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161. Franck: Les Béatitudes
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162. Christmas Concerti
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163. Cecilia Bartoli - Live in Italy
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164. Just for the Record: The Golden
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165. James Galway ~ Meditations
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166. Haydn: The Masterworks [Box Set]
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167. Jussi Björling Edition: Studio
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168. The Art of Fritz Wunderlich
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169. The Most Relaxing Holiday Classics
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170. The Christmas Album
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171. Top 100 Masterpieces of Classical
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172. Haydn: Die Schöpfung (The Creation)
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173. The Wedding Album
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174. Handel: Israel in Egypt/Chandos
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175. Bride's Guide to Wedding Music,
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176. Organ Favorites
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177. The Greatest Story Ever Told (Score)
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178. Glorious Sound of Brass
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179. Handel: Messiah
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180. Bach: Cantatas Volumes 1-5 (75

161. Franck: Les Béatitudes
Audio CD (06 June, 2000)
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Asin: B000006O2B
Sales Rank: 35634
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
I bought the recording after reading the review below. If anything he's understated his case for the piece and for this sensational recording of it. Everywhere else I'd looked I'd encountered ho hum appraisals of the work, yet historically it seems to have been well-regarded. I was confused by that but this one commentary put me over the edge.
5-0 out of 5 stars A tremendous recording
I am astonished to be the first listener to comment on this set.
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Subjects:  1. Choral    2. Classical    3. Classical Composers    4. Opera / Operetta / Oratorio    5. Oratorio    6. Vocal    7. Vocal Music   


162. Christmas Concerti
by Naxos
Audio CD (15 February, 1994)
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Asin: B0000013U2
Sales Rank: 124954
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Subjects:  1. Baroque Music for Strings and Continuo    2. Baroque Suite/Partita for Orchestra    3. Chamber    4. Choral    5. Christmas / Chanukkah    6. Christmas Music    7. Classical    8. Concerto    9. Concerto Grosso    10. Flute Concerto    11. Oratorio    12. Orchestral    13. Piccolo Concerto    14. Violin Concerto    15. Violin with Keyboard    16. Xmas Classical Instrumental   


163. Cecilia Bartoli - Live in Italy / Jean-Yves Thibaudet
by Decca
Audio CD (20 October, 1998)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Editorial Review

In the beginning, Cecilia Bartoli seemed to do one thing better than anybody, i.e., Rossini arias, which would not guarantee a long career even for a singer of her ebullience. This live performance from the Teatro Olympico in Vincenza, Italy, shows how much she's expanded, both linguistically and musically. The first five selections reflect her newfound specialty, early opera. The three Caccini selections from the 17th century--accompanied by small string ensemble--are deeply felt and stylistically convincing enough to make one eager for future forays. She's guilty of spinning out Handel's "Lascia la spina" excessively but hits new heights of virtuosity in Vivaldi's "Agitata da due venti." The rest of the disc is for voice and piano, in a program including both some genuine discoveries by French composer Pauline Viardot-Garcia that reveal the singer's increasing emotional depths and less consequential ones by Donizetti and Rossini. Bartoli also sings Spanish songs, most notably Montsalvatge's "Canto negro," proving that the singer doesn't venture into a new language until she can truly feel in it. Remarkably, her voice maintains its strength and body in the deeper, mezzo-ish regions as well as in the high, soprano-range areas. Might she have two voices? Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A joyful sample of the human voice.
'Live in Italy' by mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli, accompanied by pianist Jean-YvesThibaudet is, for those of us who do not know Italian and are not avid opera fans, a simply delightful essay in the beauty of the human voice. I am really happy this is not the first Bartoli album I have bought, as others, such as her recordings of French and Italian love songs have more substance to offer (if you don't know the operas from which these pieces are taken) but this recording, with its live ambiance, is a great pleasure all by itself, a very nice change from the somewhat frostier Fraulain Von Otter from the northern climes.

