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21. 25 Handel Favorites
by Vox (Classical)
Audio CD (05 September, 2000)
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  • Original recording reissued
  • Original recording remastered

Subjects:  1. Baroque Suite/Partita for Orchestra    2. Chamber Music & Recitals    3. Choral    4. Classical    5. Classical Composers    6. Classical Music    7. Concerto    8. Concerto Grosso    9. Fugue for Keyboard    10. Italian Baroque Opera    11. Keyboard    12. Opera    13. Oratorio    14. Orchestral   


22. Bride's Guide to Wedding Music
by Angel Records
Audio CD (14 September, 1993)
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Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Most Chosen Selections
As a wedding officiant, my wife and I are often asked to assist the couple with other services for their ceremony, such as music. For this, we have a very large selection in our music library to choose from. We have put together a catalog of cd's that we loan out to the couple for their review, and most often, their selections come from BRIDE'S GUIDE TO WEDDING MUSIC.
4-0 out of 5 stars Another Great Reference CD
This is a great compilation, CD, along with Bride's Guide to Wedding Music Volume 2, to use as a reference for some of the more popular wedding songs; just about everything on here is standard fare for weddings. All of the musicians are generally superb, and the sound quality is very good. However, this is most useful if you are playing the CD at your wedding, or using it as a reference CD to talk over potential music selections with an organist, a string quartet, etc. Like my review for Volume 2, I only gave it four stars based on practicality, not on quality. If it were just quality, I would give it five stars. I purchased this CD since I am in the process of making my own wedding CD (I am a professional, freelance violinist), and this was nice to listen to, even just as background music for dinner. BTW: beware of reviewers who don't use their names, especially "A music fan." This is most likely the producer of the "Wedding Traditions" CD and he slanders other CDs so his will look better. You'd think that in the wedding music business people would have better ethics, but unfortunately, that's not always the case. The best advice I can give, as a classical musician myself, if to take time to listen to the sound clips, and if possible, try to find them on iTunes where they might sound higher quality. This is the only real way of knowing whether the CD is right for you.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Nice CD
This is a very nice CD.
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Subjects:  1. 90's    2. Baroque Suite/Partita for Orchestra    3. Cantata    4. Chamber    5. Chamber Music    6. Choral    7. Classical    8. Classical Collections-Composer Desc.    9. Classical Music    10. Concerto    11. Concerto Grosso    12. German/Austrian Romantic Opera    13. Keyboard    14. Keyboard Music    15. Miscellaneous    16. Miscellaneous Music    17. Opera    18. Oratorio    19. Orchestral    20. Quartet for Four String Instruments   


23. Handel - Messiah / Ameling · A. Reynolds · Langridge · Howell · Marriner
by Decca
Audio CD (17 October, 1995)
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Asin: B00000427H
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Neville Marriner's 1976 account of the Covent Garden version of the score (1743), with the Academy and Chorus ofSt. Martin-in-the-Fields and soloists Elly Ameling, Anna Reynolds, Philip Langridge, and Gwynne Howell, is positively plush-sounding but nicely animated. I'd love to have this kind of string tone for, say, the Dvorák Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars LONDON VERSION OF 1743 (Early score)
This is not your usual Messaih. It is the first London version of 1743.Therefore several numbers are markedly different from the more familiar versions usually performed today and almost incised upon our memories and minds.There are cuts, additions and scorings for different voices.The Bass air no. 6 lacks the alto section.The usual duet no. 20 for Alto and Soprano, ( He shall feed his flock) is here only as an Alto aria, etc.There are many other variations and cuts and additions with respect to the usual presently performed versions. For my tastes the Solti recording with the Chicago Orchestra and chorus with the exception of the slightly harsh voice of the Alto Gjevang is preferable for modern tastes.I would recommended this recording if you are interested in this early version.

