt, were places of evil and corruption and operas led people to immorality. But some music-loving senior members of the priesthood asked composers to write oratorios and cantatas--indeed, operas without staging, essentially--for their own private entertainment. Call it what you will, the music is sensational--by turns virtuosic, gentle, and playful--and always expressive: just right, it seems, for Cecilia Bartoli's temperament. The opening aria on the CD, a call for peace in the name of Jesus, is, in fact, a dazzling martial air with trumpets blaring and the voice going through an amazing array of coloratura fireworks. It shows Bartoli at her most aggressive. The listener is practically hurled back from the speakers when she begins, with rapid-fire runs and trills and cascades of notes, all perfectly in place. Showy arias are offset by several tender ones ("Lascia la spina" from Handel's Read more

    Reviews (32)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Exciting, moving, beautiful, energetic, heart-felt, fantastic...
    What more can I add?
    5-0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended
    I saw Ms. Bartoli for the first time on 60 Minutes many years back. 60 Minutes did a fine job introducing this fine talent to American audiences. Bartoli looked good on camera and her voice was exquisite. Over the years I listened to various CD's from her in book stores and thought that whoever was recording her was not doing any justice to her talent. Then finally I came across this CD and read the reviews on Amazon. I was encouraged by the high ratings and made my purchase. I agree with all the other reviewers that gave this CD 5 Stars. It is the bestBartoli CD that I have heard.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
    I was left speechless when I first listened to this CD.A powerful, emotionally intense interpretation of some fabulous, albeit almost forgotten, oratorio pieces.As a big opera fan, I have really enjoyed listening to it. To Cecilia and to whoever came up with the idea to rescue these musical wonders in her amazing voice:Bravo, Bravo, Bravo! ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Cantata    2. Choral    3. Choral Music    4. Classical    5. Classical Artists    6. Opera / Operetta / Oratorio    7. Oratorio   


    10. Company - A Musical Comedy (1970 Original Broadway Cast)
    Audio CD (10 November, 1998)
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    Asin: B00000DHSN
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Stephen Sondheim's Read more

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    • Original recording remastered

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    4-0 out of 5 stars My First Sondheim
    This was the first Sondheim album I ever had, and I got hooked.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Haunting, melancholy, life-affirming -- a work of art
    Sometimes it's great not to have heard something in your youth - it makes it that much more enjoyable when you finally encounter it further down the line. I had already enjoyed Sondheim's genius work in the musicals "Sweeney Todd" and "Into the Woods" but only just heard "Company" for the first time this year. All I can say is I'll never hear the word "Barcelona" without thinking of Sondheim's gorgeous song of that name from this musical about the ups and downs of marriage and loneliness and how these states of being both mirror-reflect and contradict each other (sometimes at the same time, as Sondheim observes in the song "Sorry-Grateful").
    5-0 out of 5 stars You're always sorry, you're always grateful
    I actually have two recordings of Company - I bought this one for the fabulous performances of Elaine Stritch and well, everyone except Dean Jones, and the 1995 Broadway Revival Cast for the superior vocal talents of that show's Bobby and the additional song "Marry Me a Little." If you're a true Sondheim devotee, I'd get both recordings. If you only buy one recording though, this should be it.
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    11. 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   


    12. Into the Woods (1987 Original Broadway Cast)
    Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
    list price: $13.98
    Asin: B000002WAB
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    As conceived by Stephen Sondheim and cocreator James Lapine (following their Pulitzer Prize-winning Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Gleason, Zien, Peters, Sondheim, Lapine... What could be better?
    With an all-star cast and production team, it's no wonder that this show is one of the best ever written.When you combine the endless talents of the wonderful Joanna Gleason with the ridiculously incredible music of Stephen Sondheim, the result is a good year at the Tonys.Gleason's Baker's Wife, for which she won the Tony, is touching, heartbreaking, relatable, witty, smart and hilarious, not to mention the incredible vocals.Chip Zien and Gleason are a match made in heaven and play off of eachother extremely well in such tracks as "I Guess This Is Goodbye/Maybe They're Magic" and "It Takes Two".Bernadette Peters, with the help of the rest of the outstanding cast, relays an extremely powerful message, and she does it with, as usual, amazing vocals.This Sondheim-Lapine musical is talent at it's best.
    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Best!
    Sondheim's "Into the Woods" is a true classic in every sense of the word. The music and lyrics are wonderful and invetive, and this cast recording lives up to it all. This recording has one of the best ensemble casts I have heard. The best performances IMO come from Robert Westenberg, Johanna Gleason, and of course Bernedette Peters who was robbed of a Tony nod for her awesome performance as the witch. My favorite numbers are Prolouge, Hello Little Girl, Agony, Giants in the Sky, Moments in the Woods, No One is Alone, and Finale. Make sure to get a hold of the wonderful video reocording of this show with the original cast as well!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Fun, Accessable Songs
    In the middle of the late 80s "British Invasion" ("Le Miz", "Phantom") came Stephen Sondheim's brilliant "Into The Woods", a look at fairy tales and what happens after "happily ever after".Although it lost to "Phantom" for Best Musical, it did pick up Best Score & Actress (Joanna Gleason).
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    13. 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   