5-0 out of 5 stars A sheer delight from start to finish
Although I rarely follow singers, even I am totally disarmed by Cecilia's magic spell of charm that criticism fails me. You will see that most of my reviews of music are about modern or Renaissance music, so for me to go out and lavish praise on her is really something totally out of the ordinary. Then again her singing is out of the ordinary in that it has an instantly recognisable warmth and captivating personality that makes her the outstanding singer of the current generation for me.
5-0 out of 5 stars Exquisite
"Her natural command of messa di voce phrasing, willingness to shade the voice away to the quietest pianissimo and acute sensitivity to the words of Caccini's love songs proved irresistible, attracting a generous mix of applause and foot stamping."
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Subjects:  1. Choral    2. Classical    3. Classical Artists    4. Classical Music    5. Classical Period Music for Voice and Keyboard    6. Classical Vocals    7. French Romantic Opera    8. German/Austrian Classical Period Opera    9. Italian Baroque Opera    10. Italian Romantic Opera    11. Miscellaneous    12. Miscellaneous Music    13. Miscellaneous Vocal Music    14. Opera    15. Oratorio    16. Romantic Music for Voice and Keyboard    17. Solo Voice with Piano or Orchestra    18. Solo Voice(s) and Orchestra    19. Vocal    20. Vocal Music   


164. Just for the Record: The Golden Voice
by Decca
Audio CD (11 November, 2003)
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Asin: B0000TAYR0
Sales Rank: 113819
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars One Of The Greatest Voices of All!
I am not the only one who regards Marilyn Horne's voice as exceptional. During the seventies and eighties she was regarded by The New York Times Music Criticas possessing the greatest voice of our time. One only has to sample this "golden" collection to prove how right he was. Her "mezzo" handles Handel and Rossini like no other. Brava all the way (To say nothing about Dalila's famous aria!) And I must even mention her "Jeannie With the Light Brown Hair". This is a two CD that is a MUST for those who appreciate the glories of the human voice (To say nothing about the warmth and spirit than accompany it.)

5-0 out of 5 stars Not 100% satisfied with the selections, but what artistry!
Decca's release of this career-spanning Marilyn Horne recital contains many "golden" nuggets, but isn't the absolute best representation of her artistry, in my opinion.
5-0 out of 5 stars Vive Madame Horne !
Je suis souffl�e, et tout bonnement reconnaissante � Decca pour avoir sorti cette compil qui rend si bien honneur � une des mes interpr�tes pr�f�r�es. Voix de velours, aisance dans le grave et m�dium unique au Monde, Marilyn a �t�, dans toutes ses incarnations, un pur produit am�ricain, certes, mais quel produit ! Bien �videmment son timbre si particulier, que d'aucuns ont d�fini androgyne, peut plaire ou non... Ce qui compte c'est l'apport �motionnel qu'elle donne � tout ce qu'elle chante, et sans que cela n'enl�ve rien � la pure beaut� de sa voix � la technique sans faille. Merci Mme Horne, pour nous avoir livr� une des plus m�morables le�ons de chant de l'histoire, et joyeux 70�me anniversaire (car il n'est pas d�plac� que de dire votre �ge, �tant donn� la vitalit� qui vous caract�rise depuis toujours). ... 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. Folk Song    8. French Romantic Opera    9. German/Austrian Classical Period Opera    10. Italian Baroque Opera    11. Italian Romantic Opera    12. Miscellaneous Vocal Music    13. Music Theater    14. Musical Theater    15. Opera    16. Oratorio    17. Orchestral    18. Orchestral Music    19. Romantic Music for Voice and Keyboard    20. Vocal   


165. James Galway ~ Meditations
Audio CD (19 May, 1998)
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Sales Rank: 27500
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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1-0 out of 5 stars DON'T GET THIS FROM AMAZON!!!!!
Ok people. I ordered this from Oct. 13 and NOw it's Nov. 3. I still didnt' get it. They told me it's gonna be delayed until the 14... I'm rating this only a one star not because SIR James Galway isn't a great flutist, but it's Amazon's crappy service and lack of interest.

5-0 out of 5 stars Bounty of Flute's Best From One of Best Flutist
Being married to a flutist allows me to hear some of the greatest works written for this beautiful instrument.Here one of its greatest virtuosos records his favorites from its reportoire.
5-0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece
I am a college student and I am majoring in music education.My primary instrument is the flute, and my goal is to attain all of the pieces that I have studied.By buying this CD with many different selections has saved me the aggravation of purchasing many different CDs.James Galway is an extremely talented man, and this collection shows off his capabilities with flare.There are selections from all of the major musical periods such as the Baroque and the Classical which makes for a wonderful variety.This CD is worth every penny. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Adagio for Orchestra    2. Chamber    3. Chamber Music    4. Choral    5. Classical    6. Classical Artists    7. Classical Music    8. Concerto    9. Concerto for Two Solo Instruments    10. Flute Concerto    11. Flute Solo/Sonata    12. Guitar Concerto    13. Keyboard    14. Miscellaneous    15. Nocturne for Keyboard    16. Oratorio    17. Orchestral    18. Orchestral & Symphonic    19. Orchestral Music    20. Romantic Music for Voice and Keyboard   