5-0 out of 5 stars Probably the Finest Messiah Recording
First of all, what the other online reviewers here fail to realize is that this is Handel's 1743 Covent Garden premiere Messiah score , NOT the "final" version. So, those looking for the familiar choruses, solos, etc. will be very disappointed and should probably seek another recording.
5-0 out of 5 stars Neville Marriner's first and best MESSIAH recording
Neville Marriner's first recording of MESSIAH, recorded in 1976, is without a doubt his best recording of the work.Marriner recorded Handel's most famous oratorio with his Academy of St. Martin in the Fields for Decca, and it is not to be confused with a later German language version from Munich for EMI, or a 1992 live concert (Philips) with soloists who were not on the level of the 1976 Decca recording.
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Subjects:  1. Choral    2. Christmas / Chanukkah    3. Christmas Music    4. Classical    5. Oratorio    6. Xmas Classical Vocal   


24. A Robert Shaw Christmas - Angels on High
by Telarc
Audio CD (23 September, 1997)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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In this beautifully chosen program of mostly a cappella arrangements, Robert Shaw and the Robert ShawChamber Singers deliver the Christmas story in tones of gentle andmoving splendor. The carols and sacred settings recorded here are allof an intimate sort, and the rapturous, gently expressive realizationsShaw and his singers give them prove unfailingly appealing.Particularly moving is the newest work on the disc, a setting of "O magnum mysterium" by the American composer Morten Lauridsen. Franz Biebl's"Ave Maria" is another gem, as is the arrangement by Healy Willan ofthe French carol "What Is This Lovely Fragrance?" The offering includesa pair of chorales from Bach's Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars a perfect Ceremony of Carols!
This is the finest recording of Britten's A Ceremony of Carols I've ever come across, and there are plenty of versions to choose from. The King's College Choir rendition suffers from overstuffed acoustics, a constant with that choir, and their recording of Ceremony of Carols falls short in the requisite rhythmic clarity and intensity. The Christ Church, Oxford version is plodding, and lacks sparkle. Harry Christopher's The Sixteen come close, with marvelous sonics and ecstatic diction, but fall apart in the exacting 'This Little Babe' round with uneven cohesion, and strange stressed notes that ruin the waterfall effect so felicitously construed by Britten. I've not heard Britten's own conducted version, but he scrupulously insisted on boy trebles, and it's difficult if not impossible to conjure a more perfect rendering than the one given here by Shaw and his Chamber Singers. 'This Little Babe' is incomparable in each and all of its rapid fire contours, which is no mean feat. Mezzo-soprano Nanette Soles deserves special mention for incandescent singing on 'That Younge Child". The luminous pacing of 'There is no rose of such virtue' is notable, and to his credit Shaw employs the ecclesiastical pronunciation of the various Latin passages, unlike The Sixteen (and most other English choir recordings of this piece) who insist on an idiomatic British pronunciation of Latin, which offers nothing but distraction. Some will prefer boy treble singers, an attractive option, but for high musical values and the art they inevitably enshrine, it's impossible to be disappointed with this profoundly wrought version of Ceremony of Carols. Bach's 'Break Forth, O beauteous heavenly light' is just right, and I'd not heard 'Heavenly Light' by Aleksandr Kopylov; both are favorable additions to an excellent recording. Recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant compilation
This is an absolutely outstanding collection of carols - some of them well-known, some of them obscure. As a choral singer, I've had the pleasure of singing many of these pieces, and I was delighted when I found them all in one place, and done by an ensemble so accomplished as the Robert Shaw Chamber Singers! It just isn't Christmas for me without this recording.

2-0 out of 5 stars Didn't care for it that much
I prefer to hear the voices and the words of the carols, and this one has too much other sound (maybe even the use of massed voices); I have a hard time hearing what they are singing. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Arranger    2. Choral    3. Choral Music    4. Christmas    5. Christmas / Chanukkah    6. Christmas Music    7. Classical    8. Conductor    9. Easy Pop    10. Hymn    11. Lullaby    12. Mass Section    13. Miscellaneous    14. Miscellaneous Music    15. Oratorio    16. Part Song/Glee/Music for Unaccompanied Voices    17. Sacred Choral Music    18. Vocal    19. Vocal Music    20. Xmas Classical Vocal   


