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    1. Wicked (2003 Original Broadway
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    2. Diva: The Singles Collection
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    3. Voice of the Violin
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    4. Bach and Beyond
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    5. Bedtime Beats: The Secret to Sleep
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    6. A Chorus Line - The New Broadway
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    7. Vittorio
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    8. Jersey Boys (2005 Original Broadway
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    9. Romanza
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    10. Grey Gardens (2006 Original Off-Broadway
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    11. Lorraine Hunt Lieberson ~ Handel
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    12. Baby Einstein: Lullaby Classics
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    13. Bach: Cantatas BWV 82 and 199
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    14. The Homecoming
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    20. The Phantom of the Opera (Original

    1. Wicked (2003 Original Broadway Cast)
    by Decca
    Audio CD (16 December, 2003)
    list price: $18.98 -- our price: $9.99
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    Asin: B0000TB01Y
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    One of the most common complaints about musicals is that the books are flimsy pretexts from which to hang numbers. Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Show on Broadway
    I saw this musical last year, and thought it was amazing!!! The music is unbelivable!!!! Idina Menzel and kristin Chenoweth are wonderful, two of the best voices I've ever heard.If you like musicals, then you HAVE to get this CD.I've almost worn it out.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not Necessarily Wicked!
    I was excited about getting this compact disc about Wicked, the hottest ticket on Broadway. I liked the beginning about how the witch was born green. I think the compact disc does serve a service in providing us a closer view of the musical itself. I didn't care for the story involving Glinda, the good witch, and Elfaba, the bad witch who is green. I didn't like the story itself. While I am sure that the musical is much better than just listening to it but I was uncomfortable with Elfaba's portrayal as being born green and bad while Glinda was both popular and pretty. I think I was just more sympathetic towards Elfaba because she was the outcast and I always find myself among the outcasts so I felt sorry for Elfaba. I don't find much sympathy for Glinda who has spent her entire life being both popular and gifted so of course, she doesn't change. She gets rewarded while poor Elfaba gets treated as bad.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Musical EVER.
    I'm the kind of person that listens to showtunes all of the time. Seriously. Wicked is what made me that kind of person. The first time I had ever heard it was my first year doing choir, and ever since then, I've loved it. It's got amazing songs and two of the best musical theatre actressess to ever be on stage, Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth. So if you love musicals, this is the CD to buy! ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Cast Recordings    2. Music Theater    3. Musical Theater    4. Musicals    5. Original Cast Recordings    6. Original Score    7. Pop    8. Show Tunes    9. Showtunes / B'way   


    2. Diva: The Singles Collection
    by Angel Records
    Audio CD (03 October, 2006)
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    Asin: B000HKDECE
    Sales Rank: 40
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Almost!
    I have always been a sucker for Sarah and so glad they stuck with the original duets like Jose Cura's (my favorite tenor oozing with great machismo) and Andrea Bocelli.My only complaint is the Phantom of the Opera with Steve Harley (who is he?)Pardon me, I don't want to be mean but this is soooo horrific, let alone it was on track no. 1.What a terrible thing to start the cd.When I play cd, I skip no. 1 and the rest is simply divinely Sarah.I would have seen soooo tickled if she dueted Phantom with Gerard Butler (another macho cutie pie).

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good
    Well, being a fan of Sarah Brightman since her Phantom days says that I liked this album,it is not her best album, but its a good singles album and for new fans to get to know her better.She always and mainly have themes in her albums, for example, FLY, more pop sounding, TIME TO SAY GOOD BYE, more classical, or just songs from Webber, but this album is just her songs from past albums.so its good to that part.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sarah Brightman La Diva
    This is an amazing CD for new fans and for your collection if you are a fan yet, the songs are carefully selected for being a great CD!! A question of honour is different from the Fly CD, if you are a Sarah's fan this CD is perfect, if you don't you will be a Sarah's fan!! ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Adult Contemporary    2. England    3. Musicals    4. Pop    5. Pop Vocals    6. Rock/Pop    7. Show Tunes   


    3. Voice of the Violin
    Audio CD (05 September, 2006)
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    Asin: B000H7JD1I
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Constantly exhorted to "sing," string players naturally try to emulate that most beautiful musical instrument, the human voice; no wonder they literally want to get their fingers on the treasures of the vocal repertoire. Joshua Bell has appropriated some of its best-loved songs and operatic arias, from Mozart through the romantics to Orff. Slow, sustained, lovely and yes, singing, these beguiling melodies and wide emotional range are eminently well suited to the violin. Credit for most of the arrangements is given to J.A.C. Redford, a well-known film and television composer, and indeed the throbbing strings and jarring modulations typical of sound-tracks invade his orchestrations, in startling contrast to the composers' own. In Debussy's "Beau soir," pianist Frederic Chiu partners Bell so beautifully that one wishes he had supplanted the orchestra in all the songs with piano accompaniment. The violin transcriptions of the vocal line closely follow the originals, except for Redford's compulsive habit of adding octaves in the repeats and jumping from the lowest to the highest register. Of course, Bell is very good at all this, and it's the playing that's really the thing. His tone is ravishingly beautiful, warm on the G-string, radiant up high, and always deeply expressive. His love and innate feeling for the music---its inward simplicity, romantic yearning and passionate ardor---speak straight to the heart. In the only authentic violin part, the obbligato of Richard Strauss' "Morgen!" he is joined by the golden-voiced soprano Anna Netrebko; at first overly intense, she relaxes into a blissful, magical ending. Read more

