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    1. Romanza
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    2. Gloryland
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    3. The Phantom of the Opera (Original
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    4. American Angels
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    5. Time to Say Goodbye
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    6. The Most Relaxing Classical Album
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    7. Andrea
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    8. The Most Famous Opera Duets
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    9. Classics
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    10. Cieli di Toscana
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    11. Eden (US Release - 16 tracks)
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    12. Sogno
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    13. Highlights From The Phantom Of
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    14. The Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection
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    15. Andrea Bocelli - Sacred Arias
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    16. La Luna
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    17. Henryk Gorecki: Symphony 3 "Sorrowful
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    18. Love Changes Everything: The Andrew
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    19. Cecilia Bartoli ~ Opera Proibita
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    1. Romanza
    by Philips
    Audio CD (23 September, 1997)
    list price: $18.98 -- our price: $9.99
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    Asin: B0000041OG
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    From his childhood on the family farm in rural Tuscany to the worldwide stage, Andrea Bocelli has achieved phenomenal success. His singing is only partially the point, and his fame owes much more to the aura of romance and the Read more

    Reviews (282)

    3-0 out of 5 stars It is different
    I prefer Amore - this one is not as I had foreseen but still good.

    5-0 out of 5 stars raw and pure
    There is something about Bocelli's voice that is completely revealed, raw, yet pure.His songs climax and grow.I have some opera fans who snub his voice because they say it not purely classical, yet that is what I love about him.He is different not completely one or the other- just a beautiful honest voice.5-0 out of 5 stars Breakthrough Album
    This was the CD that bridged the gap between pop and opera. This is something that no other opera singer was able to do, certainly not on such a grandly successful scale. With his singing diversity of style (alternating between a bluesy pop voice and a clear and powerful operatic one), Andrea Bocelli did a fantastic job of putting together a great collection of first-rate songs and adding his own tremendous voice to them, a simply stunning achievement. Many of the songs are deeply moving with breathtaking moments. If you like Bocelli, you must give Sarah Brightman a chance, another opera diva with an accessible reportoir who does the pop thing very well. Read more

    Subjects:  1. Choral    2. Classical    3. Classical Crossover    4. Classical Music    5. Classical Vocal Crossover    6. Classical Vocals    7. Italy    8. Opera    9. Sacred Choral Music    10. Solo Voice(s) and Orchestra    11. Vocal    12. Vocal Music   


    2. Gloryland
    by Harmonia Mundi
    Audio CD (12 September, 2006)
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    Asin: B000FWHVGE
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Having left medieval chant and somewhat later polyphony behind and moved, musically, across the Atlantic with their last CD (Read more

    Reviews (3)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, but may not be your cup of tea
    This is another gorgeous set of music from Anonymous 4. However, these ladies do come from the classical rather than the vernacular tradition. If you're very committed to either performing style this album may not appeal to you.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Ethereal contentment
    Once again A4 has outdone themselves. Following in the tradition of 'American Angels' they have created a wonderful continuation of Sacred Harp traditions. May the Creator of the universe give them health and goodness to keep on praising creation and recording for us lowly mortals. Bless A4 and their poise, grace and heavenly sound.
    1-0 out of 5 stars "Accurate"?
    I'm not sure what the Amazon reviewer means when he says that the music on this CD is "accurate," but one thing is for sure: it's not authentic.Anonymous 4 seems to have contempt for the sources of some of the material on this CD (NY Times 13 Sept. 2006: " 'When I first heard the shape note recordings, I ran screaming,' Ms. Horner said. 'It's a gutteral [sic] sound, very raw.'"No word on whether Ms. Horner thinks Anonymous 4 has "improved" the songs with their arrangements, and their flutey, polished renditions of the shape note songs included here and on their previous release may appeal to their fans - but they are in no way "accurate" and lack the power and drive, and feeling, of traditional shape note singing.
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    Subjects:  1. Chamber    2. Chamber Music    3. Classical    4. Classical Artists    5. Classical Vocals    6. Medieval    7. Vocal    8. Vocal Music   


    3. The Phantom of the Opera (Original 1986 London Cast)
    by Decca U.S.
    Audio CD (06 February, 2001)
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    Asin: B00004YTY2
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    What's left to be said about Andrew Lloyd Webber's adaptation of Read more

    Features

    • Cast Recording
    • Original recording remastered
    • Box set

    Reviews (382)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Lovely Recording
    I personally prefer Rebecca Caine over Sarah Brightman, but it doesn't matter.This was a beautiful recording. :D

