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    1. Voice of the Violin
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    2. Lorraine Hunt Lieberson ~ Handel
    $12.97
    3. The Homecoming
    $12.99
    4. HOMAGE: The Age of the Diva
    $10.99
    5. Romance of the Violin
    $13.99
    6. Halloween
    $13.99
    7. The Most Relaxing Classical Album
    $4.98
    8. 25 Mozart Favorites
    $4.98
    9. 25 Classical Favorites
    $13.99
    10. Essential Mozart: 32 Of His Greatest
    $3.99
    11. The Most Famous Opera Arias
    $3.99
    12. The Most Famous Opera Duets
    $10.99
    13. Classics
    $10.99
    14. Beethoven's Wig 3: Many More Sing-Along
    $6.98
    15. The Mozart Effect: Music For Babies:
    $23.09
    16. Puccini: Madama Butterfly (complete
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    17. The #1 Opera Album
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    18. Andrea Bocelli - Sacred Arias
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    19. Romance Of The Violin (Live From
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    20. The Voice

    1. Voice of the Violin
    Audio CD (05 September, 2006)
    list price: $18.98 -- our price: $12.97
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    Asin: B000H7JD1I
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Constantly exhorted to "sing," string players naturally try to emulate that most beautiful musical instrument, the human voice; no wonder they literally want to get their fingers on the treasures of the vocal repertoire. Joshua Bell has appropriated some of its best-loved songs and operatic arias, from Mozart through the romantics to Orff. Slow, sustained, lovely and yes, singing, these beguiling melodies and wide emotional range are eminently well suited to the violin. Credit for most of the arrangements is given to J.A.C. Redford, a well-known film and television composer, and indeed the throbbing strings and jarring modulations typical of sound-tracks invade his orchestrations, in startling contrast to the composers' own. In Debussy's "Beau soir," pianist Frederic Chiu partners Bell so beautifully that one wishes he had supplanted the orchestra in all the songs with piano accompaniment. The violin transcriptions of the vocal line closely follow the originals, except for Redford's compulsive habit of adding octaves in the repeats and jumping from the lowest to the highest register. Of course, Bell is very good at all this, and it's the playing that's really the thing. His tone is ravishingly beautiful, warm on the G-string, radiant up high, and always deeply expressive. His love and innate feeling for the music---its inward simplicity, romantic yearning and passionate ardor---speak straight to the heart. In the only authentic violin part, the obbligato of Richard Strauss' "Morgen!" he is joined by the golden-voiced soprano Anna Netrebko; at first overly intense, she relaxes into a blissful, magical ending. Read more

    Reviews (7)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Prolific recording artist whose entirelibrary is worth owning
    Joshua Bell has this unearthly ability - almost eldritch result to his music.His violin has profound impact and hearing him play live is like a spiritual experience.This cd doesn't deviate from his formula of pouring his love of music through his instrument and conveying a joy for every piece he plays.
    5-0 out of 5 stars JB are you reading
    I ordered a cd from az, then later found out bn has extra track on their edition, bought that one too.Why did they do that?But the extra track, smaller orchestra version of Mozart's laudate dominum, is worth it.Bell is breathing into his music, just like a singer put their heart in their song, just like gould humming along as he played... is that how artists enjoy their own arts, any other way?If I am the tertiary audience the artists themselves must be (what's the word for zero ordered?) audience.Anyhow, if an art is so beautiful I would like to enjoy it purely, no need of accompaniment, or just at minimum.Check out Yoshikazu Mera sings Uguisu.Check out Hong-mei Yu playing Three Sighs At The Guan Pass in String Glamour. Will Joshua Bell ever do Morgen in double track even?I was expecting voice of the violin, not human!Joshua Bell and his violin: every sound is beautiful.I just wish that there was less interference.That is why it was worth it to get the 2nd cd from bn.The 16th track is leading really gently, quietly into the beautiful voice of Bell and his violin.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely gorgeous violin music!
    The violin is the instrument closest to the human voice in its ability to express a multitude of shades of emotion, with a tonal and dynamic range that allows the violin to sing with a voice unique among instruments. Joshua Bell beautifully exhibits the expressive potential of the violin's voice in the carefully chosen and sensitively played pieces on this CD.
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    Subjects:  1. 20th/21st Century Music for Voice and Keyboard    2. Art Song (General)    3. Cantata    4. Chamber    5. Chamber Music    6. Chamber Music & Recitals    7. Choral    8. Classical    9. Classical Artists    10. Classical Pop    11. Czech Romantic Opera    12. French Romantic Opera    13. Italian Romantic Opera    14. Keyboard    15. Mass    16. Opera    17. Orchestral    18. Romantic Music for Voice and Keyboard    19. Sacred Choral Music    20. Solo Voice(s) and Orchestra   