25. Choral Masterpieces
by Telarc
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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5-0 out of 5 stars The heavens are telling
This is a very great chorus, and one of Haydn's best as far as i am concerned. The pace, grandness and spirit of the piece all conjure in one's imagination the majesty of heaven, and God's throne. I cannot help but be moved to praise the God of the heavens and the earth.
5-0 out of 5 stars Uncle Abe rattles the house with this thing
I came home from work one day when my uncle was visiting my wife and myself.He was recently retired from the ministry.He had heard a lot of choral music in his life.My aunt said he had the stereo ( power end of my stereo at the time was an Adcomm 555 amp. conservatively rated at 200 watts RMS per channel)up so loud it was rattling the whole house.I too have come to love this music.I mostly listen to rock and roll; butthe way my uncle, and now I, play this thing, it is rock and roll from another era!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Sir Robert with ASO and Chorus at their Best!
After Mr Shaw spent many years in NYC and Cleveland with RCA Red Label,he came into Atlanta for a big change! Soon he switched to TELARC DIGITAL! I still Joyfully remember our Recording of the Christmas Nativity in Dec of 1975! Sir Robert, conducting with earphones encasing his head shouted: "Stop the taping, there is some Darn Sizzling noise in those Lights!" We may have not heard the word "Damn" lights, that he employed at times! Read more

Subjects:  1. Choral    2. Classical    3. Classical Artists    4. Classical Music    5. Mass    6. Motet    7. Oratorio    8. Orchestral & Symphonic    9. Passion    10. Requiem/Requiem Section    11. Sacred Music for more than one Soloist & Chorus   


26. Carpentier: Judicium Salomonis/Motet pour une longue offrande - William Christie, Les Arts Florissants
by Virgin Classics
Audio CD (03 October, 2006)
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27. Mendelssohn: Elijah
by EMI Classics
Audio CD (15 February, 2005)
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Sales Rank: 19592
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars THE BEST recording of the BEST oratorio ever...
Okay, I'm gonna admit I'm biased- I first sung in the chorus of Elijah when I was 14 and it made a BIG impression on me!
4-0 out of 5 stars Too bad there are so few recordings of Elijah
This is a good recording of an oratorio that deserves more attention. The chorus and soloists are very good--I just wish Fischer-Diskau wouldn't slide around so much in singing the title part! ... Read more

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


28. Mendelssohn: Elijah / Shaw, Bonney, Quivar, Hadley, Hampson, Atlanta Symphony (Sung in English)
by Telarc
Audio CD (26 September, 1995)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Why mess with the words?
Robert Shaw certainly is the choral master and this powerful story is well "acted" by soloists and chorus.That said, I don't understand why Shaw changed the words in so many places.He wasn't updating King James English (i.e., the verbs still end in "eth"); there's a bit of generic "they" instead of "men" but that isn't consistent."Baal, we cry to thee" becomes "Ba-al, answer us.""Draw near" becomes "O come."In some places it just loses the poetry and becomes flat prose - for no obvious reason.Or he substitutes another verse of Scripture!The cd notes include nothing from Shaw himself so it's a mystery.I sang along with my old score and, frankly, some of his changes don't flow nearly as well as the older versions -- or maybe I'm just being picky!5-0 out of 5 stars Very excellent, especially the choral work
Having sung in this oratorio many times (both the contralto, and the soprano solo parts) I was very familiar with the work. What hit me first in this recording was the WORDS were not the same as those I had sung so many times. It was sort of a jolt. Instantly, that made me wonder what was going on, after all, didn't Mendelssohn write this oratorio in English. Well, he did, but it was an English translation of the German libretto which came from the German translation of the Bible. We were all used to those words, and they have taken on special meaning. There have even been recordings of the past that gave the scriptural cross references to those lines. Well, what has happened here is the conductor and others have actually gone back to those scriptural references and made sure the words sung are those found in our King James Version of the Bible. 3-0 out of 5 stars Good choral technique, weak on prophetic message
If you like choral technique, then buy this one. Robert Shaw is the unquestioned master in that regard. If you want something to capture the essence of the biblical story, you would do well to find another. Shaw himself once said that Mendelssohn had maybe become "too Christian" with the obvious messianic implications at the end. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Choral    2. Classical    3. Classical Composers    4. Classical Music    5. Oratorio   


