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41. Paul McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio
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42. A to Z of Classical Music
$11.98
43. Bach for Breakfast
$14.99
44. Handel - Messiah / Clift · Robbin
$17.98
45. Classic Wynton
$23.09
46. Handel: Messiah (Complete Oratorio);
$17.98
47. Holiday Pops
$9.98
48. Pachelbel Canon and Other Baroque
$11.98
49. Wynton Marsalis - Baroque Music
$14.99
50. 100 Best Film Classics
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51. Kathleen Battle · Wynton Marsalis
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52. Kiri Te Kanawa - Ave Maria
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53. Christopher Parkening plays Bach
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54. Baroque Masterpieces
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55. Simply the Best Classical Anthems
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56. The #1 Choral Album
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57. Flute For Relaxation
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58. The Story Of Handel
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59. Marches: Greatest Hits
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60. Bryn Terfel - Handel Arias / Scottish

41. Paul McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio
by EMI Classics
Audio CD (11 October, 1991)
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Asin: B000002RSK
Sales Rank: 7369
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (9)

1-0 out of 5 stars What an Ego...
There was a time when oratorios were about religioss figures -- usually Bible stories like Handel's Messiah and Esther -- or classical Greek mythologies...usually lofty themes.Not this.This is about a working class Liverpool kid who becomes a demi-god -- or so he thinks. What great heroic values does this demigod and his oratorio espouse?None -- this is a typical "me, me me" Paul McCartney ego trip -- what serious composer would write an oratorio to himself? Was Te Kanawa really that hard up for money that she would record this mess? Skip this please.Even "Ram" is better.

4-0 out of 5 stars Better than any other Pop Stars' Efforts
I'll admit that I dislike opera, and the only reason I was exposed to this work was because it was McCartney (and also, I suppose, because I love classical music).There are certain elements that are common to all good music, no matter what genre;one such is melody.McCartney has built a career on intoxicating tunes, and he doesn't stop here.I've listened to classical music for a long time, and these are some of the best melodies I've ever heard.McCartney doesn't seem too worried with "Oh, this is Classical, and my my, I mustn't disturb the English caste system of 'how things are supposed to be'".He basically just does what he does best, only he puts it into a classical context.I'm somewhat surprised he pulled it off so well for a first-timer, but then again, McCartney's works from very early on suggest an uncommon ability to write well in a multitude of styles.More so than John Lennon, he seems to be able to step outside himself and indulge in whatever role is needed to write a great song.If Lennon and McCartney had been actors and not Beatles, Lennon would have been a Sean Penn or Alan Alda or Gary Cooper-type, playing basically an extension of himself, but playing it passionately, and playing it very well.McCartney would've been more like Dustin Hoffman or Meryl Streep, with a broad range, amazingly different in every role.
2-0 out of 5 stars The second star is for effort
This man's been playing Silly Love Songs ever since the contrast between that and the late John Lennon's pre-punk ethos formed the nucleus of the Beatles. But you have to remember that the main reason this freshman effort at symphonic music reached the mass market at all was because McCartney had made his mark many years ago. Already being famous helps, believe me. The arrangements are courtesy of Sir Paul laying out the basic threads using MIDI computer sequencing, at which point an arranger steps in and transcribes the result into real orchestral parts. And the libretto here are more than just a tad weak. One scene deals with a quarrel between Our Hero and his newly-pregnant wife. He makes that one statement in such situations that one regrets as soon as he says it, and gets this response;
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Subjects:  1. Choral    2. Classical    3. Classical Composers    4. Classical Music    5. Opera / Operetta / Oratorio    6. Oratorio   