166. Haydn: The Masterworks [Box Set]
by Brilliant Classics
Audio CD (30 November, 2004)
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Sales Rank: 57856
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Subjects:  1. Box Sets (Audio Only)    2. Cello Concerto    3. Chamber    4. Chamber Music & Recitals    5. Choral    6. Classical    7. Classical Composers    8. Classical Period Symphony    9. Classical Sonata/Sonatina for Keyboard    10. Concerto    11. Keyboard    12. Mass    13. Miscellaneous    14. Miscellaneous Music    15. Oratorio    16. Sinfonia Concertante    17. Suite/Partita for Keyboard    18. Symphonic    19. Trio for Keyboard and Two String Instruments    20. Trumpet Concerto   


167. Jussi Björling Edition: Studio Recordings 1930-1959
by Angel Records
Audio CD (20 January, 1998)
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Asin: B000002S9L
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This set tells you why Jussi Bjorling is a perennial entrant in the "Tenorof the Century" sweepstakes. Even as the voice darkens from the light lyric to thefull, darker instrument of the later recordings, we hear a singer whose elegant style,lovely timbre and innate musicality touch the heart. Many of the selections are sung inSwedish, less of a liability than you might suppose. In whatever language, Bjorling'smolten gold flows lavishly. He eschews the sobs and sentimentality that disfigure somuch verismo repertory, making his points with stylish vocalism. He's been called a"cool" singer, but try his Puccini and Verdi arias on Disc One and you'll findmore than enough vocal and emotional heat. The selections include many neglectedScandinavian songs, sung, like the arias, with a naturalness that disarms criticism. Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Superb!
This is an wonderful compilation of one of the most incredible voices on record.Whether you are a new or old Bjorling fan -- and who could hear that voice and not be enthralled by it -- this is a fine CD to have.The quality of the recording is excellent, and the range in years, from 1930 to 1959, gives a splendid overview of his dazzling talent.In addition to many of the arias one might expect, there are also lieder and songs in Swedish, as well as some charming duets with Jussi's wife, Anna-Lisa.I have quite a few other Bjorling CDs, and this is one of the best in terms of quality and scope.It is a most worthy addition to any Bjorling collection, regardless of its size.

3-0 out of 5 stars Beatiful singing - but where are the Swedish texts?
This is an excellent collection, the best available overview of a great tenor. 5-0 out of 5 stars if you like bjorling this is the best thing you can get!
this is so awesome, i love his voice, this is good for anyone, the professional or just someone who wants to hear the greatest tenor of all times! this is so great ... Read more

Subjects:  1. 20th/21st Century Music for Voice and Keyboard    2. American Operetta    3. Art Song (General)    4. Chamber    5. Chamber Music    6. Choral    7. Christmas Music    8. Classical    9. Classical Artists    10. Classical Music    11. Classical Vocals    12. French 20th/21st Century Opera    13. French Operetta    14. French Romantic Opera    15. German/Austrian Operetta    16. German/Austrian Romantic Opera    17. Italian Romantic Opera    18. Miscellaneous    19. Miscellaneous Music    20. Opera   


