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    1. 25 Mozart Favorites
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    5. The Most Famous Opera Duets
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    20. Amadeus: Original Soundtrack Recording

    1. 25 Mozart Favorites
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent pick-up
    Although I would have liked to have seen more selections from Mozart's formidable operas, this CD offers a very comprehensive selection of old favorites and a few pieces casual fans most likely have not heard before. For 5 dollars, do yourself a favor and pick up this collection for someone perhaps not familiar with the man who remains ahead of his time, even today.

    5-0 out of 5 stars any classical music
    I have been trying without success to order OPERA MUSIC ON
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    I have a cassette tape player in my automobile, and would like to purchase cassette tapes of classical/opera selections. Does Amazon.com offer opera cassette tapes for sale?

    P.S. the "help" department wasn't - much . . .

    5-0 out of 5 stars Stunning...Tranquil...Amazing
    The music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of the world's most acclaimed and brilliant composers, is undeniably essential in anyone's library of classical music. "25 Mozart Favorites" is a wonderful collection to start with. Not only does it include the basic necessities, but the choice and flow of the movements is perfect. Another quality of this collection is that it doesn't exploit his music and give buyers the idea that if you play it over your baby's crib at night, it will turn your child into a genius.
    Two of the many highpoints: "The Marriage of Figaro" and "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" (or, "A Little Night Music").
    The music of Mozart is stunning, tranquil, and amazing, a world of its own.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Must have for Mozart fans
    If you're a lover of Mozart's glorious music, this CD is for you. It is also a good intro cd for beginners who are interested in the music of Mozart. The selections are some of Mozart's finest: Overtures to Figaro and Magic Flute, piano concertos, violin music, flute music, and even his Requiem. The only thing that they left out was his actual opera arias and highlights (for example Don Giovanni or Nozze de Figaro arias). But otherwise it is a very excellent taste of Amadeus' unforgettable music and, i will emphasize.. AFFORDABLE. The price is great. ... Read more


    2. 25 Classical Favorites
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Very good quality music
    I had purchased an abundance of the "Favorites" collection, and some were better than others.

    ***This one stood out from many of them.***

    Only flaw:
    I was kind of perturbed when some same tracks on this CD were on another CD, and visa versa.

    Excellent price for this CD.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best of the classics - timeless
    The Cd is "Classical" favorites so the emphasis is not so much on emotions but rather on instrumentation and orchestration. These are all very exceptional and I guarantee satisfaction. Anyways, I am not a classical listener as far as radio stations go but my musical tastes vary dramatically. I found this album to be a phenomenal bang for the buck as I can, on occasion, listen to the classics of which I have heard and thoroughly enjoy listening to. This album has it all.......Mozart, Brahms, Chopin, Bach, Pagony, Tchaikovsky, etc.

    I really like listening to this CD........

    Musical tastes vary dramatically which, if you think about it, is kind of ironic given that a CD is anywhere from 60-90 minutes and a book may take 3-5 hours to read but, for some reason, people tend to be socially grouped more by music than books. Just something to think about.

    5-0 out of 5 stars fabulous collection
    Mozart, Brahms, Chopin . . . need I say more? This offers a great introduction to anyone who has not yet given classical music a try. And, if you absolutely love classical pieces, then you won't regret purchasing a cd that includes varying composers and well-known pieces.

    5-0 out of 5 stars 25 Famous Classics
    The 25 selections are all well performed and are popular classical compositions. Mozart's music, Tchaikovsky ballet music, including the beautiful finale to Sleeping Beauty "the Panorama" scene. The music of J.S. Bach, his 1st violin concerto and Rachmaninoff's piano classic Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini. These are a great collection of music for a beginner or a fan of classical music. I recommend it highly. I am a fan of Mozart, Grieg, Mendelsshon, Wagner and Tchaikovsky. Grieg and Wagner are not to be found here. That would usually be under the Romantic Era composers. There are many cd's under that category. The Cd is "Classical" favorites so the emphasis is not so much on emotions. The emphasis is on instrumentation and orchestration. These are all very exceptional and I garauntee satisfaction.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Priceless masterpieces for an affordable price.
    If this record costed ten times more it would have still a small price.

    The selection is excellent. In my opinion, the record has some of the most remarkable works of art ever created.

    Some of my preferred are Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik and Symphony in D, Tchaikovsky's Russian Dance, Vivaldi's The Four Seasons and Violin Concerto No. 1 and Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3.

