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    1. Puccini: Tosca (complete opera)
    $13.99
    2. Home for Christmas
    $18.98
    3. Andrea Bocelli - The Opera Album
    $33.98
    4. Puccini - Turandot / Sutherland
    $14.99
    5. The Very Best of The Irish Tenors
    $14.99
    6. The Irish Tenors / McNamara, McDermott,
    $181.98
    7. Wagner - Der Ring des Nibelungen
    $20.98
    8. An Introduction to Der Ring des
    $13.99
    9. Ellis Island
    $14.99
    10. We Three Kings
    11. Leontyne Price Sings Barber
    $10.99
    12. A Time to Remember
    $14.99
    13. Bryn Terfel - Handel Arias / Scottish
    $10.99
    14. Remembrance
    $33.98
    15. Britten - War Requiem / Vishnievskaya
    $25.49
    16. Love Is a Voyage
    $16.98
    17. Long Time Ago - Copland / Dawn
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    18. Live in Belfast
    $45.99
    19. Carmen / Troyanos, Domingo, van
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    20. Haydn: The Creation / Herbert

    1. Puccini: Tosca (complete opera) with Maria Callas, Giuseppe di Stefano, Tito Gobbi, Victor de Sabata, Chorus & Orchestra of La Scala, Milan
    by EMI Classics
    Audio CD (19 August, 1997)
    list price: $32.98 -- our price: $23.09
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    Asin: B000002RXZ
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Little can be added to what's been written about this landmark recording, except that Walter Legge's 1953 mono production yields nothing to modern Read more

    Reviews (124)

    5-0 out of 5 stars this is not a review
    Just the fact that this product has gathered 123 reviewers by the time I write my first comment ever in a similar internet site, should tell something per se... I am a singer myself. I could write endless technical comments on the slightest vocal or musical nuance these four legendary musicians have contributed here. Empty words! Just ask yourselves: "Do I really and humbly love Music!?" If the answer is "YES!!!", run and buy this recording.
    5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent Tosca
    Wonderful recording. "Vissi d'arte" by Maria Callas should not be missed. She is magnificent as Floria Tosca. Guiseppe DiStefano is excellent as Cavaradossi as well and Tito Gobbi makes Scarpia come alive.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Recorded in mono
    Wonderful performance of Tosca, however I was quite disappointed when I realized it was recorded in mono.
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    Subjects:  1. Classical    2. Classical Music    3. Italian Romantic Opera    4. Opera    5. Opera / Operetta / Oratorio    6. Opera/Operetta   


    2. Home for Christmas
    by Music Matters
    Audio CD (05 October, 1999)
    list price: $15.98 -- our price: $13.99
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    Asin: B00001XDRK
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    The Irish Tenors are an acquired taste that, it seems, nearly everyone has acquired. On Read more

    Reviews (30)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Christmas Music
    I really enjoy this music.I like the quality and style of music presented by the Irish Tenors, and I like Christmas music.This is the perfect CD for me.I like hearing it from early November through the holiday season.I have given this album as a gift, and it was much appreciated.I would recommend it for anyone who likes traditional Christmas music.

    5-0 out of 5 stars BREATH - TAKING !!!
    I have the CD and the tape of this item and I have also seen the Concert twice.TWICE !! The most amazing part of it is when Anthony sings his LITTLE JESUS BOY.When I went to the concert the first time I wasn't really prepared for the effect that song would have on me. On the CD & tape he sings with a Choral Group to back him up. EXCEPT FOR THE FIRST LINES OF THAT SONG !!!!!.5-0 out of 5 stars Home for Christmas--A Masterpiece
    Like millions of others I discovered the Irish Tenors through PBS.I promptly began looking for anything else by these wonderful performers and found this Cd.The music is soul-satisfying as the Christmas music is allsacred (the closest to secular is "Good King Wenceslas"). Thearrangements are in turn glorious, tender, and sweet. "Suo Gan"by McDermott, ''Sweet Little Jesus Boy" and "The WexfordCarol" by Kearns are highlights. Of the ensemble pieces, "SilentNight" and "Joy to the World" stand out. But the crowningselection is "The Holy City." We are wearing the album out andit's only May.We'll have to have another copy for Christmas! ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Christmas    2. Christmas / Chanukkah    3. Christmas Music    4. Classical    5. Classical Crossover    6. Holiday    7. Ireland    8. Irish Folk    9. Xmas Instrumental   


    3. Andrea Bocelli - The Opera Album ~ Aria
    by Philips
    Audio CD (07 April, 1998)
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    Asin: B0000069CO
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Andre Bocelli is no opera singer, but he shows far more potential inthis album than does another pop-vocalist tenor-wannabe, Michael Bolton. For onething, he can shake off the crooner mannerisms and really sing when performingmusic that calls for it. At his best, he has a rich, dark timbre and an easy,unforced top. At other times, however, the tone turns dry and thin and the highnotes are constricted, the inconsistency suggesting a lack of technique. Neverdoes one get the impression that he could be heard over a medium-sized orchestrawithout amplification. This isn't bad singing per se, but there is much betterout there, readily available on disc. Read more