29. For Thy Pleasure
by Delos Records
Audio CD (26 September, 1996)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing Guitars...And Then Some!
As a guitarist(mostly metal, neo-classical, rock, and blues), I have always been seeking that one 'classical' album that is just guitars working out entire orchestrations; no violins, cellos, etc(nothing personal, mind you...). This is that album. From the subtle to the intense, these 4 players work effortlessly together, putting together some faithful and authentic renditions of some familiar(some not so familiar)classical pieces. I was amazed at first just by the blinding technique, but began to appreciate the much more hidden aspects of this CD on multiple listenings. It has inspired me to look into a whole new style of playing. This is a really good starter CD for someone like myself who is just looking for some nice classical guitar ensembles.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pleasure For Your Musical Soul
I listened to this CD three times straight to make sure I heard every outstanding note.The arrangements were superb, and the talent....
5-0 out of 5 stars Just amazing playing!
This cd is great, the repertoire isn't played very much, and these four gentlemen play it so well! My personal favorite track on the disc is the "loose" cannon! Just a fun arrangement of one of the most popular classical songs of all time, and it's virtuosic in every way! Another great CD. Enjoy! ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Baroque Incidental Music for Orchestra and Voices (or Sem    2. Chamber    3. Chamber Music    4. Chamber Music & Recitals    5. Choral    6. Classical    7. Classical Artists    8. Classical Music    9. Concerto    10. Concerto Grosso    11. Keyboard    12. Miscellaneous    13. Miscellaneous Music    14. Music for Organ    15. Oratorio    16. Prelude and Fugue for Keyboard    17. Quartet for Four String Instruments    18. Quintet for Five String Instruments    19. Vocal   


30. John Adams - El niño / Hunt-Lieberson, Upshaw, W. White, Nagano
by Nonesuch
Audio CD (28 August, 2001)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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To clear up one thing first: this is not about the El Niño weather system that hits the western Pacific every few years. Instead, this is a rather beautifully done Nativity Oratorio by John Adams, filled with his trademark dancing minimalist rhythms and tuneful melodies. The text is in Spanish, English, and Latin, and comes from both New World and Old World sources, all centering on the birth of Christ. Particular kudos must go to the three principals: Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, mezzo-soprano; Dawn Upshaw, soprano; and Willard White, baritone. Even though there are moments when White's baritone threatens to dominate, they aren't significant enough to forestall any pleasure in the overall work. And while there are moments of drama here, they aren't nearly as spooky as those in Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars John Adams El Nino
How can one lose with a cast like this? Adams' El Nino is what the Florentine Camerata would have produced in 1698 if film projection had been available! Unfortunately, Peter Sellars' staging, with film, can't be shared here, but it can be imagined because of the music--relentless on the one hand, soul-fully lyrical on the other--inspired by literary sources drawn from a wide variety of sources. Not opera. Not oratorio. But exciting and unique.

4-0 out of 5 stars Revisiting El niño
Having first experienced John Adams' 'El ni�o' a couple of years ago fully staged by Peter Sellars and heard/seen more as a spectacle of video and quasi-choreography with the performers on the stage and the orchestra in the pit, this listener came away humming the visuals of bonfires on the beach with a Latino Holy Family: impressive evening but filler for a seemingly slight musical work. So why buy the CD set? Because I am a strong admirer of John Adams' work and felt I should give it more of a chance than a casual witness to a Christmas spectacle.
5-0 out of 5 stars An American Masterpiece
John Adams' modern Nativity oratorio is not only the best thing he's written since "Nixon in China," it may be the best thing he's written. Filled with his usual driving rhythms and supple vocal lines, as well as more unusual features like a trio of countertenor angels, acoustic guitar, and settings of contemporary Latin American poetry, "El Ni�o" is big, bold and powerful without sounding busy or pretentious. The vocal performances are all heartfelt and perfectly nuanced, bringing out an emotional dimension in the Biblical characters rarely seen in more traditional approaches. It is a work that dares to be something both honest and majestic, and succeeds on every level. This is what new American music should be; and it deserves hearing by more than just fans of classical music. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Classical    2. Classical Composers    3. Classical Crossover    4. Classical Music    5. Minimalism    6. Opera    7. Opera / Operetta / Oratorio    8. Oratorio   