    It was a pleasant surprise to see a so good record costing so little. ... Read more


    3. Beethoven's Wig: Sing Along Symphonies
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    Inspired and wildly imaginative, Beethoven's Wig is one of the best introductions to classical music you could give to your children. Featuring snippets of 11 classical music staples--Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, Haydn, et al.--the disc and its creators, Richard Perlmutter and friends, pour on the silly lyrics the first time around to familiarize young ears to the old masters. Then in the last half of the record, the orchestra plays the same "serious" music pieces instrumentally. You might cheerfully recall Alan Sherman's popular spoofs of old classical works in Wig; pieces like "Drip, Drip, Drip," which adapts Delibes's "Pizzicato from Sylvia," and if so, you'll again chuckle. You'll also marvel at the expertise throughout the CD, with all the pieces well played and thoroughly fun. Beethoven's Wig is an orchestral treasure with a sense of humor as old or as new as its listeners (and the fun questions that run throughout the CD's liner notes are almost as entertaining as the zany musical interludes). Highly recommended. --Martin Keller ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A gift to children: lovable classics
    A couple of weeks ago, shortly after I tuned in the Today Show, I left the room for a minute and returned to find my 5-year old looking up from his play, mesmerized, at the TV. Richard Perlmutter was performing a selection from his new CD, "Beethoven's Wig." I'd never heard anything quite like it (Mozart with children's lyrics!) and found myself as drawn in as my son. But it wasn't until hours later, when I actually heard my son humming the melody from the beginning of "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik," that I realized what had transpired: my kid was singing classical music. We bought the CD, and have now listened twice together all the way through, from Beethoven and Tchaikovsky to Haydn and Offenbach and beyond. It's really delightful, from the first track to the last. And because Perlmutter had the good sense to also include the original versions of these classics without the lyrics, performed by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, now my son likes to sing the lyrics himself sometimes along with the orchestra version so that he's the only voice (classical karaoke, kid-style!). He'll outgrow that someday, no doubt, but he'll always have these incredible melodies forever -- thanks to "Beethoven's Wig" and Perlmutter's fertile imagination. We highly recommend it.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Great lyrics, mediocre lead singer
    I cheerfully admit to being more ignorant about classical music than I want to be, so I bought this CD as much for my own edification as for my 4 year-old son's. I thought that the concept of using humor to introduce classical music would really work for my son, as he is constantly singing his favorite songs (over and over and over....).

    The lyrics are really very funny ("I can Can Can if you Can Can/Can you Can Can?"-- Offenbach's "Can Can"), and sometimes even educational (I might actually memorize the kings and queens of England set to Purcell's "Trumpet Tune"). Unfortunately, Perlmutter's voice isn't particularly melodic, so the CD isn't as enjoyable as I had hoped. So far, we've gotten more use out of the liner notes than the actual CD: I've been reading/sorta singing the lyrics to my son.

    I don't regret this purchase, but I am a bit disappointed...I would actually give this three and a half stars if possible. Just listen to all the audio samples (like I should have) to see if Perlmutter's voice gets on your nerves or not.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Irritating
    Humor is subjective. I liked the idea of this cd but when I bought it, I found the lyrics annoying and not really funny. Obviously a lot of other people like but I found it frustrating to have wasted the money. My kids prefer it when I put on regular classical music. They (3 and 4) like listening for all the different instruments. The lyrics seemed more distracting than funny (older kids probably "get" the lyrics in a way preschoolers don't).

    5-0 out of 5 stars Can I only give it 5 stars?
    Warning - do not listen to this for the first time while driving. There is a very serious risk of wrecking your car because you are laughing so hard. This CD is wonderful. It the most creative music I've heard since Tom Lehrer. We have both CD's and listen to them constantly. My kids, 7 and 5, get most of the humor and love every hilarious, wonderful song. Thank you, Richard Perlmutter!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars My 2.5 year old loves it!
    My daughter loves this CD. She is 2 1/2 and loves the songs and the silly words. We refer to each song by it's correct symphony name, and we often listen to the versions without the words, so she is becoming familiar with the music and the names. I'm ordering the 2nd one! ... Read more