    14. Sentimento: Andrea Bocelli with Lorin Maazel and the London Symphony Orchestra [Limited Edition w/ Bonus Track]
    by Umvd Import
    Audio CD (04 October, 2005)
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    Asin: B00006IX20
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    The international crossover success of tenor Andrea Bocelli has spawned any number of imitators on both sides of the Atlantic. But this collection of romantic arias and duets with violinist-conductor Lorin Maazel (who also arranges and helms the London Symphony Orchestra here) proves once again that the classical canon still offers ample room for compelling reinvention without nettlesome pop affectations. In reviving a genre (violin and vocal) largely dormant since the days of Caruso, Bocelli has taken some rewarding liberties with Rodrigo's "En Aranjuez can ta amor" and forged Liszt's familiar Liebestraume No. 3 into "Sogno D'Amore" with new, self-penned lyrics. Maazel's warm, evocative violin obligatos and sensitive, sympathetic arrangements infuse this tenor's showcase not only with unabashed romance, but as their lively romp through Tosti's "Malia" demonstrates, a sense of joyous fun. An album for romantics of all ages and persuasions--and one that gratifyingly demonstrates that crossing over is hardly the same as selling out. Enhanced CD includes a mini-documentary with comments by Bocelli and Maazel, as well as links to a more comprehensive interview with the tenor. Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Simply beautiful!
    I wont repeat what others with positive reviews already said. Just know that none of Bocelli's CD's have ever disappointed me, and if you are looking for as fine a piece of work as possible (thus far), THIS and "Romanza" are it.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Average Bocelli at best
    I bought this Bocelli album because I truly wanted to hear him perform "Plaisir D'Amour," one of my all time favorites.While I do love Bocelli I wasn't completely impressed with the entire CD.This is not the best I've heard from Andrea and his voice is not great throughout the CD.I do enjoy it though.He's one of the few artists I can listen to these days without getting a headache.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Chill the wine and dim the lights
    Ah, romance! Sweet, stirring violins, Bocelli's beautiful voice soaring effortlessly as he holds note after note to perfection... Sentimento is a wonderfully realized collection of romantic arias that sweeps us along into that mystical place we all need to be at times, a place of beauty and timelessness, where romance and sentiment seem ever so right and where the cares and worries of the world are nudged ever so gently into the background. If you have a heart of stone, you might not like this one, but to the rest of us, this is a work of art. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Classical    2. Art Song (General)    3. Classical Artists    4. Classical Music    5. Classical Vocals    6. French Romantic Opera    7. Opera    8. Solo Voice(s) and Orchestra    9. Vocal    10. Vocal Music   


