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1. Lorraine Hunt Lieberson ~ Handel
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2. 25 Classical Favorites
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3. Messiah (George Frederick Handel)London
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4. Andrea Bocelli - Sacred Arias
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5. Lorraine Hunt - Handel Arias
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6. 25 Wedding Favorites
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7. Cecilia Bartoli ~ Opera Proibita
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8. Essential Bach
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9. Vivaldi's Cello
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10. Christmas Extraordinaire
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11. Bach at Bedtime: Lullabies for
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12. Best Classics 100 Volume 1
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13. Consider, My Soul: Sacred Arias
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14. Build Your Baby's Brain
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15. Handel: Messiah
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16. Christmas Around the World
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1. 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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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   


2. 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   


3. Messiah (George Frederick Handel)London Philharmonic Orchestra
by Sparrow / Emd
Audio CD (12 March, 2002)
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Asin: B000062T9E
Sales Rank: 2545
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Recording I've Ever Heard
I've listened to Handels's Messiah my entire life, so I'm very picky. I can honestly say this is the best recording I've ever heard.

5-0 out of 5 stars Messiah - complete traditional
It is the traditional version of the Messiah and includes all parts - even the songs some people would find obscure. Very well done. Sounds inspiring and wonderful.

4-0 out of 5 stars Genuinely Wonderful
This recording of Handel's Messiah showcases Felicity Lott, whose voice has an wonderfully warm and rich quality (unusual for a soprano) -- particularly on "I Know That My Redeemer Liveth," a song with which I am tolerably familiar as a soprano soloist.In fact, the entire recording's tone resonates with warmth.The only fault lies in the fact that #34-37 are omitted, including one of my favorite pieces, "And He Shall Purify;" hence four stars instead of five.But leaving aside that omission, the orchestral performance is outstanding, the chorus is very good, and the soloists, especially Ms. Lott, are delightful. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Choral    2. Christmas / Chanukkah    3. Christmas Music    4. Classical    5. Classical Composers    6. Oratorio    7. Orchestral & Symphonic   


4. 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   


5. Lorraine Hunt - Handel Arias
by Harmonia Mundi
Audio CD (17 May, 1994)
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Asin: B0000007EU
Sales Rank: 2435
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars An Ode to Beauty and Artistry (Lorraine Hunt-Lieberson, 1954-2006)
I've been meaning to review this album for the longest time, but haven't because of my committments at work and other things.Lieberson's voice, in my opinion, is one of the most beautiful instruments of our generation.It is, unlike a certain Renaaay who tries to sing anything and everything as a huge, incoherent slur, a very beautifully and artistically sung Handel recital.The tone is simply magnificent!And no other Handelian artist has connected her singing of the role with a dramatic sense that is so acute as her performances of the role.
5-0 out of 5 stars subtle beauty
I have had this CD for several years now, and also all of the CDs from which these arias are drawn.What a great album; I would not be without it.Ms. Hunt (now Hunt Lieberson) has the voice, phrasing, discipline...the inner understanding of this music.She's "connected" on almost every piece here. 'Angels Bright and Fair' is a particular standout in my view; but almost certainly, if you are a lover of Handel's music, you will find something special here. Her soprano to mezzo soprano on this CD was a subtle and extraordinary voice for performing these pieces.

5-0 out of 5 stars Handel at his best
Of all the wonderful (and not so wonderfil) Handel CDs Iown, this is the one I return to over and over. The combination of musicianship, beauty of voice, and complete dramatic conviction makes this collection of (generally) very obscure arias a pleasure that intensifies with repeated hearing. Among the highlights: "Vieni o figlio" (from Ottone) which becomes, with Hunt's interpretation, one of the truly great arias of loss, a precursor of the great Romantic standards; "Angels, Ever Bright and Fair" (from Theodora), with unbelievable diction and sweetness, making Engish sound as beautiful as Itaian; and "Qual nave" (from Radamisto), again a miracle of delicate phrasing and conveyed deep feeling. But Hunt finds real meaning in all the songs -- she's never just vocalizing. Best of all is the way she manages to intensify meaning in the da capo section without excessive decoration. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Cantata    2. Choral    3. Classical    4. Classical Music    5. Italian Baroque Opera    6. Opera    7. Opera / Operetta / Oratorio    8. Opera/Operetta Collections    9. Oratorio    10. Vocal   


