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121. The Dreaded P.D.Q. Bach
$57.49
122. Karl Richter: A Universal Musician
$16.98
123. The Ultimate Wedding Album
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124. Songs of Free Men/ A Paul Robeson
$18.99
125. Handel: Judas Maccabaeus
$33.98
126. Bach: St. John Passion; Mass in
$11.98
127. The Baroque Christmas Album
$23.98
128. Handel: Solomon
$9.98
129. Pachelbel Canon
$10.98
130. Go For Baroque! - The Canadian
$19.98
131. Victorian Musical Boxes
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132. Mendelssohn In Words And Music
$26.98
133. Sacred Arias [Special Edition
$169.98
134. Schubert: The Masterworks [Box
$13.99
135. Handel: Messiah, Israel In Egypt
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136. Georg Friedrich Händel: Great
$9.98
137. Great Performances: Baroque Favorites
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138. Handel - Messiah / E. Farrell
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139. Super Hits: Mormon Tabernacle
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121. The Dreaded P.D.Q. Bach
by Vanguard Records
Audio CD (27 August, 1996)
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Asin: B000000EDK
Sales Rank: 63376
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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  • Box set

Reviews (7)

5-0 out of 5 stars Hours of Strange and Wonderful Enjoyment
This is a fine collection of the work of the "oddest of Bach's 20-odd children."The intros and commentary by Professor Peter Schickele (University of Southern North Dakota at Hoople) are as sidesplitting as the "music" itself.One learns, for example, that PDQ Bach is the only composer to have written for double reeds -- without the use of oboes or bassoons. . . .Just four of the high(low)lights on this 4-disc set include:"Concerto for Horn and Hardart," "Iphigenia in Brooklyn," "Unbegun Symphony," and "Pervertimento for Bagpipes, Bicycle, and Balloons."The PDQ Bach corpus is (fortunately) not exhausted with this box set, so there will likely be others, but this one is terrific and will provide hours of strange and wonderful enjoyment.

4-0 out of 5 stars PDQ Bach lifts the standard of musical humor
Excellent 4 CD album from PDQ Bach. Although most music is meant to be humoresque, it is also brilliantly composed/'borrowed' from other composer. Nice item for music lovers that do have sense of, almost British, humor.

5-0 out of 5 stars Essential for any classical fan with a sense of humor
This recording is a treasure trove of PDQ Bach music.It is good for many, many laughs, and even my husband who is not well-versed in classical enjoys it to bits.A must-own for anyone who loves the wit of Peter Schickele! ... Read more

Subjects:  1. 20th/21st Century Opera    2. 20th/21st Century Orchestral Music    3. 20th/21st Century Symphony    4. Box Sets (Audio Only)    5. Cantata    6. Chamber    7. Chamber Music    8. Choral    9. Classical    10. Classical Music    11. Comedy    12. Concerto    13. French Horn Concerto    14. Keyboard    15. Miscellaneous Vocal Music    16. Music for Four Hands at One Keyboard    17. Opera    18. Oratorio    19. Orchestral    20. Orchestral Music   


122. Karl Richter: A Universal Musician
by Deutsche Grammophon
Audio CD (08 August, 2006)
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Asin: B000FBHSPO
Sales Rank: 118871
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  • Box set

Subjects:  1. Baroque Variations for Keyboard    2. Box Sets (Audio Only)    3. Chaconne for Keyboard    4. Choral    5. Chorale Prelude or Chorale Treatment for Keyboard    6. Classical    7. Classical Artists    8. Classical Period Symphony    9. Concerto    10. Concerto for Three Solo Instruments    11. Fantasy/Fantasia for Keyboard    12. Italian Baroque Opera    13. Keyboard    14. Keyboard Music    15. Music for Organ    16. Oboe Concerto    17. Opera    18. Oratorio    19. Orchestral & Symphonic    20. Passion   