42. A to Z of Classical Music
by Naxos
Audio CD (17 October, 2000)
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Asin: B00004YYRT
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Is it a two-CD set with a particularly thick booklet, or a 562-page book with a compilation album attached? Either way, the unpretentious text by Keith Anderson offers an introduction to the lives and works of dozens of composers, together with recommended recordings from the Naxos and Marco Polo catalogs. Anderson includes a useful 59-page glossary of musical terms and an extensive listing of classical pieces used in films. The odd thing about the 36 extracts and complete pieces on the CDs is that they do not form an A-to-Z at all. Rather, they are arranged chronologically, from 1,000-year-old Gregorian chant to the opening movement of contemporary composer Philip Glass's Violin Concerto. Between these two points is the early music of Palestrina and Byrd; the Baroque glories of Vivaldi and Bach; the 19th-century Romantic masters, from Beethoven to Tchaikovsky; and such 20th-century greats as Rachmaninov and Stravinsky. Opera, song, and chamber music are barely represented, but only so much can fit into 151 minutes. Essentially a deluxe sampler of the vast Naxos catalogue, the discs offer a good introduction to some of the most famous and melodic music ever composed, while the book will be very useful to newcomers to the potentially confusing world of classical music. Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars LETTER PERFECT CLASS(ICAL) ACT!
It's only natural we sometimes hit the high seas....make that Cs. This is one box set about which we sing praises. This set features more than two hours of the finest music from across the centuries by such composers as Schubert, Chopin, Mozart, Handel, Stravinsky and Glass. The set also comes with a 562-page illustrated book, detailing the lives of hundreds of composers, a5-0 out of 5 stars Great Tracks -- Great Value -- Great Book, Who Can Complain?
Naxos is a fabulous label -- you will not get samples of the best classical music through the ages at no better price.These tracks are as good as any of the over-priced major orchestras and in some cases better.This is a great starter set for a beginner or anyone who just wants to "taste" the classics.If you prefer Opera I would suggest the A to Z of Opera -- most of the tracks on A to Z Classical are orchestral. I was so impressed with this collection that I purchased the Discover the Classics Vol's 1-3 which will give you a more detailed look at the great classics.Take a look at the Naxos web site at NAXOSUSA.COM -- what you will see will blow your mind -- there are literally thousands of pieces that you could listen too!

4-0 out of 5 stars At this price, how can one complain?
This is pretty much a CD version of a mini-Naxos and Marco Polo catalog. All the pieces and extracts are ordered chronologically on the 2 CDs and are of very acceptable quality, but don't expect excellence in every track. Personally, I was particularly disappointed with one of my favourite Pachelbel pieces. The Naxos Canon & Gigue lacks all the emotion of my favourite versions.Read more

Subjects:  1. 20th/21st Century Symphony    2. 20th/21st Century Tone Poem/Symphonic Poem    3. Alleluia    4. Ballet    5. Baroque Individual Dance Movement for Orchestra    6. Baroque Suite/Partita for Orchestra    7. Cantata    8. Chamber    9. Chamber Music    10. Choral    11. Clarinet Concerto    12. Classical    13. Classical Collections-Artist Desc.    14. Classical Music    15. Classical Period Serenade/Cassation/Divertimento    16. Classical Period Symphony    17. Concerto    18. Concerto Grosso    19. Folk Dance for Orchestra    20. German/Austrian Romantic Opera   


43. Bach for Breakfast
by Philips
Audio CD (13 June, 1995)
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Sales Rank: 12013
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Coffee ? Eggs ? Bacon ? Bach ?
This recording is a delightful morning brew of Bach's most beautiful and atmospheric instrumental music, even making use of an instrument that most music scholars forget he even wrote music for - the harp, as in the SLonatas for Flute, Harp and Cello, which on this recording, sound positively radiant coming from the likes of Sir Neville Marriner's Academy of St Martin In The Fields or the English Chamber Orchestra. The opening track is the ever popular Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, mostly a featured piece in Wedding Ceremonies. The Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D, which I believe is marked "Overture" is regal and elegant. The English Suite No. 3 in G Minor is a lovely piece, as is the intimately slow andane of the Brandenbur Concerto No. 2. The Concerto for Violin and Panpies in D is a fresh new rendition. All in all, this is a very intimate CD, full of Baroque charm and romance. It is a fine way to start your day.

3-0 out of 5 stars Gentle background music with lots of harp
In general, the Philips series "Set Your Life to Music" is one of the better, high-quality compilation series of classical music.This CD is a collection of Bach's Baroque-era music that is ideal for those unfamiliar to the often-intimidating world of classical music who mainly are looking for some pleasant and inspiring background music while learning a little about classical music.This Bach collection contains music that is rich in the soothing sounds of flute, harp, guitar and oboe along with a sampling of Bach's mild-mannered, songful orchestral music.Overall, the selections are all gentle and lyrical with a good sound quality.The concerto, oboe and orchestral works are some of Bach's finest compositions of sheer beauty and elegance and are performed by some of classical music's finest musicians.Some selections most everyone who has been ever been to a few weddings will recognize (Jesu, Joy of Man's Desire).And no piece is as haughtingly lovely as the flute sonata slow movement (Siciliano) on track 5 - a highlight of the disc.
5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Compilation of Brilliant Music for Home Listening
You will love this CD! Like many of the CD's from this series, the music was carefully chosen for home listening. I just love playing this CD at home. 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. Flute Solo/Sonata    12. Keyboard    13. Keyboard Concerto    14. Miscellaneous    15. Miscellaneous Music    16. Oratorio    17. Orchestral    18. Suite/Partita for Keyboard   