    4. Baby Mozart
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    Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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    Of all the reasons you'll click the Add to Shopping Cart button next to Baby Einstein's Baby Mozart--and there are many--the best one is that playing this record for babies doesn't feel weird. Instead of subjecting tiny, tender ears to the kind of Mozart that can make adult classical fans wilt when tackled by a maestro who means business, this is Mozart lite, mixed and mastered by a dad, Bill Weisbach, who's clearly hung around for his share of crib-side cooing. The slightly tinny sound of a child's piano sweeps the sting out of Piano Sonata in B Flat's third movement; the first movement of Concerto for Flute and Harp in C floats by, birdlike; variations on "Ah vous dirai-je, Maman" translate to a fancy-sounding (but adorable) "Twinkle, Twinkle"; and Piano Sonata in F's third movement snuggles so deeply into its childlike setting that if you close your eyes, you'll see a pastel parade of animals floating by overhead. Other pieces (more aptly called fragments, since only one track stretches beyond the three-minute mark), like Symphony No. 41's fourth movement, wander into more robust Mozart territory, but it's here the claims about classical music enhancing young kids' abstract reasoning skills and spatial intelligence crystallize. Babies strapped in for a roller coaster of sounds that gracefully dips, swerves, and high-jumps like this version, do have to process what they're hearing somehow (and a case could be made that the instruments Weisbach's chosen--the vibraphone, glockenspiel, and music box among them--make it more appealing for them to do so). Followers of Julie Aigner-Clark's Baby Einstein empire, many of whom opted out of the fan club once Disney bought the company in 2001, won't trip over a single Mickey Mouse-ified sound here. This is pure, plugged in, and muted Mozart, and if it doesn't make your baby smarter, it'll at least sound awfully sweet issuing from your nursery's speakers. --Tammy La Gorce ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Creative & Soothing
    I like classical music, but some of the pieces have crescendos and accents that make it very difficult to listen to when you just want to relax. When I saw Baby Beethoven, I bought it and enjoyed it. I saw Baby Mozart at a different store and instantly picked it up.

    The music doesn't have the sudden musical attacks that classical music has because the instant sound can frighten little ones. That is one of the great things about this CD. I can listen to in when I just want to sit down and relax.

    I also like that the pieces and the CD itself, it's too long. I can finish the CD during a nice bath. The music also isn't too loud in general, so you don't have to have the CD player volume at full blast one moment, just to hear the music and almost off the next, so you can keep your hearing.

    I highly recommend this CD, whether you have little ones or not.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fun for the kids
    My twin girls loved the video so I bought the CD and they love it!We listen to it in the car and they relate the CD to the video. It's great and keeps them happy on the road.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Fun - cute songs- also check out Troy & Genie Nilsson
    This is fun. Also, if you're like me you probably also want to get more music that has fun + deep moral/spiritual meaning + pro music that you can stand hearing a million times. My favorite of that kind that I would highly recommend to you is Troy & Genie Nilsson's stuff like Scripture Rock. ... Read more


    5. The Most Famous Opera Duets
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    Average Customer Review: 4.36 out of 5 stars
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    This is a misnomer--not all of these duets are all that famous--but it's a fine compilation nonetheless. You'll hear selections from Bizet's The Pearl Fishers (Nicolai Gedda and Ernest Blanc at their most elegant French), Madama Butterfly (Carlo Bergonzi and Renata Scotto--an impassioned pair), Lucia di Lammermoor (a classy Alfredo Kraus and Edita Gruberova), the lovely Lakme duet, The Presentation of the Silver Rose from Der Rosenkavalier (with the earnest Christa Ludwig and the other-worldly Teresa Stich-Randall), and a fine Trovatore "Miserere" (with Leontyne Price and Franco Bonisolli singing up a storm). There are many others, too--a veritable cornucopia of couplings--and a treat for the opera lover. --Robert Levine ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Selection at a Great Price
    When it comes to opera artists, my motto is "The more Gedda, the bettah." You get a substantial amount of him at his best on this CD, which has a lot of great duets from a variety of operas. You have one of the most beautiful duets ever in my opinion as the first track on the CD(Bizet's aria about two friends in love with the same woman, "Au Fond du Temple Saint" from Les Pecheurs des Perles); this recording with Nicolai Gedda singing the tenor part of Nadir is the best one could ask for.

    The rest of the best include "Bei Mannern, welche Liebe" from Mozart's Die Zauberflote(a beautiful ode to the connection between men and women), and (not surprisingly), "O mimi, tu piu non torni" with Gedda and Sereni from La Boheme.

    Other notable arias include a nice recording of the famous "Sull'aria," from Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, and an above par recording with Victoria de los Angeles and Carlo de Monte of "Un di, felici, eterea" from Verdi's La Traviata.

