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101. Charpentier - In Nativitatem Domini
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101. Charpentier - In Nativitatem Domini Canticum · Messe de Minuit · Noëls sur instruments / Les Arts Florissants · Christie
by Erato
Audio CD (16 October, 2001)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Terrific CD!!!
This is a terrific CD. The music is glorious and the performance is perfect. I wouldn't trade this CD for anything. I'm a big fan of Handel's Messiah and Bach's sacred choral works. These works by Charpentier -- in particular, the "Messe de Minuit" -- are right up there with those works, in my humble estimation. The more I listen to the CD -- and I have listened to it at least 20 times since I bought it last month -- the more I enjoy it. I'm particularly impressed by the performance. The recorders and other woodwinds sound great, and the choir is superb. I highly recommend this CD!

5-0 out of 5 stars I havn't actually heard the CD, but......
Well, at the time of writing this review the CD is not available, so I can't say anything about the recording. If its anything like the other wonderful Les Arts performances you won't be disappointed. Last night I went a Les Arts concert when they performed these great pieces. It was by far the best performance that I have been to. It was beautiful and touching and my only regret is that I didn't share the expirience with more family and friends than I did. This is wonderful music, and a great introduction to the French baroque. You must buy this record, it will change the way you listen to music. What a wonderful Advent expirience! ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Baroque Mass    2. Choral    3. Christmas / Chanukkah    4. Christmas Music    5. Classical    6. Classical Composers    7. Oratorio   


102. Marian Anderson
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect Music From an Angelic Voice
I can't add much to the superb review by lesismore26 (I give it five Stars! ) but I do have one disagreement. I LIKED the Ulrica aria. Yes, the voice is past its prime, but the artistry is very much there. In fact, the piece makes it clear that while her voice sounds perfect for her repertoire, it could have handled opera quite beautifully too. It's true that the pure, ethereal quality of her tone is DEFINITELY well suited to Baroque and Classical oratorio, and true that there simply aren't that many roles for contraltos. But it is also true that these reasons had NOTHING to do with why this particular contralto was not singing in opera houses. Another voice as dazzling as hers would have had composers creating roles tailored for them. 5-0 out of 5 stars TRIBUTE TO A GREAT ARTIST
Marian Anderson is remembered in too many instances for the wrong reasons: the first Afro-American artist to be engaged by the Metropolitan Opera in a leading role; the artist who sang the monumental concert at the LincolnMemorial in 1939 after being denied the use of Constitution Hall by theDaughters of the American Revolution --- an action that sparked massindignation and worldwide attention to the fact that the racial prejudicewas alive and well in the United States; the artist who became a symbol ofgrace and dignity during the civil rights movement.While all of thesethings are true, they eclipse the simple fact that Marian Anderson'ssingularly individual and distinctive, and true contralto voice was one ofthe jewels of the musical century, and that her pursuasive powers as aninterpreter of the lieder of Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, and Sibelius werethe stuff of which legends are made.What is also overlooked is that thefabled voice was a long way past its prime at the time of that MetropolitanOpera debut in early 1955.The role was that of the witch Ulrica inVerdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera"--- not a leading role, but a veryimportant and pivotal one nonetheless ---- but by that time the voice hadbecome dry, unsteady, frequently out-of-tune, and very "old"sounding.Anderson was already around 58 years old, and while her"debut" was historic from a social standpoint ----- it opened thedoors for such future legends a Leontyne Price, Martina Arroyo, ShirleyVerrett, Grace Bumbry ------ it was certainly not a great vocal milestone. It was simply too late for any sort of a career at the Metropolitan Opera,and though it was the blatant racial prejudices of the times that preventedMarian Anderson from singing on the opera stage during the years of hervocal prime, it would appear, as evidenced by her work on records (even bythose made in her greatest years -- the 1930's and 1940's), that hertemperment and vocal demeanor was far more suited to the concert andrecital platforms, and it was in this milieu that Marian Anderson lavishlydemonstrated her true genius. To begin with, the excerpts on thisrecording from Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera" didn't need to beincluded for the reasons cited above:they were recorded immediately afterthe Met debut in 1955 and the voice is in the condition one would haveexpected.The rest of the contents were recorded during the artist's vocalprime much earlier.Virtually all of the Schubert selectionsarebeautifully done, especially the "Ave Maria", which becameAnderson's trademark.The "Liebesbotshaft" (from"Schwanengesang) and "Wohin" (from "Die SchoneMullerin") show the voice at its most fluid, as do all of the items bySchumann.The Brahms "Alto Rhapsody", another Andersonspeciality, haunting in its desolation and feelings of isolation, helped inno small part by Anderson's deep purple contralto tones.Selections byRichard Strauss (a beautifully realized rendition of "Morgen")and Rachmaninoff round off the lieder portion of the recording.Bach's"Erbarme dich" (with orchestral accompanyment) is one of the mostbeautiful ever recorded, and Handel's "He Shall Feed His Flock"illustrates vividly just how how much this music needs a true contraltovoice.In this age of pushed-up and pulled-down mezzo-sopranos, it is arevelation to hear what this type of voice accomplish in all of this music.If you want to become acquainted with one of the greatest vocalphenomenons of this century, this superb RCA Victor mid-priced recording isan excellent place to start. ... Read more

