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61. The Very Best of Janet Baker
$17.98
62. Cecilia Bartoli - Mozart Portraits
63. Best Classics 100
$17.98
64. Christmas Adagios
$27.98
65. Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius
$9.98
66. The Joy of Christmas
$5.49
67. The Instruments of Classical Music,
$14.99
68. Bells of St. Genevieve & Other
$32.49
69. Handel - Saul / Joshua · Bell
$30.49
70. Bach - Christmas Oratorio / Gardiner
$16.98
71. Sleigh Ride
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72. Bach - Stokowski
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73. Haydn: The Seasons
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74. Land of My Fathers: 100 Great
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75. Four of a Kind, Music for Trombone
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76. Classical Wedding Traditions
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77. Ave Maria
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78. The Story Of Haydn
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79. Sleigh Ride! Classic Christmas
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80. Ten Tenors in Prayer

61. The Very Best of Janet Baker
by EMI Classics
Audio CD (09 April, 2002)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Very Best of Janet Baker is simply the very best!
This cd and this amazing musician are an absolute must have for any music lover or music snob alike! Her voice is amazing!

5-0 out of 5 stars Grace Incarnate
If there is one singer who has ever truly been able to master the singer's art of interpretation, this is her.She is a gift to music, I truly believe this. A few words, or glowing adjectives could not accurately describe the singing of a woman who epitomizes art.And music.Grace and beauty.5-0 out of 5 stars A Rare & Glorious Singer
This is a pretty good cross-section of Dame Janet's output from the prime of her career. There are few if any singers like her around today. There are many mezzos who can sing beautifully, with great articulation and finesse, but they lack the moral and musical integrity Dame Janet always brought to her singing. The voice is ardent, seeking, yearning, finding, exulting. Listen to the excerpt from "Dream of Gerontius" or the third of the "Sea Pictures" to see what I mean. Read more

Subjects:  1. 20th/21st Century Music for Voice and Keyboard    2. Choral    3. Classical    4. Classical Artists    5. Classical Music    6. Classical Vocals    7. Oratorio    8. Requiem/Requiem Section    9. Romantic Music for Voice and Keyboard    10. Secular Aria and Chorus    11. Solo Voice with Piano or Orchestra    12. Solo Voice(s) and Small Ensemble    13. Song Cycle for Solo Voice and Orchestra    14. Song Cycle for Solo Voice and Piano    15. Vocal   


62. Cecilia Bartoli - Mozart Portraits
by Decca
Audio CD (13 September, 1994)
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Asin: B00000423X
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Bartoli, in her musical journey defying all stereotypes, paints multi- dimensional vocal portraits of these Mozart characters. From the most delicate pianissimo to the grandest forte, this superb recording leaves you breathless. While others struggle with Come Scoglio's vocal gymnastics and Dove Sono's challenging legato, Bartoli uses her dark timbre, impeccable coloratura and passionate phrasing to create a kaleidoscope of luscious, wildly exciting sound. The fire of Mozart, the "romantic" composer, is brought to life. Occasional breathiness employed for dramatic purposes serves only to seduce the listener even more. Other selections including Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Truly Great Mozart Recital
If I could own just ONE Mozart recital disc, it would be this one.(Though Renee Fleming's Mozart collection is superb as well). I believe that the two arias for Fiordiligi in COSI FAN TUTTE included here are among Bartoli's very finest recordings to date. But all of the arias on this CD are memorably performed.Please buy "Mozart Portraits"!

5-0 out of 5 stars Stars fell on Italy...
...the day Cecilia Bartolli was born. Talk about blessed -- all this and such a versatile voice, too. Mozart would have been delighted.5-0 out of 5 stars The Best"Exultate, Jubilate"
"Exultate, Jubilate" seems to be one of those works which every soprano records at some point in her career. Among others, I've heard recordings by Barbara Bonney, Sumi Jo, and Kathleen Battle. But if I had to choose only one recording of "Exultate, Jubilate" to content myself for the rest of my life, it would definetly be this recording - Cecilia Bartoli's. She sings gloriously, with such an infectious joy that I've never heard in the others (Sumi Jo comes close, but still too careful and measured). The orchestration is also great - big and full of gusto, just like Cecilia's voice.Read more