44. Handel - Messiah / Clift · Robbin · Fowler · Ledbetter · Boston Baroque, Pearlman
by Telarc
Audio CD (21 September, 1992)
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Sales Rank: 15282
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Yes, this version really "pops"
One of the other reviews stated that this version "pops", and I have to agree.Messiah is a widely performed, as it should be.Even a frequently performed great piece of music has aspects that can be profitably explored in new and different ways, and that is what Perlman and crew do.
5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Messiah Recordings on the market.
This recording of Handels Oratorio Messiah by Martin Pearlman
5-0 out of 5 stars Majestic, Powerful, with Tempo and Flair
I own 3 full Messiahs (Martin Pearlman, Christoper Hogwood's, and Robert Shaw's) and a couple of highlights CDs.I like and recommend Hogwood because he employs a boys choir, which gives the choral added depth and clarity.However, this recording by Martin Pearlman & the Boston Baroque continues to be my reference recording against which I judge all others.This is, without question, Handel's Messiah precisely as it was meant to be:Majestic, Powerful, with tempo and flair. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Choral    2. Christmas / Chanukkah    3. Classical    4. Classical Music    5. Oratorio    6. Xmas Classical Vocal   


45. Classic Wynton
Audio CD (10 November, 1998)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Wynton Marsalis may not have an easily recognizable or even particularly handsome tone, but this erstwhile jazz trumpeter is an amazing virtuoso with a fine sense of classical style. If you've never owned/heard any of his classical CDs, and you love (mostly baroque) trumpet music, this compilation--a sort of "greatest hits"--is for you.From such cruddy, sensationalistic works as Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Heard this with NEW appreication.........
This is such a wonderful mix. I especially love the Haydn concerto finale in E flat. I was listening to this cd when my grandson (almost 3) heard the glorious music of the trumpet for the first time. He loved seeing the photos of Mr. Marsalis (which I embellished, albeit true, saying how difficult it is to play the trumpet - hence the need for a handerchief to wipe his brow in one of the photos). This awakened his awareness of trumpet music where he now loves to listen to one of his Baby Einstein cd's in the car. Specifically, he told his mother "louder" when the trumpet piece was played - repetetively.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wynton's the best
I'm not a professional musician and don't have a trained ear but Wynton Marsalis has provided me with a very delightful hour of extremely good music.

5-0 out of 5 stars Classic Wynton--brilliant, clear trumpet renditions
For anyone who loves trumpet music as I do, this album is a must.Wynton Marsalis has mastered twenty all-time favorite pieces with such brilliance, that no other trumpeteer comes near by comparison.Opening with J. Clarke's, The King's March, Wynton proceeds to favor listeners with such baroque favorites as Purcell's Entrada from "The Indian Queen," J. Clark's The Prince of Denmark's March and J. Stanley's Trumpet Voluntary.Fantastic selections from Bach, Mozart, and Haydn follow, with the album also including such delightful listening as The Last Rose of Summer, Carnival of Venisee, and Flight of the Bumblebee.You won't be disappointed with this purchase! ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Baroque Incidental Music for Orchestra and Voices (or Sem    2. Chamber    3. Chamber Music    4. Choral    5. Classical    6. Classical Artists    7. Classical Music    8. Concerto    9. Concerto Grosso    10. Concerto for Two Solo Instruments    11. Duo for Two String Instruments    12. Jazz    13. Miscellaneous    14. Miscellaneous Music    15. Opera    16. Oratorio    17. Pop    18. Quartet for Four String Instruments    19. Russian Romantic Opera    20. Symphonic   


46. Handel: Messiah (Complete Oratorio); Battle, Quivar, Aler, Ramey, Davis
by EMI Classics
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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Asin: B000002RPL
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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There are two English Davises, both conductors: Colin and Andrew--no relation. Colin recorded a landmark Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Overproduced!
There are many brilliant moments within this recording including some of the solos, BUT the use of too much brass and an organ give it too much of a 'production number' feel.{My experience with The Messiah includes singing it on stage at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall ~30 times total among other venues - as a bass section member.}While not a true purist in that all the choral members be male [ala boy sopranos and altos...] a harpsichord, limited brass and a fairly small orchestra is better suited to the baroque music and renditions which are supposed to be emotive, evocative and spiritual.This rendition is just too far into the big, brassy and bassy is better zone!

5-0 out of 5 stars This is one of my favorite Messiah albums!!
I can't get technical about this CD set like others have, all I can say is I think all the singers & orchestra sound fabulous & I just get lost in it.This is 1st copy I bought when I left home.Lost my Messiah in a move & couldn't remember any info on the CD, after searching/listening on several sites found it thankfully.I'm very happy I was able to find it again!