123. The Ultimate Wedding Album
by Decca
Audio CD (14 March, 1995)
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Asin: B00000427S
Sales Rank: 59320
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars When they say Ultimate, they mean it!
This album really is great.As of writing the review I haven't gotten married yet, but I am definetly using it in my June wedding.It has all of the classics that we always associate with weddings and only weddings ("Bridal Chorus" for the bridal processional, "Wedding March" for a recessional, etc.) PLUS plenty of other music for the wedding party processional, unity candle lighting, prelude music, etc.I purchased another CD, but only because that music was used in EVERY ceremony at my high school and it has sentimental value to me.I didn't need to, as the album cover even sorts the tracks by Prelude, Processional, Ceremony, and Recessional.
5-0 out of 5 stars All the wedding songs you love and know
An excellent compilation of the most famous wedding songs.
5-0 out of 5 stars Great Classical Wedding Music
If you're looking for a traditional orchestra-feel for your wedding music, this is it. A lot of the other CDs I sampled just had a piano or organ, but this is complete with strings, trumpets, and even opera. It's the kind of music they use in movie weddings!
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Subjects:  1. 20th/21st Century Music for Voice and Keyboard    2. Baroque Suite/Partita for Orchestra    3. Cantata    4. Chamber    5. Chamber Music    6. Choral    7. Classical    8. Classical Collections-Artist Desc.    9. Classical Crossover    10. Classical Music    11. German/Austrian Romantic Opera    12. Keyboard    13. Keyboard Music    14. Miscellaneous    15. Miscellaneous Music    16. Opera    17. Oratorio    18. Orchestral    19. Orchestral & Symphonic    20. Quartet for Keyboard and Three String Instruments   


124. Songs of Free Men/ A Paul Robeson Recital
Audio CD (09 December, 1997)
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Asin: B0000029YJ
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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There was nothing like the Robeson sound, ever. To describe his deep, rich, perfectly equalized instrument is futile. Go instead to "Balm in Gilead," the opening track, and see if you can listen to the last Read more

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  • Live
  • Original recording remastered

Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars The voice, the sound quality and the interpretation
Put this on your stereo and if it is good enough the depth and richness of Robeson's voice will make your fillings rattle and your chest rumble.The power of his voice is awesome.This CD is superbly recorded with no audible noise at normal listening levels.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Voice from the 40s, often dated, often moving
"Red diaper babies" have greeted this disc with nostalgic joy, and it captures a time and an aesthetic and a political belief with precision.Anyone interested in the emotional life of the pro-Soviet left of the 1940s should buy this disc.It's something like Henry Wallace set to music.There is much more to Robeson than that, however,and Sony has given us Robeson whole:there are songs by American masters of the musical, there are labor songs, religious songs, as well as the kind of faux-folk songs which the butcher supreme Josef Stalin encouraged and which were not taken seriously inside the USSR (except at gunpoint!!) but which were taken up by dupes around the world.This is Robeson at his least savory - willing propagandist for a vile mass murderer.Songs such as "Native Land" (fittingly, Robeson is referring to the Soviet Union) and the Red Army song are the equivalent of the "Horst Wessel Song", anthems of murder, and it is difficult to listen to the worst of them without retching.On the other hand, Robeson's commitment to American folk culture was real. "Balm in Gilead" is deeply beautiful; "John Henry" is heroic; "By an' By" is both resigned yet hopeful. "Joe Hill" captures an era in labor history.Anyone interested in American popular song should hear these.Turning to Broadway, his "Old Man River" is very fine, though Robeson changed the lyrics for political reasons and Leonard Warren has done the song better.I disagree with the editorial reviewer: "I Still Suits Me" is wonderfully playful and shows Robeson using his gorgeously rich voice to tease and poke fun.However, Marc Blitzstein's "Purest Kind of a Guy" is beyond saving - another example of Robeson recording an unworthy song by a political fellow-traveller.Ugh.But for every miss there are two hits.Robeson performs Mendelssohn's Elijah with nobility, and sings his favorite song, "Water Boy", with joyous pride:"There ain't no hammer that's on these mountains that rings like mine, boys, that rings like mine."5-0 out of 5 stars Robeson at his best
It's hard to believe that most of these recordings pre-date the advent of magnetic tape: the CD transfer is superlative. The songs and performance are beyond reproach. Notable is the imaginative packaging in miniature'record album' format, complete with the original cover art, and a replicaof the original Columbia record label applied to the CD.Read more