    Reviews (7)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Prolific recording artist whose entirelibrary is worth owning
    Joshua Bell has this unearthly ability - almost eldritch result to his music.His violin has profound impact and hearing him play live is like a spiritual experience.This cd doesn't deviate from his formula of pouring his love of music through his instrument and conveying a joy for every piece he plays.
    5-0 out of 5 stars JB are you reading
    I ordered a cd from az, then later found out bn has extra track on their edition, bought that one too.Why did they do that?But the extra track, smaller orchestra version of Mozart's laudate dominum, is worth it.Bell is breathing into his music, just like a singer put their heart in their song, just like gould humming along as he played... is that how artists enjoy their own arts, any other way?If I am the tertiary audience the artists themselves must be (what's the word for zero ordered?) audience.Anyhow, if an art is so beautiful I would like to enjoy it purely, no need of accompaniment, or just at minimum.Check out Yoshikazu Mera sings Uguisu.Check out Hong-mei Yu playing Three Sighs At The Guan Pass in String Glamour. Will Joshua Bell ever do Morgen in double track even?I was expecting voice of the violin, not human!Joshua Bell and his violin: every sound is beautiful.I just wish that there was less interference.That is why it was worth it to get the 2nd cd from bn.The 16th track is leading really gently, quietly into the beautiful voice of Bell and his violin.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely gorgeous violin music!
    The violin is the instrument closest to the human voice in its ability to express a multitude of shades of emotion, with a tonal and dynamic range that allows the violin to sing with a voice unique among instruments. Joshua Bell beautifully exhibits the expressive potential of the violin's voice in the carefully chosen and sensitively played pieces on this CD.
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    Subjects:  1. 20th/21st Century Music for Voice and Keyboard    2. Art Song (General)    3. Cantata    4. Chamber    5. Chamber Music    6. Chamber Music & Recitals    7. Choral    8. Classical    9. Classical Artists    10. Classical Pop    11. Czech Romantic Opera    12. French Romantic Opera    13. Italian Romantic Opera    14. Keyboard    15. Mass    16. Opera    17. Orchestral    18. Romantic Music for Voice and Keyboard    19. Sacred Choral Music    20. Solo Voice(s) and Orchestra   


    4. Bach and Beyond
    by EMI Classics
    Audio CD (12 September, 2006)
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    Asin: B000HC2PC2
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Taking as her base 12 works of Bach, Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero proceeds to play variations on each. The works are familiar and most Classical fans will recognize their melodies instantly. But Montero, who is closer to a jazz improvisationalist than a classical pianist merely embellishing, alters rhythm as well as melody, and the results are invariably both surprising and delightful. The Presto from the Italian Concerto is positively wacky, but "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" sticks to the piece's mood with truth and originality. Montero plays "beyond" Bach with good taste and respect, and always with intense musicality. The results may seem improvised, but I doubt they are---they seem to well worked through---but that is more of a plus than a minus. You'll revel in hearing old favorites "interpreted" and find some unexpected pleasures here. Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars True improvisations -- a wonder!
    I struggle for the words to express how thrilled I am. Ms Montero is resurrecting the art of spontaneous improvisation in the field of classical music. Robert Levine, the Amazon site reviewer, hopefully has listened to the NPR interviews or the podcast and is now aware that Ms Montero did indeed improvise these on the spot. The only preparation lies in the fact that Gabriela Montero has been playing in this spontaneous way since before she was 3 years old! She was given a toy piano when she was 7 months and soon started picking out the songs her mother sang her to sleep with. Her talent today truly is astonishing! Give her a tune or theme never heard before, and she magically weaves a new piece out of it. We have read of Bach, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Gershwin all doing this -- it's a wonder and a fresh delight to hear how marvellously she does it for us. Kudos!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very gifted pianist playing beautiful music
    I have her CDs playing in my car and in my home.Her improvisation skills are top notch.Beyond Bach is one of my favorite pieces in this collection.Her other pieces are excellent as well.You can also find her interview on NPR.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Bach, Mozart and Beethoven Would Be Delighted...
    It's an often neglected fact that Bach, Mozart and Beethoven were master improvisers, and I often wonder how they would feel about 'classical music' having become so exclusively addicted to reproducing the notes on the page. It seems that the latter of the three important legs of a musician's stool -- technique, interpretation, and improvisation -- has been forgotten in lieu of endless variation on the former two legs.
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    Subjects:  1. Baroque Suite/Partita for Orchestra    2. Cantata    3. Choral    4. Classical    5. Classical Artists    6. Concerto    7. Concerto Grosso    8. Contrapuntal/Improvisatory Keyboard Music    9. Invention for Keyboard    10. Keyboard    11. Keyboard Concerto    12. Keyboard Music    13. Miscellaneous    14. Miscellaneous Music    15. Orchestral    16. Orchestral & Symphonic    17. Toccata for Keyboard    18. Violin Concerto   