    This would be a great CD to start an opera collection. Enjoy.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful introduction
    I bought this CD because wanted the "Lakme" duet that I heard in a movie. Little did I know the rest of the music would blow me away. This is an excellent intro to opera for people like myself that have never really been "into" opera. The selections are short, just a taste, and the price is unbelievable. I highly recommend this selection to anyone who wants to get their feet wet.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Blissful Collection of Arias
    As an avid opera fan, I was thrilled to find this CD. The duets are beautifully arranged and the sound is superb. I love to listen to this CD on a lazy afternoon, while laying in my bed. This music simply takes me away into my own little dreamworld. I also love the idea that there are 14 songs on this CD, which is great for the price. So sit back. Have a nice cup of tea and enjoy the opera.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful Collection
    This is a wonderful collection of duets. It has been said that not all of them are that famous, well, that is simply not so. They are all famous since the operas featured are all extremely well known and part of the standard repetoire of all opera houses, and perenial favorites in small opera companies because they draw the crowds. So, don't be deceived by the official Amazon review that gives the impression there are duets that are new and relatively unknown. You won't be getting anything you have not heard before, or that you are not familiar with.

    The recordings are all wonderful, and of course, are exerpts from complete recordings. If you find that you enjoyed these renditions (not all of them are the best representation of the opera from which they come, but they are all exceptional in quality) and are not familiar with the operas, go out and listen to them, you may be surprised with the quality of the music you expose yourself to. For those of us who have been listening to opera for a long time, make sure you don't have all this in our collection. If you buy it just reading the title, you may be frustrated discovering it is once again everything you already have, and in probably more than one rendition.

    5-0 out of 5 stars You can't go wrong with this CD
    I got this very reasonably priced cd just to have my favorite duets such as "Au Fond du Temple Saint" and "The Flower Duet. If you have friends who are just starting to like classical opera, this is a terrific little gift. Almost everyone melts at the sound of these duets. And it's convenient to have so many on one CD. A real winner. ... Read more


    6. The Most Famous Opera Arias
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    5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction
    This CD is offered at a very attractive price, and features an excellent selection of opera arias. Most of the great composers are represented (such as Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, and Bizet) as well as some lesser-known but worthwhile names (such as Gluck, Gounod, and Saint-Saens).

    There is only one superstar singer on this album (Placido Domingo singing "Celeste Aida"), but don't let that deter you: the singing is uniformly rich, skillful, and warm. As another reviewer has pointed out, of the total of 16 tracks, 3 are performed by tenors and 13 by sopranos, but I feel nonetheless that the selection of arias found here is both broad and representative.

    The orchestras that are featured are lesser-known ensembles from Western and Central Europe, but they play with conviction and precision, and the CD's sound-recording quality (all the tracks are either "ADD" or "DDD") is first-rate.

    All in all, this is a great product brought to you from the vaults of the prestigious EMI Classical label. This is the perfect CD to add to your Amazon.com order if you need to get your grand total above $25 to qualify for free shipping

    5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction
    This CD is offered at a very attractive price, and features an excellent selection of opera arias. Most of the great composers are represented (such as Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, and Bizet) as well as some lesser-known but worthwhile names (such as Gluck, Gounod, and Saint-Saens).

    There is only one superstar singer on this album (Placido Domingo singing "Celeste Aida"), but don't let that deter you: the singing is uniformly rich, skillful, and warm. As another reviewer has pointed out, of the total of 16 tracks, 3 are performed by tenors and 13 by sopranos, but I feel nonetheless that the selection of arias found here is both broad and representative.

    The orchestras that are featured are lesser-known ensembles from Western and Central Europe, but they play with conviction and precision, and the CD's sound-recording quality (all the tracks are either "ADD" or "DDD") is first-rate.

    All in all, this is a great product brought to you from the vaults of the prestigious EMI Classical label. This is the perfect CD to add to your Amazon.com order if you need to get your grand total above $25 to qualify for free shipping

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great collection for beginners!
    I am brand new to most opera - my main exposure has been Bugs Bunny cartoons! But, I've always loved hearing the Three Tenors sing, and I liked the symphony the few times I have been. So, I thought maybe there was something I was missing. I ordered this CD and from the first minute I was transfixed. I don't understand a word of what they are singing, and I understand from other reviews that these are not the famous folks performing the selections, but this CD is wonderful! I have never been moved to tears by anyone's voice in my life, but Anna Moffo (from Rigoletto, the first selection on the album) did it to me. She also sings a selection from The Barber of Seville, which is beautiful. There's a song by Placido Domingo, and many other gifted and beautiful voices besides. If you are looking for an introduction to opera, buy this one!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Place To Start
    As some other reviews have mentioned, no, this doesn't cover the full scale of the opera repertory, but it's geared to beginners, and I can't think of a better place to start than this that's out on the market right now. So don't listen to them.