3-0 out of 5 stars Big, bassy and brassy, but there are better options
Davis uses a lot of organ pedal underpinning for the choruses, making for good fun in the big choral moments. There's also some very noticeable brass reinforcement in the big choruses where it's not part of Handel's, admittedly shorthand, scoring. The arias are pretty much played straight by a big string section with continuo. I've listened to this several times but I never come away with much of an impression one way or the other - aside from some very palpable and impressive low bass from the orchestra. The soloists vocalize nicely, but there's a generic quality to the whole enterprise. If you like this sort of thing, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's remake on the Nightpro label uses the Prout orchestrations set against the string/continuo accompaniment of the arias. Some of the latter's soloists have seen better days, but there's no out and out disaster. The Nightpro DVD-audio version in 5.1 channel sound is also very impressive. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Choral    2. Christmas / Chanukkah    3. Christmas Music    4. Classical    5. Oratorio    6. Xmas Classical Vocal   


47. Holiday Pops
Audio CD (29 September, 1998)
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Sales Rank: 45777
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Can listen all year
This is a great cd and Farandole has been a favorite of our son for over a year (he's 2 1/2).I highly recommend it!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must For Boston Pops Lovers
Poor Keith Lockhart did not have the easiest time when he first came to Boston. He made a few major mistakes. First, he shortened the 1812 Overture at the July 4th Concert at the Esplanade, which may have been a decision of the television stations carrying the broadcast, but it, went over with a thud. His first few Christmas concerts were not critically acclaimed, though crowds still attended. By the time his album HOLIDAY POPS was released, things got a bit better for poor Keith, and now he is as much of a Boston institution as anyone.5-0 out of 5 stars Thank you, Keith Lockhart
In an age of Christmas artists like Mannheim Steamroller and Trans-Siberian Orchestra (Who came up with these names anyway?), it's a blessing that we still have artists who have become as timeless as the Christmas music that they play.For many years, the Boston Pops Orchestra has had an annual tradition of performing Holiday Pops concerts in December, with the audiences enjoying champagne and refreshments on the floor.And Keith Lockhart has certainly done an excellent job of carrying on the tradition long maintained by Arthur Fiedler and John Williams.Read more

Subjects:  1. 20th/21st Century Orchestral Music    2. Choral    3. Choral Music    4. Christmas    5. Christmas / Chanukkah    6. Christmas Music    7. Classical    8. Miscellaneous    9. Miscellaneous Music    10. Oratorio    11. Orchestral    12. Orchestral Music    13. Suite for Orchestra    14. Xmas Classical Vocal   


48. Pachelbel Canon and Other Baroque Hits
Audio CD (06 September, 1991)
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Sales Rank: 4791
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to Baroque music...
This CD contains a great sampling of Baroque music. Some of the best known songs of the period are included. Listeners will likely instantly recognize many of the songs (you've likely heard them before, you just didn't know their names). An excellent rendition of Pachelbel's Canon starts off the CD. Then plenty of music from big names such as Bach, Handel, and Vivaldi fill out the disc's 72 and a half minutes of music.
4-0 out of 5 stars Good "best of" CD, but nothing more.
This CD does what it says it does: it gives you a brief, excellently recorded overview of the Baroque.But remember, this is just bits and pieces of a great store of music.5-0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal Collection of Music
Pachelbel's Canon in D is always good but the rest of the tracks shine as well. This is a superb collection of classical music. If you're new to classical music and love strings, purchase this CD. You'll be glad that you did. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Adagio for Orchestra    2. Baroque Suite/Partita for Orchestra    3. Cantata    4. Chamber    5. Chamber Music    6. Chamber Music & Recitals    7. Choral    8. Classical    9. Classical Collections-Artist Desc.    10. Classical Music    11. Concerto    12. Concerto Grosso    13. Oratorio    14. Orchestral    15. Quartet for Keyboard and Three String Instruments    16. Symphonic    17. Symphony    18. Violin Concerto   


49. Wynton Marsalis - Baroque Music for Trumpet
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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Sales Rank: 22027
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A blast of brass
I first encountered this on cassette, quite by accident. It later became the background for my work at morning at the easel painting watercolours. But this is no wallpaper music. The technical genius of matching separate recordings of different trumpet parts is surpassed only by Marsalis's bright and lively technique. The masters would be pleased. As for the watercolours, I can now stand before them and see the music's influence on paper. Well worth the listening...

5-0 out of 5 stars Old school Wynton
This cd features a lot of Wynton's earlier piccolo playing, which, while perhaps not as brilliant as you'd hear on his Gabriel's Garden album, is slightly more refined and appropriate to the repertoire. That isn't to say he doesn't embellish; The Fasch concerto has some tastefully inserted ornaments. "Let the Bright Seraphim" is as well played with soprano Edita Gruberova as it is in Wynton's later recording with Kathleen Battle. The Purcell selections on the album are probably the best examples of good piccolo playing I've found, particularly the trills. One only need listen to the "Entrada" to see how delicate and refined the playing on the whole album is.