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    Reviews (88)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Why...?
    Why is there all this continuing controversy after so many years about whether or not Andrea Bocelli is - or is not - Operatically sound? All I know (and that's not saying much for me in this genre), is that after having listened to Amazon.com's sampling of the music on this Audio CD a few moments ago, I wept. Andrea Bocelli always makes me weep - because of his profound spiritual depth. And I don't care what anyone thinks on that issue. All I do know is this. The man sings from his soul...and nothing could surpass that - ever.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Moderately good singing; poor aria selection.
    I bought "Aria" from Amazon.com a couple days ago, and I just listened to it an hour ago.I was surprised at how good Andrea Bocelli's operatic singing voice is.I'd read many reviews giving him a rating of 0 or 1 out of 10, so I was prepared for the worst.But this fellow is actually pretty good.I'd say, 7 out of 10.Not as good as Placido Domingo or Luciano Pavarotti, but then, no one is.On the plus side, Bocelli's operatic tenor singing voice is rich and sonorous, capable of fluid vibrato and good pitch range and dynamic range, and he nicely avoids the highly-nasal resonance so noticable in his pop singing.On the negative side, his highs sound a little forced and a little raspy, and sometimes his vibrato reverts to the fluttery sound he uses in his pop music.All in all, Bocelli is a good, but not great, opera singer.
    1-0 out of 5 stars Mass Hypnosis
    The only thing that can account for the acclaim that some have lavished on this album is mass hypnosis.Signor Bocelli's publicists have declared that he has 'the most beautiful voice in the world' and people believe it.I agree with the reviewer who described listening to this cd as painful.Everything sounds the same---like sandpaper.If he were not adorable and blind, this fellow would not have a career even as a pop artist, never mind opera singer.If you want to hear what opera sounds like at its best and most real today, check out Ramon Vargas, Juan Diego Florez, Rolando Villazon, Marcello Giordani and discover the difference between creme brulee and instant pudding. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Classical    2. Classical Artists    3. Classical Crossover    4. Classical Music    5. Classical Vocals    6. French Romantic Opera    7. German/Austrian Romantic Opera    8. Italian Romantic Opera    9. Opera    10. Romantic Opera   


    4. Puccini - Turandot / Sutherland · Pavarotti · Caballé · Ghiaurov · Krause · Pears · LPO · Mehta
    by Decca
    Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
    list price: $33.98 -- our price: $33.98
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    Asin: B0000041Q3
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Joan Sutherland is not usually considered a Puccini singer, and in fact she sang the role of Turandot only in the recording studio. But for that assignment she had exactly what was needed: a voice that seemed to have no upper limits and a personality that concealed vulnerability under an air of icy detachment. She also had an ideal set of colleagues, notably Luciano Pavarotti, whose "Nessun dorma" has become practically his signature tune. Read more

    Reviews (129)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Why you should get this recording..............
    Sutherland would never sing Turandot in the theatre and personally, I don't think she cracks it here in this recording. However, vocally she seems to have no limits, especially when singing the taxing high passages and for Turandot, this is enough. My preference is more along the lines of Nilsson, Marton and maybe Eaglen. Likewise, Pavarotti does not come close to Bjoerling, Heppner or Corelli with his interpretation of Calaf, but he sings well. Caballe and Mehta are the real reason to get this recording; Caballe sings superbly and Mehta conducts a fine reading of Puccini's lush score.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good except for Sutherland
    I bought this a long time ago, and I'm scandalized by the plethora of positive reviews.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
    I avoided this for a long time because it was Puccini's final opera - written as he was dying.For some reason I felt it wasn't going to be good.I could not have been more mistaken.This is a first rate work and the performance is outstanding.There is nothing wrong here. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Classical    2. Classical Music    3. Italian Romantic Opera    4. Opera    5. Opera / Operetta / Oratorio    6. Opera/Operetta   


    5. The Very Best of The Irish Tenors
    by Music Matters
    Audio CD (23 July, 2002)
    list price: $19.98 -- our price: $14.99
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    Asin: B000069JJ6
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    In the short time since they grouped together a few years ago to form their sensationally successful trio, the Irish Tenors have already put out an impressive array of recordings and DVDs, including some bona fide gooseflesh-inducing live concert performances. So, if you still have the enviable pleasure of discovering these amazing vocalists--or want to turn a friend on to their musical charms--this compilation CD will do the trick nicely. It brings together such classics as "Danny Boy," "Toora Loora Looral," "Last Rose of Summer," and "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" (featuring John McDermott)--all rendered with the kind of passionate, heartfelt, and harmonious crooning that is their signature style, whether they're singing as an ensemble or as highlighted soloists. And even if you have the complete Irish Tenors, this anthology includes several numbers not found on their previously released CDs. Hard to think of a sweeter treat for a fan of singing too good to ever go out of fashion.Read more