Subjects:  1. 20th/21st Century Music for Voice and Keyboard    2. American 20th/21st Century Opera    3. Choral    4. Classical    5. Classical Artists    6. Classical Music    7. Easy Listening    8. Folk Song    9. Keyboard    10. Keyboard Music    11. Miscellaneous    12. Miscellaneous Music    13. Miscellaneous Vocal Music    14. Opera    15. Oratorio    16. Romantic Music for Voice and Keyboard    17. Solo Voice(s) and Orchestra    18. Songwriter    19. Traditional Gospel    20. Traditional Pop   


125. Handel: Judas Maccabaeus
by Harmonia Mundi
Audio CD (08 August, 2006)
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Asin: B000FIM2FS
Sales Rank: 81683
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Subjects:  1. Choral    2. Classical    3. Classical Composers    4. Opera / Operetta / Oratorio    5. Oratorio   


126. Bach: St. John Passion; Mass in B Minor; Easter Oratorio; Ascension Oratorio
by Virgin Classics
Audio CD (07 January, 2003)
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Asin: B00005UNXB
Sales Rank: 40934
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Bach
Went looking for the Mass only, but got the whole box set at roughly the same price. Sure I'm not complaining.
5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Bach
I must agree with the other reviewer that this is a great collection. However, I like the presence of the boy alto in the Mass. Bach composed most of his religious works for a boys choir but you wouldn't guess it from looking at most recordings. To the best of my knowledge this Mass is the only recording out there that is both OVPP and includes a boy soloist. It works for me.

5-0 out of 5 stars One-voice-per-part in all its glory
Pick up this set.When I saw the ... price on these gems, I immediately ordered it.Andrew Parrott is a wonderful conductor who subscribes to the theory that Bach intended his choral music to be sung with one voice on a part.Quite a contrast to many recordings out there with 50+ on a part.Along with everyone else, I was a bit leery of this approach but wait until you hear these results!His performance of the mass is absolutely breathtaking!Rifkin recorded the mass OVPP but some of the soloists were a bit weak, especially compared to Parrott's soloists.I picked up this one and the Herreweghe recording of the mass (considered to be the best in many circles) around the same time and I found myself continually coming back to this one.The clarity of the vocal lines is wonderful.Some of the fugal lines get lost in Herreweghe's approach but not in Parrott's recording.You can follow each wonderful line from beginning to end.Parrott's soloists have a very clear, non-"operatic", beautiful sound that tunes so well (rare in OVPP works in my opinion).This is what makes the choral sections work so well--lack of excessive vibrato that makes Bach's musical lines unfold beautifully.The solo sections are just as impressive.The only beef I have with the recording is Parrott's use of a boy alto.An admirable job in most respects but he just can't quite match the maturity of the other voices.Read more

Subjects:  1. Choral    2. Classical    3. Classical Composers    4. Classical Music    5. Classical Vocals    6. Mass    7. Oratorio    8. Passion   


127. The Baroque Christmas Album
by Archiv Produktion
Audio CD (11 October, 2005)
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Asin: B000AR7FU6
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Editorial Review