    5. Bedtime Beats: The Secret to Sleep
    by Rhino / Wea
    Audio CD (12 September, 2006)
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    Asin: B000GH3PQ8
    Sales Rank: 148
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Welcome relief
    I first listened at my computer and found myself slowly relaxing and really enjoying the beautiful music but wondered if it would REALLY work since I find it very hard to get to sleep and stay asleep. Well,folks, if youhave doubts about it working, throw them out the window! I did not make it through Track 1! Not only that but when I woke 5 hours later and turned it on againhoping to just enjoy the music - right----didn't make it through Track 1 again and got another 2hours of sound sleep.This CD is a godsend for those of us who have trouble getting to sleep.I highly recommend you buy this CD - you'll never find a better deal.Kudos to the Mercurios and everyone associated with it who have given us this beautiful pair of CDs. I'm getting several for friends and family.
    4-0 out of 5 stars I Haven't Heard the Second Half Yet..........
    Usually, when I write a review, I like to let the songs play in the background, hoping that it will inspire me to some new revelation as I write. In this instance, though, I can't risk it; every single time I play either disk from this two-disk set, I start to drift off. I'm not kidding! For insomniacs, this collection could work better than Sominex. My normal procedure for any review is to listen straight through every note of music at least once, and then listen twice more, emphasizing the bits that made the deepest impression. Nearly a month ago, I thought I would do just that, but this disk threw that methodology right out of the window. For three weeks, I listened to this collection at home, at night, in the environment that it is intended for - my bedroom. For three weeks straight, I fell asleep before track five...
    5-0 out of 5 stars Not as tasty as Merlot...
    ...but it doesn't come with the unpleasant side effects either!!
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    Subjects:  1. 20th/21st Century Orchestral Music    2. Adagio for Orchestra    3. Baroque Variations for Keyboard    4. Chamber    5. Chamber Music    6. Chamber Music & Recitals    7. Choral    8. Classical    9. Classical Collections-Composer Desc.    10. Coll. of Character/Single-Movement/Misc. Works for Keyb.    11. Concerto    12. Keyboard    13. Keyboard Concerto    14. Nocturne for Keyboard    15. Orchestral    16. Pavane for Keyboard    17. Piano Concerto    18. Prelude for Keyboard    19. Quartet for Four String Instruments    20. Quintet For Clarinet And String Quartet   


    6. A Chorus Line - The New Broadway Cast Recording (2006 Broadway Revival Cast)
    Audio CD (10 October, 2006)
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    Asin: B000HEZF8Q
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    In the fall of 2006, Read more

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    • Cast Recording

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great CD of a Cassic Show
    I had trepidations about this revival.After hearing this CD, I want to get down to B'way ASAP to see it.This recording is wonderful.The few middling spots ("Sing" being the chief offender) are completely outweighed by the most complete recording of the piece, in proper order finally, and the exuberant cast performing a classic score.Charlotte D'Amboise my not have Donna MacKechnie's pipes, but her stirring rendition of "The Music and the Mirror" is a showstopper.Jason Tam's few moments of "Oh God I need this job..." are eloquent and subtle (wish we heard more from him on this disc).But the entire cast is euphoric in their eagerness to please and present character.Easily the best new Broadway recording since "Sweeney Todd" (and that's saying something).Go, go go.And buy, buy, buy. It's "One Singular Sensation."