    Reviews (10)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Irish Magic
    This is my first CD of the Irish Tenors. And what a joy! I played it as soon as it arrived. I like the blend of their voices,the passion and enthusiasm they bring to this CD. What I find is a real treat is the words to all the songs are in the booklet.I love this CD.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Just got your Kleenex
    I suggest a box of Kleenex for each person in the room when you play this CD or VHS recording.Mom won't let me play it anymore because she...well, you know what I mean.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
    When it's cold and frightful here, I play The BOYZ!
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    Subjects:  1. Classical    2. Classical Collections-Artist Desc.    3. Classical Vocals    4. World Music   


    6. The Irish Tenors / McNamara, McDermott, Kearns, Tynan
    by Music Matters
    Audio CD (09 March, 1999)
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    Asin: B00000I7I1
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Forty years after theClancy Brothers found popularity singing traditional Irish folksongs to an American audience, along comes the Irish Tenors, the trio ofJohn McDermott, Anthony Kearns, and Ronan Tynan. Backed by plenty of coverage on public television, the three tenors perform a soothing and nostalgic mix of Emerald Isle tunes--from "Danny Boy" to "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling," along with a few surprises. Recorded live at the Royal Dublin Society Main Hall with a light orchestra, the album gives each of the three vocalists his chance in the spotlight. Fans of John McDermott should be sure to seek out the artist's solo discs such as Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Irish Tenors / McNamara, McDerrnott, Kearns, Tynan
    I love the Irish Tenors. You can understand every word that they sing and their voices are just beautiful. The Cd is very patriotic and the song are very well known. I grew up listening to most of these, but did not know some of the words until I listened to this CD.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect
    This is one of the few albums that never fails to make me cry. It expresses so many true and real emotions and does it such a beautiful way that if you don't feel anything when you listen to its songs, you have ice water in your veins.
    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best!!!
    I've had this for several years and am rebuying because the original now has a skip.I LOVE THIS CD!!!It has so many great songs I don't know where to begin.Anthony Kearns voice is absolutely beautiful.I still can not listen to Boolavogue with out crying.If you know anything about Irish history you'll understand.Also Danny Boy, Voyage, Grace, hell I just put this on when I need a good cry!!!But also Go Lassie Go and Girl From Claire make me smile. Irish music either makes you laugh or cry nothing in between!!!!!And this CD is one of the best! ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Celtic Pop    2. Celtic/British Isles    3. Classical    4. Classical Artists    5. Classical Music    6. Classical Vocals   


    7. Wagner - Der Ring des Nibelungen (Ring Cycle) / Sir Georg Solti
    by Decca
    Audio CD (14 October, 1997)
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    Asin: B0000042H4
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Modern storage media (CD/DVD) offer both high fidelity and great reliability in the playback of music. Yet only a bit more than a generation ago, the possibilities inherent in the long-playing record inspired John Culshaw, a young producer for Decca, to attempt the most ambitious recording project ever contemplated up to that time--a complete studio recording of the Read more

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    • Box set

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Easily the best investment I've ever made!!!
    Solti is a true Wagnerian!!! There is truly no one better! In every single Wagner recording under his baton (under the fantastic engineering of the Decca label), there is a power, intensity, and ethereal quality that rings true from first note to last. This studio recording of the Ring Cycle is probably his strongest effort. Virtually every nuance that Wagner desired is apparent, from echoes, to characterizations, to instruments used (the steer-horns in Gotterdammerung). All of his singers are nothing short of the best, especially Hotter, Windgassen, and Nilsson (all of whom are sadly not around any longer). They do everything they can to help Solti bring Wagner's deepest conceptions to life. It's a shame that this performance wasn't filmed. The only thing missing is the visual aspect, but that's a very minute matter, when dealing with a top-notch recording like this one. It pulls the listener in, like he's there, experiencing the story with the likes of Wotan, Siegmund, Siegfried, and Brunnhilde. The package is also an excellent bonus, full of very informative liner notes, as well as set designs and beautiful drawings by the great Arthur Rackham. I paid $120 for this box set, brand new, but I would've gladly paid double that, if necessary. I don't know what I would do without this recording. (If you're feeling dangerous, as I have, try listening to the whole thing, with a nice comfortable set of headphones, with only the occasional bathroom breaks and eating/drinking to stay alive. If you can endure such an intense task, you will not regret it, but make sure you follow every word. Everything counts.) 100 stars!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Possibly the greatest recording of the century
    Ever since the reopening of the Bayreuth Festival in 1951, the operatic world has been blessed with many Ring recordings that are brimming with life and searing in interpretation. The work is certainly the most ambitious and fascinating musical epic ever set on paper, and due to its intricate music and magnificent and poetic text, it has influenced the way music making has been done ever since the Master presented it to the world in 1876. Now, 130 years after that first Ring cycle, the market abounds with hordes of Ring recordings raging from magnificent to deplorable, and with the cost of having to contain such a grand epic in recordable media for the listener to enjoy at home, the pricetags for these Rings are always going to be astounding.
    3-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful recording - GLARING TECHNICAL ISSUE
    Fine recording, good performance, historical in scope and a great box set.HOWEVER:
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    Subjects:  1. Box Sets (Audio Only)    2. Classical    3. Classical Music    4. German/Austrian Romantic Opera    5. Opera    6. Opera / Operetta / Oratorio    7. Opera/Operetta   