This compilation of re-issues, originally recorded in the 1990s and 2001 features music, by Bach, Charpentier, Gabrieli, Schütz, Corelli (the famous beloved "Pastorale") and Praetorius, all of it beautiful and just right for celebrating a festival of light, hope, worshipful praise, and jubilation. It is performed to perfection by several period vocal and instrumental groups, the latter tuned to various "authentic" pitches. Some of the pieces are excerpts from longer works, some are arrangements, such as four lovely French Christmas carols in an instrumental version by Charpentier, whose harmonic and contrapuntal complexity makes the simplicity of the melodies all the more touching. There are also two reconstructions by Paul McCreesh of Christmas services as they might have been heard during Gabrieli's lifetime at Saint Mark's in Venice and during Schütz's lifetime at the Dresden Hofkapelle. The program is arranged for utmost contrast between vocal and instrumental textures, speed, length, mood and character. Among the highlights are the devout, fervent, quite melancholy "O Jesu me dulcissime" by Gabrieli, who wrote for voices with the same luminous brilliance as for brasses, and Praetorius' "In dulce jubilo," which, with fanfares of trumpets and drums, makes a fittingly triumphant, glorious ending.Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars 5-PLUS Stars
There are not many things in life that I would describe as just Gorgeous -- but this album is definitely one of them. The selections, the arrangements, the production quality, all areclean, yet lush -- simultaneously light and rich. The effect is wonderful.
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Subjects:  1. Baroque Mass    2. Cantata    3. Choral    4. Choral Music    5. Christmas / Chanukkah    6. Christmas Music    7. Classical    8. Concerto    9. Concerto Grosso    10. Keyboard    11. Keyboard Music    12. Miscellaneous    13. Oratorio    14. Renaissance Motet    15. Sacred Choral Music with keyboard (or continuo)    16. Vocal    17. Xmas Vocal Collections   


128. Handel: Solomon
by Philips
Audio CD (12 September, 2006)
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Asin: B000E8N7QM
Sales Rank: 90306
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  • Original recording remastered

Subjects:  1. Choral    2. Classical    3. Classical Composers    4. Opera / Operetta / Oratorio    5. Oratorio   


129. Pachelbel Canon
by Decca
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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Asin: B0000041SX
Sales Rank: 58955
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra - Pachelbel: Canon
Truly one of the finest recordings of the Canon, and the entire CD isabsolutely a must to listen to.The only complaint I had was the missingtrack 'The Dance of the Blessed Spirits' that was on the LP from the1980's. However, all the tracks are extremely well done.All in all, thisis a great Classical CD from a great Conducter and Orchestra. Get thisone, you won't regret it!!! ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Adagio for Orchestra    2. Baroque Suite/Partita for Orchestra    3. Cantata    4. Chamber    5. Choral    6. Classical    7. Classical Composers    8. Classical Music    9. Concerto    10. Concerto Grosso    11. Italian Baroque Opera    12. Keyboard    13. Motet    14. Music for Organ    15. Opera    16. Oratorio    17. Orchestral    18. Organ Concerto    19. Quartet for Four String Instruments    20. Quartet for Keyboard and Three String Instruments   


130. Go For Baroque! - The Canadian Brass
Audio CD (15 August, 1995)
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Asin: B000003FV9
Sales Rank: 105034
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Brandon's Review
I am a trumpet player who has studied under the tutalage of Bernie Nero principle trumpet of the Austin Symphony and am also a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music,thereforeI feel that I am in a unique position to coment on the quality of this recording.Although the music assembled for the recording is an excellent combination of contrasting styles, the musical prhasing is not played charicteristically correct for that time period of music,and stylistically lacks cohesivness.None the less it is still a very good recording, that is why I give it a four rating.

5-0 out of 5 stars Consistent excellence
The Canadian Brass never disappoints. There are some great arrangements of Baroque classics on this album. It may be hard to imagine an organ piece like Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor played by a brass quartet, but it actually works. Overall, this album is consistent in delivering great music.

5-0 out of 5 stars You can't go wrong with the Canadian Brass
You really can't go wrong with any CD by the Canadian Brass; they're such an outstanding group.Because of this, it can oftentimes be difficult to choose which of their CDs to purchase.However, if you are looking for aCanadian Brass CD focused around the more classical aspect of music,"Go For Boroque!" is an excellent choice.Compared to the otherCB baroque CD, I feel this one is the better.It has a lot more tracks,and the songs, in my opinion, are better.It has everything from mypersonal favorite, "We Hasten with Eager Footsteps," to"Trumpet Voluntary," to "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor,"which is more closely associated with "Phantom of the Opera."Ihighly recommend this recording. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Baroque Suite/Partita for Orchestra    2. Cantata    3. Chamber    4. Chamber Music    5. Choral    6. Classical    7. Classical Artists    8. Classical Music    9. Concerto    10. Contrapuntal/Improvisatory Keyboard Music    11. Fantasy/Fantasia for Keyboard    12. Keyboard    13. Miscellaneous    14. Miscellaneous Music    15. Mixed Chamber Ensemble with Keyboard    16. Music for Organ    17. Oratorio    18. Orchestral    19. Transcription   