    While this collection is some small, it still has a collection of some famous arias, all sung at levels of very good and up. Anna Moffo's "Caro Nome" as the first track is mind-blowing--the cadence she pulls at the end is absolutely celestial; I've skipped back many a time just to hear her. The following aria from Rigoletto isn't done quite as well (Kraus doesn't even go for the high C), but is sufficient.

    Other notable tracks on this album include Edita Gruberova's cavatina from Romeo and Juliette "Je Veux Vivre," Yelena Obraztsova "Mon Coeur" from Samson and Delilah (absolutely beautiful), Domingo's "Celesta Aida," (definitely one of the best recordings of this aria out there), another Moffo gem with "Una Voce Poco Fa" from Il Barbiere, an excellent "Che Gelida Manina" by an underrated tenor, Nicolai Gedda, who holds the high C in "speranza" for the longest I've ever heard any tenor hold it, and possibly the best aria on the whole CD, Gruberova's rendition of "Der Halle Rocke." For some reason, a previous reviewer said this was a horrible recording of it---I beg to differ, drastically; I'd even venture to turn some people away from listening to this track, since it's possibly the best recording of this aria ever made. I've covered my ears at many sopranos her shriek through the colorature, but she sings it like an angel.

    Overall, this is a great CD to start with. There are a few problems, like another reviewer mentioned, there are few male arias and no baritone/bass arias whatsoever, but the sound and clarity is good. I must say, though, that I did have a problem with scratching on the CD---a friend of mine owns the same CD and also it appeared to scratch fairly easily, so watch out.

    Want to have some real fun? Blast Gruberova's "Der Halle Rocke" while you're driving down the street with the windows open. See how many funny looks you get.

    Enjoy.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Be forewarned
    The music is wonderful, and the price can't be beat, but be forewarned -- only 3 of the 16 selections are sung by men. Evidently the producers of this Highlights CD felt that the overwhelming majority of the great opera arias are sung by women. This is clearly a matter of taste, but disconcerting nevertheless. ... Read more


    7. Best of the Millennium: Top 40 Classical Hits
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    For those who want the most remembered passages of classical music's best-loved works, here's a package for you. On this bargain priced double-CD, you'll find music from 40 different classical composers; for the most part, the recordings excerpted here are some of the very best. Of course, you only get one Bach sampling (Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, played by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra) and one Mozart (A Little Night Music conducted by Herbert von Karajan), but this is still a nice collection--perhaps the starting point for a budding collection of classical music. This set's downfall? Unfortunately, though the liner notes discuss the evolution of classical music chronologically, the tracks are programmed in alphabetical order by composer's last name. This makes for some startling transitions! Emil Gilels's reflective performance of the Adagio from Beethoven's "Moonlight" sonata is followed by the crashing cymbals and bombast of Carmen's "March of the Toreadors," a recipe for a heart attack if there ever was one. Still, there's something here for everyone and the liner notes even explain what movies this music can be found in. A nice touch. --Jason Verlinde ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A solid sampler to get one started
    As a simple beginning introduction to classical music, this affordable dual CD is a solid sampler.

    Taking many easy to recognize pieces, the editors have identified where one may have heard them before. Certainly almost all these works have been heard in several famous and well known films.

    I bought it solely to be able to hear a full orchestration of one of Satie's Gymnopodea's. And needless to say the performance of that particular piece is exceptional here.

    I have also used this CD and its many selections in my drama classes to provide stimuli for many types of scenes: improvisational and formal alike. It also helps greatly as mood music for rehearsal and preparation. Certainly "Carmina Burana" really makes Shakespeare's "Once More into the Breach" speech from Henry V rock and roll.