6. 25 Wedding Favorites
by Vox (Classical)
Audio CD (05 September, 2000)
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Asin: B00004Y6T1
Sales Rank: 4008
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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  • Original recording reissued
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4-0 out of 5 stars Preview your wedding day
This CD was inexpensive, and provided a great way to preview songs for my wedding.The CD had a good song selection.My fiance and I were able to get a better idea of how the songs would be at our wedding. Definitely an inexpensive tool that is worthwhile.

5-0 out of 5 stars 25 WEDDING FAVORITES
My daughter had to move her wedding 3 weeks before the event and the music she had arranged could not be there.I purchased this CD and we were thrilled with the price, the selections on the cd and how quickly it arrived.Thanks for providing the music for a beautiful wedding.
4-0 out of 5 stars 25 Wedding Favorites
This is an excellent CD for a formal wedding, so-so for a casual one. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Baroque Suite/Partita for Orchestra    2. Cantata    3. Chamber    4. Chamber Music & Recitals    5. Character/Single-Movement/Miscellaneous Work for Keyboard    6. Choral    7. Classical    8. Classical Music    9. Concerto    10. German/Austrian Romantic Opera    11. Italian Baroque Opera    12. Keyboard    13. Keyboard Concerto    14. Keyboard Music    15. Opera    16. Oratorio    17. Orchestral    18. Quartet for Keyboard and Three String Instruments    19. Romantic Incidental Music for Orchestra    20. Romantic Music for Voice and Keyboard   


7. 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   


8. Essential Bach
by Decca
Audio CD (13 June, 2000)
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Asin: B00004SPLF
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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It is not possible to fit 36 Bach masterpieces on two CDs, so what Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars so amazing
I love this kind of playing. this is my favorite classical cd.

3-0 out of 5 stars Essential Bach is OK
This is a good basic primer. A true Bach lover might find a better selection/orchestra.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent collection of mostly recognizeable music
LOVE LOVE LOVE this 2-CD set.I bought I a awhile back and have enjoyed it very much.My toddler likes it too.I think it's a great value for the money and may have to get another copy if this one wears out.
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Subjects:  1. Baroque Suite/Partita for Orchestra    2. Baroque Variations for Keyboard    3. Cantata    4. Cello Solo    5. Chamber    6. Choral    7. Chorale Prelude or Chorale Treatment for Keyboard    8. Classical    9. Classical Composers    10. Classical Music    11. Concerto    12. Concerto Grosso    13. Concerto for Two Solo Instruments    14. Concerto for Two String Instruments    15. Keyboard    16. Keyboard Concerto    17. Keyboard Music    18. Lute Solo    19. Mass    20. Music for Organ   


9. Vivaldi's Cello
Audio CD (30 March, 2004)
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Asin: B0001IN11Q
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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The great Yo-Yo Ma has recently (in addition to his world music explorations) moved to the baroque cello, a so-called period instrument, and his transition has been remarkably smooth. He is indeed a musical polyglot, and this CD finds him solidly in the heart of the Baroque period, with music by Vivaldi. In addition to three concerti the composer wrote for cello, there are some fascinating transcriptions. The Largo violin solo from the "Winter" concerto of the Four Seasons is here beautifully played on cello, its darker tone added substituting gravity for chill in the wintry landscape. Aconcerto originally for viola d'amore, lute and strings has been transformed into one for cello, organ, strings and continuo, with Baroque expert Ton Koopman as transposer and organist (and sympathetic, energetic conductor throughout). And oddest of all, Koopman has created cello solos out of arias (one of which is helped by a perky bassoon)originally composed for female voice from a couple of operas, the oratorio Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Amazing
I love this album from beginning to end.RV 531 will blow your socks off, especially the first and third movements!Yo-Yo and Ton have done it again, thank you for such a wonderful record.You will not be disappointed with this purchase.