    3-0 out of 5 stars deja vu ???
    I was really excited about this revival... and still want to go see it when I get back to the U.S., but in all honesty, this revival album sounds like -- errrrrrr, the original one, only at different tempos.
    3-0 out of 5 stars What Who Did For Love?
    I was really pumped for this revival...ACL is in my blood, but I can honestly say, I'm not sure why anymore.The guys, are amazing, they all are cast well, and handle their roles well (My roommate walked in on "I Can Do That" and thought I was listening to the OBC), but the girls are seriously lacking.I felt that Deidre Goodwin and Mara Davi were the two weakest (Anyone else notice Mara go flat during "At the Ballet"?), and Jessica Lee Goldyn as Val is way too ditzy, she may be a blonde, but she was smart enough to figure out she needed to get some body work done.Even more disapointing vocally was Charlotte D'Amboise, who really IS Cassie (Just look at her carrer), but sounds more like Katherine Hepburn during "Music and the Mirror." (Maybe we need a revival of "Coco")Then, when you get to he meat of it all, the amount on the recording is barely better than the OBC, there is more extension in the Montage, and more for Zach to have dialogue in, but that is MINIMAL compared to the lack of the song "And..." or the fact that "What I Did For Love" sounds more like a stereotypical sanitized 11'o Clock number ala "For Good."And, big suprise, Paul's monologue was left off (It may not be a song, but to reduce the role to just "Who Am I Anyway?" seems like a slight crime) The Orchestrations make some moments, like the opening sound way to polished to be a rehearsal piano.This was a mediocre recording, nothing to get really fired up over, but still above the level of only being useful as a coaster. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Cast Recordings    2. Pop    3. Showtunes / B'way   


    7. Vittorio
    by Decca
    Audio CD (12 September, 2006)
    list price: $16.98 -- our price: $12.97
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    Asin: B000GW8UFO
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Unlike Russell Watson, to whom he is being compared (along with Andrea Bocelli), Vittorio Grigolo is a real opera singer. He sang as a boy treble with Pavarotti many years ago and has sung in Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars A very pleasing voice, but...
    I was very impressed by Mr. Grigolo's singing. I think he has an amazing voice and a very successful future ahead of him. However, I hope that his choice of songs improves. I did like Tu Sei, it was my favorite on the album. The singing was pure and the music accompaniment was very good. I also liked You Are My Miracle (duet w/Nicole Scherzinger). I was pleasantly surprised by Nicole's singing. I think they made a great collaboration on this song.
    5-0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!
    This is an amazing CD. Mr. Grigolo has a marvelous voice. Cannot wait to see him in concert. BRAVISSIMO!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars WOWWe have a new addition to the Tenors
    I also saw Vittorio on PBS and just loved the music and this man's singing ability.I bought 6 cd's to give to all my friends for Christmas.When they arrived I had to listen to all the selections to make sure I had made a good purchase.Whew, Vittorio Grigolo is really fantastic and I know my friends will agree when they get their CD's. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. 20th/21st Century Music for Voice and Keyboard    2. Classical Crossover    3. Miscellaneous    4. Miscellaneous Music    5. Music Theater    6. Musical Theater    7. Pop    8. Pop Vocals    9. Vocal    10. Vocal Music   


    8. Jersey Boys (2005 Original Broadway Cast)
    by Rhino / Wea
    Audio CD (01 November, 2005)
    list price: $18.98 -- our price: $12.99
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    Asin: B000BFH2QY
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Although it squarely falls in the "jukebox musical" category, Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars OH OH OH THOSE JERSEY BOYS!!!
    THE BEST SHOW ON BROADWAY I HAVE SEEN IN YEARS.FROM BEGINNING TO END!LISTENING TO THE CD BRINGS BACK THAT WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE AT THE THEATER.I WAS ONLY ONE WHEN SHERRY CAME OUT SO, I OF COURSE DIDNOT GROW UP WITH THIS MUSIC BUT, LOVE IT!. IF YOU CAN'T SEE THE BROADWAY SHOW BUY THE CD (ALSO GET THE BEST OF FRANKIE VALLI AND THE FOUR SEASONS) OH WHAT A NIGHT!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Those Jersey Boys!
    I never thought that Jersey Boys would be such a hit on Broadway enough to win Tony Award for Best Musical. Although Broadway has not really brought out anything spectacular but everybody who has seen it live as loved it. If you can't spend money on tickets to see the show, you might as well by the compact disc and just imagine the live performance. The Four Seasons were one of the biggest music groups of the last century. Who would have thought that these four Jersey boys from Belleville, New Jersey also hometown to actor Joe Pesci would become such a huge hit. The show and the compact disc show how it began for them with all the trials and tribulations. If you can't see the show regardless of cost or travel, why not buy the compact disc? I have bought two for other people.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Jersey Boys Rule
    Great show and great CD.
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    Subjects:  1. American Popular Song    2. Cast Recordings    3. Music Theater    4. Musical Theater    5. Pop    6. Pop/Rock    7. Showtunes / B'way    8. Soundtrack   


    9. Romanza
    by Philips
    Audio CD (23 September, 1997)
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    Asin: B0000041OG
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    From his childhood on the family farm in rural Tuscany to the worldwide stage, Andrea Bocelli has achieved phenomenal success. His singing is only partially the point, and his fame owes much more to the aura of romance and the Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars It is different
    I prefer Amore - this one is not as I had foreseen but still good.

