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    1. American Angels
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    2. Tommy (1969 Original Concept Album)
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    3. Lost in Meditation: Meditative
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    4. Chant
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    5. Lost in Meditation: Meditative
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    6. The Very Best Of Maria Callas
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    7. Chants Of India: Ravi Shankar;
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    8. Gregorian Chants: The Best of
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    9. Cecilia Bartoli - If You Love
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    10. Salve Regina: Gregorian Chant
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    11. Hildegard von Bingen: Canticles
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    12. 1000 - A Mass for the End of Time
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    13. Sinners & Saints: The Ultimate
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    14. The Sounds of India
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    15. The Anna Russell Album
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    1. 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

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    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. Tommy (1969 Original Concept Album)
    Audio CD (12 March, 1996)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent concept/rock opera
    I am a major fan of The Who and have been since their debut lp in 1965....however....while this may be considered the first rock opera ....it is NOT the first rock concept album.
    5-0 out of 5 stars The album that immortalized The Who forever and spawned the ROCK OPERA GENRE
    The Who's fourth studio(and fifth overall) album Tommy was released in May of 1969.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Yes, I think it's (more than) Alright!
    The Who are one of the greatest rock bands of all time.If you want amazingly great classic rock and roll, buy every single Who album (along with the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, and Bob Dylan).Townsend, Daltrey, Enwhistle, and Moon formed one of rock's greatest foursomes.Townsend's compositions could range from straight, pure, raw rock ("The Who sing My Generation") to complex and inspiring ("Tommy" and "Quadrophenia")."Tommy" is my favorite of the Who's work, followed closely by "Who's Next", "My Generation", and "Quadrophenia".
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    Subjects:  1. 20th/21st Century Opera    2. Album Rock    3. England    4. Hard Rock    5. Mod    6. Opera    7. Pop    8. Pop/Rock    9. Prog-Rock/Art Rock    10. Rock    11. Rock & Roll    12. Rock/Pop   


    3. Lost in Meditation: Meditative Gregorian Chants, Vol. 1
    by Delta
    Audio CD (30 August, 1994)
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    Asin: B000001VIK
    Sales Rank: 1457
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Unusual order
    The chanting is excellently done.However, the order is a bit unusual.The chants begin with Lent/Passiontide, then progress into Easter, Advent and Christmas.That's a little odd.If you're using this to focus on the life of Our Blessed Lord (like the 15 mysteries of the Rosary), the order is off kilter.But I guess you could just program your CD player with whatever order you want.
    3-0 out of 5 stars Getting Lost While Meditating
    I'm not an expert on meditation techniques, but I do know that once while listening to this album I woke up 50 miles from my house with nothing to clothe me but a piece of chiffon, an interesting recipe for perogies tucked under my armpit, and absolutely no recollection of what had taken place. I was lead to believe by this product that being "lost" in meditation would entail no more than some deep thinking, and not many hours of unaccounted for experience and celtic tribal tattoos wrapped around my thighs.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Calming, Centering, a bit repetitive
    This CD is great for creating a calm, focused environment.It can be used for meditation, relaxation,or as a sleep-aide.I have not stayed awake past the 3rd track when I listen with headphones after laying down to bed.The only complaint may be that all the tracks sound similar to me.The quality of the recording and singing is excellent.If you speak and understand Latin, you should derive even more from listening to this CD. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Choral    2. Classical    3. Classical Artists    4. Classical Music    5. Early Music / Chant    6. Miscellaneous    7. Miscellaneous Music    8. Vocal    9. Vocal Music    10. Western European Chant   


    4. Chant
    by Angel Records
    Audio CD (15 March, 1994)
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    Asin: B000002SKX
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Thanks to good marketing, good cover art, and good luck, this discprobably has sold more copies than most other recordings of Gregorian chant puttogether. It's often quipped that most of those discs have been listened toexactly once and put away--to the puzzlement of many musicians and critics, whopoint out that there are more beautiful, more varied performances byprofessional singers available. Yet the singing of these Spanish Benedictineshas a special quality that probably explains this disc's popularity--a reverentserenity that no doubt stems from the fact that the monks are actually praying,not just performing. Granted, Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Gregorian Chant
    I purchased this item because one of my children has been going through the Tomatis method of auditory integration training to correct some auditory processing issues that affect his ability to communicate.The Gregorian Chant was recommended as a follow up because of its many and pure sound frequencies.After listening to different samples of the Chant, I picked the one sung by the Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos for its sound clarity.Also, it has been interesting to see the reaction of all my children.Two of them weep when they listen to the chant and the other one seems be soothed by it.As an adult, it is this soothing effect from the Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos that I find most fascinating.