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103. Handel - Messiah / Te Kanawa, Gjevang, K. Lewis, Howell, CSO, Solti
by Decca
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Solid performance
I came across the Solti, CSO / CSO Chorus recording of Handel's Messiah via a sale at a local record shop.I became a fan of Solti when I purchased his recording of the Beethoven 9 with CSO / CSO Chorus under the Penguin label.So when I saw Solti, CSO and CSO Chorus on the jacket cover of Handel's Messiah, I could resist no more.
5-0 out of 5 stars Handel - Messiah / Te Kanawa, Gjevang, K. Lewis, Howell, CSO
Handels Messiah is a piece that people usually just listen to excerpts and therefore miss an amazing piece of music. Handel is not Bach, Wagner or Mozart, however, he is still an amazing composer. The Messiah is considered by many to be his magnum opus and one would be hard pressed to disagree. This 1985 recording conducted by Sir George Solti is an amazing rendition and whilst we have no idea of how Handel himself conducted this piece, this rendition does it justice. The vocal performance by the singers is quite well done and Ms. Kanawa, Ms Gjevang, Mr Lewis and Mr. Howell all do an admirable job. I love the inclusion of the harpischord and consider it to be one of the major driving forces behind this amazing piece of music and David Shrader does an awesome job with this not so simply instrument.

2-0 out of 5 stars A very peculiar recording.
This is a very strange recording of the Messiah, in particular Solti's interpretation of the chorus parts.For some bizarre reason, nearly every movement is very "angular" and clipped.It almost sounds as if the chorus has the hiccups!If you like your "Messiah" in the style of a military march this is the one for you!I suspect Solti was trying to achieve a light, bouncy effect but instead the performance comes off sounding very "mechanical".There are also some very mannered dynamics which are clear not in the original score and only particular to to Solti (i.e. there are a lot of "subito pianos" here and there).Read more

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104. Stokowski: Bach Orchestral Transcriptions
by Naxos
Audio CD (20 June, 2006)
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Leopold Stokowski's Orchestral Transcriptions are guilty pleasures: high-fat concoctions that are always in danger of becoming campy and gargantuan, something like the classical equivalent of Phil Spector, but without the guns. It is crucial to almost (and I mean "almost") underplay them; they will speak for themselves.The transcriptions are not particularly complicated and lack anything even vaguely revolutionary in their tonality. What we get is a wall of string tone carrying the melodies, usually, with brass and winds used for focus and enlarging. The famous Bach Passacaglia finds the entry of the brass reiterating the ostinato with a handsome blare, and much to the credit of conductor José Serebrier, he does not play all his cards so early in the piece. It builds and builds, and then blows us away. The CD opens with the almost too famous Air from the 3rd Orchestral Suite of Bach. Serebrier gets just the right dark, warm sound from the low strings that one associates with a Stokowski performance. Also included on the CD are Dido's Lament (Purcell), not needing its text in such an expressive performance; a big, toasty version of the Pastoral Symphony from Messiah; and a pairing of Two Ancient Liturgical Melodies by Stokowski himself. The Bournemouth Symphony seem to know they're doing something popular. This is a stunning CD and the engineers have done a great job as well. Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely extraordinary and spellbounding performances!
These are extraordinary and spellbounding performances. The legendary Stokowski sound lives again, now in the hands of that great Maestro José Serebrier, who has put his personal touches to the remarkable Stokowski versions of Bach works. This recording is to be enjoyed from the first, magical tones of the Air from the 3rd. Suite, to the last track, the massive Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor. In between, we are treated to one of the best recordings ever made, in clarity, sound, beauty.
5-0 out of 5 stars Arrangements With Power and Beauty
Transcriptions for orchestra, once a staple of many orchestras, have fallen out of favor in the past few decades. Tastes seem to lean more toward more authentic renditions of the works of the great composers and for some, orchestral arrangements are nothing short of musical apostasy. Yet we can forget that in many cases, these arrangements were the work of some of music's great legends, one of whom is the well known twentieth century conductor Leopold Stokowski.
5-0 out of 5 stars SENSATIONAL NEW CD
This recording is fantastic! One of the most rewarding I have heard in a long time. Finally there is some warmth and phrasing,
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Subjects:  1. Baroque Suite/Partita for Orchestra    2. British Baroque Opera    3. Cantata    4. Choral    5. Chorale Prelude or Chorale Treatment for Keyboard    6. Classical    7. Classical Composers    8. Keyboard    9. Music for Organ    10. Opera    11. Oratorio    12. Orchestral    13. Orchestral & Symphonic    14. Orchestral Music    15. Passacaglia/Passacaglia and Fugue for Keyboard    16. Passion    17. Solo Voice(s) and Small Ensemble    18. Vocal   