131. Victorian Musical Boxes
by Saydisc
Audio CD (06 March, 1995)
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Asin: B00000453N
Sales Rank: 108711
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars The Music of our Dreams from Childhood.
"Victorian Musical Boxes" is a wonderful collection of melodies which helps to transport a person back to a simpler time when music was produced by a steel comb thus producing a soothing, tinkling soundreminiscent of childhood.This collection offers a diverse collection ofmelodies which is bound to evoke memories of those days gone by.The verynature of the music is in sharp contrast to much of the loud, annoyingsounds which invade our lives from all sides.Sitting down, perhaps with acup of tea, this CD will calm and soothe the day's troubles and cares away. Remember with joy the simpler times of life, and for a few short momentsenjoy again the music which filled the lives of so many when music was juststarting to be enjoyed by the masses.This is sure to please! ... Read more

Subjects:  1. 20th/21st Century Orchestral Music    2. Band    3. Band Music    4. British Operetta    5. Chamber Music & Recitals    6. Choral    7. Classical    8. Miscellaneous    9. Miscellaneous Music    10. Nostalgia    11. Opera    12. Oratorio    13. Orchestral    14. Orchestral Music    15. Romantic Music for Voice and Keyboard    16. Romantic Orchestral Music    17. Solo Voice(s) and Orchestra    18. V/a Compilations    19. Vocal    20. Vocal Music   


132. Mendelssohn In Words And Music
by Vox (Classical)
Audio CD (01 May, 1995)
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Asin: B000001KCR
Sales Rank: 98437
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Subjects:  1. Chamber    2. Childrens    3. Choral    4. Classical    5. Classical Composers    6. Classical Music    7. Concerto    8. Concerto for Two Pianos    9. Keyboard    10. Octet for Eight String Instruments    11. Oratorio    12. Orchestral    13. Passion    14. Piano Concerto    15. Romantic Incidental Music for Orchestra    16. Romantic Music for Voice and Keyboard    17. Romantic Overture for Orchestra    18. Romantic Symphony    19. Song Without Words for Keyboard    20. Symphonic   


133. Sacred Arias [Special Edition with Bonus DVD]
by Philips
Audio CD (14 October, 2003)
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Asin: B0000CE9VO
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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When he was growing up, Andrea Bocelli recalls finding inspiration in a favorite recording of sacred music performed by tenor legend Franco Corelli. Bocelli--who in the meantime has come to inspire millions of fiercely loyal fans himself--returns to the genre as the guidingtheme of Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A spiritual experience
The DVD is the full 77 minute concert with two featurettes previously released alone.The CD is the full 72 minute concert previously released alone, except that two bonus tracks have been added.The audio quality of each one is quite good.(If you have a Dolby Digital stereo, then you must go into the setup menu on the DVD to select Dolby Digital sound.The default music track is the stereo 2.0 sound.)The video quality of the DVD is astonishing.Read more

Subjects:  1. Choral    2. Christmas    3. Christmas Music    4. Classical    5. Classical Artists    6. Classical Crossover    7. Classical Music    8. Classical Vocals    9. Holiday    10. Italian Baroque Opera    11. Mass    12. Miscellaneous    13. Miscellaneous Music    14. Motet    15. Opera    16. Oratorio    17. Requiem/Requiem Section    18. Romantic Music for Voice and Keyboard    19. Solo Voice(s) and Orchestra    20. Solo Voice(s) and Small Ensemble   