    5-0 out of 5 stars RELAXING
    EXCELLENT FOR RELAXING, MEDITATION, OR INTROSPECTION.WHEN I HAVE HAD A BAD DAY, I POP THIS IN ON MY WAY HOME FOR RELAXATION.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Standard Bearer for the Genre! Calm, Peaceful, Beautiful!
    I have to admit that when I got this disc, it was more out of curiousity as it had done very well commercially and although I had read about Gregorian Chants, I had no idea what they were and thought that this would be a good way to find out.
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    Subjects:  1. Chamber Music & Recitals    2. Chant    3. Chants    4. Choral    5. Classical    6. Classical Artists    7. Classical Music    8. Western European Chant   


    5. Lost in Meditation: Meditative Gregorian Chants, Vol. 2
    by Delta
    Audio CD (30 August, 1994)
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    Asin: B000001VIL
    Sales Rank: 2206
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Gregorian Chant Gems
    It is wonderful to hear again the chants that are familiar to all Catholics who grew up with the Latin Mass and who remember the plain chants from the Liber Usualis. Victimae paschali laudes (the Sequence from the Easter Mass), Gaudens gaudebo in Domino (Rejoicing, I shall rejoice in the Lord), Pueri hebraeorum (the beautiful entrance song to the Palm Sunday Mass), and all the other chants. They are performed by a choir that understands the beauty and simplicity of Gregorian Chant.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Lost in Meditation: Medatative Gregorian Chants, Vol. 2~Gregorian Chant
    Inspirational and definately recommended for anyone looking for a tradional,medatative,inspirational feeling.Very useful to get into a contemplative mindset for daily prayers and meditation.

    5-0 out of 5 stars You'll be lost in this meditation!
    This is a wonderful CD! Very relaxing and a great example of Gregorian chant. The lyrics are very clear with soaring melodies. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Choral    2. Choral Music    3. Classical    4. Classical Artists    5. Early Music / Chant    6. Vocal    7. Vocal Music    8. Western European Chant    9. World Music   


    6. The Very Best Of Maria Callas
    by EMI Classics
    Audio CD (12 February, 2002)
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    Asin: B00005Y1YQ
    Sales Rank: 5755
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    • Original recording remastered

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    4-0 out of 5 stars The Very Best of Maria Callas
    Second on my list for CDs that should be recommended for people who want to start on a long trail of Callas to the Carmen with Gedda and Prétre. This has perhaps the best excerpts of all time from Maria Callas. The 'Ritorna vincitor' and 'Una voce poco fa' are to be treasured. Any long-time Callas fan will find this CD of little to no interest, because anything they haven't heard before, there's a better, low-audio-quality version of somewhere. 4 stars for that reason.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Classic Callas
    Countless assessments of Maria Callas' life and career, as well as re-issues of some of her definitive recorded performances have been fueled by the 25th anniversaary of her tragic and prophetic death alone in her Paris flat on September 16, 1977.One of those such discs, this 17 track retrospective compilation from the archives of EMI is among the best.Every character she portrays is bought to life by her incomparible ability both vocally and emotionally.Enjoy!

    5-0 out of 5 stars FEELher music.
    Extremely rare.A beautiful tone,nobody will ever have this evergreen voice again.Just listen to each passage and sound.A determinated voice,always under control even when she shouted.It's not me,anyway,who has to say this n' that.
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    Subjects:  1. Classical    2. Classical Artists    3. Classical Music    4. Classical Vocals    5. French Romantic Opera    6. German/Austrian Classical Period Opera    7. Italian 20th/21st Century Opera    8. Italian Romantic Opera    9. Opera    10. Romantic Opera   