Subjects:  1. Choral    2. Classical    3. Classical Artists    4. Classical Music    5. Classical Vocals    6. German/Austrian Classical Period Opera    7. Opera    8. Oratorio    9. Solo Voice(s) and Orchestra    10. Vocal   


63. Best Classics 100
by Capitol
Audio CD (10 August, 2004)
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Asin: B0001M65HE
Sales Rank: 68199
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Decent Selection, But...
...The Audio Quality is really not great.I bought this CD because I am new to classical, and the price was great!100 songs for 25 bucks, thats like 25 cents a song, most songs are 1 dollar or more.Now I know why it's cheaper.The audio quality isn't that good.I imported the entire collection to my computer using Apple Lossless, and it sounded fuzzy, not crisp, with background noise, and sounded like compressed music, cutting off the frequency response.
5-0 out of 5 stars A must-have classical music set!
Classical music is, by far, my favorite type of music. It can make you happy or sad, it can make you laugh or cry, and it can make you want to fall asleep or get up and dance. This 6-disc set is a must-have for and classical music-lover! It has all the great composers like Handel, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Bach, and Pachelbel. Some great songs include: Canon In D(Pachelbel), Morning: Peergynt(Grieg), Adagio For Strings(Barber), Cavatina(Myers), and much, much more. Every classical song you can think of is on here and the sound quality is great. So if you're looking for a good classical music CD, this set is all you need. Be prepared to be blown away! ... Read more

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. Chamber Music    11. Character/Single-Movement/Miscellaneous Work for Keyboard    12. Choral    13. Clarinet Concerto    14. Classical    15. Classical Collections-Composer Desc.    16. Classical Vocals    17. Concerto    18. Concerto for Two Solo Instruments    19. Concerto for Two String Instruments    20. Czech Romantic Opera   


64. Christmas Adagios
by Decca
Audio CD (09 October, 2001)
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Asin: B00005NY7D
Sales Rank: 42046
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars One of my very top 5favorite holiday albums!
What a delightful surprise this 2 disc album was and I'm not a big fan of Christmas music.I loved all the selections and felt they were well performed.This is a true "must have" for any Christmas collection.Superior to many other compliations on the market.This one is a keeper!It is the one album I'll pick first to listen to after Thanksgiving.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful POCOCAT?
Great CD.The reviewer who calls him/herself POCOCAT says he/she is an opera singer.Wonder how much work an uninformed singer gets?
5-0 out of 5 stars wonderful
Many, many classic recordings of favorite christmas carols and pieces.I must say that the reviewer who said that Leontyne Price's vibrato was "too wide" should have his ears examined.Leontyne Price recorded her classic Christmas album (which, by the way, any lover of Christmas music or anyone who wants to hear pristine singing, should own) in the 1960's when she was in her absolute prime.A fast spinning vibrato is indicative of a NATURAL, healthy sounding voice, which is quite the opposite of what most uninformed choral conductors ask for these daysOK, I'll get off my soap box now! ... Read more

Subjects:  1. 20th/21st Century Music for Voice and Keyboard    2. Cantata    3. Choral    4. Christmas    5. Christmas / Chanukkah    6. Christmas Music    7. Classical    8. Classical Crossover    9. Concerto    10. Concerto Grosso    11. Folk Song    12. French Romantic Opera    13. Holiday    14. Mass Section    15. Miscellaneous    16. Miscellaneous Music    17. Opera    18. Oratorio    19. Orchestral Pop    20. Renaissance Motet   


65. Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius
by Lso Live
Audio CD (12 September, 2006)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars CORRECTIONS!!!
I too have not yet gotten this new Gerontius from the LSO label and am rating it on both hope and admiration for Davis and the LSO, but it is necessary for now to correct several misprints in the Amazon listing above. The conductor for this performance of The Dream of Gerontius by Edward Elgar is the esteemed Sir Colin Davis, who is slowly doing what he should have been doing years ago, taking on England's greatest composer with England's greatest orchestra. David Rendall and Anne Sofie von Otter are two of the soloists with this work, written for tenor, contralto, bass, and chorus by Elgar just as he was rounding into the peak of his career. I personally rate Gerontius right up there was the other all-time romantic religious greats: Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, Mendelssohn's Elijah, and Brahms's German Requiem. Looking forward to hearing this new presentation, since the one I prefer, by Boult, is entering hoary sonic old age (and the performance with the definitive Angel, Dame Janet Baker, under Barbirolli, is even older). For those with SACD capability, by the way, wait as I am for the SACD version, to be released next month here at Amazon.

5-0 out of 5 stars Breaking Into Line (or Queue, if that suits)
I have ordered but not received this set and clearly am not qualified to
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Subjects:  1. Choral    2. Classical    3. Classical Composers    4. Classical Vocals    5. Oratorio   


66. The Joy of Christmas
Audio CD (16 September, 1997)
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Asin: B0000029Z6
Sales Rank: 7450
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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1-0 out of 5 stars Won't Play
I ordered two copies of this CD, one for me and one for my daughter.It will not play on my CD player, a Technics model.We have never had anything like this happen before.My spouse took the CD to a neighbor's home and was able to play it on his player.On the strength of that, I gave my daughter her copy.I have no idea whether she has tried to play it or not.My guess is that she won't until next Christmas.She is overworked and that won't be a high priority.In case you are wondering, our CD player continues to work well, playing all our other CDs.

5-0 out of 5 stars Among the finest
Like many others on this page, I grew up listening to the original recording. It always started the Christmas season in our home. How wonderful to find it again on a beautifully remastered CD! Can't wait to send a copy to my parents. There are many, many great tracks here, but quite simply, you should own this recording for "Away in a Manger". It is magnificent, soaring, tender, almost heartbreakingly beautiful. This arragement has stayed with me for 40 some odd years. I can assure you that you'll never hear a finer version. Buy it!

5-0 out of 5 stars I was there....
In August or September of 1963 I received a call from my high school music teacher.They were looking for a small audience to act as acoustic padding to soak up some of the reverberation of the Salt Lake Tabernacle.Get down there quick, he said, Bernstein's recording with the Choir.I went and sat through the first of two sessions for this recording.It was fascinating.Bernstein came out and greeted us remarking that he always remembered his concert in the Tabernacle because "it was the loudest applause he had ever heard" (the Tabernacle itself lending to that amplification).He launched right into "Joy to the World" making adjustments to the freshly finished arrangement.All the arrangers were present.The ink wasn't dry on their manuscripts.The NYP would sight read through them a couple of times, Bernstein would adjust, and they'd do a take or two.The Choir had been preparing for many weeks.The sessions weren't entirely smooth.Bernstein was an entirely different personality than their long experience with Ormandy had been.Bernstein demanded precision.He usually got it by the final take.The album was released in less then two months.Eventually it "went gold" -- unusual for 'classical' albums of the time.I started playing it in October, 1963.There hasn't been a Christmas since that these wonderful arrangements and the memories of that summer haven't graced our family's celebration.It's advent on CD was late but most welcome. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Chamber    2. Choral    3. Christmas    4. Christmas / Chanukkah    5. Christmas Music    6. Classical    7. German/Austrian Romantic Opera    8. Miscellaneous    9. Miscellaneous Music    10. Miscellaneous Vocal Music    11. Opera    12. Oratorio    13. Orchestral    14. Secular Music for Soloist & Chorus    15. Suite for Orchestra    16. Vocal    17. Xmas Classical Vocal   


67. The Instruments of Classical Music, Vol. 2: The Oboe
by Delta
Audio CD (04 June, 1990)
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Sales Rank: 52952
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I really enjoyed this! It was really great for all oboe and classical music lovers! Very Very Nice! ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Ballet    2. Baroque Suite/Partita for Orchestra    3. Chamber Music & Recitals    4. Choral    5. Classical    6. Classical Collections-Artist Desc.    7. Classical Music    8. Concerto    9. Oboe Concerto    10. Oratorio    11. Orchestral    12. Romantic Ballet    13. Romantic Symphony    14. Symphonic   


68. Bells of St. Genevieve & Other
Audio CD (28 January, 1992)
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Asin: B000003F8U
Sales Rank: 13463
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars One of my all-time classical favorites
I reach for this CD time and again.It is both relaxing and upbeat. I like every recording on this CD...even if they are selections and not the complete works. You cannot go wrong this this purchase!!