5-0 out of 5 stars fabulous
Marsalis' prodigious talent coupled with the greatest of Baroque brass composers is a combination that cannot be beat!Of course, Anthony Newman takes everything (less the slow stuff, of course) at his characteristic "lively" pace, but Marsalis keeps up.His execution of the ornamentation is awesome!Gotta have this one! ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Baroque Incidental Music for Orchestra and Voices (or Sem    2. Chamber    3. Choral    4. Classical    5. Classical Artists    6. Classical Music    7. Concerto    8. Miscellaneous Sacred Choral Music    9. Mixed Chamber Ensemble with Keyboard    10. Ode    11. Oratorio    12. Trumpet Concerto    13. Vocal   


50. 100 Best Film Classics
by EMI Classics
Audio CD (29 August, 2006)
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Asin: B000GPIPR4
Sales Rank: 36182
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Subjects:  1. Adagio for Orchestra    2. Anthem    3. Bagatelle for Keyboard    4. Ballet    5. Baroque Suite/Partita for Orchestra    6. Baroque Variations for Keyboard    7. Cantata    8. Cello Concerto    9. Chamber    10. Character/Single-Movement/Miscellaneous Work for Keyboard    11. Choral    12. Clarinet Concerto    13. Classical    14. Classical Collections-Artist Desc.    15. Classical Period Serenade/Cassation/Divertimento    16. Classical Period Symphony    17. Classical Sonata/Sonatina for Keyboard    18. Concerto    19. Concerto Grosso    20. Concerto for Two Solo Instruments   


51. Kathleen Battle · Wynton Marsalis ~ Baroque Duet / Anthony Newman · Orch St. Luke's · Nelson
Audio CD (21 April, 1992)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY THIS CD!
I will admit that both Wynton Marsalis and Kathleen Battle are great musicians, but baroque music is not their forte. If you want to hear this music performed beautifully and in a baroque style (and on period instruments!), buy the Art of the Baroque Trumpet vol. 3 with Niklas Eklund and Susanna Ryden. All of the best pieces from this CD are on that one as well, Handel's Eternal Source and Let the Bright Seraphim, Scarlatti's Su le Sponde del Tebro and Arie con Tromba Solo, Stradella's Il Barcheggio, and Perderi's Pace una Volta. Eklund plays on a baroque trumpet with 8 feet of tubing. His is richer and more beautiful than anything that can be produced on a modern piccolo trumpet (only two feet long), and Susanna Ryden's smooth pure voice accompanies it perfectly. There is very good musicianship on this CD, but it does not fit the style of the music at all.

5-0 out of 5 stars Baroque splendor
This album by Kathleen Battle shows her in top form, as a true diva and fantastic interpreter of Baroque music. She is incomparable in these incredible difficult but very beautiful arias. Her version of Let the Bright Seraphim is simple the best ever recorded, she sails through these challenging lines with such ease. And of course Wynton Marsalis is there as a great partner. In many arias Kathleen's voice has to compete with his trumpet, like in Seraphim or Si Suoni La Tromba, and they sound so triumphant together. And there are many more arias when her singing is simply radiant, and divine.
5-0 out of 5 stars Great Because Of Wynston Marsalis On The Trumpet
Wynston Marsalis that takes the trophy on this album. Marsalis is an energetic and contemporary black musician with flexible talent. Who'd have thought that such a dedicated jazz artist who knocks them dead on the sax and trumpet can also play magnificent classical music ? Classical trumpet is very tricky- the fingering, the dramatic, herald-like and lyrical sound is often hard to pull. Plus, this type of music is mostly found in the Baroque repertoire, one of the hardest in classical music due to the counterpoint and "roccoco" trills and musical ornamentations. It could be that because often Baroque trumpet employs lots of fancy trills and improvised cadenzas that Marsalis found it easy to transition from jazz to classical. He is a miracle here, with radiant and faultless technicality and musicianship. Anthony Newman conducts the Orchestra of St. Luke's, a terrific and top-notch orchestra that specializes in older music and often becomes benefitial for a singer- Renee Fleming recorded her "Bel Canto" album with this orchestra, doing a phenomenal job. I am sorry for Kathleen Battle. Yes, she has a brilliant, high soaring voice and is quite beautiful to listen to, but I am often mixed about my feelings for her. Everyone knows that she was a quintessential diva on stage and off, with a temperament that crossed the lines of professionalism, she was bitchy, demanding, cold and stuck-up. Sure, it's easy to develop narcissism when one has a gorgeous voice, but she would have been a fine example for her black "sisters" trying to get into opera if she had behaved with more decorum. Other singers, with bigger voices I might add, have behaved more gracefully- Leontyne Price, Shirley Verrett and mezzo soprano Grace Bumbry. Kathleen Battle only employs her "sweet" sound in this recording without any real depth or dramatic power. It's a shallow piece of cake to eat without much dynamic power. I recommend Renee Fleming's Handel Album instead.
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Subjects:  1. Baroque Opera    2. Cantata    3. Chamber    4. Chamber Music & Recitals    5. Choral    6. Classical    7. Classical Artists    8. Classical Music    9. Miscellaneous Sacred Choral Music    10. Opera    11. Oratorio    12. Solo Voice and Continuo    13. Solo Voice(s) and Orchestra    14. Trio Sonata    15. Vocal   