    8. An Introduction to Der Ring des Nibelungen
    by Decca
    Audio CD (13 September, 2005)
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    Asin: B00000424H
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    When Wagner set the Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars FASCINATING STUDY FOR NOVICES AND AFFICIONADOS ALIKE
    This may look an intimidating, daunting and dull prospect - a 2+ hour lecture on the motifs in the Ring.Don't be put off.Whether you're a relative novice to the Ring and want to find out what it's all about, more experienced with a desire to understand the composer's methods better or an afficionado who thinks he knows it all inside out, there is great pleasure as well as elucidation to be had from this set.Originally made to accompany the Decca Solti Ring, it contains a multitude of musical illustrations taken from those recordings as well as some specially recorded by Solti just for this Introduction.
    4-0 out of 5 stars Welcome back to a classic analysis
    Deryck Cooke'slecture series upon THE RING is almost as much a classic by now as the Solti RING cycle, with which it was originally issued on LP, and from which it derives its musical examples. The difference is that whereas the Solti RING has been continuously in print ever since it was completed, and was among thefirst opera sets to benefit from the CD revolution, the Cooke analysis was for long almost totally unobtainable. Now we have it back. It should be welcomed: it is a classic. Cooke's mellow, deep voice with the hint of a Celtic burr - which made him ideal on BBC radio - patiently explains Wagner's melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic metamorphoses to such good effect that if you own this recording, you really require no other RING analysis. (A pity about the abrupt beginnings and endings of too many vocal and orchestral illustrations, though.) Musicology lost a fine, sensitive thinker with Cooke's premature death in 1976.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Essential for Understanding Wagner's Ring Cycle
    I originally bought this set on vinyl in the early 70s when I discovered the Ring in college. I studied the records and booklet assiduously, and after about three run-throughs I finally started getting it. Wow! Thirty-five years later, I still remember Mr. Cooke's analyses of various motive families, and I don't know how I could have mastered and loved the Ring without him. I now own this set on CD and listen again on the rare occasion of attending a Ring performance. My wife calls me a "Ring nut," but of course I'm nuts about many other things as well.
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    Subjects:  1. Chamber Music & Recitals    2. Classical    3. Classical Composers    4. Classical Music    5. Miscellaneous    6. Miscellaneous Music   


    9. Ellis Island
    by Music Matters
    Audio CD (06 March, 2001)
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    Asin: B000059TBG
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    The Irish Tenors' fourth album sees the trio of Anthony Kearns, Ronan Tynan, and Finbar Wright paying a sentimental musical tribute to Ellis Island, the hallowed landmark that met the majority of immigrants entering the United States at the beginning of the 20th century. Needless to say, the Tenors' repertoire this time around is full of reflective ballads of love, loss, and homesickness, including the original "Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears" that opens this disc. Throughout this studio recording, the Irish Tenors are in fine form and backed by a soft-hued orchestra that never interferes with their soaring vocals. Traditional tunes include "My Wild Irish Rose," "How Are Things in Glocca Mora," and, of course, "Danny Boy" (the last sung by all three tenors, with refreshingly simple solo piano accompaniment). Thankfully, the threesome didn't forget that the immigrants had fun, too, as evidenced by some lighthearted fare; "The Courtin' Medley" features the Tenors at their most upbeat and comical. Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Ellis Island song brings tears to my eyes
    This magical album crosses oceans and centuries and puts me in touch with my Irish ancestry. The title song tells a story similar to my greatgrandmother's and even though I've heard it many times now, I still weep for her.