3-0 out of 5 stars The Bells!The Bells!
I give this album an average rating as it does what it sets out to do which is give the average listener of classical music various average samples of average performances of great classical compositions.Albums such as these are always a great way to explore various or specific classical music styles with pieces that are usually not too intrusive to the common ear. The only downside of these albums is that they unfortunately, more often than not, introduce a new listner to only the most elementary of performances and leave them believing that all others sound as the ones they just heard when such differences in most cases are huge ones. I chose to review this particular album after hearing the Sonnerie "Bells" de Ste Genevieve on this album (originally composed by the unfortunately obscure Marin Marais) as it is a perfect example of what I am trying to convey.
5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT WORK MUSIC
Great work music, great travel music.Wonderful upbeat and get-you-going music for all things you do.Even NAXOS brand CDs don't come close to matching the preformances on this disc.Like the Masterpeice Theater theme song?Brandenburg Concerto by Bach is done PEFECTLY on this album.All songs are absolutely brilliant and masterfully done.This is a MUST HAVE CD no matter what kind of music you enjoy.Surely to inspire YOU! ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Baroque Suite/Partita for Orchestra    2. Chamber    3. Choral    4. Classical    5. Classical Collections-Composer Desc.    6. Classical Music    7. Concerto    8. Concerto Grosso    9. Flute Concerto    10. Miscellaneous    11. Miscellaneous Music    12. New Age    13. Oratorio    14. Orchestral    15. Quartet for Keyboard and Three String Instruments    16. Trumpet Sonata    17. Two String Instruments with Keyboard/Continuo    18. Violin Concerto    19. Violin with Keyboard   


69. Handel - Saul / Joshua · Bell · Zazzo · Ovenden · Saks · Slattery · RIAS Kammerchor · Concerto Köln · Jacobs
by Harmonia Mundi
Audio CD (11 October, 2005)
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Asin: B000A169OA
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars Frustrated
It is extremely frustrating to not be able to listen to this recording and compare it to others.Also there is nothing said about what language this is recorded in.The cover makes one think it might be in German, but there is nothing that says.It is extrememly important to have adequate information about a product if one is considering it.The write up of this product stinks.The reviewers rave on about how great it is, but I cannot learn if it is in English or German, or what it sounds like compared to other recordings.

5-0 out of 5 stars Saul: Handel's Oratorio Becomes Dramatic Opera
Though there are thankfully several very fine recordings of 'Saul', one of Handel's most successful 'operatic oratorios', this new release with Ren� Jacobs conducting the Concerto K�ln and RIAS-Kammerchor Berlin is by far the most intense and dramatic of the competition.Jacobs' style meshes perfectly with the Handel score and his tasteful embellishments for once enhance the drama rather than just stealing focus as brilliant playing. And his understanding of the choral music, which is so central to this work, is as fine as we are likely to hear.
5-0 out of 5 stars "When David with celestial fire..."
"Struck the sweet persuasive lyre:/Soft gliding down his ravished ears,/The healing sounds dispel his cares" (Saul, IV).
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Subjects:  1. Choral    2. Classical    3. Classical Composers    4. Opera / Operetta / Oratorio    5. Oratorio   