52. Kiri Te Kanawa - Ave Maria
by Philips
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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Sales Rank: 27704
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great collection of sacred music
What a great collection, many real sacred classics, all delivered in very heartfelt, but simple way, and Kiri's voice is just so beautiful. And I like the fact that there are many different moods, there are some songs which are very soothing, slow pieces but also different ones, and the the final songs are Let The Bright Seraphim which is so uplifting and bright and Let Their Celestial Concerts. They are both from Samson, it's refreshing to hear these tracks instead of the usual pieces from Messiah.
5-0 out of 5 stars An Inspiring and Heartening Compilation
Kiri Te Kanawa voice never fails to inspire me and uplift my spirit. Her rendition of "Ave Maria" is just so beautiful and moving that its effect on the listener can not be expressed in mere words. Kiri's voice and intuitive nature of delivering the inner strength and emotion of each selection on this CD is just inspiring.

5-0 out of 5 stars making a joyous sound
Dame Kiri's voice shines in these beautiful sacred pieces, and as her biographer David Fingleton,in his excellent liner notes for this CD points out, that going back to her youth and first voice teacher, who was a Sister of Mercy, church music has always been a part of her repertoire, even though she is mostly noted as an operatic soprano.Read more

Subjects:  1. Cantata    2. Choral    3. Christmas / Chanukkah    4. Christmas Music    5. Classical    6. Miscellaneous    7. Miscellaneous Music    8. Motet    9. Oratorio    10. Romantic Mass    11. Romantic Music for Voice and Keyboard    12. Sacred Choral Music    13. Solo Voice and Continuo    14. Solo Voice(s) and Orchestra    15. Solo Voice(s) and Small Ensemble    16. Vocal    17. Xmas Classical Vocal   


53. Christopher Parkening plays Bach
by EMI Classics
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 Pinnacle
I can't over-exaggerate the impact this album had on me when my Dad played it for me when I was about 6.It encouraged me to become a guitarist, and hearing it was my first truly profound musical experience that I can remember.
5-0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Storm
The are times when the musician, the composer, and the instrument just match perfectly; this disc is an example of that.
5-0 out of 5 stars Parkening Play Bach and Plays Him Stunningly!
I have loved this recording for over 20 years. I had it on vinyl and was thrilled when it was released in 1985 onto CD along with 6 extra cuts. Originally a Bach interpretive LP of 10 tracks, the CD release added 6 compositions from Couperin, Handel, Weiss, Scarlatti and Visee.
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Subjects:  1. Cantata    2. Cello Solo    3. Chamber    4. Chamber Music    5. Choral    6. Classical    7. Classical Artists    8. Classical Music    9. Coll. of Character/Single-Movement/Misc. Works for Keyb.    10. Guitar Solo    11. Keyboard    12. Lute Solo    13. Miscellaneous    14. Miscellaneous Music    15. Oratorio    16. Orchestral & Symphonic    17. Prelude and Fugue for Keyboard   


54. Baroque Masterpieces
Audio CD (29 January, 2002)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great short Baroque piece collection
This CD has 17 pieces on 22 tracks including 7 by Handel, 2 each by Bach & Corelli, and 1 each by Pachelbel, Mouret, Albinoni, Gluck, Clarke, & Purcell.They are frequently the best known piece by the composer--and easily recognizable: Pachelbel's Canon, Mouret's Rondeau (theme from PBS' Masterpiece Theater), Albinoni's Adagio, etc.If you like high quality short pieces/excerpts, this CD is for you.My only qualification is: no Telemann, but it's just too good for a 4-star rating.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Baroque Collection
As I have stated in many of my previous reviews, I am a huge fan of the Sony Essential Classics (SEC) budget series. Most of the recordings feature classic and often definitive performances featuring the likes of George Szell, Leonard Bernstein, Robert Casadesus, Isaac Stern and Rudolf Serkin among others. Here we get a variety of orchestras and conductors including big names like Jean-Claude Malgoire, Raymond Leppard, Pierre Boulez, Sir Charles Groves and the great Eugene Ormandy.This disc features excellent performances of what is arguably the most popular Baroque music ever written.I am not usually one to give five-star ratings to greatest-hits style collections (particularly in classical), but the half-dozen performances by Ormandy make this disc a great purchase for both novices and serious collectors. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Adagio for Orchestra    2. Baroque Incidental Music for Orchestra and Voices (or Sem    3. Cantata    4. Chamber    5. Chamber Music    6. Chamber Music & Recitals    7. Choral    8. Classical    9. Classical Collections-Composer Desc.    10. Classical Music    11. Concerto    12. Concerto Grosso    13. Dance-Based Keyboard Music    14. Italian Baroque Opera    15. Keyboard    16. Musette for Keyboard    17. Music For String Orchestra    18. Opera    19. Oratorio    20. Orchestral   