168. The Art of Fritz Wunderlich
by Deutsche Grammophon
Audio CD (13 September, 2005)
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Sales Rank: 128195
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Fritz Wunderlich can do no wrong....
... okay, maybe. It's just that I've never heard a recording I didn't love. And I prefer that he sing everything in German even when that means not using original language.
5-0 out of 5 stars The Wonder of Wunderlich
Deutsche Grammophone does it again! This is an extensive 3-cd compilation album featuring the artistry of the great German tenor Fritz Wunderlich in a variety of vocal repertoire - Baroque cantata/oratorio, opera and Lieder. Like the other critic pointed out, I first heard Fritz sinigng a superb Tamino in the Karl Bohm Magic Flute, although I have also heard him sing Lieder opposite the mezzo soprano Christa Ludwig and baritone Dietrich Fischer Dieskau, who were his contemporaries and colleagues. Wunderlich died tragically in 1966 of cancer. He inspired a generation of purely lyric tenors or "tenors di grazie" whose charming voice would never roughen and lack grace. His Germanic style earned him popularity in World War II Europe and he was the leading exponent of Lieder in the 50's. His tenor voice is glorious, as close to a male angel as possible. On this recording, we are treated to sumptuous arias from Bach's Christmas/Easter Oratorios, and movements from 2 cantatas. Also noteworthy are the unsurpassed performances of Mozart tenor heroes- such as Belmonte from "Die Entfuhrung Aus Dem Serail" (Abduction from the Seraglio) and his unbeatable Tamino from Die Zauberflote The Magic Flute. He sings bel canto opera arias fo tenor, from master composers Rossinni, Bellini and Verdi. While I don't much like that he is singing Italian arias in German, one must remember that at this time, in the LP Era of World War II Germany and Austria, German-born opera singers sang Italian opera in German translation/revisions. While many German singers could indeed sing in Italian, they were mostly trained to sing it in German because of excessive national pride and because Germans viewed Italian opera as course and un-melodic. Still, there have been superb German singers who sang in Italian like Wagner diva Birgit Nilsson,baritone Dietrich Fischer Dieskau, tenor Peter Schreier, soprano Edda Moser, baritone Walter Berry, tenor Herman Pretty, all post-Wunderlich sensations. Wunderlich sings Lieder in one CD with great and unrivaled musicianship. Especially impressive are the Viennese pieces. Further to the cd's this album is equipped with photos of Wunderlich and his family and a detailed profile biography.
5-0 out of 5 stars I wish I could give this release more than 5 stars: it's terrific!!!
I knew little about the German tenor Fritz Wunderlich (1930-1966), except reading the accolades given to his recordings and performances by reviewers in "American Record Guide" over the past 13 years.I knew Wunderlich recorded the role of Tamino in the famous DG recording of Mozart's "Die Zauberflote", with Karl Bohm/Berlin Philharmonic (Now on DG Originals CDs), but was not aware of what a wide range of repertoire he had until hearing this release.
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Subjects:  1. 20th/21st Century Music for Voice and Keyboard    2. Art Song (General)    3. Box Sets (Audio Only)    4. Cantata    5. Choral    6. Classical    7. Classical Artists    8. Classical Vocals    9. Film    10. Film Music    11. French Romantic Opera    12. German/Austrian Classical Period Opera    13. German/Austrian Operetta    14. German/Austrian Romantic Opera    15. Italian Baroque Opera    16. Italian Romantic Opera    17. Magnificat    18. Miscellaneous    19. Miscellaneous Music    20. Miscellaneous Vocal Music   


169. The Most Relaxing Holiday Classics in the Universe!
by Denon Records
Audio CD (07 September, 2004)
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Asin: B0002NRROC
Sales Rank: 64628
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Subjects:  1. Cantata    2. Chamber    3. Chamber Music    4. Choral    5. Chorale Prelude or Chorale Treatment for Keyboard    6. Christmas / Chanukkah    7. Classical    8. Classical Collections-Composer Desc.    9. Coll. of Character/Single-Movement/Misc. Works for Keyb.    10. Concerto    11. Concerto Grosso    12. Dance/Single-Movement/Miscellaneous Work for Orchestra    13. Keyboard    14. Music for Organ    15. Oratorio    16. Orchestral    17. Romantic Music for Voice and Keyboard    18. Romantic Orchestral Music    19. Secular Choral Music a cappella    20. Suite for Orchestra   


170. The Christmas Album
by Philips
Audio CD (10 August, 1990)
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Asin: B00000412W
Sales Rank: 47053
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Best of The Best
Just be sure to buy this version (18 tracks) rather than what appears to be a very pared-down later issue (same cover, only about half a dozen tracks).
2-0 out of 5 stars You can find better
Lousy musicianship here, frankly-- missed notes and poor intonation.I was hugely disappointed when I heard this album.Greatly recommend A Festival of Carols in Brass (Philadelphia Brass Ensemble) instead, which is pure joy for the listener.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Christmas Album
I've had this particular Canadian Brass album for so long that I have it on cassette! But it's become a classic family Christmas album for us. It's a great addition to any Christmas, especially as background music. It's very calming and just plain good. I can't imagine my Christmas without it. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Choral    2. Choral Music    3. Christmas    4. Christmas / Chanukkah    5. Christmas Music    6. Classical    7. Holiday    8. Miscellaneous    9. Miscellaneous Music    10. Oratorio    11. Orchestral    12. Orchestral Pop    13. Sacred Choral Music    14. Suite for Orchestra    15. Vocal    16. Vocal Music    17. Xmas Classical Instrumental   