105. Handel - Semele / Battle, Horne, Ramey, Aler, McNair, Chance, ECO, Nelson
by Deutsche Grammophon
Audio CD (10 August, 1993)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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This magnificent performance is without a doubt among the top two or three Handel opera recordings in the catalog. John Nelson outdoes even the period instrument competition, conducting with a vitality and freshness that sweeps all before it. Kathleen Battle is a great Semele (if listening to this woman sing "Myself I Will Adore" isn't a classic example of typecasting, then what is?). But the real palm must go to Marilyn Horne as the jealous Juno, who simply stops the show with her two arias (she sings Ino as well). A very great recording. Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A voice teacher and early music fan
The opera "Semele" written around 1740 was derived from a drama by the English playwright William Congreve.The story is based on Ovid's "Metamorphoses" and tells of the ill-fated love of Semele and Jupiter. If you want to know what happens when a half-dozen of the worlds' greatest singers are performing in one opera all together,this recording will tell you. The results are fantastic!!!!!Kathleen Battle as Semele sails up and down scales and arpeggios effortlessly.Two of her outstanding arias are:"With Fond Desiring"in which she takes on the whole violin section performing scales in 3rds; in the aria:"Myself I Shall Adore" she stuns with phenominal virtuosity!!!!!Then there is Marilyn Horne who plays 2 roles that of Juno (the goddess) and Ino ,Semele's sister. Her voice with it's mellow rich timbre is a great contrast to Battle's high soprano.And the voice of Samuel Ramey has never sounded better; he is so Basso!!!!!..Sylvia MCNair does a great job of portraying the somewhat "flip" character of the Goddess "Iris".Some of my personal favorite arias are sung by that ever talentedcountertenor :Michael Chance,who has several "meaty" selections in this opera my favorite being:"Despair No More Shall Wound me" which is the last aria in the opera.How could you possibly go wrong by having this disc!!!!!!
5-0 out of 5 stars STAGGERINGLY BEAUTIFUL!Battle is SUBLIME!
I checked this out on a whim from the library and it BLEW me away.I'd never heard a Handel opera before and had no idea it could be this beautiful.The arias sung by Kathleen Battle are BEYOND SUBLIME.Just listen to track 6 on either disc 1 or 2 and you WILL be KNOCKED OUT.I'm now in love with Battle and plan to purchase this set very soon.You can't deny yourself the intense pleasure of this recording.And yes, it's BETTER THAN THE MESSIAH.

5-0 out of 5 stars Proves it's the playing, not the instruments, that counts
The other reviewers are right on target - I was sceptical about a modern instrument Semele even having grown up with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra's excellent Handel playing under Mackerras. The string playing couldn't be more stylish and full of sincere electricity. The singing of all, especially Battle (who sounds in places like Susan Gritton?!) matches and the chorus is clearly enjoying the drama. Nelson deserves the bulk of the credit for creating such a unified vision for the work that is as flexible and beguiling as it is polished. Along with the Christie Alcina and McCreesh Solomon, my favorite Handel opera/oratorio recording; and more consistently brilliant than either of these. Nelson deserves at least as high a profile as Christie, Gardiner or Herreweghe, and a far higher one than Hogwood! ... Read more

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106. Oedipus Tex & Other Choral Calamities
by Telarc
Audio CD (25 September, 1990)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the great Classics!
Oedipus Tex & Other Choral Calamities is one of the must haves from PDQ Bach. This album has some of his best stuff on it including the title tracks and one of the funniest songs he has composed "classical rap" this is well worth one's time to check out.