55. Simply the Best Classical Anthems
by Erato
Audio CD (25 April, 2000)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Great Starting Point for Classical Music Novices
"Simply the Best Classicial Anthems" is exactly what the title indicates. This is a collection of what the CD says are "36 of the most powerful classics on Earth". My review of this CD comes from someone who is a Classical Music Novice. I'm familiar with some of the composers, musical styles, musical periods, and some of the terminology that is key to understanding Classical Music.By no means am I an expert. I have basically popped in this two CD collection into my player and have enjoyed the sounds it produces.If you are in the same category as I am or maybe just wanting to be introduced to Classical Music - this is going to be a very good CD to have in your collection. For the more seasoned Classical Music fan, this could be either enjoyable or overkill.
5-0 out of 5 stars **An Exquisite Album**
Simply The Best Classical Anthems3-0 out of 5 stars Samples
The samples are too short and the quality leaves a lot to be desired. Having said that the choices are wonderful and the price is great. If you're looking for a overview of the best of classical music then this is for you. However if it's quality you're looking for then spent the extra money and look at other choices. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. 20th/21st Century Ballet    2. 20th/21st Century Variations    3. Anthem    4. Ballet    5. Band    6. Baroque Suite/Partita for Orchestra    7. Cantata    8. Chamber    9. Choral    10. Choral Music    11. Classical    12. Classical Collections-Composer Desc.    13. Classical Music    14. Classical Period Serenade/Cassation/Divertimento    15. Classical Period Symphony    16. Concert/Brass/Marching Band Music    17. Concerto    18. French Romantic Opera    19. German/Austrian Romantic Opera    20. Italian Romantic Opera   


56. The #1 Choral Album
by Decca
Audio CD (12 March, 2002)
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Sales Rank: 43122
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great!
Product was exactly as specified, received fast and in perfect condition.Thank you.

5-0 out of 5 stars charming
i listen to this compilation of songs all of the time.i love to listen to it while drinking my Earl Grey tea. and eating a piping hot english muffin. pure bliss!

5-0 out of 5 stars Something for everyone!
This double CD is certainly worth the small price.The choral music runs the gamut from Bach to John Tavener, all represented by well-known choirs and conductors.Although the music is wonderful, the selctions are not in any order, sometimes creating confusion.But give a listen and if you do not get hooked on the greatest choral music ever written, then you need to crawl back in your cave! ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Anthem    2. Cantata    3. Choral    4. Choral Music    5. Classical    6. Classical Collections-Artist Desc.    7. Classical Music    8. Classical Vocals    9. French Romantic Opera    10. German/Austrian Romantic Opera    11. Italian Romantic Opera    12. Mass    13. Miscellaneous Music    14. Motet    15. Opera    16. Oratorio    17. Passion    18. Psalm Setting    19. Requiem/Requiem Section    20. Romantic Symphony   


57. Flute For Relaxation
Audio CD (10 October, 2000)
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Sales Rank: 6449
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
This is a great CD.If you're a James Galway fan, this is a must have.He is, after all, THE GREATEST flutist in the world today.The CD is filled with some of the most beautiful (and relaxing) music ever written.Buy it.You will love it. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. 20th/21st Century Ballet    2. 20th/21st Century Music for Voice and Keyboard    3. Ballet    4. Chamber    5. Chamber Music    6. Chamber Music & Recitals    7. Choral    8. Classical    9. Classical Collections-Artist Desc.    10. Classical Music    11. Concerto    12. Flute Concerto    13. Folk Song    14. Keyboard    15. Keyboard Work with Descriptive or Unclassified Title    16. Miscellaneous    17. Miscellaneous Music    18. Music for Four Hands at One Keyboard    19. Nocturne for Keyboard    20. Oratorio   