    5-0 out of 5 stars A True Musical Phenomenon!
    After 20 years since it opened, THE PHANTOM has become the longest running, most popular stage show, and highest grossing Entertainment venture of all time, bringing in more earnings than any other stage show, any movie, (including the series of Star wars, Titanic, and Lord of the Rings)!! This Double disc volume of the original London cast is a Spectacular Rendition of this timeless Masterpiece. Not only are the performances by the entire Cast including 'THE' Phantom himself, Michael Crawford, who's melodic, extraordinary range and powerful vocals, make for fantastic Vocal tracks that capture the essence of 'Phantom,' but the Score and the way the orchestra plays it is powerful and very Full. Compared to both the Canadian Cast recording and Movie Record, The London Cast's Orchestra is by far the Most Full sounding overall.
    4-0 out of 5 stars 75% more words!And 20% less carbs!
    At the time that I'm writing this review there are 379 reviews for the original 1986 London cast recording of "The Phantom of the Opera".It can be safely surmised that many people have opinions about this particular hallmark of musical theater.It also seems requisite that any reviews written after 2004 must bring up the movie soundtrack and compare the two leads, with varying levels of love for one and hate for the other.I shall attempt to summarize some of the more frequently repeated comments here, attempting to adhere to bare facts while impressing as little opinion as possible into what is a very personal musical.
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    Subjects:  1. Cast Recordings    2. Music Theater    3. Musical Theater    4. Musicals    5. Original Cast Recordings    6. Pop    7. Show Tunes    8. Showtunes / B'way   


    4. American Angels
    by Harmonia Mundi
    Audio CD (10 February, 2004)
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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   


    5. Time to Say Goodbye
    by Angel Records
    Audio CD (23 September, 1997)
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    Asin: B000002SMW
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Fans of small, pretty-voiced soprano Sarah Brightman will not be disappointed by this CD. In addition to some pop songs, Brightman sings high-flying excerpts from Orff's Read more

    Reviews (219)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Pay no attention to operatic snobs
    By their own admission robusto sopranos are a dime a dozen and, to compare these divas with Ms Brightman's crystalline coloratura is akin to faulting a woodland sprite because she's not an eagle. Forget that her voice is more than adequate to rattle chandeliers at the farthest reaches of any opera house -- when she wants to; let's see any of the fat ladies spin out the gossamer thread of an excruciatingly delicate ballad with such purity and numinous emotion that it gently sneaks into the farthest reaches of the tenderest heart, unleashing tears and igniting waves of ecstasy along the spine. I think there's room for such rare artistry in this world.

    2-0 out of 5 stars An acquired taste
    Since my original review, I have had to come back and revise it as I must humbly state that Sarah appears to be an acquired taste of sorts; meaning, my initial impression of her album was, well, shall we say, less than positive (see below). However, I soon found myself playing her CD over and over again, and have come to appreciate and actually enjoy this album. Hate to admit it but I just ordered 2 more of her CDs! ok..ok. I was wrong. Lastly, I dont see where I can change the ititial rating so..sorry Sarah!
    5-0 out of 5 stars Bueno Sarah!
    This is undoubtedly my favorite CD of the last decade and definitely Sarah Brightman's best effort to date!Her duets with Andrea Bocelli and Jose Cura are outstanding!I especially love 'O mio babbino caro', Alleluja', and 'La Wally'. Sarah's uniquely sensual style is evident in the incredibly beautiful 'Bilitis - Generique', 'No One Like You' and 'Just Show Me How To Love You'.Close your eyes and drift away...
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    Subjects:  1. Adult Contemporary    2. Classical Crossover    3. Musicals    4. Pop    5. Pop Vocals    6. Popular Music    7. Show Tunes   


    6. 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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    Editorial Review

    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   


    7. Andrea
    by Philips
    Audio CD (09 November, 2004)
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    Asin: B00063M112
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    It's no mean feat being the world's foremost crossover artist--a task that risks alienating two disparate audiences and everyone in between--but Read more