5-0 out of 5 stars hilarity in music
Virtually every CD that Peter Schickele has put out under the name of PDQ Bach has been absolutely hilarious.This is one of his best albums - it will have you in stitches in no time flat.5-0 out of 5 stars Irreverent hilarity
Oedipus Tex is both my favorite Country/Western ballad and one of my favorite oratorios!Read more

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107. Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius
by EMI Classics
Audio CD (25 January, 2000)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars magnífica grabación
Llevaba mucho tiempo tratando de conseguir El Sueño de Geroncio y ha sido la primera vez que he utilizado este servicio. Ha merecido la pena. La grabación es magnífica y es una versión diferente a todas las que había escuchado. La calidad es estupenda aunque sea una grabación que tiene ya unos añitos.

4-0 out of 5 stars Agreed, but...
I agree with the other reviewers' enthusiasm for this performance; Barbirolli's Elgar is always worth listening to, and Baker's angel is sublime. EMI's remastering of the original recording, though, is unkind to Baker's & Lewis's voices. The original was unsatisfactory in the choral passages, but exquisite in the quieter parts, especially the beginning of the second part, between the angel and the soul. What we have in the CD is an all-round tonal coarsening. This isn't the first time EMI has done this: the CD version of Beecham's magnificent "Faust Symphony" is another travesty of the original. You have to wonder if these people know anything about musical performance at all as opposed to playing with their machines.

5-0 out of 5 stars Almost an unequivocal first choice
Perhaps part of what sets this recording apart from its competitors is Barbirolli's overall conception of the work: the liner notes point out that he always called the work Elgar's "*Dream,*" and not "Gerontius." This seemingly simple change results in a completely different outlook on the work. In emphasizing the dream-like quality of the work, Barbirolli is at once more daring and more orthodox than his competitors, allowing the quirkiness of Elgar's orchestration and choral writing to burst out time and time again, here cellos coming to the fore, there a clarinet emerging in sudden duet with one of the soloists. Barbirolli is doing nothing more than giving us what's on the page, but what a difference this makes!Read more

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108. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring / Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Audio CD (14 July, 1992)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Bach and Handel Treats
The unfortunate thing�if anything can be said to the contrary about thiscollection�is that is an older recording. As far as authenticity, what wasavailable in the days of Bach and Handel to perform their music, and whatthey may have had in mind as the formidable way of presenting it to thepublic�as well as to the heavens�may be quite different things. Viewed inthis way, authenticity may be an abstraction we are not here priviledged tocomment on.3-0 out of 5 stars Fine recording, but doesn't work for me.
I love several of J.S. Bach's cantatas, and enjoy hearing them in a variety of ways--period performances, orchestral arrangements, etc.Therefore I'm not one to insist on authenticity.Nevertheless, the chorushere sounds too big for the Bach.Also, the program needs more variety forstraight through listening.Chorus after (massive) chorus doesn't work forme.

5-0 out of 5 stars rock on!!!!!
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Subjects:  1. Anthem    2. Cantata    3. Choral    4. Classical    5. Classical Artists    6. Classical Music    7. Classical Vocals    8. Magnificat    9. Mass    10. Oratorio   