    7. Chants Of India: Ravi Shankar; George Harrison
    by Angel Records
    Audio CD (06 May, 1997)
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    Asin: B000002SMC
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Enchanting Montage
    A collection of spiritual gems set to music in Ravi Shankar's signature style. The music grows and grows on you with each hearing. Interestingly, as you ruminate on the meaning of the chants, you suddenly want to read the whole piece from which extracts are presented in this collection - which is precisely what the aim of putting this together was. Well, it worked with me!
    4-0 out of 5 stars good chanting music
    not typical indian music--more of a prayer chanting type--if you are into that then you will really enjoy this.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The music transports the inner self to new heights
    Chants of India by Ravi Shankar was amazing in its depths and layers of music that transports the inner self to new heights. This cd makes you feel as if you are sitting next to Ravi-ji as he unleashes a beauty that you feel you have never heard until now. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Asia    2. Classical    3. Early Music / Chant    4. India    5. Indian    6. Indian Classical    7. Int'l & World Music    8. Raga    9. Spiritual    10. World Fusion    11. World Music   


    8. Gregorian Chants: The Best of the Benedictine Monks of St. Michael's
    by Delta
    Audio CD (02 August, 1994)
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    Asin: B000001VIR
    Sales Rank: 3672
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    2-0 out of 5 stars DOMINE LABIA MEA APERIES
    "Lord Open my Lips......"
    1-0 out of 5 stars It's a stinker!!
    The cover art is good, but the music is horrible! This is a REALLY bad recording!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Unbiased reponse to Caesarmagnus
    Agreed, the fan IS there, but I must admit they are actually singing well in the actual Solesmes style (based on these samples).I have heard superb chant and frighteningly bad chant.This is not as bad as it gets I assure you.Try to find something from a Seminary or Monastery. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Choral    2. Classical    3. Classical Artists    4. Classical Music    5. Early Music / Chant    6. Miscellaneous    7. Miscellaneous Music    8. Western European Chant   


    9. 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   


    10. Salve Regina: Gregorian Chant
    by Philips
    Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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    Asin: B0000040ZC
    Sales Rank: 8281
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars What a Magnificat!
    I have listened to this recording since it was on a cassette tape and I always come back to it. What a gentle and sincere recording. The Magnificat is especially beautiful.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Soothing
    I bought this disk while feeling depressed and not being able to focus. The chanting soothed me and gave me some piece of mind. Why then not 5 stars, you ask? Because the sound lacks a bit of clarity despite the remastering and the performance is good, but not exceptional.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing
    This recording is a rare gem in a mountain of coal. You can tell this was sung to the Blessed Virgin, and I think she is very pleased with this gift (should it be any surprise that the most gentle and peaceful music of this world is in honor of the Mother of Jesus?). Everything about this CD transcends this world. Even the unique tonal inflections of the solo tenor voice (pay close attention to this) is unlike anything I have heard. To me, this CD is an organic development of the language of the Holy Spirit, that is; it's not only a prayer *to* God, but a response *from* God. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Choral    2. Classical    3. Classical Artists    4. Classical Music    5. Motet    6. Vocal    7. Vocal Music    8. Western European Chant   


    11. Hildegard von Bingen: Canticles of Ecstasy
    Audio CD (13 December, 1994)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Although Hildegard von Bingen's music has been around for 900 years--and recordings of hermusic for decades--it seems that only now, as we approach the turn of another millennium, the time is rightfor the world to pay attention. In this first-rate traversal of her music--the most popular of several volumesreleased by the early-music ensemble Sequentia--we hear music that resulted from Hildegard's legendaryvisions, which often included song texts that she subsequently collected and dispensed to her religiouscommunity of women. As rendered here by the voices and instruments of Sequentia, her music invokes anunobscured sense of mystery, conforming to Hildegard's belief that music was our bridge to the harmoniesof the heavens. Whether or not we're experiencing that "heavenly harmony" here, the simple,direct, beautifully turned melodies, sung by pure, finely tuned, warm-colored women's voices, often eerilyaccompanied by an instrumental drone, is heavenly enough. Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Hildegard von Bingen: Canticles of Ecstacy
    This CD will transport you to another space and truly put you in touch with the sublime! If you are a massage therapist,I recommend it for use during your sessions. Anyone can use it as part of his or her meditative spiritual practice regardless of your particular faith.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Devine Music For Tranquil Hearts
    I have searched through many composers, performers and albums... in search of this one sound. It only existed in my heart and mind until Hildegard von Bingen's work was recorded by this talented group. This music makes you feel like you are floating on your back - in the ocean - staring at the moon.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Hildegarde makes listeners ecstatic
    The CD is appropriate for any type of meditation.It is wonderful to listen towhile going to sleep.It uplifts the soul and calms the mind.Fabulous. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Alleluia    2. Antiphon    3. Chamber    4. Chamber Music    5. Choral    6. Classical    7. Classical Composers    8. Classical Music    9. Early Music / Chant    10. Miscellaneous Music    11. Response    12. Sacred Choral Music   