    5-0 out of 5 stars raw and pure
    There is something about Bocelli's voice that is completely revealed, raw, yet pure.His songs climax and grow.I have some opera fans who snub his voice because they say it not purely classical, yet that is what I love about him.He is different not completely one or the other- just a beautiful honest voice.5-0 out of 5 stars Breakthrough Album
    This was the CD that bridged the gap between pop and opera. This is something that no other opera singer was able to do, certainly not on such a grandly successful scale. With his singing diversity of style (alternating between a bluesy pop voice and a clear and powerful operatic one), Andrea Bocelli did a fantastic job of putting together a great collection of first-rate songs and adding his own tremendous voice to them, a simply stunning achievement. Many of the songs are deeply moving with breathtaking moments. If you like Bocelli, you must give Sarah Brightman a chance, another opera diva with an accessible reportoir who does the pop thing very well. Read more

    Subjects:  1. Choral    2. Classical    3. Classical Crossover    4. Classical Music    5. Classical Vocal Crossover    6. Classical Vocals    7. Italy    8. Opera    9. Sacred Choral Music    10. Solo Voice(s) and Orchestra    11. Vocal    12. Vocal Music   


    10. Grey Gardens (2006 Original Off-Broadway Cast)
    by P.S. Classics
    Audio CD (22 August, 2006)
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    Asin: B000G75A9I
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Based on the Maysles brothers' cult 1975 documentary of the same name, this musical is an endearing—-and sometimes genuinely heartwrenching—-oddity propelled by Christine Ebersole's exceptional, for-the-history-books performance. The movie followed the kooky duo of Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter, Little Edie Beale, as they lived with their 52 cats in a derelict East Hampton mansion. The show's first act, set in 1941, is a prologue of sorts, while the second act, set in 1973, follows the movie closely. Ebersole plays Edith in Act I (which she concludes in dazzling manner with "Will You?") and Little Edie in Act II (when Mary Louise Wilson comes in to play the mother). And while Wilson is superb, this is Ebersole's show. Technically, she is flawless—-just listen to the way she changes her voice between the acts—-but she also makes Little Edie a poignant eccentric, a lost soul stuck in a world of deluded, decaying grandeur. It all peaks in the poignant "Around the World," the show's best song and an Ebersole tour de force. Note that this recording documents the Off-Broadway production; the show transferred to Broadway in the fall of 2006 with a slightly altered first act. Read more

    Reviews (11)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Score
    Grey Gardens has hit written all over it and will definitely be one of the musicals to beat come awards time. It has one of the best scores to hit Broadway in many a season. The subject matter seems daunting to say the least for a musical, but they've pulled it off beautifully. Wonderful performances by Christine Ebersole and Mary Louise Wilson. Great songs that work within the story that you can sing along to. They havent skimped on the packaging, either, for this recording (made before it moves to Broadway). Essential for any theater lover. Quirky,funny and a little haunting. A class act all the way!

    5-0 out of 5 stars AN EXCITING NEW MUSICAL!
    As I get older, I am intrigued by what material some composers/librettists choose to musicalize. Yes, we're seeing a ton of recent books and films take the musical route, and some of them have worked: HAIRSPRAY was terrific, and I have heard great advance word on LEGALLY BLONDE. More often than not, it doesn't work, however. Anyone remember LESTAT?
    5-0 out of 5 stars A real treasure
    This is quite wonderful.There are a couple of clunkers - or maybe they'll just have to grow on me - but the score is smart, tuneful and totally entertaining.The range of material here is amazing - from very bouncy upbeat fun like The Five-Fifteen to Around the World, arguably the score's best.A real standout is The Revolutionary Costume for Today.A brilliantly realized piece of theater.And while all the performers shine, the real reason to buy this CD is Christine Ebersole!WOW.She gives a staggeringly brilliant performance on Disc.I can just imagine how powerful she is onstage.She moves to the top of my list. ... Read more