    Is this an end all and be all collection? Absolutely not. But it is a great place to begin.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Simply Magnificent!
    This is one of the (if not THE) best, well-rounded classical CDs ever made. It is great for anyone that is just being introduced to classical music, because they will probably have heard some of the songs on here. Also, this CD is great for classical music lovers, as it is a good mix of their favorite songs. I'm 13, and own a few other classical CDs, but this one will always stand out above the rest. It is also a bargain price for 2, absolutely jam-packed (77min. each!) CDs.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
    The only reason I wanted this CD is for Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata. However March of the Toreadors immediately follows it. I see that it was arranged in alphabetical order but I wonder if it wasn't also a cruel joke. I now am conditioned to have my nerves jolted every time I put in the CD and listen to the Moonlight Sonata.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not that good.
    The only good thing I can say is that it includes about 10 songs I personally love.
    But I can also say it includes at least 5 songs that are extremely cheesy.
    The rest of the songs are in the so-so category :)
    But what I find really dissappointing is the volume leveling, its terrible!
    Just to mention a few, Monlight Sonata (Beethoven) and Clair De Lune (Debussy) are barely hearable, increasing the volume not only causes white noise but it will break your ears when playing one of the loud songs (like the March Of The Toreadors).

    4-0 out of 5 stars Some say worn out, i say thats because its a classic...
    I bought this cd not expecting to recieve such joy from it. the recordings are flawless and beautiful, and they go very well together on this cd... though i felt it was missing something.
    personally, out of openion, these wold not all be on my 40 greatest compositions of the millenium. i was quite surprised that Bach's tacatto in D minor was not featured on this cd. my true feelings for this song are not the greatest, but many have argued it was one of the best compisitions written (i think i'll leave that to personal openion myself).
    i read a review of someone saying it was just tired music from comercials... pitiful review i might add. just because something is worn out is not a horrible thing... we must defien what a classic means, and to me, if almost every person who has ever watched television knows this music from comercials, or for any other reason, then i would call it a classic. to tell you the truth, i don't think the world would be quite the same if all this calssic music hadn't been composed, and this cd is just a living reminder of that. Some of these reviews are also just a reminder of how narrow minded some people can be toward true classical music.
    i loved the cd, but i only gave it 4 stars for my own personal reasons. i think that no cd should claim it has the best of something, becuase you might be minorly disapointed with the selection (i was, and if that offends any one, i am truely sorry). But it didn't stop me from enjoying this beautiful, ageless, music. ... Read more


    8. Classical Wedding
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Thank you , Thank you , Thank you
    This CD is wonderful, I found all the music for my wedding right here, and it sounds just like I wanted it to. I certainly recomend this to any bride looking for classy, beautiful music for thier wedding!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Great CD for Your Wedding
    My husband and I had a small elegant wedding (immediate family only). We wanted "classy" classical music for our ceremony. There were so many great songs on this CD that we had trouble choosing which ones to use! We settled on #1 (Hornpipe from the Water Music) and #16 (the traditional Wedding March). One would have thought the church was filled with a world-famous orchestra. I don't think anyone could go wrong with this CD if you want to use prerecorded classical music at your wedding.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great For Outdoor Weddings
    I had my wedding outside, in a large gazebo, but did not have
    the funds to hire a musican to play traditional wedding songs at my ceremony. I also wanted the traditional "Here Comes The Bride" with out worring how it would sound for certain instruments. 'Classical Wedding' was WONDERFUL alternative and made my outdoor garden wedding spectacular!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Trumpet
    The trumpeter on this recording is Gary Armstrong. He is incorrectly listed as Gray Armstrong. Thank you.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A great CD!
    Reviewer: A music fan from Hartford CT
    This CD was very helpful for our classical ceremony music.
    I really like the musicians and the sound.
    For the reception I used the CD "New Wedding Traditions Volume I" (from amazon.com) That CD had meaningful songs for our family and friends like "A Song For My Daughter" for my father bride-dance, "A Song For My Son" for the mother-groom dance,"A Wedding Thank You" for our bridal party and "To Our Family and Friends" for everyone.
    I am very happy with both of these CDs because they gave me all the special wedding music I needed.
    Gloria Easton ... Read more


    9. Essential Mozart: 32 Of His Greatest Masterpieces
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Mozart: music's greatest
    This CD includes samples from many of Mozart's best-known and most popular wrorks--sonatas, operas, etc. It's a good starting point for those new to Mozart or the casual classical listener. Buy it for a friend, get them hooked on Music's genius.

    p.s. I know some people may turn their noses up at me for calling Mozart the greatest, but he was better than Beethoven because of his operas, and he was better than Bach because although Bach is more complex, intricate and elaborate in his instrumentation and harmony, Mozart is more perfect. That is the bottom line.