    12. 1000 - A Mass for the End of Time / Anonymous 4
    by Harmonia Mundi
    Audio CD (12 September, 2000)
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    Asin: B00004UFGW
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Remember all of the year-2000 nervousness in the latter part of 1999?That was nothing. As the year 1000 approached, people all over the Christianworld were convinced that the Apocalypse--as depicted in the biblicalBook of Revelation--and the endof the world were at hand. In one of the more interesting musical program ideasto be inspired by the turn of the calendrical odometer, Anonymous 4 revisits the original"millennium madness" with a disc of chant from around the year1000--specifically, a Mass for the Feast of the Ascension, one of the fewoccasions on which the liturgy included readings from the Book of Revelation. Thisis the oldest written Western music to have survived, and it's difficult even todecipher (the original notation has no staff lines or clear indications ofrhythm), let alone perform. Yet, the challenges involved seem to have done theseladies good: not only is their performance both assured and confident, but onecan hear new facets in their vocal sound--a sound that, however beautiful itmight be, some listeners find monotonous. (One new facet is JacquelineHorner, the quartet's newest member, for whom this is the first recording.) Thesingers experiment with interpretation of ornaments that are indicated in themanuscript sources (there's a fascinating little trill that sounds rather like acooing dove); in some of the chants, they add an additional line in accordancewith the principles of improvising polyphony that were laid out in 10th- and11th-century treatises. The entire program seems thoroughly considered, as wellas immaculately executed. If you count on the consistently pure, silky tone andmeditative quality that has made Anonymous 4 world-famous, you'll definitelyfind it here; if you've gotten bored with them, you might find this disc afascinating surprise. Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Lovely
    A lovely performance of music from the beginning of the western musical tradition.The vocal quality of the performance is first rate and the music itself is very interesting.Recommended strongly.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Perfectly lovely - wrong, but still perfectly lovely.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Year 1000--A Mass for the End of Time
    The year AD 1000 appeared to be an apocalyptic harbringer of destruction to the devout Catholics of Western Europe.This collection of medieval chants based on themes of God's impending wrath and the judgement of the world are excellent primary sources for understanding the mystical religious mindset of the days of yore.Gregorian Chant, while different from Byzantine (Greek) and Russian chanting, is a very methodological and otherworldly form of music.It's monotone is radically opposed to the harsh discord of "rock n' roll" and "rap" music which sound like broken machinery that are so popular among all aspects of society, even the so-called "Christian rock."Although the music itself is sung in Latin, the disc is accompanied by a booklet which gives the lyrics in English translation (along with a few other languages). ... Read more

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    13. Sinners & Saints: The Ultimate Medieval and Renaissance Music Collection
    by Decca
    Audio CD (23 July, 1996)
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    Asin: B00000428D
    Sales Rank: 8521
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent renditions of lively 'old music'.
    'Sinners & Saints' by Philip Pickett and the New London Consort is just a bit too ambitious with their subtitle, 'The Ultimate Medieval and Renaissance Music Collection' as I find it hard to believe that 70 minutes can be the ultimate anything on 500 years of history. This is especially true since they seem to focus a lot more on the sinners than the saints, as there is virtually no liturgical music here. But, since there are so many good recordings of medieval liturgies, we aren't missing much.
    5-0 out of 5 stars A Treasure of the Time Period
    I bought this CD with a children's history class in mind.We are studying the Dark Ages to the Rennaisance.I was delighted to hear the variety of selections which span the spectrum of genres during this period of history.My children and I have been listening to it in the car as well as at home for the simple enjoyment of the music.It will be exciting to present these pieces to my class as I feel it is a very accurate display of the cultures, instrumentation, languages, and styles of the Middle Ages.I am a proffesional musician and thoroughly enjoy most types of music so it wasn't hard to get me interested but I was surprised to hear my eight-year-old and five-year-old sons asking to hear this CD.The former child said it made him feel "important"to listen!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Ye groove to yonder beat
    This album is probably one of the livelier and most celebratory early music entry I've heard in a while. The pulsating, repeating music captures the folk origins of the classical music heritage, complete with an occasional shout of Ay, Santa Maria! to keep the the flavor spicy. A worldly complement to the more ethereal and spiritual early music offerings of vocal groups like Anonymous 4. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Ballet    2. Baroque Ballet    3. Baroque Individual Dance Movement for Orchestra    4. Chamber    5. Classical    6. Classical Collections-Artist Desc.    7. Classical Music    8. Medieval Monophonic Song    9. Miscellaneous    10. Miscellaneous Music    11. Orchestral    12. Vocal   