70. Bach - Christmas Oratorio / Gardiner
by Archiv Produktion
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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Asin: B0000057D5
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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This isn't an oratorio in the Handelian sense, but a series of cantatasfor various days from Christmas to Epiphany. Bach's music is loaded with treats:an echo aria for soprano and oboe; a "pastoral" sinfonia; bravuraarias for tenor with flute and bass with trumpet; a giddy soprano-bass duet; atransporting lullaby for alto. Then there are the choruses, featuring theMonteverdi Choir at their best: exuberant full-orchestra choruses in parts oneand three; a lilting triple-time chorus with horns in part four; the joyfulskittering chorus in part five; and the triumphant opening and closing of partsix (with spectacular trumpet solos). John Eliot Gardiner's direction isvigorous; the soloists, the best group you'll find on CD, include a terrificyoung Anne Sofie von Otter. Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Gardiner does it again
Once again I have purchased a Gardiner disk based on his reputation only, and have been completely satisfied.I love Bach and I enjoy Gardiner's interpretations, so how could I go wrong.The choir and orchestra maintain the energy and intensity throughout the entire recording.I was particularly impressed with mezzo-soprano Anne Sophie von Otter and soprano Nancy Argenta.Both are favourites of Gardiner (see his recordings of Bach's St. Matthew Passion and B minor Mass) and are fast becoming favourites of mine.
5-0 out of 5 stars an essential part of my yearly Christmas experience
It surprises me that a number of people here have given this splendid recording negative reviews, but that is , I guess, proof that people's tastes and expectations are different.
3-0 out of 5 stars Speed or glory?
I really love Gardiner's Missa Solemnis (Beethoven) and his Nozze di Figaro, but when it comes to Bach he seems to suffer under some dogma on how the music should be played. I never get used to these short of breath rhythms, frantic tempos, although I find this version not less agreeable than Harnoncourt, Jacobs or Suzuki. In our time, baroque music is played faster and faster and sounds more and more like rock music, excused by original instruments and so-called historical information. Now and then Gardiners musicality wins over his dogmatism on Bach, and the music sounds nice, but these instances are unfortunately too rare on this recording. When will it be understood that the spirit of the baroque era was taking courtly elegance and dignity for granted? If you listen to Gardiner's Ehre sei dir, Gott, gesungen (Let your glory be sung out, oh God), you may understand what I mean; which glory for the Lord can it be at that speed? I don't think Bach was in such a hurry; I don't think people of the baroque era felt glory as a matter of speed; that is rather the spirit of our rock & rap days; when it comes to speed Gardiner wins the race. I agree with some reviewers below, that Richter made a great interpretation of this Christmas oratorio, but I consider Jochum's version from 1973 (out of print) even better. ... Read more

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


71. Sleigh Ride
by Boston Pops Rec.
Audio CD (04 October, 2005)
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Asin: B000B2WK78
Sales Rank: 28326
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Fresh stuff --- for Christmas, anyway.
Christmas music is, for the most part, terribly clich� --- quadruply so if you're a musician of any flavor.So I suspect that many Boston Symphony/Pops musicians are weary of playing the tunes on this album.But I'm pretty confident in saying that this album is the 5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Pops Companion CD
When it comes to Christmas and the Boston Pops, it's easy to wonder if this ensemble really needs another Christmas recording. We have multiple discs with the great Fiedler renditions of holiday music, and there are two fine discs under the direction of Conductor Laureate John Williams. Keith Lockhart has also released a holiday music disc. Why another? Well, when it comes to the Pops, creativity and reinvention are two of their trademarks, so this ensemble can always be counted on for something unique and enjoyable, and this newest Christmas CD SLEIGH RIDE will become a beloved part opf the Pops Christmas music library.
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Subjects:  1. 20th/21st Century Orchestral Music    2. 20th/21st Century Tone Poem/Symphonic Poem    3. Choral    4. Choral Music    5. Christmas / Chanukkah    6. Classical    7. Classical Artists    8. Miscellaneous Vocal Music    9. Oratorio    10. Orchestral    11. Orchestral Music    12. Orchestral Pop    13. Solo Voice(s) and Orchestra    14. Vocal   


72. Bach - Stokowski
by EMI Classics
Audio CD (18 March, 1997)
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Sales Rank: 10089
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars great Stokowski
The Bach transcriptions written by Stokowski are among the most exciting presentations of Bach's music in the classical music repertoire. For one just hearing Bach for the first time this is a great introduction. For the serious listener it is pure joy. These, however, are not necessarily for the Bach purist.