    David Rehak
    author of "A Young Girl's Crimes"

    4-0 out of 5 stars Truly Essential
    This Compact Disc is truly essential and any true musician must own a copy.I think that the collection of pieces entitled The Russian Flute Ballet by Dsoeteffsky is more Essential in the sense that it holds more complicated suites.With that in mind I suggest you go pick up both because one with out the other is impossible.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A nice diverse selection
    The only drawback to this CD is the amount of opera it contains. While the 'singing' selections are relatively short, I've had to program the player to skip them. Now, the purist may sniff their nose at my dislike for opera, but I listen to classical to get away from singing...and opera does NOTHING for me. The rest of the selections are first rate, with only a few duplicates from among my other CD's (Classical Masters Box set's, and the ubiquitous Eine klein Nachmusik). If you have no objection to opera and are relatively new to Mozart, I would highly recommend this CD

    5-0 out of 5 stars a Mozart sampler for any reason you want
    This is a great sampler of the world's greatest composer! Rather than deciding where to begin -- operas? symphonies? concertos? sonatas? -- you can begin everywhere at once. The performances are not second-rate, they are excerpts from world-class recordings. You can use this set as the basis for further listening adventures, or you can use it as an end in itself. As such, it is surely a contender for Best CD In The World. If you bought complete recordings of every composition excerpted on this disc, you might have to file bankruptcy, so don't let purism stand in the way of enjoying Mozart. I used this set as my introduction (it was previously packaged as "The Greatest Mozart Show On Earth") when I first ventured into classical music a couple of years ago, and so far I've expanded into operas, piano concertos, and string quintets. The genius revealed over the range of forms led to love at first listening!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Not for purists, but a great introduction nevertheless
    I don't think Mozart purists would want a collection that consists in large part of excerpts or single movements from various works, but I bought this for my kids and it really is an entertaining, first-rate, diverse introduction to the endless repertoire of Mozart. Perfect for someone who is only a casual fan of classical music, or kids who need memorable tunes to sustain their interest in classical music, or I suppose for someone who just wants beautiful music in the background. ... Read more


    10. 25 Baroque Favorites
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but Not Great
    While I found the song selection on this compilation to be excellent, the remastering quality isn't quite on par. Apparently, it was digitally remastered from analog tapes, leaving lots of gliches and pops.

    But, hey, the price is right. If money isn't a concern, though, I'd recommend "The Best of Baroque Music" on Naxos, recorded by the Cologne Chamber Orchestra. It has most of the good songs, and even a few that probably should've been on "25 Baroque Favorites."

    5-0 out of 5 stars SUPERB
    An introduction to the best baroque music by famous composers.
    Great sound on this CD. There are over 10 CD's in this Farorites collection, and this by far is one of the best ones.

    If you like the classical sounds of music, then you will like this. Check out the samples on this page that they provide, that's the best way to review.

    5-0 out of 5 stars In this case: I'm baroque
    I'm not usually a classical listener kind of gal. The only reason I stumbled onto this cd is because my favorite tune from a movie is on it. Sarabande is also played on the movie Persuasion (author: Jane Austen). I wanted to have that tune. Followed the links and landed on the Baroque cd. Ordered it. Sarabande is my favorite, followed by Canon, four seasons: spring, etc. I love this cd! It feels happy and light. For me, as a writer and an animator, it adds extra emotional impact when creating as well as influencing my imagination more. I recommend this cd when people want to feel like spring.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Come to laugh and stay to cry
    Circumspect at first about buying any CD with a "best of" title, this one really exceeds expectations. Also bought the Vivaldi disc in this series which is likewise exceptional. With the caveat that "Ombra mai fu" is repeated in various of the "25 favorites" collections, I recommend these recordings wholeheartedly, especially in terms of cost per track.

    "Canon" is the flagship piece on this CD, a lush arrangement that will move a strong man to tears. Almost as powerful are Bach's "Air on the G String" and of course, Handel's "Ombra mai fu". The disc ends on an up note with "Trumpet Voluntaire".