58. The Story Of Handel
by Vox (Classical)
Audio CD (16 April, 1995)
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Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars In Words & Music
I have found this recording series to be a very helpful introductory teaching device for my young children.It gives a brief history of the composer and samples of the musical style.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't blink
The music on this CD is all wonderful, and it's a perfect CD toget - if you have the attention span of a soap bubble!Thisis a "sampler" with narrative and very few of thepieces listed are actually played in their entirety.Even pieces which are short to begin with are excerpted.We are given a whole minute of the Hallelujah Chorus and a rousing 45 seconds from the overture from "Ezio".This is a teaching CD which gives some fine examples to support the narration - but they are very short examples.A few bars here and there is all you get. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Baroque Dance Forms for Orchestra    2. Baroque Suite/Partita for Orchestra    3. Chamber    4. Chamber Music    5. Childrens    6. Choral    7. Classical    8. Classical Composers    9. Classical Music    10. Concerto    11. Concerto Grosso    12. Fantasy/Fantasia for Keyboard    13. Italian Baroque Opera    14. Keyboard    15. Opera    16. Oratorio    17. Orchestral    18. Organ Concerto    19. Recorder Solo/Sonata    20. Suite/Partita for Keyboard   


59. Marches: Greatest Hits
Audio CD (06 December, 1994)
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5-0 out of 5 stars For Water Aerobics, a Top-Ten CD
I provide music for water aerobics classes.The class members are typically retirees, and like Classical music, yet until this CD the only Classical music with a beat distinctive and steady enough for water aerobics that I'd found was on the "Hooked on Classics" series.Thus, for water aerobics, this is a find.
5-0 out of 5 stars Greatest March Sampling Out There!
Knowing very little about classical music, I bought several march compilations a few years back, in hopes that I could develop at least a fanboy level of appreciation. Of the compilations I picked up, this is the one that showed me the most diverse sampling of marches. If you want to become familiar with the march genre, this collection runs away with the blue ribbon, with no contendors close behind. The other compilations I came across focused strictly on the American military marches; they were all very good, but this compilation dishes up a diverse menu, from Ludwig Von Beethoven to John Williams.4-0 out of 5 stars For the Lover of Marches
This is the best march music CD I have in my collection.It covers a range from Beethoven's "Turkish March" (track 5 and my favorite of the CD) to Sousa.The weakness of the CD comes from the Incredible Columbia All-Star Band tracks.They do a few Sousa marches and the difference between them and the Boston Pops is very noticable.But that's just a minor complaint and certainly nothing to keep you from buying and enjoying this CD. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Band    2. Band Music    3. Cantata    4. Chamber    5. Choral    6. Classical    7. Classical Collections-Artist Desc.    8. Classical Music    9. Concert/Brass/Marching Band Music    10. Film    11. Film Music    12. Italian Romantic Opera    13. March for Band    14. March for Orchestra    15. Miscellaneous    16. Miscellaneous Music    17. Opera    18. Oratorio    19. Orchestral    20. Orchestral & Symphonic   


60. Bryn Terfel - Handel Arias / Scottish CO, Mackerras
by Deutsche Grammophon
Audio CD (14 October, 1997)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Bryn Terfel has it all. His rich, deep baritone voice is capable of navigating the rapids and doing the vocal leaps and cartwheels that Handel routinely demands of his singers, even the ones with big, deep voices that usually move more slowly. He is Welsh, and in his mastery of words--clarity of projection and precise emotional expression--he calls to mind another great Welsh performer, Richard Burton. This recital, accompanied by Sir Charles Mackerras with skill and sensitivity, runs the whole gamut of Handel's vocal styles, from military bluster (powerfully present in the first aria, "Arm, arm, ye brave") to humble piety (in the second selection, "Vouchsafe, O Lord"). There is erotic awe in "Where'er you walk," comic grotesquerie in "O ruddier than the cherry," and pure splendor in "The trumpet shall sound." A marvelous recital. Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great fun and a tour de force for Bryn Terfel
Bryn Terfel's flexible, powerful, and velvety (give me a better adjective for this) voice is well suited to navigating the variety of bombastic and melodramatic arias characterizing Handel's various offerings.These are well punctuated by more tender passages which the composer was equally adept at producing.All in all a most satisfying recording that I seem never to tire of hearing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding variety of Baritone Repertoire
Bryn Terfel offers an engaging sound, and a very historically accurate performance of the works, other than the arias that were originally written for counter tenors.For all Baritones and Basses, and those studying and teaching the repertoire, this is a must have CD, as it employs an outstanding combination of the finest arias and the most often performed.

5-0 out of 5 stars "I rage, I rage, I melt, I burn!"
This CD showcases popular Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel raging, melting, and burning his way through a wonderful variety of Handel arias (although I would have left out the 'Messiah' selections and gone for a few of Handel's 2,000 or so less-recorded songs).Read more

Subjects:  1. Choral    2. Classical    3. Classical Artists    4. Classical Music    5. Italian Baroque Opera    6. Opera    7. Opera / Operetta / Oratorio    8. Oratorio    9. Te Deum   


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