    5-0 out of 5 stars How Are Things In Glocca Morra?
    Long a fan of Irish music, I have turned to a series of artists to satiate my appetite.Bing Crosby and John McCormick have been succeeded by the Irish Tenors.5-0 out of 5 stars How Are Things In Glocca Morra?
    Long a fan of Irish music, I have turned to a series of artists to satiate my appetite.Bing Crosby and John McCormick have been succeeded by the Irish Tenors.Read more

    Subjects:  1. Celtic/Irish    2. Classical Crossover    3. Folk Song    4. Int'l & World Music    5. Ireland    6. Irish    7. Irish Folk    8. Miscellaneous    9. Miscellaneous Music    10. Music Theater    11. Musical Theater    12. Pop    13. Romantic Music for Voice and Keyboard    14. Solo Voice(s) and Small Ensemble    15. Vocal    16. Vocal Music    17. World Music   


    10. We Three Kings
    by Razor & Tie
    Audio CD (21 October, 2003)
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    Asin: B0000D9PST
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    There's a commercial inevitability to holiday song collections that can tempt music fans to mutter "humbug" under their breath. Yet while this collection (released in conjunction with the Tenors' Christmas Spectacular tour of 2003) is no less market savvy, in the end the trio's earnest, energetic performances earn their fair shair of respect. The trio's Celtic shadings impart considerable warmth to "Fairytale of New York" and other performances, but it's the range of influences they (also in solo and duet turns, all solidly backed by the Czech National Chamber Orchestra) bring to bear elsewhere that adds compelling new dimensions to these holiday favorites. Anthony Kearns' "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" may be solidly traditional, but Ronan Tynan imparts "I'll Be Home For Christmas" with some deft, jazzy drama while Finbar Wright gives "Mary's Boy Child" an unexpected Carribean spin. Elsewhere, the folk-classical influences behind "We Three Kings," "O Holy Night," and the gospel traditional "How Great Thou Art" span renaissance, baroque, and modern with a grace missing from the on-the-sleeve sentiments of the closing duo of patriotic warhorses--what would the Prince of Peace make of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," anyway?Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Amazing
    When I fist listened to the clips from this CD on Amazon I wondered why on earth they put the patriotic songs at the end, and also wondered a little at the other non christmas songs. After listening to it several times however I realized why. They don't leave Jesus in the manger, but take him all the way up to today! Wow. To me that is totally amazing. There arn't many christmas CD's that do that, but I think it really balances things out. I really enjoyed the Drummer Boy, and all of the rest of the songs. I would definantly say that this was a good buy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars These Three Kings Rule!
    This recording is a wonderful addition to any Christmas collection. It has power, charm and just enough reverence! Anthony Kearn's "Lord's Prayer" is magnificent! Finbar Wright's "How Great Thou Art" is awe-inspiring! After four years with the "Irish Tenors" poor Mr. Wright still must endure the ignorance of a few "fans", being constantly compared to John McDermott. Finbar took the "Irish Tenors" to a new level, as acknowledged by both Kearns and Tynan. I wonder how long "Ringo" had to endure being compared to Peter Best? Get over it people!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Another Winner
    In their second Christmas album, the three Irish tenors have another very lovely collection of Christmas favorites and a few not so well known.The duets are particularly beautiful and, while I, like other reviewers, would have preferred an all-Christmas album, the American anthems are stirring and well done. My only caveat is the absence of John McDermott, whom I miss.His voice added something less homogenized to the mix and although Finbar Wright has a more operatic tenor voice, I would prefer McDermott if I had my druthers.Nonetheless, this a a grand Christmas album and I recommend it enthusiastically. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Battle Music    2. Carols    3. Choral    4. Christmas    5. Christmas / Chanukkah    6. Christmas Music    7. Classical Crossover    8. Irish    9. Miscellaneous    10. Miscellaneous Music    11. Miscellaneous Vocal Music    12. Pop    13. Requiem/Requiem Section    14. Romantic Music for Voice and Keyboard    15. Solo Voice(s) and Orchestra    16. Solo Voice(s) and Small Ensemble    17. Vocal    18. Vocal Music   


    11. Leontyne Price Sings Barber
    Audio CD (10 May, 1994)
    list price: $10.98
    Asin: B000003FNF
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Early in her career, Leontyne Price formed an artistic liaison with Samuel Barber that resulted in his composing the female lead in Read more

    Reviews (6)

    5-0 out of 5 stars An American Voice of the Century
    While there is no question that Leontyne's opulent voice - here young and lustrous in the "Hermit Songs" recital (1953!) would have been a magnet for any composer, her affinity for Barber is clear, and his for her.The studio recording of the "Hermit Songs" has a better acoustic, but this one is just as thrilling in interpretation, and a bit less studied - and it has the two James Joyce settings, as well.
    5-0 out of 5 stars An Essential Barber Disc
    What a fabulous collection of music by Samuel Barber.Leontyne Price is at her absolute best in the songs.The entire Hermit Songs are here with four others. These recordings are of particular interest since Ms. Price performs with Samuel Barber at the piano.It is interesting to compare these recordings to the latter ones sung by Cheyrl Studer with John Browning at the piano for tempo changes. 5-0 out of 5 stars Price sings songs and arias written for her!!!
    This CD on which Leontyne Price memorializes many of the songs and arias composed by Sam Barber with her in mind should be in every collection of those who appreciate Barber's vocal music and the magnificent voice of one of the world's greatest singers of the 20th century. The collaboration of Barber and Price on the "Hermit Songs" and others reveals the composer's affection for the singer and the singer's understanding of the dramatic intent of the word and music.Alone, Price's interpretation of "Knoxville:Summer of 1915" is worth the price of the CD; it is singularly exquisite and cannot be matched!Price brings unmatched beauty, power, and understanding to the arias from "Anthony and Cleopatra" -- an opera composed with her voice in mind.It is indeed sad that Price never recorded "Vanessa," nor the song cycle "Despite and Still," nor the hauntingly beautiful "Sure on this Shining Night."You will not be disappointed if you buy this CD. ... Read more