5-0 out of 5 stars You mouth open in Awe.
This album is complete. My mouth was open in Awe when I heard Allegro off this album, it's no.1 on this album. I couldn't stop picturing them all playing this. The piece was astouding! The dynamics, accents, just everything! I don't know what else to say about this album!

5-0 out of 5 stars Hard to believe!
This album is just exquisite... At times there are no words to describe the depth and beauty -- his incredible bow control, intensity and passion, impeccable pitch, sense of dynamic movement... It's all there! The first time I heard "Largo" from Winter I had to hold my breath -- it is such a dazzling rendition! I say that this album deserves twice as many ears as there are people in the world today! ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Cello Concerto    2. Chamber Music & Recitals    3. Choral    4. Classical    5. Classical Artists    6. Concerto    7. Concerto for Two String Instruments    8. Gloria    9. Italian Baroque Opera    10. Opera    11. Oratorio    12. Violin Concerto   


10. Christmas Extraordinaire
by American Gramaphone
Audio CD (30 October, 2001)
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Asin: B00005NNDK
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Chip Davis's Mannheim Steamroller hasn't lost any ground in the six years since their last Yuletide offering. Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Christmas Extraordinaire
I am a fan of Mannheim Steamroller and had high expectations for this CD.This is not quite as good as their older Christmas Cd's. It is ok but far from what it could have been.

3-0 out of 5 stars Doesn't Really meet the test of time
With no offense intended to Mannheim Steamroller, I just wasn't very excited about this CD.Probably the best thing on here is the Nutcracker selection, but nothing stands out as being original or a fresh look at music.The best thing I think that can be said about it came from my father, who heard it at Christmas, and said "At least it doesn't sound like all their other music."So, if you are tired of hearing the standard radio playlist of Chip Davis, this might be refreshing.On the other hand, if none of the selections from CHRISTMAS EXTRAORDINAIRE are being played, then probably none are very good (or popular).
4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but not outstanding
I have all of the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas cd's in my collection. While I enjoyed this one, it's just not quite as good as the prior releases. It seems to lack the lively sparkle that characterizes their other cd's. The music is still nice, and it's a good addition to my collection. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative    2. Ballet    3. Choral    4. Christmas    5. Christmas / Chanukkah    6. Christmas Music    7. Holiday    8. Miscellaneous    9. Miscellaneous Music    10. Miscellaneous Vocal Music    11. Neo-Classical    12. Oratorio    13. Pop    14. Progressive Electronic    15. Romantic Ballet    16. Solo Voice(s) and Small Ensemble    17. Vocal    18. Xmas Vocal   


11. Bach at Bedtime: Lullabies for the Still of the Night
by Philips
Audio CD (17 October, 1995)
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Asin: B0000041E0
Sales Rank: 15370
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Mellow, Sleepy, Wonderful
I bought this CD for myself, a 60 year old.I have trouble sleeping and have been buying CDs by this company.They are all wonderful.I'm asleep in about 15 minutes!