    Reviews (47)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Music that catches the heart!!
    I am a newcomer to this artist and recently heard him during a skating event...wonderful!!This was a beautiful CD and altho primarily in Italian, wonderful listening!!I keep it in my car and am blown away every time.Have ordered two of his CDs and not been disappointed!!The reviews on Amazon.com also helped me decide...along with the music snippets...which ones I wanted to try.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Andrea Bocelli's Andrea is the most awesome album from him yet!
    It's true.This is Andrea's most sophisticated and, I think, most personal album to date.Fans who have been waiting since his Cieli di Toscana will not be disappointed.This is a genuine pop album.Definitely not crossover.I've let many people listen to it who thought that they wouldn't like it because it is an "opera singer," but most of them have thoroughly enjoyed it.It is a true relief from the noisey and meaningless music and lyrics of most pop music today.Definitely a must for any great music lover's collection.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Five stars for a duet
    I purchased this album for one reason only: Bocelli's "Go Where Love Goes" duet with Holly Stell. I don't mind buying CDs with one good song, I'm used to it, and I'm not on ITunes yet. I like this duet so much, I'll try to have my brother, Filipino-American tenor Marius Evangelista, record it some day with our friend, soprano Melody Versoza, to see what it sounds like when the tenor and soprano are about the same age. Also, the last note of the duet sounds unresolved to me. It's a high Bb, but I keep waiting for it to resolve to a high C. I'm not sure why they didn't, but maybe we will. By the way, Marius's debut album is available on Amazon if you care to take a look.
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    Subjects:  1. Classical    2. Classical Artists    3. Classical Crossover    4. Classical Vocals    5. Euro-Pop    6. Holiday    7. Italy    8. Opera    9. Vocal    10. Vocal Music   


    8. 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   


    9. 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

    Reviews (139)

    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   


    10. Cieli di Toscana
    by Philips
    Audio CD (16 October, 2001)
    list price: $18.98 -- our price: $10.99
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    Asin: B00005OWJV
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Not content with the simplistic "crossover" formula, superstar tenor Andrea Bocelli has been pursuing alternative paths since he emerged as a vocal phenomenon in the mid-1990s: operatic classics and contemporary popular song. The singer's last few albums have showcased his love for the former (including homages to his beloved Verdi: the Read more

    Reviews (167)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Cieli di Toscana
    There is no other voice quite like Andrea's voice.I keep listening to this CD over and over as some of the songs just touch my heart, both with his voice and the written arrangements.One of my very favorites from Andrea. He has the same qualities to his voice with popular songs as he does with opera.When following the English translations in the CD case, the message of each song becomes very clear through the inflections and tonal quality of his voice.

    5-0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT!!!!
    What more can I say once agian a total great cd, that will sure to become my favorite and my kids love it too!!! Ages 5, 8, and 15.WOW>>>>> Pleases all ages,LOVE IT LOVE LOVE IT

    5-0 out of 5 stars Cieli di Toscana
    This is my third copy of this CD.I have one in my home and
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    Subjects:  1. Opera    2. Popular Music    3. Classical    4. Classical Crossover    5. Italian    6. Italy    7. Opera / Operetta / Oratorio    8. Vocal    9. Vocal Music   


    11. Eden (US Release - 16 tracks)
    by Angel Records
    Audio CD (20 April, 1999)
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    Asin: B00000IL1K
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    In this follow-up to the smashing success of her 1997 CD Read more

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    • Enhanced

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Very beautiful renditions of film themes...
    I was especially pleased to hear her perform versions of several film themes.Track 9, based on the cue "Rupert Bear" from Gabriel Yared's score for "The English Patient", and Track 10, based on the cue "On Earth As It Is in Heaven" from Ennio Morricone's score for "The Mission".Being both a fan of film scores and Sarah Brightman, these lovely tracks stand as my favorites from "Eden".

    5-0 out of 5 stars Quite possibly Brightman's best
    Having only discovered the world of classical crossover this year, it wasn't long before Sarah Brightman, the English soprano who crashed the scene with her career defining performance in Llyod Weber's "The Phantom Of The Opera," registered under my radar.
    5-0 out of 5 stars My Idol... Sarah Brightman and her journey through Eden
    This album speaks of the soul of Sarah Brightman. She has a soul like no other. Her albums tend to come in themes and Eden's theme is hauntingly beautiful. Sarah's best songs on Eden are Eden, Dust in the Wind, and Anytime, Anywhere. Buy Eden. You will not be disappointed. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Easy Listening/Vocal    2. Pop    3. Pop Vocals    4. Popular Music    5. Vocal   