    11. Lorraine Hunt Lieberson ~ Handel Arias
    Audio CD (10 August, 2004)
    list price: $19.98 -- our price: $14.99
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    Asin: B00022LZW8
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    If you think you've heard Handel's "Ombra mai fu" (known as his "Largo") so often, and in so many different arrangements, and sung by so many different voices, that you can no longer be moved or surprised by it, think again. This CD of Handel arias, mostly from his Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Glorious singing to treasure for decades
    By any measure, America's Lorraine Hunt Lieberson is at least the equal of Italy's premier diva, mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli, although she does not have the same superstar status.It is difficult to recall past mezzos with clearer enunciation of English text, (as favoured in nine excerpts from Theodora), the richness of voice, displayed in full-throated fortissimo and sharply contrasted pianissimo of utmost delicacy, evokes fondest memories of the tragically doomed Kathleen Ferrier.Masterfully chosen to display every facet of Hunt Lieberson's consumate command of Handel's dauntingly difficult music, the disc's repertoire - recitatives and linkig arias from the operas Theodora and Serse, and the cantana La Lucrezia - is stunning.An unsung mezzo who makes the senses tingle!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Lorraine Hunt-Lieberson (1954-2006), supreme Handelian
    I have never heard a voice purer of tone, more flexible in phrasing, and so gorgeously produced in a homogeneous column of sound such as this artist in Handel's repertoire.It is very tastefully sung (unlike a certain person whose name begins with R and ends with enaaay Fleming) and so dramatically touching that one could not help but feel that this repertoire finally has found its instrument.And how sad it is to know that this instrument has passed away two days ago.Lorraine Hunt-Lieberson died two days ago in her home in Santa Fe, New Mexico of breast cancer.It is such a huge loss to the opera world, as she is an artist who is still experiencing the prime of her career.The voice is just so beautiful, the tone so pure, that I lament that we can no longer hear any great roles from this artist.She will be missed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Stellar Hunt Lieberson
    Simply put, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson is one of the very best classical singers alive. She combines vocal elegance and purity with an emotional delivery that raises her above the crowd of technically proficient singers who just don't possess her depth of musical understanding or emotional commitment. Hunt Lieberson is a true artist who resists easy classfication except to say she is perfect in what she does. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Cantata    2. Choral    3. Classical    4. Classical Artists    5. Classical Vocals    6. Italian Baroque Opera    7. Opera    8. Oratorio   


    12. Baby Einstein: Lullaby Classics
    by Buena Vista
    Audio CD (16 March, 2004)
    list price: $6.98 -- our price: $6.98
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    Asin: B0001IXTU4
    Sales Rank: 290
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    2-0 out of 5 stars Not real music!
    I bought this for our baby and like many of the reviewers, I was disappointed in the synthesized music.I have played some of the pieces, and although the concept is good, I want my child to hear music as it was on intended on the real instruments.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Musician Mom Loves - Does Use RealInstruments!
    My 8-month-old son and I listen to this CD every night, and by the Pachelbel Canon (track 7) he's usually sound asleep.It is NOT ALL SYNTHESIZER.The jacket clearly states that the "Music Box Orchestra" includes flute, piano, cello, percussion, english horn, and oboe.As a musician, I am not offended by the "easy-listening" versions of these classics.In fact, I enjoy them.They introduce my son to the timeless melodies WITHOUT OVERSTIMULATING HIM at bedtime.I find them relaxing too.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great lullaby cd!
    I love all the Baby Einstein products & this is my favorite cd so far!My 10 week old son loves it & we listen to it while I'm feeding him & when I'm rocking him to sleep.The music is very soothing for baby and mom. All of the songs are great and sometimes even puts me to sleep! I would recommend to any new mom. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Bagatelle for Keyboard    2. Baroque Suite/Partita for Orchestra    3. Cantata    4. Children's    5. Childrens    6. Choral    7. Classical Period Variations for Keyboard    8. Classical Sonata/Sonatina for Keyboard    9. Concerto    10. Keyboard    11. Keyboard Work with Descriptive or Unclassified Title    12. Lullabies    13. Miscellaneous    14. Orchestral    15. Pop    16. Romantic Music for Voice and Keyboard    17. Romantic Sonata/Sonatina for Keyboard    18. Romantic Symphony    19. Romantic Tone Poem/Symphonic Poem for Orchestra    20. Song Without Words for Keyboard   


    13. Bach: Cantatas BWV 82 and 199
    by Nonesuch
    Audio CD (23 September, 2003)
    list price: $16.98 -- our price: $12.99
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    Asin: B0000AOVTI
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Lorraine Hunt Lieberson has been scantily represented on CD, and that makes this gorgeous, deeply felt release all the more valuable. Here she sings two Bach cantatas composed for solo voice. Her mezzo is not particularly heavy, but it can darken or lighten expressively, and she uses its dusky qualities handsomely. Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Stirring
    The quality of Ms. Lieberson's singing and the emotional depth of her performance make one especially regretful that she died so young. Lovers of classical vocal music were deprived of a superb artist.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Supreme
    Supreme musicianship and vocalism by the mistress of early music. A brilliant Cd and a must for every lover of Bach Cantatas.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Ethereal
    I admit to being a novice at hearing a lot of classical vocal music.I do listen to operas and I quite enjoy a lot of Bach - he is my favorite composer.I have heard of Lieberson a lot over the past few years.Last week, I stayed as a guest in a house where this cd was playing and I felt my whole spirit rise up.The musical selections are truly sublime and Ms Lieberson's voice is so magical.I enjoyed listening to it in perfect silence so that each note was audible and appreciated.It's truly a masterpiece.Thank goodness that music of this quality is still produced and out there.Thanks to the great master Johann and to the ethereal and talented Lorraine Hunt Lieberson. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Cantata    2. Choral    3. Classical    4. Classical Composers    5. Classical Music    6. Classical Vocals   