109. Discover Music of the Baroque Era
by Naxos
Audio CD (22 March, 2005)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Fulfilling Overview of the Baroque Era in Music and Words
Yet another great bargain-priced package from Naxos effectively provides an overview of the rich Baroque period with two discs containing more than 2 � hours of music and a comprehensive, 140-page primer booklet. Compiled by music historian Clive Unger-Hamilton, the collection is well-chosen to represent the many different facets of the era without recycling the more obvious candidates like Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons". The quality of the playing and singing is top-notch throughout, and the program contains quite a smorgasbord of pieces from dramatic opera arias to harpsichord pieces (sometimes played on authentic instruments, other times on modern grands) to full-blown choruses. Standout tracks include Allegri's "Miserere mei" with an ethereal boy treble soloist; two arias sung by soprano Ingrid Kertesi, in particular, Almirena's lament, "Lascia ch'io pianga" from Handel's "Rinaldo"; and a lovely "When I am laid in earth" from Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas" performed by soprano Kym Amps. The choral pieces can be astounding from Bach's "St Matthew Passion (BWV 244)" performed by the large Hungarian Festival Chorus and full symphony orchestra to the eight voices that wrap themselves around "For unto us a child is born" from Handel's "Messiah".
5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Introduction to the Music of the Baroque Era
This is one of a series of the'Discover ...' 2 CD sets -- at super-budget price -- from Naxos that makes use of complete movements of music from the era in question. It is accompanied by an excellent booklet - a thick one! - with an explanatory essay that gives background on the music as well as blow-by-blow descriptions of the music being presented. All the selections (from such composers as Monteverdi, Handel, Bach, Scarlatti, Sch�tz, Purcell, Corelli, Pachelbel, Charpentier, et al.) are from Naxos's extensive library of recorded music and as far as I can tell all the performances are top-notch.
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Subjects:  1. Anthem    2. Baroque Motet    3. Baroque Sonata/Sonatina for Keyboard    4. Baroque Suite/Partita for Orchestra    5. British Baroque Opera    6. Cantata    7. Chamber    8. Chamber Music    9. Character/Single-Movement/Miscellaneous Work for Keyboard    10. Choral    11. Classical    12. Classical Collections-Composer Desc.    13. Coll. of Character/Single-Movement/Misc. Works for Keyb.    14. Concerto    15. Concerto Grosso    16. Contrapuntal/Improvisatory Keyboard Music    17. Flute Concerto    18. French Baroque Opera    19. Instructional / Educational    20. Italian Baroque Opera   


110. Bach: Voices Of Angels
by Teldec
Audio CD (08 February, 1994)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Bach by Leonhardt and Harnoncourt
Good stuff.I have many of these peices separately in other CDs of Bach's cantatas under the direction of Leonhardt and Harnoncourt.The boy sopranos in this cd are wonderful.Great balance between instrumentalists and vocalists is a hallmark of the Harnoncourt/Leonhardt style.I highly recommend this CD.
4-0 out of 5 stars Can't go wrong with this singing
These are undoubtedly beautiful perfomrance, notably on the choral works. The tempo isn't too fast nor too slow, and the balance between "authentic" and modern use of intrumentation is nearly ideal.4-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, if you don't already have these!
The quality of these pieces and performances is exceptional (assuming you like the 1970s-style attempts at authentic performance).This disk was the first of my Harnoncourt / Leonhardt purchases; unfortunately, every single one of these is now also sitting in my rack inside the (complete) cantata from whence it was taken.All sung in German, of course, except for the B minor mass, which is sung in Latin.Read more

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111. Handel - Messiah / Vyvyan · Sinclair · Vickers · Tozzi · Royal PO · Beecham
Audio CD (14 July, 1992)
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3-0 out of 5 stars Familiarity hasn't bred much affection
I first became acquainted with this recording at the tender age of 12 when I received the original Soria edition as a Christmas gift. I remember being intensely disappointed at what seemed to me then as more circus than music. Time has mellowed that negative reaction and gives a more balanced assessment of Beecham's achievement - I bought the CD reissue after all. It still doesn't inspire much affection in yours truly although I can appreciate the soloists' contributions, particularly Tozzi. The lamented Vyvyan was in better voice with Boult. Here she has a rapid vibrato and a curious way of articulating the high notes. The orchestrations seem to maintain more of the clarity of the writing by concentrating on the bass and the top without clogging up the middle voices in the manner of the Victorians. There are three pieces where it just doesn't work at all to these ears: the brassy "All we like sheep," "Hallelujah" (which summons visions of Fucik's 'Entry of the Gladiators' every time I hear it), and the disintegration of the obbligato trumpet into flute noodlings in "The trumpet shall sound," in a lightweight performance that is at odds with the grandeur of the text. I'll also admit that the splashy brilliance of "For unto us a Child is born" and the surging drama of "Surely, He hath borne our griefs" are very satisfying.
3-0 out of 5 stars Thanks to Jon!
This recording is worth having first of all beacause of the credible singing of Jon Vickers! Yes, he really sings on the words. The "Comfort Ye" and "Every valley..." have a knew dimension after Jons reading of the score. Of course I know that in tradition we want a very much more lyrical voice to this masterpiece. But he's not alone here, and now we are already into the problem; the choir! It's just terrible, yes terrible!
2-0 out of 5 stars Competent but uninspiring
Years ago I was directed to a vinyl version of the Messiah against which I measure all others. Unfortunately, I've got my vinyl in storage and only have a tape copy with no info (no conductor, date, record label, etc) so I'm always searching for that wonderful interpretation of this most glorious piece of choral music. Beecham's isn't it. In fact, as much as I appreciate the technical competence of the performances & recording, this CD comes across as stiff & uninspired. Read more