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    12. A Time to Remember
    by Angel Records
    Audio CD (26 February, 2002)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    John McDermottis known in America as one of theIrish Tenors, and isrecognized as a bestselling solo artist in his native Canada. The songs on Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great !!
    I like anything that John McDermott does.I now have all his CD's.I love his voice and after reading about some of the things he does I like him as a person.Great CD !!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Most Beautiful Voice...
    I am at a loss for words to truly describe "A Time to Remember".It is absolutely my favorite cd, and I find myself listening to it over and over again without ever tiring of it.John McDermott has the most beautiful voice I have ever heard.His songs are evocative and heartfelt, and they speak to everyone. It is hard not to be partial to his a cappella version of "Danny Boy" and the heart-wrenching "The Old Man", but every song stands on its own on this cd.If you really want a treat, watch the dvd of John's PBS special "A Time to Remember".I have never seen another performer who gives so generously of himself to his listeners.I love all of John's cds...but this is my favorite.

    5-0 out of 5 stars What a great find!!
    i love this cd.i also saw the pbs special, and was instantly a fan.the old man is my favorite song.it is so touching.i cry everytime i listen to it.you will love all the songs on this cd.they're all unique in their own way and john's beautiful accent enriches the songs even more!buy it, you won't be disappointed! ... Read more

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    13. Bryn Terfel - Handel Arias / Scottish CO, Mackerras
    by Deutsche Grammophon
    Audio CD (14 October, 1997)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Bryn Terfel has it all. His rich, deep baritone voice is capable of navigating the rapids and doing the vocal leaps and cartwheels that Handel routinely demands of his singers, even the ones with big, deep voices that usually move more slowly. He is Welsh, and in his mastery of words--clarity of projection and precise emotional expression--he calls to mind another great Welsh performer, Richard Burton. This recital, accompanied by Sir Charles Mackerras with skill and sensitivity, runs the whole gamut of Handel's vocal styles, from military bluster (powerfully present in the first aria, "Arm, arm, ye brave") to humble piety (in the second selection, "Vouchsafe, O Lord"). There is erotic awe in "Where'er you walk," comic grotesquerie in "O ruddier than the cherry," and pure splendor in "The trumpet shall sound." A marvelous recital. Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great fun and a tour de force for Bryn Terfel
    Bryn Terfel's flexible, powerful, and velvety (give me a better adjective for this) voice is well suited to navigating the variety of bombastic and melodramatic arias characterizing Handel's various offerings.These are well punctuated by more tender passages which the composer was equally adept at producing.All in all a most satisfying recording that I seem never to tire of hearing.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding variety of Baritone Repertoire
    Bryn Terfel offers an engaging sound, and a very historically accurate performance of the works, other than the arias that were originally written for counter tenors.For all Baritones and Basses, and those studying and teaching the repertoire, this is a must have CD, as it employs an outstanding combination of the finest arias and the most often performed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars "I rage, I rage, I melt, I burn!"
    This CD showcases popular Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel raging, melting, and burning his way through a wonderful variety of Handel arias (although I would have left out the 'Messiah' selections and gone for a few of Handel's 2,000 or so less-recorded songs).Read more

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    14. Remembrance
    by Angel Records
    Audio CD (04 May, 1999)
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    Sales Rank: 27149
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Best CD I have ever heard
    That is a very strong statement but it is true.If you can listen to this CD and stay dry-eyed then your heart is stone.John McDermott has an incomparable voice and teamed with great, great songs this CD is perfect.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One song turned me into a fan!
    I bought this CD because I heard "One Small Star" on the radio and was enchanted and touched by the voice and the song. Now I cannot stop playing the CD! "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda" is so powerful, I listen to it over and over. "The Green Fields of France", "Christmas in the Trenches", and "The Wall" bring tears to my eyes each time I hear them. I have already ordered more of John McDermott's music and the DVD of "A Time To Remember". Sentimemtal stuff? You bet, and every American with any patriotism in his heart should buy and listen to this great work.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Buy Victory Bonds
    I have a CD with the exact cover but some of the songs differ.John McDermott brings the atmosphere of the war years (both WWI and WWII) home to you.His voice is flawless as Irish tenors go.If you like tenors or thematic "war" songs this is for you.I enjoyed "Lili Marlene", The Rose of Picardy Square", "Christmas in the Trenches" and "The Wall."However I must have played "And the Band played Waltzing Matilda" 10-15 times in a row.Both because of McDermott's voice and because of the story it had to tell. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Celtic Pop    2. Celtic/Irish    3. Int'l & World Music    4. Irish    5. Pop    6. Popular Music   