    14. The Homecoming
    by Denon Records
    Audio CD (26 September, 2006)
    list price: $18.98 -- our price: $12.97
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    Asin: B000H0MNIK
    Sales Rank: 907
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Homecoming....Andre Rieu
    I know it is relative, but this is the most enjoyable, exciting, inspiring, entertaining program I have watched in a long, long time. I did not get enough with one viewing, I will be watching it again and likely again. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Chamber Music & Recitals    2. Classical    3. Classical Artists    4. Concerto    5. French Romantic Opera    6. German/Austrian Operetta    7. Guitar Concerto    8. Italian Romantic Opera    9. Music Theater    10. Musical Theater    11. Opera    12. Orchestral    13. Orchestral Music    14. Solo Voice(s) and Orchestra    15. Vocal    16. Vocal Music   


    15. Mamma Mia! The Musical Based on the Songs of ABBA (Original 1999 London Cast)
    by Decca U.S.
    Audio CD (17 October, 2000)
    list price: $18.98 -- our price: $9.99
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    Asin: B000031WEN
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Put together by Abba's own Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars cd
    I love this music and had recently been to the stage play with friends.This was a wonderful way to keep the memory of the music for myself.. AND to give another copy to our hostess as a thank you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Mamma Mia - the CD
    Having seen the show in London, I was looking forward to the CD.I did not purchase the CD at the show, and was suprised that your price was less.
    5-0 out of 5 stars For those who hate musicals
    I love this CD.You have to like ABBA.If you don't, don't buy it obviously.It's great to listen to even if you don't like musicals.This is another broadway soundtrack that my fellow workers don't mind me putting in the CD player while working in the kitchen.They like ABBA and hate musicals, so this is right up their alley.The story is a little hard to follow by the songs, but you can get the very basic plot from them.I think you'll like it. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Cast Recordings    2. Music Theater    3. Musical Theater    4. Musicals    5. Original Cast Recordings    6. Pop    7. Pop/Rock    8. Showtunes / B'way    9. Soundtracks    10. Swedish Pop/Rock   


    16. Monty Python's Spamalot (2005 Original Broadway Cast)
    by Decca
    Audio CD (03 May, 2005)
    list price: $18.98 -- our price: $13.99
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    Asin: B0007OY2TE
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    As gleefully silly yet wickedly smart as the beloved British comedy troupe and their 1975 cinematic savaging of the Arthurian legend that inspired it, this adaptation ofRead more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Monty Python's Spamalot
    I love the songs on Monty Python's Spamalot . It's so great with wonderful actors & singings on here & I think it's a win for everyone who buys Monty Python's Spamalot . So , go get your money for this cd & get it fast. You will not go home unhappy with hearing Monty Python's Spamalot . Always look on the bright side of life :)
    5-0 out of 5 stars Could you think of a better soundtrack that could define Monty Python any better?
    I recently purchased "Monty Python's SpamAlot" and that was money well spent.The lyrics are hilarious and couldn't define the humor of Monty Python any better.It captures that greatness of the 1970s movie "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" and adds new laughs.Sara Ramariez has an amazing voice and (if you didn't know) I truly understand why she won the Tony in 2005 for her portrayal as The Lady of the Lake.If you are a Musical Theatre Junkie, like myself, then I highly suggest that you order this soundtrack.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Way too funny!!
    I purchased this CD after seeing Spamalot because the songs from the show are clever, witty and, well, just plain funny. Listening to the CD at work or in the car just sends me into a great mood as I remember the show and how funny and entertaining it was.Anyone who has seen Spamalot will know what I mean and will want that same recollection over and over as they listen to the tracks.If you loved the show this CD is a must. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Britain    2. Cast Recordings    3. Music Theater    4. Musical Theater    5. Pop    6. Show Tunes    7. Showtunes / B'way    8. Soundtracks    9. United States of America   


    17. Rent (2005 Movie Soundtrack)
    by Warner Bros / Wea
    Audio CD (27 September, 2005)
    list price: $27.98 -- our price: $24.88
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    Asin: B000AYEI4U
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    It's not that surprising that Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Superior to the Original
    I'm not just a casual fan of Rent -- I've seen the Broadway show, I've heard the original cast recording, and I know a bit about each of the original cast members. But I must part ways with most of the fans of the stage show by saying that yes, the movie's cast recording is indeed superior.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable
    I love my OBC recording.But the production on it is less than stellar and it can sound almost "tinny" at times.So when I listened to this version, I was scared that it would not live up to the standards set by the cast album.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Loving Rent the soundtrack
    Hello, My name is Michael, Im 15 years old. I love the rent soundtrack, I mainly like it becuase it has EVERY SINGLE SONG recorded for the rent movie instead of the highlited one, (I suggest you listen to Another Day and Goodbye Love if you purchace this) I've played it over a billion times by now (no joke) and it still is just plain lovely. Its a must have for all rentheads, or someone who just liked the movie. ... Read more