171. Top 100 Masterpieces of Classical Music (Collectors Edition) (Box Set)
by Delta
Audio CD (13 February, 2003)
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Asin: B00008L428
Sales Rank: 70165
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Subjects:  1. 20th/21st Century Orchestral Music    2. 20th/21st Century Tone Poem/Symphonic Poem    3. Adagio for Orchestra    4. Bagatelle for Keyboard    5. Ballet    6. Baroque Suite/Partita for Orchestra    7. Chamber    8. Chamber Music    9. Chamber Music & Recitals    10. Choral    11. Clarinet Concerto    12. Classical    13. Classical Period Serenade/Cassation/Divertimento    14. Classical Period Symphony    15. Classical Sonata/Sonatina for Keyboard    16. Concerto    17. Concerto Grosso    18. Environmental    19. Flute Concerto    20. Folk Dance for Keyboard   


172. Haydn: Die Schöpfung (The Creation) / Gardiner, The English Baroque Soloists
by Archiv Produktion
Audio CD (11 February, 1997)
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Asin: B0000057FS
Sales Rank: 35609
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars This performance has its equals but none is better.
Gardiner's recordings of the two great oratorios composed by Haydn towards the end of his career and his life (the other being "The Seasons") are superb in every way.I agree with earlier 5-star reviewers as to the merits of this recording of "The Creation," so I will not repeat them here.If the balance of clarity and warmth achieved by Gardiner and his musicians pleases you, you may wish to listen to the recordings made earlier by Rafael Kubelik and Eugen Jochum, both with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and first-rank soloists, the former on the Orfeo label and the latter as a Philips Duo.Gardiner uses "period" instruments while Kubelik and Jochum, whose careers pre-date Gardiner's, use "modern" instruments.In all three cases one senses an authenticity of style and a fidelity to Haydn's profoundly spiritual intentions.
3-0 out of 5 stars Not Up to the Usual Gardiner Quality
I'm a huge fan of JEG, but found this "Creation" disappointing, mostly because of the soloists.As always, Gardiner's extraordinary attention to instrumental detail, and his iron-fisted control over both the instrumental and vocal ensembles brings the chorus and instrumentals to vivid and sometimes startling life.However, Michael Schade and Sylvia McNair are both woefully underpowered and miscast as the Angels Uriel and Gabriel, respectively.Schade doesn't begin to have the vocal chops necessary for Uriel's challenging soli, although his tone is pleasant.McNair won't be able to last much longer on the strength of her unusually beautiful instrument if she doesn't learn some technique; she sounds continually short of breath, and is so underpowered that even in her soli with the orchestra it is sometimes impossible to hear her; and in some of the choral ensembles, her part is completely lost.Her tendency to "scoop" and to stray from the pitch are also disappointing.Her perfectly even, rapid trill serves her very well in several moments, however.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is a first rate performance of this great work.Supposedly inspired by Haydn's encounters with Handel's oratorios during one of his stays in London, The Creation musters the largest forces of any of Haydn's works.Virtually all aspects of this performance are excellent. This includes the orchestra, some wonderful choral work, and fine solo singing.Sylvia McNair is particularly good as the Archangel Gabriel.The Creation leaves a distinct impression; one of serenity and confidence.It is not as showy as the Handel oratorios, but entirely satisfying. ... Read more

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173. The Wedding Album
Audio CD (24 May, 1991)
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Asin: B0000027JL
Sales Rank: 22150
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Worthy of Purchase
As a musician and music lover, I have looked extensively for the right music for my traditional wedding ceremony with a couple of twists.So tired of the traditional bridal march, I chose Rigaudon as my entrance.This CD has good-quality sound, able musicianship, and 28 selections from which to choose.The organ is the best instrument in a cathedral to inspire the congregants.The bass tones are not too throaty, and the high pitches are clear, yet pleasing to the ear.4-0 out of 5 stars Serious Classical Wedding Music
Most of the "wedding" albums are filled with a 15 - 30 of the 50 or so greatest classical wedding hits. Sample the albums on line before you buy.In fact, if the budget is tight, you can do the whole selection process on line by just playing the samples. First consider the instruments that you plan to use - organ, piano, guitar, brass ensemble, whatever. The instrument of course will have much to say about what to consider. Then select albums that have the selections played on the instrument(s) you are expecting to use. An organ is quite versatile of course and can handle anything for a keyboard and even does nicely for the festive trumpet in case your marching band first trumpet is tied up doing lifeguard duty.Read more