5-0 out of 5 stars Knockin on Heaven's Door
One of the greatest recordings in the cannon - even better due to the spectacular mix on this remastered issue.This soul-baring music must be heard, and heard at top, almost painful volume to realize how transcendent these transcriptions really are - earth-shaking and primal. Stokowski was one of the all-time, all-time greats - and to my ear - this recording is his best ever.

5-0 out of 5 stars Magnificent

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Subjects:  1. Baroque Suite/Partita for Orchestra    2. Cantata    3. Chamber    4. Choral    5. Classical    6. Classical Composers    7. Classical Music    8. Keyboard    9. Music for Organ    10. Oratorio    11. Orchestral    12. Passacaglia/Passacaglia and Fugue for Keyboard    13. Solo Voice(s) and Small Ensemble    14. Suite/Partita for Keyboard    15. Violin Solo    16. Vocal   


73. Haydn: The Seasons
by Harmonia Mundi
Audio CD (14 September, 2004)
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Asin: B0002QO4GI
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excelente Version
Creo que Jacobs entendio perfectamente lo que quizo describir Haydn en este bello oratorio y lo plasm� perfectamente en la ejecuci�n con instrumentos de la �poca que puedo escuchar en estos discos,el caracter y el nivel alcanzado con los cantantes y los instrumentos merece un reconocimiento ya que una ejecuci�n de este tipo no es nada f�cil (afinaci�n,tiempos),recomiendo comprar este CD,he escuchado otras versiones de este oratorio(Karajan,B�hm,Collin Davis)son muy buenas tambien pero si quieren escuchar lo que quizo expresar Haydn musicalmente y sobre todo con el sonido de la epoca me quedar�a con esta.

5-0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL HAYDN
Franz Joseph Haydn happens to be one of my very favorite composers.His oratorios and masses are indeed very special."The Seasons" finds dear Haydn at his very very best.It is a work with splendid vocal and chorus writing along with masterful writing also for the orchestra with all melding together to form a masterpiece that fully exploits the attributes of the Classical period of so-called classical music as well as being a harbinger of the Romantic period of Classical Music to come (especially its descriptive side of music).In this recording, Rene Jacobs and his forces do Haydn proud providing a marvelous performance of this great work.
5-0 out of 5 stars A Fresh "Listen" to a Classic Work
The one disclaimer I will make before I begin this review--and it's an important one--is that I have not hear John Elliot Gardiner's "The Seasons," which should be comparable to Rene Jacobs's in many ways. That said, I will proceed to opine that if you know just about any modern-instruments version of this choral-music gem--well, you don't really know the work. Haydn was supposed to say in his latter years that he had just learned how to use the wind instruments and now, doggone it (I'm paraphrasing) "I must leave this world." Jacobs will instantly show you what Haydn meant. This "Seasons" is chock-full of especially piquant utterances from the winds, especially oboe and bassoons (including contrabassoon), which Haydn cleverly uses to portray birds, beasts, thunderstorms, bagpipes: never has the ingenuity and downright beauty of Haydn's orchestral mastery been clearer. That goes for strings and brass as well. Flying insects, country fiddles, hunting horns: Haydn may simply be mimicking the coloristic use of instruments he learned from hearing works like "Israel in Egypt" while in London, but how wonderfully he adapts these sounds to an expanded late-eighteenth-century orchestra.
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74. Land of My Fathers: 100 Great Welsh Choir Favourites
by Castle Pulse
Audio CD (01 January, 2005)
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Sales Rank: 15996
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Subjects:  1. British Operetta    2. Chamber    3. Chamber Music    4. Choral    5. Choral Music    6. Christmas Music    7. Film    8. Film Music    9. Folk Song    10. French Romantic Opera    11. Hymn    12. Italian Romantic Opera    13. Keyboard    14. Miscellaneous    15. Miscellaneous Chamber Music    16. Miscellaneous Music    17. Miscellaneous Sacred Choral Music    18. Miscellaneous Vocal Music    19. Music Theater    20. Musical Theater   


75. Four of a Kind, Music for Trombone Quartet
by Summit(Classical)
Audio CD (06 January, 1994)
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Asin: B0000038IV
Sales Rank: 80041
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A must-have album for trombonists
No instrument blends as well with one another as the trombone, and these four trombonists are among the best at what they do.Joseph Alessi, Scott Hartman, Mark Lawrence, and Blair Bollinger all exhibit great musicality.