31. Handel - Messiah / Nelson · Kirkby · Watkinson · P. Elliott · D. Thomas · AAM · Hogwood
by Decca
Audio CD (10 October, 1991)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the best performance ever of the Messiah
This is a tremendous recording of what may be the best of the many versions of the Messiah.It is a little known fact that Handel often modified his Oratorio depending on the singers who were to perform it.For the Messiah lover, this recording of The Foundling Hospital version, offers a vast array of surprises, from the very rapid tempo to the voice parts that sing some of the pieces.Additionally there is a modification of the order in some respects and some seldom peformed parts are included in this recording.All this is due to the unique nature of the Foundling Hospital version of the Messiah:how many of us have had the pleasure of listening to a performance of the Messiah with male altos in the chorus.It is a unique sound.It is crtainly a tribute to the Academy of Ancient Music that they were able to perform this piece at what is a blistering but exciting tempo.This is an absolute must have if you love the Messiah!I played this recording for the concertmaster of the Syracuse Symphony and he was quite taken by the challenge of the tempo and the beauty of the music and singers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Opinions of a 17-yr-old Baroque lover.
I think that this is a wonderful recording. The boychoir is excellent and the bright, clear sound is wonderful for the Messiah. The tenor is excellent, with his clear, delicate vibrato and wonderful diction. And Emma Kirkby is, of course, brilliant as usual. I have only two problems with this piece. First, Hogwood occasionally takes the pace a tad too fast. Yes, Baroque is usually tempo giusto, but sometimes allowances must be made for dramatic qualities. Secondly, the alto sounds very affectatious and her heavy vibrato is not at all appropriate for Baroque music. It is sometimes hard to tell whether it is a man or woman singing. However, it is, overall, the best recording of the Messiah that I have ever heard and I strongly recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars A superb recording re-creating a specific performance of 1754 from 1980.
It surprises many people to learn that there is no definitive version of Handel's "Messiah".Everyone knows the version they heard growing up, or the version they sang when they were younger.However, the scholar trying to put together an historically informed performance of this most important work is faced with many choices and even more questions.Do you use the score he wrote in 1741 but never performed, or the adaptations he made for the Dublin premier.Or maybe you want the version used for the London premier in 1743.If you do, you also have to reconcile that with the reality that Handel later abandoned these additions and changes.While the work settled into a more less standard form in the 1750s, Handel still made changes based upon the singers and players available.These are just the beginnings of the alternatives the scholar has to consider.
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Subjects:  1. Christmas Music    2. Choral    3. Christmas / Chanukkah    4. Classical    5. Oratorio    6. Xmas Classical Vocal   


32. The Wurst of P.D.Q. Bach
by Vanguard Records
Audio CD (03 December, 1993)
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Sales Rank: 5136
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars This is a MUST for anyone who enjoys classical music ...
...BUT not if you take it SO seriously that you have lost your sense of humor.
5-0 out of 5 stars PDQ Bach -- The Spike Jones of Classical Music
For the classical music lover, this is an amazing spoof.For those who do not know classical music well, this is still highly entertaining.

5-0 out of 5 stars Recaptured (Twisted) Youth
My friend and I saw the good Prof. Schickelehere in Pasadena last night (March 29th-- AND the conductor of the Pasadena Symphony is Jorge Meister!)-- and the last number on the program was the WONDERFUL "The Seasonings"-- I had a very hard time even after all these years of first hearing this on a REAL record of not singing along with every little tune!!!This piece last night, being sung by singers whom I do not doubt were not even born when I first heard a recording of it, were as good asthe ones I remember from my decadent youth on the original recording.Buy this C.D. if only for this piece! ... Read more

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33. Joy to the World - Eugene Ormandy, Philadelphia Orchestra
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Christmas music done in Ormady's rich "Philadelphia Sound"
"Joy to the World" has Eugene Ormandy with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Chorus providing a rich selection of Christmas songs, both classical and traditional, arranged by Arthur Harris.It is the former that are most impressive, although there are fewer of them, starting with Mendelssohn's "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" and Tchaikovsky's "Waltz of the Flowers" from "The Nutcracker," then ending with Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desire," and the "Pastoral Symphony" and "Hallelujan Chorus" from Handel's "Messiah."
5-0 out of 5 stars A Timeless Christmas Classic
I'm a lover of traditional Christmas music and I've acquired about 20 CDs of it.There's nothing my family likes better in December than putting on some good Christmas music and getting in the mood for the season, hearing once again the old favorites you've known since childhood.Of all the Christmas music CDs I've tried, I have two desert-island favorites, the two I always reach for first.This is one of them.I think it's one of the greatest recordings of traditional Christmas music ever made.The arrangements (by Arthur Harris) are joyous, beautiful, and soul-stirring; the performances are heartfelt and magnificent.If you can listen to this CD and not feel filled by the Christmas spirit, you must be (a) named Ebeneezer Scrooge, or (b) deaf.This one is a timeless Christmas classic, not to be missed.Warmest recommendation.