134. Schubert: The Masterworks [Box Set]
by Brilliant Classics
Audio CD (30 November, 2004)
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Asin: B00062FLJC
Sales Rank: 117701
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Subjects:  1. Allegro for Keyboard    2. Box Sets (Audio Only)    3. Chamber    4. Chamber Music    5. Chamber Music & Recitals    6. Choral    7. Choral Music    8. Classical    9. Classical Composers    10. Ecosse/Ecossaise for Keyboard    11. Fantasy/Fantasia for Keyboard    12. Folk Dance for Keyboard    13. Impromptu for Keyboard    14. Keyboard    15. Keyboard Music    16. Keyboard Work with Descriptive or Unclassified Title    17. Ländler/German Dance for Keyboard    18. Magnificat    19. Mass    20. Mass Section   


135. Handel: Messiah, Israel In Egypt - Andrew Parrott/Taverner Choir & Players (4 CD's)
by Virgin Classics
Audio CD (16 November, 2004)
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Asin: B00030FJFI
Sales Rank: 26766
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful oratorios
I own the two oratorios separately. I bought first Messiah because I needed a reference recording for our choir performance on Christmas 2000, and my then choir director recommended the Tavener Choir and Players. I followed his suggestion and I must say that to this day I haven't regretted it. It's very balanced in tempi, never too quick neither too slow as other recordings I have heard like the Gardiner or Sawallisch ones. Every time we schedule Messiah for a concert I keep coming back to it to get into the proper mood for singing. The cast of singers is really excellent - there is a counter-tenor sharing the mezzo/alto role with a mezzo (which is quite unusual but refreshing anyway) as well as two soprans sharing role too, which usually other recordings don't have. But everyone of them is magnificent, though I tend to have a partiality towards the bass, David Thomas, specially regarding the arias "The trumpet shall sound" and "Why do the nations". Such a booming voice, and such a homogeneous sound in all of his fach.
5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful execution and extraordinary value
Andrew Parrott's recordings of Handel's "Messiah" and "Israel in Egypt" are reintroduced in this budget box that has so much going for it that no version extant can really compare in terms of musical value, execution of the score and dollar value. At a list price of $17 -- and usually available for less than that -- this four-disk set presents a tremendous value to lovers of this music.
5-0 out of 5 stars Decent Messiah, excellent Israel
Great value for the price! This reissue of Parrott's Israel in Egypt is immaculate. The Messiah could use some more vigor, but it's still a fine rendition. The texts are avaliable online at Virgin Classic's webpage. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Box Sets (Audio Only)    2. Choral    3. Classical    4. Classical Composers    5. Oratorio    6. Orchestral & Symphonic   


136. Georg Friedrich Händel: Great Oratorio Duets [Hybrid SACD]
Audio CD (28 March, 2006)
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Asin: B000EQ5Q9A
Sales Rank: 121292
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Ravishing performances of Fine Handel Duets
This is a lovely CD. There have been several discs devoted to Handel's Italian duets, both the non-dramatic chamber genre and the operas - in the latter case, notably the superb Patrizia Ciofi/Joyce Di Donato 'Amor e gelosia' (Virgin Veritas) - but this is the first I've run across comprising only ones from English-language works. It's a well-chosen and -sequenced selection from a dozen works, ten of them plotted 'sacred dramas,' plus one number each from the 'Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne' and 'Alexander's Feast'; ending the program with a relatively downbeat duet from 'Esther' is an unexpected and inspired stroke. Soprano Carolyn Sampson and counter-tenor Robin Blaze sing ravishingly and blend beautifully, and are stylish and sensitive interpreters. They receive excellent support from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under Nicholas Kraemer. The more overtly dramatic duets from 'Belshazzar,' 'Theodora' and 'Saul' may not pack quite the intense punch of other versions - no doubt Sampson and Blaze would go further in specific characterization in the context of a complete performance of those works - but that's an observation, not a reservation. I do not own an SACD player, so I can't report on that aspect of the disc, but the sound on a standard CD player is excellent. Complete texts. Highly recommended. ... Read more