    12. Sogno
    by Philips
    Audio CD (30 March, 1999)
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    Asin: B00000IGX2
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Andrea Bocelli's Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Music on a Beautiful Canvas
    I continuously return to playing this album to fill my home with some very, very special music that permeates the rooms with an incredibly rich, beautiful and passionate sound.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sogno
    I love Andrea Bocelli and this is, by far, my favorite CD.The first time I heard the title song, I had goosebumps.I played it three times in a row. It's simply beautiful.I also love A Volte Il Cuori. I would highly recommend this CD for anyone who loves classical singing and certainly for all Bocelli fans.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sogno
    The same quality in every track as on all of his previous CD's.
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    Subjects:  1. Classical    2. Classical Crossover    3. Classical Music    4. Classical Vocal Crossover    5. Classical Vocals    6. Italy    7. Opera    8. Vocal    9. Vocal Music   


    13. Highlights From The Phantom Of The Opera: The Original London Cast (1986 London Cast)
    by Decca U.S.
    Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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    Asin: B000001FLQ
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Highlight versions of cast recordings are by definition a compromise, and this reduction of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Read more

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    • Cast Recording

    Reviews (87)

    5-0 out of 5 stars A long time favorite
    This is one of my most treasured CDs. The voices of the cast are incredible!"Think of Me" and "All I Ask of You" are 2 of my favorites. If you enjoy the story behind Phantom, yu will like this soundtrack.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Recording of this Show Available
    I think that this is the best PHANTOM soundtrack out there:
    5-0 out of 5 stars Great CD
    I bought this CD as a birthday gift for my boyfriend.We had misplaced the one that we had and needed a new one.This is one of our favorite cd's.Such beautiful music. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Cast Recordings    2. Musicals    3. Original Cast Recordings    4. Pop    5. Show Tunes    6. Showtunes / B'way    7. Soundtrack    8. Soundtracks   


    14. The Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection
    by Decca U.S.
    Audio CD (01 June, 1999)
    list price: $18.98 -- our price: $13.99
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    Asin: B00000I0XW
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Sarah Brightman's career was launched by her success in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Read more

    Reviews (86)

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best You'll See from Sarah
    This CD is - wow!I have so much to say about it and so little time!This album features three pieces from "The Phantom of the Opera" - Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again, The Music of the Night, and The Phantom of the Opera theme.They're all beautiful.The second piece on the album is "Unexpected Song".It has beautiful octaves and orchastrations.Chanson d'Efance is an amazing French piece with vibrato - and then some.I forgot to mention that there is another piece from The Phantom of the Opera - All I Ask of You - except that the song is not sung by the original cast from the musical.The next few pieces are fairly decent, until you get to Memory from Cats.WOW - is it spectacular!Then we get to two other pieces from Cats - Gus: The Theater Cat and Macavity: The Mystery Cat.Gus is a song that just tells about a cat and his history.A man speaks the lines that Gus would say in the actual musical - and it makes the song interesting.Macavity is AWESOME!I know that I said that I didn't prefer this song for Brightman on her album "Surrender". I finally listened to it more carefully, and found that it's really interesting to listen to!My favorite song on the whole entire album - however - has to be "Tell Me on a Sunday".Beautiful lyrics, orchestrations, and overall spectacular voice talent ties the whole song together.Pie Jesu is a fairly nice piece from both Brightman and Paul Miles-Kingston - the 16 year old boy soprano.His voice is pure and straight with minimal vibrato.However, Brightman's voice shows a little bit TOO much vibrato!Overally, it's a good piece from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Requium.THIS CD IS AMAZING!If you love Sarah from the Phantom of the Opera, then this collection of Lloyd Webber's work is just for you.
    5-0 out of 5 stars The Angel of Music
    This is the third copy of this I've purchased. I wear them out listening to them. Awesome, Awesome music. Sarah's range and depth is so powerful!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Love makes blind, but....... deaf as well???
    Andrew Lloyd Webber's music is excellent, but here it's wrapped up in a voice that doesn't do the music any justice at all. There are so many great sopranos out there, but perhaps he chose his wife out of duty or like I suggested before, because love makes deaf as well as blind....?
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    Subjects:  1. Adult Contemporary    2. Choral    3. Classical Vocal Crossover    4. Easy Listening/Vocal    5. Miscellaneous    6. Miscellaneous Music    7. Music Theater    8. Musical Theater    9. Musicals    10. Pop    11. Pop Vocals    12. Popular Music    13. Requiem/Requiem Section    14. Show Tunes   


    15. Andrea Bocelli - Sacred Arias / Myung-Whun Chung
    by Philips
    Audio CD (09 November, 1999)
    list price: $18.98 -- our price: $14.99
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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

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    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   


    16. La Luna
    by Angel Records
    Audio CD (29 August, 2000)
    list price: $17.98 -- our price: $10.99
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    Asin: B00004UDNP
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Superstar crossover vocalist Sarah Brightman greets the new millennium with an even surer, bolder sense of her unique musical niche than that evident from 1999's