4-0 out of 5 stars Soothing Bach
It would probably help to first clear up a potential misconception in the unfortunate subtitle which refers to "lullabies" - a term that brings to mind for most people simplistic, sing-songy music hummed to babies in a crib.Lullabies are wonderful and have their place, but the music on the CD is not this (and Bach would probably have cringed a bit at the thought of his music here being called "lullabies.")What is here is a most wonderful, high-quality collection of Bach's Baroque music that is most condusive to creating a quiet, peaceful mood. The selections here include many famous pieces from Bach played by an impressive, all-star line up of notable musicians.Some listeners might take comfort in knowing that all selections have a similar, gentle tempo and mood without those unwanted changes in loudness from soft to LOUD that can startle one (the baby?) from sleep or quiet contemplation.The sound quality is good for the purpose of this collection - to provide relaxing background music or Rx for insomnia.I listen to this CD often if I wake up at night.
5-0 out of 5 stars Great for kids!
I bought this CD for my daughter when she turned six.It's been a year and she still listens to it a lot.Yes, she also listens to Britney and Christina, but on many nights she will request Bach (aka: that one with no words).It's great to know that they selected soothing, relaxing pieces.It's a wonderful way to broaden my daughter's horizons while also getting her to sleep. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Baroque Suite/Partita for Orchestra    2. Cantata    3. Cello Solo    4. Chamber    5. Choral    6. Classical    7. Classical Composers    8. Classical Music    9. Concerto    10. Concerto Grosso    11. Concerto for Two String Instruments    12. Keyboard Concerto    13. Oratorio    14. Orchestral    15. Single String Instrument with Keyboard/Continuo    16. Violin Concerto    17. Violin Solo   


12. Best Classics 100 Volume 1
by EMI Classics
Audio CD (29 August, 2006)
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Asin: B000GPIPQA
Sales Rank: 8074
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Subjects:  1. 20th/21st Century Ballet    2. 20th/21st Century Orchestral Music    3. Adagio for Orchestra    4. Anthem    5. Ballet    6. Baroque Suite/Partita for Orchestra    7. Baroque Variations for Keyboard    8. Cantata    9. Chamber    10. Character/Single-Movement/Miscellaneous Work for Keyboard    11. Choral    12. Clarinet Concerto    13. Classical    14. Classical Collections-Composer Desc.    15. Concerto    16. Concerto for Two Solo Instruments    17. Concerto for Two String Instruments    18. Czech Romantic Opera    19. Film    20. Film Music   


13. Consider, My Soul: Sacred Arias
by Deutsche Grammophon
Audio CD (12 September, 2006)
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Asin: B000H4VVCA
Sales Rank: 9753
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Subjects:  1. Choral    2. Classical    3. Classical Composers    4. Classical Vocals    5. Oratorio    6. Passion    7. Vocal    8. Vocal Music   


14. Build Your Baby's Brain
Audio CD (25 August, 1998)
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Asin: B00000AE72
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Editorial Review

Hundreds of compilation recordings have been thrust on the market in recent years on the theory that classical music makes a nice, non-threatening accompaniment to everything from working out to making love. And here we have one compilation promising to make your baby smarter. It's offensive enough that the music featured on these compilations is spliced up so that the most you hear of any work is a single movement; what's really annoying is the poor quality of so many of the featured performances. So it is some consolation that the artists here include such 20th-century legends as the Cleveland Orchestra under Szell and the Budapest String Quartet with Mieczyslaw Horszowski. Of course if these folks were alive, one can imagine their violent objection to this presentation of their work. Read more

Reviews (17)

5-0 out of 5 stars Build Baby's Brain through ClassicsVol 1
I am a true fan of Classical music and this was purchased as a gift for a co-worker who is adopting a child from China.Therefore I did not open it nor listen to it.The recipient is now overseas picking up their daughter so I know they haven't had the opportunity to listen to it. I think it's a great idea, though, and purchased a used set for my Grandson.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful stimulating music for baby
I am sorry for the previous review who said that intelligence is hereditary. If that is true, all mankind would have been doomed from the start.
5-0 out of 5 stars The greatest CD!!
I received this CD free when I had my first baby and it instantly became my fav cd of all time. I have it on my computer and I had another copy made because I just can not imagine not having it.
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Subjects:  1. Bagatelle for Keyboard    2. Baroque Suite/Partita for Orchestra    3. Cantata    4. Chamber    5. Childrens    6. Choral    7. Classical    8. Classical Collections-Composer Desc.    9. Classical Music    10. Classical Period Serenade/Cassation/Divertimento    11. Classical Sonata/Sonatina for Keyboard    12. Concerto    13. Educational    14. German/Austrian Classical Period Opera    15. Keyboard    16. Opera    17. Oratorio    18. Orchestral    19. Piano Concerto    20. Quartet for Keyboard and Three String Instruments   