    2. Lorraine Hunt Lieberson ~ Handel Arias
    Audio CD (10 August, 2004)
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    Asin: B00022LZW8
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    If you think you've heard Handel's "Ombra mai fu" (known as his "Largo") so often, and in so many different arrangements, and sung by so many different voices, that you can no longer be moved or surprised by it, think again. This CD of Handel arias, mostly from his Read more

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    Reviews (13)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Glorious singing to treasure for decades
    By any measure, America's Lorraine Hunt Lieberson is at least the equal of Italy's premier diva, mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli, although she does not have the same superstar status.It is difficult to recall past mezzos with clearer enunciation of English text, (as favoured in nine excerpts from Theodora), the richness of voice, displayed in full-throated fortissimo and sharply contrasted pianissimo of utmost delicacy, evokes fondest memories of the tragically doomed Kathleen Ferrier.Masterfully chosen to display every facet of Hunt Lieberson's consumate command of Handel's dauntingly difficult music, the disc's repertoire - recitatives and linkig arias from the operas Theodora and Serse, and the cantana La Lucrezia - is stunning.An unsung mezzo who makes the senses tingle!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Lorraine Hunt-Lieberson (1954-2006), supreme Handelian
    I have never heard a voice purer of tone, more flexible in phrasing, and so gorgeously produced in a homogeneous column of sound such as this artist in Handel's repertoire.It is very tastefully sung (unlike a certain person whose name begins with R and ends with enaaay Fleming) and so dramatically touching that one could not help but feel that this repertoire finally has found its instrument.And how sad it is to know that this instrument has passed away two days ago.Lorraine Hunt-Lieberson died two days ago in her home in Santa Fe, New Mexico of breast cancer.It is such a huge loss to the opera world, as she is an artist who is still experiencing the prime of her career.The voice is just so beautiful, the tone so pure, that I lament that we can no longer hear any great roles from this artist.She will be missed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Stellar Hunt Lieberson
    Simply put, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson is one of the very best classical singers alive. She combines vocal elegance and purity with an emotional delivery that raises her above the crowd of technically proficient singers who just don't possess her depth of musical understanding or emotional commitment. Hunt Lieberson is a true artist who resists easy classfication except to say she is perfect in what she does. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Cantata    2. Choral    3. Classical    4. Classical Artists    5. Classical Vocals    6. Italian Baroque Opera    7. Opera    8. Oratorio   


    3. The Homecoming
    by Denon Records
    Audio CD (26 September, 2006)
    list price: $18.98 -- our price: $12.97
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    Asin: B000H0MNIK
    Sales Rank: 907
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Homecoming....Andre Rieu
    I know it is relative, but this is the most enjoyable, exciting, inspiring, entertaining program I have watched in a long, long time. I did not get enough with one viewing, I will be watching it again and likely again. ... Read more

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


    4. HOMAGE: The Age of the Diva
    by Decca
    Audio CD (17 October, 2006)
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    Asin: B000HXDEV2
    Sales Rank: 147
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    Subjects:  1. Classical    2. Classical Artists    3. Classical Vocals   


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

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

    Reviews (37)

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

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

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


    6. Halloween
    by American Gramaphone
    Audio CD (23 September, 2003)
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    Asin: B0000AOV3N
    Sales Rank: 440
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (24)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Hallo-wha?
    Let me start by saying I've never listened to Steamroller before picking this up. I am a big fan of Halloween and have quite a collection of music/sound fx so naturally, this was a must buy when I saw it.
    5-0 out of 5 stars An interest take on the usual
    I wasn't sure what I'd think of this from reading other reviews, but I really did like it.I'm not really familiar with Mannheim's other stuff (but if the rest of the Autumn cd is anything like Harvest Dance, I'm looking forward to getting it), so I didn't have any preconceived ideas.I have a lot of the classical pieces on other cds, but I like the different twist given to them here. And I did like the sound effect cd.Nicely spooky (I have enough other sound effects cds with screaming and muching ghouls, etc).