4-0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth buying.
I too must agree that these four gentlemen have produced a very fine album that covers a wide variety of genres. They had obviously put a lot of work into these particlular pieces and, even though all of them are branchingout into solo careers, manage to work well as a group.My favourites arethe Haydn, Serocki and No more Blues, even though (dare I say it) I prefersome interpretations by other quartets (eg. Triton Trombone Quartet playingthe Serocki). I personally feel that the recording quality lets them down abit at times. The 2nd & 3rd trombones in particular sound a little'fuzzy' from time to time; whether that's the recording or perhaps theirhorn I can't say. Nevertheless I have been inspired once again to practicediligently upon listening to this CD. It's worth the money.

5-0 out of 5 stars These guys are trombone studs!
Other players in my college trombone section kept recommending this CD to me, so I finally ordered it, and I'm very glad I finally listened to them.This is a must-have for the serious trombonist.After all, these are fourof the not only best trombonists you'll hear, but best musicians also. "Achieved" is always a good one, along with the beautifullysimple "Three Equali" and "Trois Chansons."Who wouldhave thought that such fine soloists would perform so well as one unit, atrue ensemble sound.Where else can you hear a guy hold out a high D-flatfor about 20 seconds, or a trombonists squeelin high E's and double-highA's at the end?As a trombonist and aspiring performer, I say BUY IT! ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Chamber    2. Choral    3. Choral Music    4. Classical    5. Classical Collections-Artist Desc.    6. Classical Music    7. Italian Romantic Opera    8. Keyboard    9. Miscellaneous Vocal Music    10. Music for Organ    11. Opera    12. Oratorio    13. Quartet for Four Brass Instruments    14. Quartet for Four String Instruments    15. Renaissance Polyphonic Song    16. Secular Choral Music a cappella    17. Vocal   


76. Classical Wedding Traditions
by New Traditions
Audio CD (01 January, 2000)
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Sales Rank: 13615
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars You will be happy with this CD
this CD is very good quality. I would recommend it after wedding time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Wedding CD
This CD is going to be great for our wedding. It has many songs to use for the processional and recessional, including songs to play while guests are waiting.A great CD.

5-0 out of 5 stars excellent variety of familiar songs
Much prettier versions of the bridal chorus than I've been able to find elsewhere (it doesn't just BANG it out), although I'm still probably not using the bridal chorus. Nice variety (Sleepers Awake is a nice little harp-y flute thing). Trumpet voluntary is otherwise known as The Prince of Denmark's March, FYI. The flute & strings version here is very nice. I also like this version of Mendelsshon's bridal march (from Midsummer Night's Dream).
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Subjects:  1. Baroque Suite/Partita for Orchestra    2. Cantata    3. Chamber    4. Choral    5. Choral Music    6. Classical    7. Classical Period Serenade/Cassation/Divertimento    8. Concerto    9. Concerto Grosso    10. German/Austrian Romantic Opera    11. Miscellaneous    12. Miscellaneous Music    13. Opera    14. Oratorio    15. Orchestral    16. Pop    17. Popular Music    18. Renaissance Polyphonic Song    19. Romantic Incidental Music for Orchestra    20. Special Occasions   


77. Ave Maria
by Deutsche Grammophon
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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Sales Rank: 94260
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A ***MUST HAVE*** ALBUM for lovers of CHORAL & SACRED MUSIC!
If you have a any appreciation at all for the human voice raised in song, you will absolutely LOVE this album!!I have had this album on cassette since 1990, but until three weeks ago, I'd never listened to the entire cassette.I had only listened to the first song on side A because I was that was the version of "Ave Maria" I was familiar with.THIS 5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best CDs of my several hundred CDs collection
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Subjects:  1. Choral    2. Christmas Music    3. Classical    4. Classical Composers    5. Classical Music    6. Magnificat    7. Mass    8. Miscellaneous    9. Miscellaneous Vocal Music    10. Oratorio    11. Romantic Motet    12. Romantic Music for Voice and Keyboard    13. Sacred Choral Music    14. Secular Choral Music a cappella    15. Solo Voice(s) and Orchestra    16. Solo Voice(s) and Small Ensemble    17. Vocal   