    14. The Sounds of India
    Audio CD (20 July, 1989)
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    Asin: B0000024SZ
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    This 1960s classic is a perfect introduction not only to Ravi Shankar's brilliant work on the sitar, but also to classical Indian music in general. Shankar offers brief, informative explanations of Indian ragas, scales, rhythms, song structures, and time signatures to set the stage for each spiritual piece he, Chatur Lal (tabla), and N.C. Mullick (tamboura) perform. Though Western listeners may not be able intellectually to pinpoint the subtle purposes of the various ragas' rhythms and movements, unconsciously listeners will feel them vividly. For instance, the plodding tension created by the 2/3/2/3 rhythm in "Máru-Bihág" well reflects the raga's poetic metaphor of separated, longing lovers. The loose, playful improvisation on "Sindhi-Bhairavi" mirrors the passionate romance of lovers. Overall, classical Indian music is diverse and complex, but Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Much Talking on CD
    This guy really knows his stuff. It is indeed an introduction to the music with much talking on the CD.I was looking for something more mellow for prayer time. This music is very fast but very good. -Beth, 43, Louisiana

    1-0 out of 5 stars too much talking and not enough music
    I did not expect a primer on Indian music.I expectd, insteadexamples of songs in different styles.This CD does do that to a limited extent, but Ravi Shankar spends too much time instructing the audience.The music that is presented seems rough and un rehearsed

    5-0 out of 5 stars An introduction to beauty
    Others have already reviewed this recording more articulating than I can probably manage, but this recording will take you places you have never been before, or at least it did me, many years ago, and still. There is a notion of being in time, which Ravi explains better in a tangible way than anyone, in a way we can all relate to - the rhythym of the human touch and stroke, and there is a notion of being outside time, the outsideness of dreaming, and the insideness of feeling. This disc introduces both, as it introduces the practical and sublime qualities of classical Indian music. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Asia    2. Early Music / Chant    3. India    4. Indian    5. Indian Classical    6. Int'l & World Music    7. Pop    8. Popular Music    9. Raga    10. World   


    15. The Anna Russell Album
    Audio CD (26 July, 1991)
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    Asin: B0000027JD
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    This set of Anna Russell's inspired satirical monologues should be labeled with a warning notice. Why? Because after listening to her whirlwind explication ofWagner's Ring Cycle, even the most confirmed Wagnerite will be unable to listen to the Ring for weeks to come. Just listening to Russell declare in an incredulous voice: "I'm not making this up, y'know" is enough to induce you to shed bucketloads of laughter-induced tears. Gilbert and Sullivan fans will find their heroes savaged in her concoction of a typical G&S product, complete with a soprano lead who "loves below her station." Other targets include "the nymphs and shepherds" style of quavery English singing, complete with "hey-nonny-nonny's," coloratura mad scenes, and much else, including Russian folk songs, like her "Da, nyet, da, nyet." This disc is packed with laughs, chuckles, smiles, and everything.Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Genius of Anna Russell
    If you love music, but are happy to see the funny side of even the great composers, then this album is for you. Anna Russell is a singer of note but a comedian of greatness. She finds the pivotal styles of composers and caricatures them to great effect. The explanations she gives of the basics of Gilbert and Sullivan comic operas and the way she dissects Wagners Ring Cycle bring tears to the eyes with laughter. I recommend this album to all music lovers with a twinkle in their eyes. Truly a great comic experience.