    15. Britten - War Requiem / Vishnievskaya · Pears · Fischer-Dieskau · LSO · Britten
    by Decca
    Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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    Asin: B0000041Q5
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    The composer's 1963 recording remains, after 35 years, the preferred account, unequaled in its scope and emotional intensity. It brings together the three soloists for whom the work was written, chosen not only because of their artistry but because they represented three of the nations most deeply scarred by World War II--the Soviet Union, England, and Germany. Benjamin Britten holds the vast forces together, and the superbly engineered recording captures with chilling exactitude the power and the nuance of his ardent, visionary interpretation. Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A collaboration between the living and the dead.
    As the armed forces of the United States struggles in Iraq, this work of genius should be re-discovered. I agree with all the other reviewers who speak of Britten's considerable musical talent. But I wish to comment on the fact that this work is a collaboration between a living composer and a deceased poet. Benjamin Britten selected 9 angry war poems by Wilfred Owen, and integrated these poems into the Latin Mass for the Dead. The poems are strategically integrated with both the instrumentation and the Latin mass.
    5-0 out of 5 stars The Original and still the best
    This was the piece of music that first really turned me on to classical music, listening to the very first performance from Coventry Cathedral on a small tranny radio. What I failed to realise then was that this massive impact was achieved by brilliant structural simplicity.
    5-0 out of 5 stars A Moving Experience
    I knew the poetry of Wilfred Owen before I heard Benjamin Britten's War Requiem.Britten's use of the poems in the traditional Requiem mass is inspired and, as pointed out in the booklet, caused a "bump" when it was first heard, it being unexpected that a poet would deal with war so directly. As pointed out by other reviewers, there are many recent recordings of this work that are excellent; Richard Hickox's comes to mind as being one of these. The recording conducted by Britten has an authority that places it near the top of any list of recordings.The recording dates to 1963 and features Britten's favorite singers: Peter Pears, Galina Visnhnevskaya and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.
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    16. Love Is a Voyage
    by EMI Int'l
    Audio CD (04 October, 2005)
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    Asin: B00000K27P
    Sales Rank: 56048
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Voyage with John McDermott
    My husband and I are huge John McDemott fans and this is our favorite CD of all those we own. I purchased it for myself and my husband liked it so much he took my CD to play in his car so I had to buy myself another as I got tired of asking him for it back! Each song is unique and some like One Small Star are like poetry set to music. Of particular note is the beautifully done song Natives which has a haunting duet in French that is a favorite and sounds new and fresh each time we listen to it. The background music on this is fabulous and the musicians are all wonderful,as they are with each song on this CD as well. It's a delightful CD and one that we have not only listened to countless times but also given as gifts to friends and family.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Just OK
    After reading the reviews for this CD I thought I would try a copy to get the song "Daughter of Mine"5-0 out of 5 stars Love isa Voyage
    My husband fell in love with the song, "Love is a Voyage".After much looking I found it at Amazon.ca. We love the song, and have recommended this CD to friends. Love is a voyage and finally we found our true shipmates. ... Read more

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    17. Long Time Ago - Copland / Dawn Upshaw & Thomas Hampson
    by Teldec
    Audio CD (31 May, 1994)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Upbeat American Music Sung with Impeccable Style
    Thomas Hampson has an amazing artistic range and this CD compilation shows his lighter side.The first time I heard him sing the children's nursery rhyme Fiddle I Fee, I laughed out loud.Who knew he did animal noises too?My six year old daughter also loves this compilaton.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Ambassadors of American Song
    Baritone Thomas Hampson, soprano Dawn Upshaw, and Hugh Wolff conducting the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra combine in this memorable CD to offer a program featuring songs of the American composer, Aaron Copland (1900 --1990). While American popular song has spread worldwide, too many listeners remain unaware of American achievement in the realm of the art song.
    5-0 out of 5 stars This is one to share with friends
    I've seen Thomas Hampson Live a couple of times, and I believe he has one of the most glorious voices in the world.If "Simple Gifts" doesn't make you a little weepy, your heart must be made of stone. ... Read more