5-0 out of 5 stars Joy to the World Indeed
At one point, the Philadelphia Orchestra switched recording labels from Columbia to RCA. Since the Columbia Christmas recording was so popular, RCA decided to have the orchestra record a new LP that is now a compact disk. The style of this recording is very different from the Columbia recording. The arrangements are new and the chorus plays a central role. The album contains popular pieces such as Sleigh Ride and classical pieces such as The Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker and the Pastoral Symphony from Messiah. The quality of the RCA recording, like the Columbia is excellent, and fans of the Philadelphia Orchestra and its conductor, Eugene Ormandy will not be disappointed. ... Read more

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34. Franz Joseph Haydn: The Creation
by Telarc
Audio CD (27 October, 1992)
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Asin: B000003CYA
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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RobertShaw is so dependable a guideto the masterpieces of the choral repertory that it's safe to say youcan't go wrong in turning to himfor Haydn's greatest work for voices. That's true even in a field crowded withsolid alternatives geared to differing tastes. So if you want Haydn'soriginal German text ("Die Schöpfung"), there are excellentperformances byvon Karajan on DG andWöldike on Vanguard;for the same, with an extra dash of exuberance, there's Solti onLondon. If only original instruments will suffice,try Gardiner on Archiv. But for a Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful piece of music
I was assigned to sing this piece for my chorus class and when I heard it, I was just blown away. I'm not a believer in God, but it truly has a huge impact. The solos were especially mind-blowing.

5-0 out of 5 stars I'm sold on it
I looked around for a new English language version of Haydn's "Creation" to use for practice before I sang in the chorus for my local choral society's performance of Haydn's "Creation" earlier this year. I am not naturally drawn to Robert Shaw or his work, having been disappointed by him in recordings of Poulenc, Bach, Penderecki and other composers.5-0 out of 5 stars Wow.Just wow.
If the current flood of happy-sappy church music and "gentle Jesus" sermons is leaving you a little wistful, buy this cd and crank it up in the car...I guarantee you will be jolted with joy at being reminded of the "almighty" part of God.And until the Mensa member pointed it out, I was unaware that God spoke only German, so I really liked understanding the scripture as sung. ... Read more

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35. Kiri ~ The Best of Kiri Te Kanawa
by EMI Classics
Audio CD (20 November, 2001)
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Asin: B00005O83O
Sales Rank: 4333
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Absolute Beauty
I've loved Kiri's voice ever since I first heard her sing. She has such amazing control over that gorgeous instrument of hers. This truly is the best of Kiri Te Kanawa, although pretty much everything she lends her voice to is perfect. The highlights of this album for me are: Dove sono...this is the most perfect and complete rendition of this lovely aria that I have ever heard. Period. Ave Maria...sheer elegance. And her crowning High B in this song is breathtaking. Ecco: respiro appena. Io son l'umile ancella...absolutely stunning. Just the opening word "Ecco" alone is stunning. The rest of the aria is no less perfect. Chi il bel sogno di Doretta. This may be my favorite on the CD. I never really cared for this aria till I heard Kiri sing it. Beautiful beyond words. Especially her ethereal High C. This album is worth buying just for those songs alone. So basically, if you want to hear divine singing, buy this album.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful voice, great collection
I think Kiri has a beuatiful voice, she is never overtly dramatic, but the people who call her the "church soprano" should hear this album. She can sing sacred music better than many other opera stars, but she is so great as Countess in Mozart's Figaro. This is a great collection of many different pieces, from operas, sacred works, musicals, all sung with lots of feeling. Let The Bright Seraphim is the aria she sang at the wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles, it is such a splendid performance. My favourite piece on this album is probably Mozart's Laudate Dominum, but there are no disappointing songs here. Her voice is so warm, and she really gets involved with the text. If you are a big fan of Kiri, you should get this collection, it is such a nice selection of her greatest hits, and it is a very good introduction for new fans.