15. Handel: Messiah
Audio CD (12 October, 2004)
list price: $20.98 -- our price: $16.99
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Asin: B0002VYDYQ
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Editorial Review

Every year brings a slew of new and reissued versions of this most beloved of Handel's works. This one first saw daylight in 1966, but lest you think it's outdated, this refurbished classic remains a source of listening pleasure. Obviously, it cannot reflect the historically informed performance practices of today. But it is one of the pioneering precursors of contemporary style, with sustained forward momentum, dancing rhythms, and an orchestra slimmed down from the prevailing norms of the 1960s. The singing is fine, with special kudos to the high-flying soprano, Judith Raskin, along with Florence Kopleff, a true alto, and Richard Lewis, a premier Handelian of the period. It also has what all Robert Shaw choral recordings have: first-rate choral singing and an emotional immediacy that goes to the heart of the music's message. I had to tilt the balance control to the left to bring the stage picture into focus, but once that was done, pure bliss followed. Read more

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  • Original recording remastered

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the most moving experiences
I remember listening to this recording as a child, from my father's collection in the 1960s.The LP set has been long lost, and I've spent 40 or so years looking for a satisfactory recording of the Messiah, to no avail.The only thing I remembered about this one was Shaw, and to my surprise I discovered it recently while searching on Amazon.This recording is a revelation and a beauty to behold.There is a purity and cleanliness, combined with fervor and urgency, that makes it a rare experience.The spare instrumentation is unforgiving, and intonation among the strings is sometimes wobbly, but this is a relief after the digitalized (fake) perfection of more modern recordings. The heaviness and miscasting of famous opera singers in the solo parts of other recordings of the Messiah have been unfortunate.In the Shaw recording, the orchestra and chorus are "right-sized" to the music and text.Most of all, the soloists live up to the music and the text.The contralto Florence Kopleff is especially moving, with minimal mannerisms and perfect diction; her performance here must be among the best in the classical repertoire, which makes it strange that she has left so few recordings.Listen to her "He was despised...."Soprano Judith Raskin's singing has an urgency and a wonder about it.Thomas Paul (bass) is equally moving in the substantial solos, as is Richard Lewis (tenor).With this recording of the Messiah, I feel like I've returned home.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hallelujah!
As a kid I begged and begged my parents for this recording (and what a weird kid I was).I wish they'd retained the original art work, but this was Messiah as I'd always dreamt it should be.Interestingly, this was the first time a recording attempted to duplicate what is (was) believed to be something resembling the original performances of Handel's masterpiece.The results were jarring and startling to those who'd known the piece as the massive work it had become.
5-0 out of 5 stars Finally on Compact Disc!
This was the first recording of Messiah I ever purchased, back in 1966.This Shaw performance was a big deal back then, as it represented the first real "period" performance practice version with its scaled down instrumental and choral forces - compared to the overblown Ormandy version, for example.The original vinyl discs imparted a muted dynamic range as I recall, so this splendid digitally-remastered release is truly stunning compared to the original. Of particular note is the gorgeous vocal work of soporano Judith Raskin, one of the most beautiful voices to appear on any recording of Messiah, and contralto Florence Kopleff whose vocal agility and sheen are something to behold.This is one of the best modern instrument Messiahs available today. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Choral    2. Classical    3. Classical Composers    4. Oratorio    5. Orchestral & Symphonic   