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    18. Live in Belfast
    by Music Matters
    Audio CD (07 March, 2000)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Time for a new one
    I bought this CD, (plus the video) in July 2000 and listened to it so much I think it must be just about worn out.!!!The video I have seen so often I bet I have seen every idiosyncrasy of each of them.The Tenors are almost my total pastime. About 12 hours a day, listening and viewing.I "met" them July 22/00and have been to four concerts, and I'm still impressed by the joyous sounds of their voices.5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful music, wonderful voices
    I do not claim to be a musical expert. It has always been my contention that music which makes the listener feel good, which raises the spirits and makes the heart glad, is worthy of being heard. Such is this CD. I don't listen to it to search for flaws, flubs, failings and screw-ups. I listen to it because it makes me happy. I am of Irish ancestry, and this wonderful music stirs a core deep within my soul. I got to hear some traditional Irish folk music I'd never heard before.I would hope that all those who listen to this CD would choose to enumerate its merits based on the fact that this music is meant to lighten the soul. It never was meant to be held up to intense scrutiny, because it is folk music. These are the songs the people sang. They weren't meant to be grand, classical opera, and should not be regarded or critiqued as such. They are beautiful and moving, just as they stand, and I am grateful that God gave these four men such voices to sing these old tunes and to preserve them for the generations to come. God knows we need positive, beautiful music now more than ever.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Professional on professionals
    I am taking from the best in the world.I have met Pavarotti's teachers (Joan Doanerman and Joan Sutherland) and also take from them.I am very well-known in musical analyzing and teaching.I have read all reviews, and personally, many of you need to learn much more about proper vocal technique to be a critic.The voice must flow, with support (breath), low larynx, etc.All four tenors possess the proper singing qualities.However, stage presence, song interpretation, and musicianship also take into affect.Finbar Wright needs to continue his musicianship.He possesses much more romanticism than he shows.Also, anyone can say words like "texturing, spellbinding and dominance," and sound like a knowledgeable critic.However, these words are thrown into sports review as well.Face it folks, know what you are saying.John McDermott has a beautiful voice, but it is a much different classical style than many people know.John is a Celtic Tenor, which means that his under- and overtones will sound much different than the other three.The symphony is NOT too dominant, David Schierholz.If you have worked with the Met recording studios, than you can talk with me, because I have sat in on them.These are live performances, not takes in a studio.Folks, I am a born and bred Irishman.These men are great, but there needs to be more of there individual literature available.I would love to find Anthony Kearns classical recordings.Then, when you have studied and understand the nature of the voice and theatre, then you can write your reviews. ... Read more

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    19. Carmen / Troyanos, Domingo, van Dam, Te Kanawa; Sir Georg Solti
    by Decca
    Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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    Tatiana Troyanos was reportedly never comfortable on stage as Carmen, but she sings itravishingly well in this recording, in good voice and at home with the character. Placido Domingo,seemingly the only Don José of our era, gives one of his best accounts of the role; Dame Kiri TeKanawa sings beautifully as Micaëla, and Jose van Dam's Escamillo offers just the right blend ofmacho swagger. The dialogue is unusually well done, and Georg Solti's conducting, though lackingsome Gaelic wit, gets the serious parts spot-on. Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excelente!!! Bravo Domingo
    Excelente grabaci�n de la Carmen de Bizet, Domingo ejecuta a la perfecci�n su rol del atormentado Don Jose, Troyanos nos hace sentir la pasion, amor, libertad y desden de una Carmen que nos ha cautivado por a�os. Te Kanawa muestra a una Micaela sumamente tierna (escuchen su dueto con Domingo en el primer acto, muestra al maximo el amor filial) y Van Damme es un Escamillo con presencia y se�orio todo un Don Juan. Solti dirige esta Carmen combinando las 2 versiones de esta obra y con gran dramatismo. Haganse un favor y consiganla

    5-0 out of 5 stars Spectacular!!
    Solti conducts a spectacular Carmen. This is a legendary Carmen that is surely one of the finest in the catalogue. If you want an exciting spectacular Carmen, this is it!!! This is the one to get. It was based on a Convent garden production and the live atmosphere comes in convincingly. It boasts Domingo's first Don Jose - a terrific portrayal. The creamy singing of Kanawa is mesmerizing from start to finish. Legend Trayonas is amazing as Carmen. Van Dam is the conssumate artiste. You don5-0 out of 5 stars Fast and "Boomy"
    I've given up on the notion that there's only "one" best recording of an opera.Certainly, there are classics, e.g. Callas' Tosca.Still, there is so much variation in opera in terms of multiple singers, anorchestra, etc. that it's hard to tell someone they should prefer one toanother.Everyone finds something different in the same opera that appealsto them.That said, I find this Carmen extremely appealing.Troyanos hasa "dusky" voice that sounds like she really COULD have worked ina cigarette factory.Domingo, is, well, Domingo.Solti's conducting is atit's usual quick tempo, which is particuarly suited to Carmen.I think thereviewer below who preferred the "Gaelic" recording of Abbadomight have a good point.Carmen, although written by a Frenchman, is setin Spain of course.So, having a "Spanish" as opposed to a"French" sound shouldn't deter.All in all, very rewarding!(Caveat: the Penguin guide qualifies the third star it gives this recordingon the grounds that the orchestral bass is "boomy."I agree, butthink it adds rather than detracts in Carmen, which I prefer to be playedfast and "boomy."Again, that's a matter of personalpreference...) ... Read more

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

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

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

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