78. The Story Of Haydn
by Vox (Classical)
Audio CD (16 April, 1995)
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Asin: B000001KD1
Sales Rank: 26754
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Subjects:  1. Baryton Trio    2. Cello Concerto    3. Chamber    4. Childrens    5. Choral    6. Classical    7. Classical Composers    8. Classical Music    9. Classical Period Music for Voice and Keyboard    10. Classical Period Symphony    11. Classical Sonata/Sonatina for Keyboard    12. Concerto    13. French Horn Concerto    14. German/Austrian Classical Period Opera    15. Keyboard    16. Mass    17. Miscellaneous    18. Miscellaneous Music    19. Music for Assorted/Unusual Instrumentation    20. Opera   


79. Sleigh Ride! Classic Christmas Favorites
Audio CD (17 August, 1992)
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Sales Rank: 38264
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect Christmas Music
I've owned this for years and never tire of it.Guests ALWAYS ask what I'm playing.I've purchased several copies as gifts.If you're sick of the stuff they play in malls and pine for some big, inspiring, classical arrangements, this is the CD for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Christmas CD!!
I love the traditional carols on this CD.The Carol of the Bells is my favorite!!I also love Silent Night which is one of my all time favorite Christmas carols.This album is great to put on a at a Christmas party and hit repeat.It has a nice mix of songs that you don't get tired of hearing!This is a must have and I would highly recommend this CD for anyone that enjoys Christmas songs and the holiday season.You will catch yourself humming the songs through out your day!It will definitely get rid of any "BAH HUM BUG" moods!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Symphonic Christmas Album
I was looking for arrangements of many traditional Christmas carols done by orchestras.This album hits the spot.It is not uniquely orchestra carols, the Canadian Brass is mixed in as welll.The highlight of the album for me is the back to back track of "Sleigh Ride" pieces.It begins with W.A. Mozart's "Sleigh Ride," followed by Leopold Mozart's piece of the same name, and then finnished with the ever popular arangement of "Sleigh Ride" by Anderson.It is a really good mix of carols, and can be listened to for hours. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. 20th/21st Century Orchestral Music    2. Ballet    3. Cantata    4. Chamber    5. Choral    6. Christmas    7. Christmas / Chanukkah    8. Christmas Music    9. Classical    10. Classical Crossover    11. Classical Period Serenade/Cassation/Divertimento    12. Dance/Single-Movement/Miscellaneous Work for Orchestra    13. March for Orchestra    14. Miscellaneous    15. Miscellaneous Music    16. Oratorio    17. Orchestral    18. Orchestral Pop    19. Romantic Ballet    20. Romantic Music for Voice and Keyboard   


80. Ten Tenors in Prayer
Audio CD (15 September, 1998)
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Asin: B000007QGV
Sales Rank: 16014
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful CD
I picked this CD up because it was a compilation of some of the most beautiful pieces of music sung by the world's greatest tenors.The CD has 4 different versions of "Ave Maria" alone, and is finished by Mario Lanza singing "The Lord's Prayer."This CD is a must-have for anyone who loves "soulful" singing by great voices.Read more

Subjects:  1. Choral    2. Christmas / Chanukkah    3. Classical    4. Classical Music    5. French Romantic Opera    6. German/Austrian Romantic Opera    7. Italian Romantic Opera    8. Miscellaneous    9. Miscellaneous Music    10. Miscellaneous Vocal Music    11. Opera    12. Opera/Operetta Collections    13. Oratorio    14. Requiem/Requiem Section    15. Romantic Music for Voice and Keyboard    16. Solo Voice(s) and Orchestra    17. Solo Voice(s) and Small Ensemble    18. Vocal   


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