16. Christmas Around the World
by Denon Records
Audio CD (31 October, 2006)
list price: $18.98 -- our price: $14.99
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Asin: B000I2J7Y0
Sales Rank: 1094
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Subjects:  1. 20th/21st Century Music for Voice and Keyboard    2. Choral    3. Christmas / Chanukkah    4. Christmas Music    5. Classical    6. Concerto    7. German/Austrian Romantic Opera    8. Miscellaneous    9. Miscellaneous Music    10. Miscellaneous Vocal Music    11. Opera    12. Oratorio    13. Romantic Music for Voice and Keyboard    14. Solo Voice(s) and Orchestra    15. Vocal    16. Vocal Music    17. Xmas Vocal   


17. Vivaldi: The Masterworks (Box Set)
by Brilliant Classics
Audio CD (30 November, 2004)
list price: $169.98 -- our price: $152.99
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Asin: B00062FLHY
Sales Rank: 40638
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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  • Box set

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5-0 out of 5 stars $70/40... you do the math.
No, I don't own this collection...yet.However, the price of the collection compels me to review it beforehand.Never have I seen such a complete collection of Vivaldi compositions at such an incredibly low price.At $1.75 dollars a CD, the record producer (Brilliant Classics) isn't making much of a profit.The compilation pulls some of its works from DG Achiv Produktion's vault (see Standage), such as the violin concertos, as well as from unknown producers (the Poland Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra is heavily featured).The collection is so complete that it is academic, and I would not be surprised if music libraries quickly emptied it from Amazon's shelves.The collection is simply worth it for the incredible price (English Concert's recording of the violin concertos cost nearly 30 bucks, and is exactly featured here). Overall, the price alone makes this collection exceptionally attractive, and the ensembles featured aren't bad either. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Baroque Sinfonia for Orchestra    2. Bassoon Concerto    3. Box Sets (Audio Only)    4. Cello Concerto    5. Cello with Keyboard    6. Chamber    7. Chamber Music & Recitals    8. Choral    9. Classical    10. Classical Composers    11. Concerto    12. Concerto for Two Solo Instruments    13. Concerto for Two String Instruments    14. Credo    15. Flute Concerto    16. Gloria    17. Italian Baroque Opera    18. Magnificat    19. Mixed Chamber Ensemble with Keyboard    20. Multiple String Instruments with Keyboard/Continuo   


18. Sacred Songs
by Decca
Audio CD (27 September, 2005)
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Asin: B000AM6OXK
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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This lovely CD features Renée Fleming singing religious music in an unaffected, lovely manner. Many favorites are here: both the Bach/Gounod and Schubert versions of "Ave Maria," each offered with long breaths and soft tone; "Rejoice Greatly" from Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and beautiful
I've always loved Renee Fleming's singing and this most recent album is just beautiful in every way. A rich voice, beautiful singing and a devout and magnificent artist. She makes even the most notorious evergreens come to life anew. I enjoyed it very much.

5-0 out of 5 stars Truly inspiring
It is hard not to be impressed by Renee Fleming's voice.It is such a rich, versatile instrument and, by now, almost unmistakable.
1-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic crossover collection!
My first reaction to this album was "whoa, Sarah Brightman sounds AMAZING! I didn't know she could sing so great... in such lovely unaffected manner... she really toned it DOWN! how classy!"
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Subjects:  1. 20th/21st Century Music for Voice and Keyboard    2. Cantata    3. Choral    4. Classical    5. Classical Artists    6. Classical Vocals    7. German/Austrian Romantic Opera    8. Mass    9. Miscellaneous    10. Miscellaneous Music    11. Modern Mass    12. Opera    13. Oratorio    14. Requiem/Requiem Section    15. Romantic Music for Voice and Keyboard    16. Sacred Choral Music    17. Sacred Music for Soloist & Chorus    18. Solo Voice(s) and Small Ensemble    19. Vocal   