Subjects:  1. Baroque Incidental Music for Orchestra and Voices (or Sem    2. Baroque Suite/Partita for Orchestra    3. Cantata    4. Chamber    5. Chamber Music    6. Choral    7. Classical    8. Classical Artists    9. Classical Period Serenade/Cassation/Divertimento    10. German/Austrian Romantic Opera    11. Italian Baroque Opera    12. Keyboard    13. Miscellaneous    14. Miscellaneous Music    15. Music for Organ    16. Opera    17. Oratorio    18. Orchestral    19. Popular Music    20. Romantic Incidental Music for Orchestra   


174. Handel: Israel in Egypt/Chandos Anthem No. 10
by Decca
Audio CD (13 February, 1996)
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Asin: B000004243
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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This is the pre-authentic instrument style of English oratorio performance, and it's rather amazing how dated it sounds. The choruses sing very well, but sound so heavy and indistinct. At the same time, trumpets and drums play with a mushy, soft-edged sonority which, though the resonant recording is somewhat to blame, really reflects a different view of the music than we have now. There's no question that we've come a long way in interpretation of Handel's oratorios since this was recorded, and largely for the better. Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars great buy for great music
I agree with the reviewer above that this is an excellent recording. I must strongly disagree with Mr. Hurwitz. I am a loyal fan of Ian Partridge, who is a regular favorite of mine for any lyric work whether baroque or early romantic, and he will not fail to disappoint those who like what he has done in the past here. The orchestra is a wonderful compliment, not a surprise seeing that it's the ASMF, no matter who they're under. I've never heard them take something at a rediculous pace or throw around baroque lines as if they were trying to hurl them to the back of the auditorium rather than letting them glide. That's not to say that they are of that dead, tinny sounding orchestra type either. A very good medium for those not used to pre 1960 recordings yet not satisfied with the newer interpretations like Gardiner/ some Harnoncourt. A bit like Sir Colin Davis.

5-0 out of 5 stars Cultural prejudices
We found this recording of "Israel in Egypt" to be of spectacular quality--excepting one soloist's moment, near the end of the work. 2-0 out of 5 stars An inferior presentation
Skip this trash. Save your money. This version of Israel in Egypt is very poor. The singers are weak, even the choir is bad. If you want to hear the best Israel in Egypt, you must try to find the one conducted by MauriceAbravanel, with the Utah SO and Chorus (label Westminster, # 5623 inBrazil, in the 60's...). Blanche Christensen and Collen Bischoff arewonderfull sopranos, Grace Bumbry a very good contralto, Dale Blackburn(tenor),Don Watts & Warren Woods (bass) are splendid. The Orchestra andChorus are magnificent, and Abravanel the master. But the reason of thissucess is that they performed with joy, believing in (always fantastic)Handel's work. Try to find one copy or write to Vanguard to re-issue thisjewel. But do not loose your time with "ersatz" works. Get thereal thing. ... Read more

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175. Bride's Guide to Wedding Music, Vol. II
by Angel Records
Audio CD (05 May, 1998)
list price: $10.98 -- our price: $7.99
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Asin: B00000631X
Sales Rank: 22464
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Great Reference CD!
This is a great compilation, CD, along with Bride's Guide to Wedding Music Volume I, to use as a reference for some of the more popular wedding songs, such as Trumpet Voluntary, Vivaldi's Spring from the Four Seasons, Trumpet Tune and Canon, i.e. Pachelbel's Canon. All of the musicians are generally superb, and the sound quality is very good. However, this is most useful if you are playing the CD at your wedding, or using it as a reference CD to talk over with an organist, a string quartet, etc. I only gave it four stars based on practicality, not on quality. If it were just quality, I would give it five stars. I purchased this CD since I am in the process of making my own wedding CD (I am a professional, freelance violinist), and this was nice to listen to, even just as background music for dinner.