5-0 out of 5 stars Magnificent
I admit straightout to know nothing of opera - the cd is my first of its kind. Knowledge, however, is not required to enjoy this cd, only the ability to listen and feel.
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36. Handel
by Decca
Audio CD (14 September, 2004)
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Asin: B0002SZVV8
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Those who may have feared that Renée Fleming might approach Handel with a too-Romantic vocal attitude need not have; whether it's the leadership of the sympathetic, historically informed Harry Bicket, the sound of the spare but warm Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, plain good sense and musicianship, or any combination of these, here she offers sixteen arias in almost-impeccable Baroque fashion. I doubt whether sopranos of Handel's age had voices as plush as Ms Fleming's but she manages to keep her tone as light and as airy as possible in these selections, never leaning or swooping into an accompanying note in an "un-Baroque" manner, and the result is simply ravishing. The voice, of course, is almost unbelievably beautiful and agile, the technique impeccable, complete with a trill unmatchable in any soprano singing today. From the long-breathed lines of "O sleep why dost thou leave me" from Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Renee Fleming...somewhat out of her depth
While it's not the most thrilling Renee Fleming album in the catalogue, her interpretations of Handel pieces is quite an accomplished feat, but when compared to her earlier efforts, rings hollow with it's lack of emotion.As other reviewers have noted, Ms Fleming does not sound like she is in complete grasp of the material, and her performance lacks any real depth or dramatic weight.
5-0 out of 5 stars Handel sung with gusto and wit
I am utterly in love with Renee Fleming's voice and I am very glad that she returned to her roots in this luminous Handel Recital. While her fioritura is not as excellent as Sutherland's she surpasses the Australian with her sincerity and sense for drama. Not one word is sung without attention, her silken voice sound absolutely radiant here. I also noticed that she is singing more precisely and elegantly here, giving Handel a dignified elegance, yet passion that it hasn't had since Ferrier (Who was an alto but she still reigns supreme). It is definitely a step in the right direction. Brava Miss Fleming!

1-0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing Handel recital
This recital is mostly very bland and boring, with Fleming's Baroque vocal technique lacking in many ways.
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37. Gregorian Christmas: Chants & Motets
by Delta
Audio CD (30 September, 1993)
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Asin: B000001VHK
Sales Rank: 8889
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars clearing up a discrepancy
The play list is correct, the one with the ability to listen to clips.This CD has 14 tracks, beginning with "Puer natus est nobis" (the Introit) and ending with "Magnificat anima mea Dominum."The list that says ON THIS CD is a totally different list of chants.I do not know what it is doing on this page.
5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best I've heard
Not technically Gregorian, because of some polyphony. But this is one of the best selections of this kind of music that I've heard. Compare to expensive monastery or convert CDs, and others, and this is one you put on the CD changer more than the rest. Found it in a bargain bin at Fry's. Amazing CD.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music
Beautiful musical rendition of Christmas music.Soothing and lilting, it'll help you get centered or reconnected or whatever it is you need for stress relief.A fantastic CD at a great price! ... Read more

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38. 40 Famous Marches
by Decca
Audio CD (08 February, 2000)
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Asin: B000040OX5
Sales Rank: 36392
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Solid Basic March Collection
Great solid basic collection, a real bargain with mostly outstanding performances.Having played several in bands and orchestras and sung one (the Rimsky Mlada), I have a good idea how they should go.As other other commentators say, there are better individual recordings, such as anything by Fennell and the Eastman band.The organ pieces just don't do this music justice, although a real cathedral organ can come close, but that's beyond these discs.The Nielsen Aladdin March is the new one for me.Berlioz by Solti is great! Buy it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Bold and brassy mixes well with the rest
I am impressed most by the variety in 40 Famous Marches on 2 CDs, a Double Decca release.The performers include Philharmonic Orchestras, a Brass Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, organ, Symphony, and for nine selections, the Wiener Philharmoniker.I am not sure if the word schmaltzy ought to be applied to any of this, but the Wiener Philharmoniker often exhibits a unique sound which is not quite the same as any of the other selections.The final five selections are all performed by the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble under Elgar Howarth in ADD/DDD format in 1983 and 1985.Two of those five are rousing marches by John Philip Sousa, another called `Entry of the Gladiators' is typical of songs played by live bands at circuses, and the remaining two are from movie soundtracks.`Colonel Bogey' is famous from the movie about British prisoners of war building a railroad bridge for the Japanese in World War Two, the Bridge over the River Kwai.
5-0 out of 5 stars 40 Famous Marches - a great collection!!
This is a wonderful collection.What a wide collection of exciting pieces, all in one affordable package!!It encompasses so many composers and styles, from the majesty of Elgar and Walton, to upbeat Sousa to schmaltzy Strauss.It also includes such classic marches as Meyerbeer's Coronation, a pinnacle of the French opera style, the timeless Wedding March of Mendelssohn, and the brilliant organ piece, Marche Triomphale of Sigfrid Karg-Elert.There are also some interesting oddball selections like the mysterious Things to Come of Bliss (composed for the H.G. Wells film), the jaunty Chabrier marche, and oriental flair of Nielsen's Aladdin.Read more