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful...ethereal...magnificent...
    This is one of Sarah Brightman's best music cds. Absolutely magnificent. Sarah's voice is so beautiful, and the songs on this cd are all really good.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Cosmic Experience
    When "La Luna" came out, I was very skeptical because I was deeply in love with Sarah's previous album "Eden". However, I managed to get myself a copy and "La Luna" is one my prized CDs today. Sarah's voice is beautiful, as always, and the musical arrangements are just perfect hybrids of classical and contemporary. Sarah's version of "Whiter Shade of Pale" is better than the band who first played the song.
    5-0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite cds.
    What a treat to wake up to Sarah Brightman's angelic voice in the morning. I have several cds that I alternate to wake me up in the morning, and Sarah Brightman's is one of my favorites. ... Read more

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    17. Henryk Gorecki: Symphony 3 "Sorrowful Songs"
    by Nonesuch
    Audio CD (05 May, 1992)
    list price: $16.98 -- our price: $13.99
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    Asin: B000005J1C
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    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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    18. Love Changes Everything: The Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection, Vol. 2
    by Decca
    Audio CD (25 October, 2005)
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    Asin: B000BGR0OW
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    The most surprising track on this collection isn't hidden between blockbusters selections from the blockbuster Lloyd Webber songbook but is located in plain view right at the beginning of the CD. The previously unreleased "Probably on Thursday" was originally written as a pop song in 1967 and indeed sounds very much like a forgotten gem by an obscure 1960s pop singer. It's absolutely delightful and the last thing you'd expect from a composer best known for neoclassical bombast. Another surprise is another previously unreleased song, this one from Read more

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    19. 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

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    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   


    20. Harem
    by Angel Records
    Audio CD (10 June, 2003)
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    Asin: B00008W2QZ
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    If one's notion of "world music" promises a touch of the exotic and indigenous, often overlooked is the fact that the influence of western pop music has seeped into every corner of the globe, creating a hybrid that's often more than merely the sum of its influences. Theater vet Brightman steps into that pan-cultural hall of mirrors here, wedding her fascination with the music and rhythms of the "forbidden places" (the title's Arabic meaning) of the Middle East to her own oft ethereal vocal charms and rock-solid sense of drama. And if the diva's equally sound crossover sensibilities (and that of longtime producer Frank Peterson) sometimes mire it in familiar world-beat pastiche, Brightman's charmed muse manages some transcendent moments nonetheless. Her musical borrowings (Borodin for the title track; Puccini's *Madame Butterfly* for "It's a Beautiful Day") are as compelling as her choice of collaborators: classical violin star Nigel Kennedy and Iraqi vocalist Kadim Al Sahir add compelling touches to the weary timeliness of"The War is Over." The musical influences range from Europe across the Mediterranean and as far East as the Indian roots of "Bollywood" composer A.R. Rahman's "The Journey Home" and Brightman's own "You Take My Breath Away" to evocative recastings of the emblematic standards "Stranger in Paradise" and Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World," while ex-Killing Joke keyboardist Jaz Coleman provides the savory East-meets-West orchestrations that ensure Brightman's star turns the seamless foundations they deserve. Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars No voice like hers in the world
    I own this cd.I saw her in person at the"Harem"concert.Never had I heard or seen any voice like this.What a performer,best concert I'd ever seen.Beautiful voice,I can never get enough of Sarah Brightman's music.It is so comforting at times.I have all her music and this cd makes you wonder,how can she top this?Thank you Sarah Brightman for giving us your beautiful gift of music.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Brightman, Her best CD.
    Sarah is just the best, she can hit any note and her individuality shines on this CD. She sings "The Journey Home" from the musical Bombay Dreams and her voice just soars. "Harem", "Mysterious Ways" and "You Take My Breah Away" are songs that take me to dreamland. Amazing! A master piece!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A breath of nostalgia and a rediscovery...
    I loved her as Christine.I loved her Pie Jesu.Then I lost touch with her work for several years.The first thing off this CD that I heard was the introduction to the song "You take my breath away."
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    Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative    2. Adult Contemporary    3. Dance-Pop    4. Ethnic Fusion    5. Interview    6. Middle Eastern Pop    7. Miscellaneous    8. Music Theater    9. Musical Theater    10. Pop    11. Pop Vocals    12. Popular Music    13. Vocal    14. Vocal Music    15. Vocal Pop   


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