    5-0 out of 5 stars If you enjoy laughing..
    I love opera, but I also enjoy spoofs of opera.Anna Russell was a classic "spoofer" of operatic stories and conventions. Nobody does it better. My favorite on this album is her take-off on Wagner's "Ring."
    5-0 out of 5 stars Anna Russell strikes again!
    I have heard all of these Anna Russell selections at one time or another, but having them all together in one place, and on a CD, is a real plus. She is absolutely riotously funny. I teach a course in "Introduction to opera" and use her segments on Gilbert and Sullivan and on the Ring Cycle in class, just to lighten things up a bit for the students. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. 20th/21st Century Music for Voice and Keyboard    2. 20th/21st Century Opera    3. Classical    4. Classical Crossover    5. Classical Vocals    6. Miscellaneous    7. Miscellaneous Music    8. Miscellaneous Vocal Music    9. Opera    10. Operetta    11. Popular Music    12. Vocal   


    16. Andrea Bocelli - The Opera Album ~ Aria
    by Philips
    Audio CD (07 April, 1998)
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    Asin: B0000069CO
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Andre Bocelli is no opera singer, but he shows far more potential inthis album than does another pop-vocalist tenor-wannabe, Michael Bolton. For onething, he can shake off the crooner mannerisms and really sing when performingmusic that calls for it. At his best, he has a rich, dark timbre and an easy,unforced top. At other times, however, the tone turns dry and thin and the highnotes are constricted, the inconsistency suggesting a lack of technique. Neverdoes one get the impression that he could be heard over a medium-sized orchestrawithout amplification. This isn't bad singing per se, but there is much betterout there, readily available on disc. Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Why...?
    Why is there all this continuing controversy after so many years about whether or not Andrea Bocelli is - or is not - Operatically sound? All I know (and that's not saying much for me in this genre), is that after having listened to Amazon.com's sampling of the music on this Audio CD a few moments ago, I wept. Andrea Bocelli always makes me weep - because of his profound spiritual depth. And I don't care what anyone thinks on that issue. All I do know is this. The man sings from his soul...and nothing could surpass that - ever.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Moderately good singing; poor aria selection.
    I bought "Aria" from Amazon.com a couple days ago, and I just listened to it an hour ago.I was surprised at how good Andrea Bocelli's operatic singing voice is.I'd read many reviews giving him a rating of 0 or 1 out of 10, so I was prepared for the worst.But this fellow is actually pretty good.I'd say, 7 out of 10.Not as good as Placido Domingo or Luciano Pavarotti, but then, no one is.On the plus side, Bocelli's operatic tenor singing voice is rich and sonorous, capable of fluid vibrato and good pitch range and dynamic range, and he nicely avoids the highly-nasal resonance so noticable in his pop singing.On the negative side, his highs sound a little forced and a little raspy, and sometimes his vibrato reverts to the fluttery sound he uses in his pop music.All in all, Bocelli is a good, but not great, opera singer.
    1-0 out of 5 stars Mass Hypnosis
    The only thing that can account for the acclaim that some have lavished on this album is mass hypnosis.Signor Bocelli's publicists have declared that he has 'the most beautiful voice in the world' and people believe it.I agree with the reviewer who described listening to this cd as painful.Everything sounds the same---like sandpaper.If he were not adorable and blind, this fellow would not have a career even as a pop artist, never mind opera singer.If you want to hear what opera sounds like at its best and most real today, check out Ramon Vargas, Juan Diego Florez, Rolando Villazon, Marcello Giordani and discover the difference between creme brulee and instant pudding. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Classical    2. Classical Artists    3. Classical Crossover    4. Classical Music    5. Classical Vocals    6. French Romantic Opera    7. German/Austrian Romantic Opera    8. Italian Romantic Opera    9. Opera    10. Romantic Opera   


    17. Orient - Occident, 1200-1700
    by Alia Vox
    Audio CD (12 September, 2006)
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    Sales Rank: 8554
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars East meets West in an enticing program featuring one of the best Early Music ensembles around
    Fans of Early Music should be familiar with Jordi Savall and his highly polished and innovative Hespèrion XXI ensemble.Savall's releases on the Alia Vox label are usually theme based and contain a highly varied, excellently performed program of Early Music works.This release is no exception.In comparison with other Early Music anthologies, the geographical and temporal focus of this release is broader, with songs having origins from, among other places, Spain, Afghanistan, Italy and Morocco; with the compositional time period ranging from the 13th to 17th century.
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    Subjects:  1. Chamber Music    2. Classical    3. Classical Artists    4. Early Music / Chant    5. Folk Song    6. Medieval Monophonic Song    7. Miscellaneous    8. Miscellaneous Music    9. Vocal    10. Vocal Music   


    18. Chant II
    by Angel Records
    Audio CD (17 October, 1995)
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    Asin: B000002SLS
    Sales Rank: 10234
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
    Beautiful.Just like the first Chant.This is my "mellow out", puts me to sleep music.I didn't care for the applause at the end, but it's still a beautiful CD.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Same Question As Before
    The music is flawless.Haunting, spiritual, engrossing, and above all gorgeous.This disc is nothing short of amazing.Yet I gotta ask.Why is it that a recording of BENEDICTINE monks has a cover photo of men in FRANCISCAN robes?