    2-0 out of 5 stars Could have been great but . . .
    As a big Steamroller fan, perhaps my hopes were set a little too high.I envisioned more original music (perhaps a more scarier vibe than the silly one this CD has to it) and maybe a few covered tunes.Chips originals (from the Fresh Aire series)found on this CD outshine the weak efforts put forth on the covered and rearranged tracks.The sound effects disc sets a great(and creepy)mood, that should had been followed through with some new and equally scary compositions.
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    Subjects:  1. Adult Contemporary    2. Character/Single-Movement/Miscellaneous Work for Keyboard    3. Classical Crossover    4. Classical Pop    5. Contemporary Instrumental    6. German/Austrian Romantic Opera    7. Halloween    8. Halloween Item    9. Instrumental Pop    10. Keyboard    11. Miscellaneous    12. Miscellaneous Music    13. New Age / Meditation    14. Novelty    15. Opera    16. Orchestral    17. Pop    18. Romantic Orchestral Music    19. Romantic Tone Poem/Symphonic Poem for Orchestra    20. Scherzo for Orchestra   


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

    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   


    8. 25 Mozart Favorites
    by Vox (Classical)
    Audio CD (20 August, 1996)
    list price: $4.98 -- our price: $4.98
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    Asin: B0000058HV
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    This is an astonishing collection of works - or parts of works - by Mozart that covers almost every aspect of his creative output: symphonic, religious music, concerti (for piano, horn, violin, clarinet, flute), chamber music, serenades (for strings; winds), a couple of opera overtures and more. Those who know and love Mozart's music will not need this, but it's a great introduction, a great overview. The selections are well-chosen and interestingly organized, with familiar pieces splrinkled among some not-so well known. A good primer. Read more

    Features

    • Original recording reissued
    • Original recording remastered

    Reviews (14)

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

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

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


    9. 25 Classical Favorites
    by Vox (Classical)
    Audio CD (23 January, 1996)
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    Asin: B0000058HT
    Sales Rank: 1735
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (10)

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

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

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


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

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

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


    11. The Most Famous Opera Arias
    by EMI Classics
    Audio CD (19 July, 1994)
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    Asin: B000002SCE
    Sales Rank: 2727
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (18)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Okay But.... - a review of "The Most Famous Opera Arias"
    My daughter (6 y.o.) and I like opera; but sitting for two hours to watch Turandot is just not within the realm of possibilities for my 4 year old son right now... so I was looking for an opera CD for the car.He will sit and listen to short arias.
    5-0 out of 5 stars How about this...
    ...a wonderful and affordably priced music masterpiece for the novice to sample opera. I am new to the opera having seen my first at the Arena di Verona (Aida). It took the one to get me to want to sample more and this collection is certainly worthy of praise.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointed
    To be fair, I usually do not like opera--hurts my ears.
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    Subjects:  1. Classical    2. Classical Collections-Composer Desc.    3. Classical Music    4. French Romantic Opera    5. German/Austrian Classical Period Opera    6. Italian 20th/21st Century Opera    7. Italian Romantic Opera    8. Opera    9. Opera / Operetta / Oratorio    10. V/a Compilations   


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

    Reviews (23)

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

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

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


    13. 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   


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

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

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


    15. The Mozart Effect: Music For Babies: Nighty Night
    by Children's Group
    Audio CD (05 September, 2000)
    list price: $6.98 -- our price: $6.98
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    Asin: B00004X0QF
    Sales Rank: 4929
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Good performances, good CD
    I prefer the slow songs on this CD, they seems to be a better fit for my baby. The performances are well played by talented musicians. (I have a degree from Peabody so that's a true compliment)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
    My baby is 4 months old and absoletly loves this CD. At 6pm when he gets fussy, this is the only thing that calms him down and allows him to go to sleep. It is well worth every penny!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
    My daughter is now almost 5 years old and she still listens to the same CD she did at 5 months old.She is very bright and is doing amazing in her Junior Kindergarten class.She has always loved music, but she can't fall asleep unless we put on her Mozart CD.I would recomend it to any new or expectent parents, or even to parents who have a hard time putting toddlers to bed.It is a very soothing CD to listen to. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Chamber    2. Children's Collections    3. Childrens    4. Classical    5. Classical Period Serenade/Cassation/Divertimento    6. Classical Period Symphony    7. Classical Pop    8. Classical Sonata/Sonatina for Keyboard    9. German/Austrian Classical Period Opera    10. Keyboard    11. Opera    12. Orchestral    13. Quartet for Four String Instruments    14. Quintet For Clarinet And String Quartet    15. Quintet for Mixed Instruments without Keyboard    16. Symphonic   