4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting musical selections, but ...
As the other reviewer noted, one doesn't have to be getting married to enjoy this CD...and the musical selections are certainly interesting, even eclectic.I have to wonder, however, who picked these out with what criteria since at least a couple of these melodies are not traditional wedding tunes.By this I mean the lovely arrangement of Michael Praetorius' "In Dulci Jubilo."In his home country of Germany, where I used to live until a couple of years ago, this is a Christmas carol, sung at Christmas Eve services throughout the land.The lyrics aren't especially suited to any sort of wedding, really.Unless you're marrying in December, I personally would steer clear of this song.And if the wedding's in June and you have European guests, don't be surprised if eyebrows are raised when this melody is played!

4-0 out of 5 stars A Nice Wedding Compilation
This album provides you with some good reference materials on planning the music for your wedding.Many of us may sit around wondering what on earth "Tempo di Mineutto" is.Well, with this album you will wonder no more.This is a pretty good compilation of some wedding favorites set in order that they would appear in your ceremony (prelude, processional, ceremony and recessional).Even if you aren't planning a wedding, this album provides you with some really good classical music to relax by.At a good discount, this CD is a nice addition to any collection.I would recommend this disc. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Andante for Keyboard    2. Baroque Suite/Partita for Orchestra    3. Cantata    4. Chamber    5. Chamber Music    6. Chamber Music for More than Nine String Instruments    7. Choral    8. Choral Music    9. Classical    10. Classical Collections-Composer Desc.    11. Classical Music    12. Concerto    13. German/Austrian Romantic Opera    14. Guitar Concerto    15. Italian Baroque Opera    16. Keyboard    17. Miscellaneous Vocal Music    18. Motet    19. Opera    20. Oratorio   


176. Organ Favorites
by Decca
Audio CD (12 October, 1990)
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Asin: B0000041X5
Sales Rank: 124721
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars What a fabulous CD!
The moment I first listened to this CD, I was hooked.The precision that Preston uses in performance is unrivaled, and you of course can't beat the price!I was very impressed.Definetely worth the investment! ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Chamber    2. Chamber Music    3. Choral    4. Chorale Prelude or Chorale Treatment for Keyboard    5. Classical    6. Classical Artists    7. Classical Music    8. Classical Pop    9. Easy Pop    10. Fantasy/Fantasia for Keyboard    11. Fugue for Keyboard    12. Instrumental Pop    13. Keyboard    14. Keyboard Music    15. March for Orchestra    16. Miscellaneous    17. Miscellaneous Music    18. Opera    19. Oratorio    20. Orchestral   


177. The Greatest Story Ever Told (Score)
by Varese Sarabande
Audio CD (14 September, 2004)
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Asin: B0002VESPU
Sales Rank: 27808
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Alfred Newman'sFinal Epic Bow
Varese Sarabande has again done credit to the genre of great film scores with their recent release of the expanded (if not full) Alfred Newman score for George Stevens' production of "The Greatest Story Ever Told" (Newman and Stevens had also worked together on "Gunga Din," one of Newman's best efforts).The film title missed the mark a bit as far as the film is concerned.This is probably not the greatest of the Bible epics, but it is an interesting entry nevertheless.For those of us who live in the area of Lake Powell and southern Utah it is a trip to view this film with its very familiar Red Rock backdrops filling in for Palestine. And the acting was in many cases first rate.Newman's score was also an enormous plus.Perhaps not one of his best, it was certainly a great score.Based largely on a major theme that is clearly reminiscent of his earlier score for "The Robe," this is a major triumph, as is this three disc presentation.Nicely packaged and produced at an unbelievable price, this is a must for film score buffs.Disc one contains the original soundtrack recording (with updated sound)including Handel's chorus from "The Messiah" which Stevens' insisted upon using instead of Newman's own ending.Curiously, Newman's choral "Exit Music" would have been a much better fit for the film and is included here.Discs two and three include the majority of Newman's original score, as he intended it.It is really majestic stuff, although much of the score took a sombre tone.I cannot wait to enjoy this score driving down the Burr Trail.It is music that mataches the grand landscape, and the greatest story ever told.