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137. Great Performances: Baroque Favorites
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Extremely Short But Good Sound Quality!
Although the arrangements are very different from the way these great compositions were originally written, this is still a very enjoyable listen and is a great sampler of the Baroque genre of Classical music for those new to the field.The movie "Ordinary People" introduced the masses to Leppard's version of "Canon" which has since become the most familiar and favorite one.
5-0 out of 5 stars Sweet music
In listening to many arrangements of Baroque music available in the market today, I have found none better than Great Performances: Baroque Favorites.I first purchased the cassette version almost twenty years ago, and I have worn out the poor thing.I purchased other arrangements of Pachebel's Cannon, and was not satisfied.I am pleased that the CD version of this performance is available and meets high quality audio standards.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Album... despite being Leppard-ized
This CD album consists of... literally... Baroque favorites... including Pachelbel's timeless Canon, Albinoni's Adagio, and J. S. Bach's Air. Beginner or collector of Classical Music, it's worth part of one's personal music library. Since I'm so accustomed of listening to Baroque music on modern instead of period instruments, this is a perfect CD for me to own.
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138. Handel - Messiah / E. Farrell · Lipton · Cunningham · Warfield
Audio CD (16 July, 1991)
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5-0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Recording of Handel's Messiah
I am no music expert. In fact, technically speaking, music is something I know nothing about. I have purchased seven different recordings of Handel's Messiah and this is my favorite one. It just pleases me more than any of the other recordings I have listened to so far.

4-0 out of 5 stars Worth it for Warfield alone
While the tastes of the vast classical music CD-buying public --all 7 of them-- has moved on to more lean, agile performances with smaller choirs and authentic instruments, there are still reasons for buying this collection.One of them is William Warfield, arguably one of the most wonderful Bass voices ever produced in this country.
2-0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic, but that's about it
I've never cared much for this recording and repeated listening still doesn't give me a clue about all the enthusiasm for it. First, Ormandy's consensus tempos just lumber along, like in Beecham's humorous comment on Gotterdammerung, "like an old cart horse." If you equate ponderous to profound, you won't be disappointed. The cuts, typical of the era, give us a Reader's Digest condensed version of the story of the redemption of humankind. I always wondered why "Rejoice greatly" was missing until I read an interview with the late Eileen Farrell a few years back. For unexplained reasons, she simply didn't want to sing it. I've always wondered why Ormandy acquiesed. As a group, the soloists are OK, but surpassed numerous times in the almost half century since this was recorded. For whatever reason, the famed MTC doesn't (to me at least) live up to its sterling reputation or the missionary fervor of the LDS. I may be in the minority on this, but they sound much more alert and attuned to the nuances of the narrative in the later recording with Willcocks. The orchestrations are the Mozart/Hiller retouchings. Rigidly insisting on historical performance practice is not my thing. I find much to enjoy in this performance's comtemporaries by Sargent and the older Thompson Stone version with the Handel and Haydn society that has never found its way onto CD. For that matter, the older tradition is also well represented by Boult and Klemperer (even Susskind) with a simpler string/woodwind orchestra sonority without the retouchings. For that matter, Beecham's kaleidoscopic and controversial version gets more to the heart of the matter than this middle of the road coziness. ... Read more

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139. Super Hits: Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Vol. 1
Audio CD (08 August, 2000)
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140. Portrait
by Harmonia Mundi
Audio CD (11 April, 2000)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Marvellous!!A delicious recording!!!
O`Dette! The lutanist that would become popular in Dowlands time! he seems to me like a Leonhardt on lute.I find the lute no less expressive and enchanting than harpsichord or piano when I listen to Mr O`Dette

5-0 out of 5 stars Rock guitarist turned lutanist
I listen to this album over and over and never get tired of it.O'Dette's interpretations keep sounding fresh and alive, perhaps because of his rock background.This was the popular music of the time and he plays it that way.There's no dusty mustiness of age hanging over it.Read more

Subjects:  1. Chamber    2. Chamber Music    3. Chamber Music & Recitals    4. Choral    5. Classical    6. Classical Artists    7. Classical Music    8. Lute Solo    9. Madrigal for Solo Voice and Contiuo    10. Miscellaneous    11. Miscellaneous Music    12. Oratorio    13. Renaissance Dance Music    14. Renaissance Polyphonic Song    15. Vocal   


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