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    18. The Drowsy Chaperone (2006 Original Broadway Cast)
    by Ghostlight
    Audio CD (06 June, 2006)
    list price: $18.98 -- our price: $12.99
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    Asin: B000FJA9YI
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Under its enigmatic title lurks a remarkably entertaining little show. Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Monkey song dull? Maybe cuz you haven't seen the show?
    The first time I saw this show, the surprise after surprise really impressed me. When Aldolfo appeared in the Nightingale song, I asked my friend, "What's going on here, this scene does not make sense." The surprise a minute after I asked that, made me laugh and laugh and laugh.
    4-0 out of 5 stars Another 'On the Nose' show that oddly delivers
    It's both perplexing and oddly reassuring to me that in today's cynical landscape musicals that are not cynical at all could be direct hits on broadway.Between The Producers and Spamalot there's been a kind of resurgence in old school humorists with a contemporary self-awareness which somehow doesn't take away from the earnesty and humor... Add Drowsy Chaperone to this list.I'll throw in my two cents- Foster is, as always, a master at her craft, the music is, if a little old fashioned, still completely satisfying... I'm kind of in love with this little show...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Show!
    It's amusing reading these reviews.So many people just don't seem to get it, but who cares? I love The Monkey Song and As We Stumble Along, the latter being a Zen masterpiece! Both reflect the genius of this show.How can you complain about something with lyrics like: "But what a thrill when lovebirds trill" or "But heartbeats rush when sweethearts gush"?Some of the jokes of course don't come off unless you see the show...otherwise, how can you possibly understand "Message from a Nightingale"?All I can say is,
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    19. Josh Groban
    by Reprise / Wea
    Audio CD (20 November, 2001)
    list price: $18.98 -- our price: $12.97
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    Asin: B00005RGNI
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    There are worse things in life than making your acting debut on the much ballyhooed season finale of Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Move Over Pavarotti
    Josh Groban has one of the most beautiful voices around. Thank God, that is spending it doing it on classical operatic styles rather than pop rock or rap that others waste their time and money. His voice sings through you. You feel like angels are singing. His voice is powerful and beautiful. I would love to see him live. I just admire him so much that I don't care that if I don't understand Italian but I would like too.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Heaven can hear his voice
    What a gift Josh Groban has received. May his work continue to reach the soul's of others. His music reaches out to me and I am sure to tons of others around the world.

    5-0 out of 5 stars THE BEST SONG EVER
    Joshs song "To Where You Are" was written for his grama after her death. I just lost my grama and this was the song that was sung at the chaple.It is a beautiful song that shows the love for a family member, I'm buying the CD, so that my grama will always be close to me
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    Subjects:  1. Adult Contemporary    2. Cantata    3. Choral    4. Classical Pop    5. Film    6. Film Music    7. Pop    8. Pop Vocals    9. Popular Music    10. Rock/Pop    11. Traditional Pop    12. Vocal    13. Vocal Music    14. Vocal Pop   


    20. The Phantom of the Opera (Original 1986 London Cast)
    by Decca U.S.
    Audio CD (06 February, 2001)
    list price: $37.98 -- our price: $34.99
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    Asin: B00004YTY2
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    What's left to be said about Andrew Lloyd Webber's adaptation of Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Lovely Recording
    I personally prefer Rebecca Caine over Sarah Brightman, but it doesn't matter.This was a beautiful recording. :D

    5-0 out of 5 stars A True Musical Phenomenon!
    After 20 years since it opened, THE PHANTOM has become the longest running, most popular stage show, and highest grossing Entertainment venture of all time, bringing in more earnings than any other stage show, any movie, (including the series of Star wars, Titanic, and Lord of the Rings)!! This Double disc volume of the original London cast is a Spectacular Rendition of this timeless Masterpiece. Not only are the performances by the entire Cast including 'THE' Phantom himself, Michael Crawford, who's melodic, extraordinary range and powerful vocals, make for fantastic Vocal tracks that capture the essence of 'Phantom,' but the Score and the way the orchestra plays it is powerful and very Full. Compared to both the Canadian Cast recording and Movie Record, The London Cast's Orchestra is by far the Most Full sounding overall.
    4-0 out of 5 stars 75% more words!And 20% less carbs!
    At the time that I'm writing this review there are 379 reviews for the original 1986 London cast recording of "The Phantom of the Opera".It can be safely surmised that many people have opinions about this particular hallmark of musical theater.It also seems requisite that any reviews written after 2004 must bring up the movie soundtrack and compare the two leads, with varying levels of love for one and hate for the other.I shall attempt to summarize some of the more frequently repeated comments here, attempting to adhere to bare facts while impressing as little opinion as possible into what is a very personal musical.
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    Subjects:  1. Cast Recordings    2. Music Theater    3. Musical Theater    4. Musicals    5. Original Cast Recordings    6. Pop    7. Show Tunes    8. Showtunes / B'way   


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