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


112. London Horn Sound
by Cala Records
Audio CD (29 June, 1999)
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Asin: B00000JHK7
Sales Rank: 4507
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Great sounds!
Love this CD!Feel in love with it from the first hearing!The Titanic fantasy is wonderful, perhaps a tad long, but wonderful just the same.I got used to the flat high D after a couple hearings.The Hansel und Gretel is nice, but arranged a whole step below the original key, and it looses a little luster.There is a wonderful published 8 part arrangement of this in the original key that I think is better.
3-0 out of 5 stars Its alright
This CD has some really beautiful playing, but a lot of the selections are cheesy. i.e. Titanic. They might as well have hired Celine Dion to sing along with them. And although there are some real "wow" moments like when you listen to Caravan for the first time, (The lead horns sound like the trumpet section in a jazz band), overall, the Cd isn't that exciting to listen to more than once. On the other hand, Take 9 is a CD featuring the American Horn Quartet & The Horns of the NY Philharmonic. Not only do they kill the Londoners with their technique and intonation, but the repertoire better suits the medium than lame pop fantasies. Of note is the orchestral transcription of Overture to Candide. I say transcription because yes, they even play the flute and clarinet solos in the correct octave. TAKE 9 Check it out!

5-0 out of 5 stars absolutely Inspirational
This is THE CD I listen to on the way to rehearsal.It truly inspires me to do my absolute best!You've got to love Roman Carnival - so excellent!I would recommend this CD to anyone, especially horn and brass players.These performers are just phenomenal.What else is there to say?
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Subjects:  1. Art Song (General)    2. Band    3. Band Music    4. Choral    5. Classical    6. Classical Collections-Composer Desc.    7. Concerto    8. French Horn Concerto    9. German/Austrian Romantic Opera    10. Miscellaneous Vocal Music    11. Opera    12. Oratorio    13. Orchestral    14. Orchestral & Symphonic    15. Romantic Overture for Orchestra    16. Solo Voice(s) and Small Ensemble    17. Vocal    18. Vocal Music   


113. Haydn: The Creation / Herbert von Karajan
by Deutsche Grammophon
Audio CD (27 January, 1998)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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This classic performance of Haydn's greatest choral masterpiece was beloved tenor Fritz Wunderlich's last recording. He sings all of the arias, but he died before finishing the recitatives, which are here taken by Werner Krenn. The recording is, in addition, one of Herbert von Karajan's finest, vastly better than his later digital remake.His interpretation is straightforward and impressively large in scale, but never pompous or sanctimonious (which was Karajan's big problem in music of a religious character).The truth is, Haydn's consistently fresh and unpretentious invention acts as a positive anesthetic against bombast, and the composer himself once said that thinking of the Creator always made him irresistibly cheerful. With Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars All the stars of the 20th century
This recording brings all the finest voices of the twentieth century together with one of the finest conductors and orchestras.The sound quality is quite good, however, the overall intonation is quite sharp--a problem we used to have to deal with with LPS. That might also have made the tempi a bit faster than they were at the original performances. Aside from the pitch, the recording serves to remind us of the highest caliber of music making, just one step away from the German romanticist performers of the 19th century.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fritz Wunderlich's Last Recording: Karajan's Greatest "Creation"
This stunning recording from Deutsche Grammophone is Karajan's greatest recording of Haydn's Creation (of the two he recorded). In his prime as a conductor, he is musically potent and does not succumb to his usual overly grandiose manner. The singers are doing a heck of a job in their solos and ensembles. Of particular interest is the renowned 40's and 50's German tenor Fritz Wunderlich as the angel Gabriel and as Adam. He is singing in his last studio recording before his tragic death of cancer. Soprano Gundula Janowitz sing with ravishing voice, lyrical and lush, the voice of an angel. Baritone Dietrich Fischer Dieskau is in his element. He totally fits the baritone part of the archangel Uriel- a big, dramatic but noble and beatiful, God-like voice. Dieskau is in his glorious prime and pulls out all the stops. Mezzo soprano star Christa Ludwig sings the role of Raphael, normally a part given to another tenor. But her dark lower register is enough to make her worthy of the role. Walter Barry is also featured in this recording and his baritone voice is also ingenious. The orchestra is colorful, bringing out all the mystery and religiousity without being overt. The opening Prelude, "Chaos" evokes the Big-Bang and the subsequent formation of suns, stars and planets!! The choruses are magnificent and well-trained. Each of these singes are German, or Austrian, and therefore know how to sing with native pride. For other superb recordings of Haydn's Creation, check out the recording with conductor Antal Dorati and starring the radiant soprano Lucia Popp and incredible baritone Kurt Moll.