    15. Sunday in the Park With George (2006 London Revival Cast)
    by P.S. Classics
    Audio CD (30 May, 2006)
    list price: $21.98 -- our price: $17.99
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    Asin: B000EZ9048
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    One of Stephen Sondheim's most beautiful and most misunderstood scores, Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Sunday in the Park CD
    We just saw the production in London and had the opportunity to meet Jenna Russell and Daniel Evans.Their performances on the 2 CD set really capture the color and emotion that they brought to the stage. It has all the complexity that is typically Sondheim but Evans and Russell are superb as is the rest of the cast.We couldn't imagine Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters being any better.Their British accents add to the flavor, and the orchestration is brilliant.If you like Sondheim or this show, this 2 CD set is well worth the investment.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great Recording and Impresive Orchestral Reduction
    I must say that this recording of Sunday in the Park with George ranks with the original cast album. Although, Mr. Evans and Ms. Russel do not surpass Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters, they are fine performers and perform their parts well. The featured players are also excellent and rank with their originators.
    5-0 out of 5 stars great new recording
    I will start by saying I am a Mandy Patinkin fan.I have seen him several times in concert and I love his solo recordings.However, I do not like most of his OC recordings, SITPWG included.This new recording is fresh, exciting, more complete and very well acted.It shimmers from the heart. All of the actors are very well-cast, and handle this difficult score superbly.
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    16. 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   


    17. A Little Night Music (1973 Original Broadway Cast)
    Audio CD (10 November, 1998)
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    Asin: B00000DHSO
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Perhaps best known for the hit "Send In the Clowns," Stephen Sondheim's glamorous 3/4 waltz-time musical recalls enchanted evenings, white kidskin elbow gloves, and romance of the green-eyed bittersweet and bed-hopping sort. The ruse is that these folks lead "ordinary lives": the father is widowed, remarries, and briefly rekindles a sack-side former flame; the son flirts with the maid; the child bride is cuckolded yet loves and is loved by the son; and the maid has a romp with the butler. Adapted from a mid-'50s Ingmar Bergman film, the play debuted in America in the early '70s and is set in Sweden's turn-of-the-century well-to-do society. Now remastered and heard at the dawn of the millennium, Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Goregous, Glorius, Genius...Sondheim!
    After a long wait, I was finally able to own A Little Night Music, and I instantly fell in love with it. Although the show is known due to the huge hit "Send in the Clowns", the entire score is grand and spectacular. This is probably Sondheim's "prettiest" score due to the constant 3/4 waltz theme. The Night Waltz overture alone pulls the listener in with the subtle strings. The orchestrations just get better as the score continues. Highlights are probably "Now/Later/Soon", which cascades into a wonderful montage, "Every Day A Little Death", "It Would Have Been Wonderful", "The Miller's Son", and, of course, the congested wonder Glynis Johns with "Send in the Clowns". A true must-have for any lover of Sondheim.

    3-0 out of 5 stars A Soft Sondhiem
    Like other Sondheim shows, the lyrics are fabulous. But theres no horribly dark lyrics or moods. Myabe a little hint of one in "You Must Meet My Wife" but you have to listen for it. The music is nice and soothing. Everything one would expect from a master. It is a more classical show, but a good one. I would definitly suggest this to anyone. Ballad rich, small talented cast, and a well known Sondheim gem "Send In The Clowns" is hidden here. Nothing like Sweeny Todd, but still wonderful. Favorite songs: "Now--Later--Soon" & "Praise to Women"

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Musical Masterpiece.
    Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd, and A Little Night Music are Sondheim's masterpiece.
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    18. 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

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    19. Carreras · Domingo · Pavarotti ~ the three tenors in concert / Mehta
    by Decca
    Audio CD (05 September, 1990)
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    Asin: B0000041XX
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Magic was created one starlit night in July 1990, when Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo andJosé Carreras met onstage at the Baths of Caracalla in Rome and became Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A knockout performance
    Like so many of the reviewers here I am not an opera aficionado. But I sensed immediately the night I saw this concert on television that this was one of those 'remarkable' artistic events. Domingo and Pavarotti both have such strength and beauty in their voices that they overwhelm. Carreras adds flavor and enthusiasm.
    5-0 out of 5 stars The night that started it all!
    You can read the technical information about the contents of this CD above. That is not what this review is about. I became intrested in opera about 1 1/2 years ago because of happening upon Mario Lanza. Since then, I have experienced many great truly operatic voices, including the "King," Pavarotti.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Great singing from the three tenors
    This cd is a must-have for anyone interested in opera - or beautiful singing. And when you're at it - why don't buy the dvd from the concert? It will make you appreciate the cd even more.
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    20. Simply Sondheim: A 75th Birthday Salute
    by Kritzerland
    Audio CD (05 September, 2006)
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    Asin: B000HXDTHQ
    Sales Rank: 10336
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