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39. Mendelssohn - Elijah / Terfel, Fleming, Bardon, Ainsley, Fulgoni, Paul Daniel
by Decca
Audio CD (14 October, 1997)
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Asin: B0000042HI
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Mendelssohn (1809-1847) is a perennially underrated composer who finally may be coming to greater appreciation. Certainly this fine recording (in English) of a masterpiece that he believed joined the Jewish faith of his fathers with his own Protestant Christianity should not hurt his reputation. The superb Welsh baritone Bryn Terfel gives a dramatically charged performance in the title role, while soprano Renee Fleming sings with beauty and limpid understanding; the cast is almost uniformly strong. The Edinburgh Festival Chorus, directed by David Jones, sings with care and conviction, and Paul Daniel conducts his forces firmly. Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A prophetable experience
I've heard a lot of performances of Elijah, a well-crafted work that used to be more popular than it is these days, and this is an extremely good one. The musical direction is to the point, Fleming and Terfel are at their best, and the other soloists are extremely good. (Although I wonder if they originally tried to get an alto better-known than Patricia Bardon.) I'm also glad that there are enough soloists on hand: Mendelssohn asked for at least 8, and older recordings that make do with 4 (turning all octets into choruses, for instance) seriously distort his plan.5-0 out of 5 stars The Standard. Period.
I've heard many fine performances of this, the Mendelssohn masterpiece, both live and recorded, and THIS recording is the quintessential presentation. I've heard this sung in German, and I've heard it sung in English. And, no matter which of the two this is sung in, there is no finer performance anywhere. From the opening, with Bryn Terfel bursting force with the most power I've heard from him to date, to the defeat of the prophets of Baal, to the plea for Israel, to the final praise of God by the children of Israel, this work never lets up. Regardless of the pitching of the instruments or how Mendelssohn would have heard it, there is no doubt in my mind that he most certainly would have been enthralled with Terfel's performance. Terfel is, no question, the best there is in the world of classical bass-baritones today. Renee Fleming delivers a magnificently gorgeous performance. John Mark Ainsley holds his own as well. I was particularly impressed with the work of Patricia Bardon, whom I'd never heard from before this recording. Paul Daniel is worth his salt, too. And, the cake, which all of the soloists and the conductor are the icing for, is the combination of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus and the Enlightenment Orchestra...these are simply wonderful! They are so dramatic, articulate, and involved. If one is in search of a recording of "ELIJAH" by which one wants to hear the way it was meant to be performed (with intensity, emotion, fervor, and energy), then THIS is THE recording to pursue.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Dramatically Intense, Moving "Elijah"
Even if it is flawed, this is the kind of recording that reminds you why, exactly, Mendelssohn is in the Pantheon of great composers. To start, Bryn Terfel and Renee Fleming turn out some of the most sensitive, smart,deeply-felt singing I've heard in a long time.Fleming's Widow is palpablytearful -- sorrowfully when proclaiming that there's "no breathleft" in her young son, then joyfully as he "reviveth."Andher reading of "Hear Ye, Israel," is truly involved, and notsimply sung as a bravura aria -- there's no doubt that God is present,powerful and "he that comforteth, ... will strengthenthee."Read more

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40. The Knot Collection of Ceremony and Wedding Music Selected by the Knot's Carley Roney
Audio CD (02 May, 2006)
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Asin: B0009IN2DA
Sales Rank: 19451
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  • Selected by The Knot's Carley Roney
  • Includes 5 Prelude, 7 Processional, 5 Interlude and 6 Recessional selections from Bach, Beethoven, Handel and others
  • A must-have for the bride- and groom-to-be

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