5-0 out of 5 stars Karajan live or Karajan studio?
Since no one has compared this studio recording from 1966 (patchwork being added up to 1969) with Karajan's live performance from Salzburg the year before, I thought I'd fill in the gap. This review is posted twice, both here and under the live recording, also on DG.
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Subjects:  1. Choral    2. Classical    3. Classical Composers    4. Classical Music    5. Oratorio   


114. Discover Early Music
by Naxos
Audio CD (01 November, 2005)
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Sales Rank: 91644
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars awesome value -- 5+ stars
I'm really enthusiastic about these CDs and booklet. I've had it for a few weeks now, in which I've explored Medieval and Renaissance music much more deeply than this little book and CD set. Yet I'm very glad I started with these.
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Subjects:  1. Ballata    2. Chamber    3. Chamber Music    4. Chanson    5. Choral    6. Choral Music    7. Classical    8. Classical Collections-Composer Desc.    9. Early Music / Chant    10. Instructional / Educational    11. Lied    12. Madrigal    13. Mass    14. Medieval Motet    15. Miscellaneous    16. Miscellaneous Music    17. Oratorio    18. Psalm Setting    19. Renaissance Instrumental Polyphony    20. Renaissance Mass   


115. Meditation: Classical Relaxation (Box Set)
by Delta
Audio CD (11 October, 1991)
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Sales Rank: 90908
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Relaxing music at its finest!
This is a GREAT 10-CD set!The performances are top-notch, the music is varied, and the feelings engendered are wondrously beautiful.

5-0 out of 5 stars Get it for $9.99 at Sam's Club!
Very nice set of CD's, very beatiful and relaxing, but don't pay $27, get it for $9 at Sam's Club. I know this will be censored but come on, how can you guys charge those saps that much! Amazon should try to find the best price for its customers, even if it sends them to different vendors. Censoring this message is a crime, DON'T DO IT. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, moving music! You'll recognize many of the pieces
John Cheng's review, below, said it's "an undeniable bargain," and I whole heartedly agree! I especially LOVE Volume 5. I have a Typing/Resume business, and I listen to Volume 5 ALL the time on my computer while I'm doing my work. It inspires me to be creative and calms me down when I'm stressed. Read more

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116. The Essential Canadian Brass
by Philips
Audio CD (11 August, 1992)
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Sales Rank: 35687
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A gleaming vision of brass sound
The Canadian Brass have been a lively and fun force in music for decades, since being brought together in Toronto 'by a gleaming vision of brass sound'.They are now world famous, having delighted and dazzled people in concerts all over the globe.One of the problems for a group such as this is the lack of repertoire readily available, so the group has become expert at arranging pieces for other instruments for their ensemble.They have also commissioned a good number of pieces of their performance.
5-0 out of 5 stars wow
This CD is amazing. It's a shame more people don't know about this incredible group. I'm a brass player and I just learned of these guys a few months ago. If you like classical music or brass music, this is a must own!

5-0 out of 5 stars Essential CD
If you like the sound of brass and if your tastes run the gamut from Gabrieli to Handy, with stops hither and yon, this CD is essential to your collection.In it, the Canadian Brass demonstrate their amazing ability to play the early Baroque masters right along side the early jazz masters -- and make it seem perfectly natural!In the process, a bit of Rimsky-Korsakov, Mozart and Lord knows what gets thrown in for good measure.Plus, they play a rousing rendition of Bach's "Little Fugue in G Minor."If the music on this CD doesn't get you going, you need to immediately go to the ER at the nearest hospital! ... Read more

Subjects:  1. 20th/21st Century Music for Voice and Keyboard    2. Chamber    3. Choral    4. Classical    5. Classical Artists    6. Classical Music    7. Classical Period Serenade/Cassation/Divertimento    8. Classical Sonata/Sonatina for Keyboard    9. Concerto    10. Concerto for Two Solo Instruments    11. Italian Romantic Opera    12. Keyboard    13. Miscellaneous    14. Miscellaneous Music    15. Music for Organ    16. Opera    17. Oratorio    18. Orchestral    19. Polychoral Music For Brass    20. Prelude and Fugue for Keyboard   