    5-0 out of 5 stars Same Quation As Before
    The music is flawless.Haunting, spiritual, engrossing, and above all gorgeous.This disc is nothing short of amazing.Yet I gotta ask.Why is it that a recording of BENEDICTINE monks has a cover photo of men in FRANCISCAN robes? ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Chant    2. Chants    3. Choral    4. Classical    5. Classical Artists    6. Classical Music    7. Orchestral & Symphonic    8. Western European Chant   


    19. Sacred Treasures III: Choral Masterworks from Russia
    by Hearts of Space
    Audio CD (22 February, 2000)
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    Asin: B00003XB5E
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    What could be more sublime than a wall of dark, rotund Russian voices shimmering against the rising, ornate walls of a great cathedral? Not much, and this compilation of absolutely magnificent music proves it. The label Hearts of Space returns on this third choral collection to the ominous Slavic chant of their first choral album, Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars It Doesn't Get any Better!!!
    Having collected a decent library of sacred music over the years I can readily attest that this is the best sacred music CD that I own, my second favorite being a requiem chant by the monks of Solesmes. Further, upon listening to this CD everyone I know seems to respond to it with the same enthusiasm. Track 10 is my personal favorite, but there are no weak pieces here.The entire production hangs together well.Can't recommend it enough to novice or seasoned liturgical music listener.

    5-0 out of 5 stars If another Choral CD was so satisfying I will pay $50!
    This Awesome recording along with the first Saced Treasures of Bortniansky, Chernikof, Gretchaninov, Rachminanov, Tchaikovsky, this more recent Sacred Treasures III, includes far more!!!
    5-0 out of 5 stars Inspired Beauty
    Another elegant presentation in the Sacred Treasures series. In Sacred Treasures III, Ellen Holmes has artfully combined some of the best recordings of Russian choral music from the orthodox liturgy (many by Rachmaninov) with uniquely beautiful arrangements such as Gunnar Eriksson's arrangement of Bach's "Komm Susser Tod" and less familiar pieces like the wordless "Chorale" by Georgian composer Josif Kechakmadze, which I found to be engaging. The inspired beauty of this music reaches into the soul and instills a sense of peace, as only music can. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Choral    2. Classical    3. Classical Collections-Composer Desc.    4. Classical Music    5. Classical Vocals    6. Eastern Orthodox Chant    7. Eastern Orthodox Polyphony    8. Mass Section    9. Miscellaneous    10. Miscellaneous Music    11. New Age / Meditation    12. Pop    13. Russia    14. Sacred Music for more than one Soloist & Chorus    15. Solo Voice(s) and Small Ensemble    16. V/a Compilations    17. Vocal   


    20. Tommy
    by Geffen Records
    Audio CD (28 October, 2003)
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    Asin: B0000DJZAH
    Sales Rank: 18874
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Milestone of Early Rock!
    "Tommy" is beyond question one of the big milestones of early rock. Musically the band were at the peak of their creativity.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Beyond Words
    I was so blind-sided by this reissue - really. I have looked at this for a few years now, but I never picked it up. My impression of this was that it had some very good music along with some dated sounding tracks, so it wasn't a high priority. I'd been having very good luck buying hybrid SACD's even though I don't own a SACD player; the CD layers benefit greatly from the DSD mastering, making them stand head and shoulders above the latest PCM remasters (there are a few exceptions), so I decided to take the plunge.
    5-0 out of 5 stars The Who's classic rock opera gets a 35th birthday celebration fit for a king!
    The Who's fourth studio(and fifth overall) album Tommy was released in May of 1969.
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    Subjects:  1. 20th/21st Century Opera    2. Album Rock    3. England    4. Hard Rock    5. Mod    6. Opera    7. Pop    8. Pop/Rock    9. Prog-Rock/Art Rock    10. Rock    11. Rock & Roll    12. Rock/Pop    13. Soul/Reggae/Rhythm & Blues   


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