5-0 out of 5 stars Soundtrack, entire film score and composer ~Alfred Newman
Varese Records presents Alfred Newman's score for "The Greatest Story Ever Told" (1965/196 mins), George Stevens directs an epic that shares the story and life of Jesus Christ ~ featuring Max Von Sydow [Jesus], Dorothy McGuire [Mary], Claude Rains [Herod the Great], Charlton Heston [John the Baptist], Angela Lansbury [Claudia], Donald Pleasence [Satan, the Dark Hermit], David McCallum [Judas Iscariot], Sidney Poitier [Simon of Cyrene], Telly Savalas [Pontius Pilate], Martin Landau [Caiaphas], Robert Blake [Simon the Zealot], Jamie Farr [Thaddaeus], Roddy McDowell [Matthew], Jose Ferrer [Herod Antipas] and John Wayne [Centurion] and many more with memorable performances ~ yet at the time of release, received low praises for the director and cast.
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178. Glorious Sound of Brass
Audio CD (01 July, 1997)
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Asin: B0000029X0
Sales Rank: 45053
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Philadephia Brass BAD. New England Brass GOOD.
This CD is a combination of two recording sessions.The 1966 recording of the Philadelphia Brass rates maybe two stars.Not only does the recording itself have a dry, studio sound to it, but the performance of the Philadelphia Brass cannot be recommended.They stomp their way through the loud parts; and the expressive parts are done in a perfunctory manner.It all has a real mechanical, connect-the-dots feel to it.There is a significant amount of imprecision in the attacks.Without checking the original scores I can't say for sure, but I'm thinking that some pieces were transposed into more comfortable keys.4-0 out of 5 stars A fine, clean performance
I bought this CD for track 13. Providebam Dominum by Lassus, and, while that track is a bit of a letdown, the rest of the CD is superb.Read more

Subjects:  1. Band    2. Baroque Incidental Music for Orchestra and Voices (or Sem    3. Chamber    4. Chamber Music    5. Choral    6. Classical    7. Classical Collections-Composer Desc.    8. Classical Music    9. Keyboard    10. March for Band    11. Miscellaneous    12. Miscellaneous Music    13. Miscellaneous Sacred Choral Music    14. Oratorio    15. Orchestral    16. Orchestral Music    17. Overture    18. Quintet for Five Brass Instruments    19. Renaissance Dance Music    20. Renaissance Motet   


179. Handel: Messiah
Audio CD (31 March, 1998)
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Asin: B0000062D3
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This performance is demented. Leonard Bernstein cuts a bunch of numbers, and divides the piece into two parts instead of the usual three. He does use a countertenor (the strange-sounding Russell Oberlin), which was unusual in the late '50s when this was recorded, but his interpretation isn't just un-Baroque, it's also unlike anything else you could possibly imagine. Slow, heavy, and totally unidiomatic, this recording is valuable only to Bernstein fanatics. Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Not very convincing
Along with other reviewers, I've known this recording since the early 1960s. Maestro Bernstein is accurate, in his introductory essay explaining the re-formulation of work into a two part Christmas and Easter work, that devotion to the traditional form of the work is in deference to Charles Jennens (or his chaplain Pooley). But the proof of the pudding is in the eating and I just don't agree with him. The three part structure of the oratorio takes us from prophecy, Messiah's birth and ministry (Part I); to the passion of Messiah, resurrection, and the spread of the kingdom (Part II) to the reflection upon the fulfillment of the promises of all that has gone before at the last days (Part III). It's not just about the birth, crucifixion and resurrection of the Christ (as this reworking would lead one to believe) but the redemption of humankind.
5-0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece for us Common Folk
David Hurwitz is a snob. Does one always eat every morsel on the plate even if he/she hates it?? I have loved this recording on LP since the 60's and can't wait for the CD which I am ordering. It discards some of the more boring parts (I have heard on other recordings) and brilliantly gives the listener the essence of this beautiful piece which I consider the most beautiful music ever written.

5-0 out of 5 stars Life-Changing
David Hurwitz, in his review for amazon.com, said: "...his interpretation isn't just un-Baroque, it's also unlike anything else you could possibly imagine. Slow, heavy, and totally unidiomatic, this recording is valuable only to Bernstein fanatics."
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Subjects:  1. Choral    2. Classical    3. Classical Music    4. Oratorio    5. Xmas Classical Vocal   


180. Bach: Cantatas Volumes 1-5 (75 Cantatas for Sundays and Feast Days of the Church Year)
by Polygram Int'l
Audio CD (22 December, 2005)
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Asin: B000001303
Sales Rank: 126093
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Subjects:  1. Box Sets (Audio Only)    2. Cantata    3. Choral    4. Classical    5. Oratorio    6. Orchestral & Symphonic   


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