117. The Great Thanksgiving
Audio CD (14 November, 1995)
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Sales Rank: 15885
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118. Handel: Semele /Burrowes · Kwella · Priday · D Jones · Denley · Penrose · Rolfe Johnson · Davies · Lloyd · Thomas · Monteverdi Choir · English Baroque Soloists · Gardiner
by Erato
Audio CD (11 May, 1993)
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Asin: B000005EA0
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Although he billed this piece as an oratorio, it's really an opera--the first ever in English, and one of the finest too. Handel's audience wasn't fooled for a minute, and a successful performance needs a dazzling cast of singers, just as in the composer's Italian operas. Good as John Eliot Gardiner's singers are, they don't surpass John Nelson's cast on DG, nor does Gardiner's direction offer much competition. Had the DG not existed this would be perfectly recommendable, but life is cruel, and you deserve the best. Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars It's all about Semele
I recommend this Semele recording for a simple reason. Norma Burrowes is perfect as the title role. She has a freshness in her voice, a youthfulness that is necessary to sing Semele's part, and that is not found with other sopranos, who tend to sound too mature. Her rendition of "Oh, Sleep, why dost thou leave me"is unbeatable. Burrowes' voice makes great contrast with Della Jones' as Juno. I also find Anthony Rolfe-Johnson's voice as Jupiter a little too youthful for that matter.

4-0 out of 5 stars Tuneful, dramatic, succinct . . .
David Hurwitz, the Amazon.com reviewer, refers to "Semele" as the first ever opera in English, but surely is forgetting "Venus & Adonis" (Blow) or "Dido & Aeneas" (Purcell), which date from the previous century (and may be unaware that the same libretto by Congreve that Handel used for Semele was set decades earlier by Eccles, though never performed)!This incredible oversight is matched by his opinion that Nelson's 'modern' performance surpasses Gardiner's.(I was first acquainted with Nelson's recording before I got to know Gardiner's, and Nelson's is too problematic to my ears to even consider buying at a knock-down price).5-0 out of 5 stars Better Performance Than The DG
I may be alone in this, but I think this is a slightly better performance than the much-praised DG version.It has nothing to do with period instruments; it's that Gardiner has better soloists in the lead roles.Don't get me wrong: All the singers on the DG version are good (though many of them were better in a concert performance given five years before the recording was made).But Norma Burrowes is less coy and less prone to crooning than Kathleen Battle, Della Jones in fresher voice and more technically secure than Marilyn Horne (who would have been ideal if only she'd recorded the part ten years earlier), and the great Anthony Rolfe Johnson edges out DG's merely good John Aler as Jupiter.Gardiner also has the advantage of his great Monteverdi choir, much more dramatic than DG's chorus.And finally, Gardiner is as always a great Handel conductor; Handel and Purcell are probably the composers with whom he has the most affinity.Read more

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119. The Very Best of Lucia Popp
by EMI Classics
Audio CD (02 September, 2003)
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Sales Rank: 42494
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Lucia Popp
This is a wonderful album showcasing the very best of Lucia Popp (as the title suggests).Her voice was absolutely beautiful.She could sing the slavic languages like no one else.Her version of Dvorak's Song to the Moon is unbeatable.I dare anyone to find a better performance!Also, the song from Die Zauberflute -Ah Ich fuls (sp?) is outstanding.I've yet to hear a better version.Her diction was fantastic and while she wasn't the highest soprano around - she knew what worked for her voice.This is album is a keeper!

5-0 out of 5 stars Lucy: The Reigning Queen of Opera
Lucia Popp is one of the best sopranos to ever grace the operatic/classical voice stage.This CD compilation shows her progression through lyric Handel to lyric and dramatic Mozart (her Der Holle Rache from Magic Flute is unrivaled) to tender art song and operetta literature.The first disc also showcases her adeptness with 20th Century literature as well as the ability to step out of the traditional four languages of opera.Any avid music fan MUST have this CD compilation. ... Read more

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120. A Bach Festival for Brass & Organ
by Angel Records
Audio CD (16 August, 2005)
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Sales Rank: 55289
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars So You Thought Bach Couldn't Dance!
This recording is almost certainly the same as the one listed as Angel 47395, with the same title.
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