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


    17. The #1 Opera Album
    by Decca
    Audio CD (27 February, 2001)
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    Asin: B000059RXO
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    The labels that are now gathered under the Universal Classics umbrella have a pretty impressive scorecard in the area of classical compilations. We've seen Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Bought This & Kid's and I Love It - a review of "The # 1 Opera Album"
    We just purchased this 2 CD set so we'd have something to listen to in the car (other than The Wiggles and Barney - lol) and we couldn't be happier.The offerings are great and include so many of the 'popular' arias that I wanted to introduce to our children:boy and girl; 4 and 6 y.o. respectively.
    5-0 out of 5 stars #1 Opera Album
    Great collection of performances by some true legends in the opera world. The entire album is very well done.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Compilation
    A wonderful compilation of some of the most beautiful music in the world. One reviewer panned the selection of voices, but that sounds like sour grapes. While you might be disappointed if your favorite artist is not included, there's no doubt that this collection will entertain the listener for many hours. You'll enjoy this music over and over again. Buy it and enjoy! ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Art Song (General)    2. Classical    3. Classical Music    4. Czech Romantic Opera    5. French Romantic Opera    6. German/Austrian Classical Period Opera    7. German/Austrian Romantic Opera    8. Italian 20th/21st Century Opera    9. Italian Romantic Opera    10. Opera    11. Opera / Operetta / Oratorio    12. Opera/Operetta Collections    13. Vocal   


    18. 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

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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   


    19. Romance Of The Violin (Live From New York In Concert)
    Audio CD (08 February, 2005)
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    Asin: B00076ZZB6
    Sales Rank: 1789
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    Subjects:  1. Chamber    2. Classical    3. Classical Artists    4. Classical Music    5. Collection of Preludes for Keyboard    6. Concerto    7. German/Austrian Classical Period Opera    8. Italian 20th/21st Century Opera    9. Italian Baroque Opera    10. Italian Romantic Opera    11. Keyboard    12. Keyboard Work with Descriptive or Unclassified Title    13. Nocturne for Keyboard    14. Opera    15. Orchestral    16. Orchestral & Symphonic    17. Piano Concerto    18. Romantic Music for Voice and Keyboard    19. Transcription for Orchestra    20. Vocal   


    20. The Voice
    by Deutsche Grammophon
    Audio CD (04 July, 2006)
    list price: $17.98 -- our price: $13.99
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    Asin: B000FIGXG2
    Sales Rank: 11868
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars An inspiring introduction to Quasthoff,plus two bonus tracks
    If like me you've eagerly bought every album released by the remarkable Thomas Quasthoff, this bargain two-fer from DG holds only two small surprises.On CD 1, dedicated to performances with orchestra, there's an unreleased Schubert song--Greisengesang D. 778--with orchestral accompaniment by Abbado. On CD 2, dedicated to lieder, there's an odd addendum called Jazz Improvisation, lasting six minutes, in which Quasthoff riffs and scat sings in the style of Bobby McFerrin, weird noises and all!
    5-0 out of 5 stars Excerpts from Previous Recordings Make a Fine Portrait of an Artist
    Thomas Quasthoff has performed throughout the world in a repertoire so varied that his talents appear endless.This very fine recording is part of the DGG Portrait of an Artist Series and while there is little new work here, this is a compilation of many of the recordings the have made Thomas Quasthoff one of our leading bass-baritones of the day.
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    Subjects:  1. Art Song (General)    2. Cantata    3. Choral    4. Classical    5. Classical Artists    6. Classical Vocals    7. German/Austrian Romantic Opera    8. Miscellaneous Music    9. Opera    10. Romantic Music for Voice and Keyboard    11. Song Collection for Solo Voice and Piano    12. Song Collection for Solo Voice with Piano or Orchestra    13. Song Cycle for Solo Voice and Piano    14. Vocal    15. Vocal Music   


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