19. Angel Dances
by EMI Classics
Audio CD (18 July, 2006)
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Asin: B000FKP56Y
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Editorial Review

This is an extraordinary recording - extraordinary in concept, planning, preparation, and execution. Orchestras have been known to let an entire violin section stand up and play Paganini's "Perpetual motion" in unison - often with dubious results - but a cello section that can transform itself into a multi-layered ensemble is unique. Of course it only works if the section belongs to a great orchestra and consists of great individual players. The sound these cellists produce is incredible, from the sonority of an orchestra to delicate, transparent lines, from somber darkness to celestial radiance. They must have very strong thumbs: much of the music lies in the stratospheric thumb-position. Indeed, it is often hard to believe that these are cellos, not violins, or flutes and oboes. Their intonation, balance and unanimity are impeccable, and their stylistic versatility equals their technical command. The program, in excellent arrangements, some by the players themselves, ranges from a 17th-century Carissimi prayer (with chorus) through Bach, Mendelssohn, Debussy, Verdi, Piazzolla, whose Tango Suite gives the disc its title, Pärt, whose "Fratres" is heard in its original version, punctuated by bass-drum thuds, to contemporary Gospel shouts (with a jazz singer) by Volker Schlott, a Berlin-based jazz musician. The program ends with a frankly emotional, beautiful piece written for the 12 Cellists by Markus Stockhausen, who joins them on trumpet and flugelhorn. The recording's only flaw is its excessive dynamic contrast; let your ears revel in the Cellists' sound, but keep a finger on the volume control. Read more

Subjects:  1. Cantata    2. Chamber    3. Chamber Music    4. Character/Single-Movement/Miscellaneous Work for Keyboard    5. Choral    6. Choral Music    7. Classical    8. Classical Artists    9. Keyboard    10. Miscellaneous Vocal Music    11. Music For String Orchestra    12. Oratorio    13. Orchestral    14. Orchestral & Symphonic    15. Vocal    16. Vocal Music   


20. Best of the Millennium: Top 40 Classical Hits
by Utv Records
Audio CD (08 February, 2000)
list price: $13.98 -- our price: $12.99
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Asin: B00004GOZA
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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For those who want the most remembered passages of classical music's best-loved works, here's a package for you. On this bargain priced double-CD, you'll find music from 40 different classical composers; for the most part, the recordings excerpted here are some of the very best. Of course, you only get one Bach sampling (Read more

Reviews (26)

1-0 out of 5 stars Waste of money
Watch out for the volume leveling mentioned in another review. Surely the compliers could have come up with a better sort order than by composer. The change in tempo/volume between pieces makes it impossible to enjoy. My two CD's ended up in the trash.
5-0 out of 5 stars Great Music Compilation
This is a great CD full of many songs that you will recognize and enjoy.If you are someone who likes classical music but doesn't necessarily know which songs or which composers you like, then this CD is for you.You will likely recognize many of the songs as the classical songs you would have picked out to be your favorites.

1-0 out of 5 stars If you like classical music don't buy this CD.
Most of the tracks were chopped down to 3-4 minutes so some of the best parts of the compositions are missing.I don't know what I was thinking trying to buy 40 classical songs on two CD's.If you really want to enjoy the music you would do better to purchase a CD with fewer, but better quality tracks. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. 20th/21st Century Orchestral Music    2. Adagio for Orchestra    3. Cantata    4. Chamber    5. Chamber Music    6. Character/Single-Movement/Miscellaneous Work for Keyboard    7. Choral    8. Classical    9. Classical Composers    10. Classical Music    11. Classical Period Serenade/Cassation/Divertimento    12. Concerto    13. Film    14. Film Music    15. French Operetta    16. French Romantic Opera    17. German/Austrian Romantic Opera    18. Italian Romantic Opera    19. Keyboard    20. Keyboard Work with Descriptive or Unclassified Title   


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