    At this price, you can send "Baroque favorites" to every Classical music lover you know. I would recommend sending this CD even to people who don't like Classical...you might just change their minds.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction to Beautiful Music
    The Baroque period (1600-1750) was one of the most important in the history of music because many of our modern musical forms come from this time. The baroque style is diverse, including such elements as contrast and a deep emotionalism. Although orchestras perform the songs, many individual instruments are highlighted. The baroque composers especially loved strings, the trumpet, and the oboe. The songs range from the vibrant and the lively to the slow and the sad. I have found this CD is excellent as background music for studying, reading, or driving in rush hour traffic, mainly because the music is calming and relaxing. Baroque masters such as Bach and Handel are still popular today and their songs are loved by many. Fans of popular music will recognize a few of the songs on this CD. "Air on the G String" (Bach) was used by Procol Harum in their song "A Whiter Shade of Pale." "Canon," one of the most popular baroque songs today, is often performed at weddings and has been incorporated into pop songs by artists such as the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Vitamin C, and Rod McKuen.

    This CD is considered an introduction to baroque music. It includes some of the most famous composers and their best songs. For example, Bach, Handel, and Vivaldi each have three songs on this disc. The liner notes are sparse, but a brief history of baroque music is included. Because of the inexpensive price and the huge amount of music (25 songs, 74 minutes of music), I highly recommend this for anyone who already loves the baroque style or wants an excellent introduction to this beautiful music. ... Read more


    11. 25 Romantic Classics
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Could have been better
    I think the quality is good, and better on a few tracks, but all these romantic tracks?? Not what I listened to. Actually I was kind of disappointed; I had purchased an abundance of the "Favorites" collection some were better than others.
    I was kind of perturbed when some same tracks on this CD were on another CD, and visa versa.

    Still, I suppose for the price, one can't go wrong.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Some great tracks, but flawed nonetheless
    Whether or not this CD lives up to its promise of "Romantic" music is not truly a concern, being that the entire nature of classical music is that it is open to one's own interpretation. However, I can speak to the quality of the recordings themselves.

    A few of the tracks (Reverie, Canon, Sarabande, a few others) are absolutely superb. Well recorded, and played with genius bravado, coupled with great arrangements (it was interesting to hear Reverie outside of its native instrument, the Piano). Most of the tracks, however, are absolutely horrid. Fur Elise for the sheer amateurish quality, Vivaldi's Concerto for oboe and strings sounds like it was copied from an old phonograph record, as does Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty Suite, Mendelssohn's Spring Song, and Puccini's Gianni Schicci, and a few others. A few other tracks still are played horribly, most of them already mentioned.

    All in all, for the price you are getting quite a few good tracks, but don't expect stellar quality. I would instead recommend Chopin's Nocturnes and Mozart's and Tchaikovsky's Piano concertos of you're looking for something romantic.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very nice sampler
    As someone who is not a big classical aficionado, this was a great way to get a little bit of everything while avoiding the crashy-bangy "Overture of 1812" stuff that I can't stand. My particular favorite is track 9, "Reverie" by Debussy. Absolutely goes to the core of my being; when I am deeply upset I play this track and I am transported into a realm of peace and tranquility I can't get to any other way. I'd buy the CD for that track alone, but the others are good as well. As with any compilation there are a couple that you will always skip over. But overall it's a good CD and I keep it in my car for whenever I need it.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money
    I have heard this CD (25 Romantic Classics). The main problem in the 25 tracks is that most of them are not pure romantic music. The Air on G string could not be classified as "Romantic" because the general theme is closer to tragic than romantic. The same thing goes for Vivaldi's allegro. The Performance of Mozart's Piano concerto in A made by the poor "Israel Chamber Orchestra" is weak, and i am still wondering of putting this performance in the CD Although There are dozens of great performances for Mozrat's piano concertos. The performance of Beethoven's Fur Elise is quite poor. it went faster than the usual, in addition to extreme use of the sustaining pedal. I Believe that any amateur could perform it better than the soloist here. I wonder why t Chopin's prelude no.7 is in such a CD, its quite out of any conceivable thematic context in addition to being to short. preludes such No.6 (the Tolling Bells) and No.15 (Raindrops) could have been much better for such a CD of romantic music. Add to that, the pianist didn't use the tempo rubato in playing this piece. So the semi-romantic piece was totally destroyed. The rest of the tracks too humble for the serious critic. I don't believe that this CD makes any addition to any classical collection.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Terrible
    Terrible sound, boring.... worst classical CD I have ever listed to. I highly recommend Mozart: Requiem. ... Read more


    12. 25 Wedding Favorites
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    1-0 out of 5 stars 25 Wedding Favorite... Almost
    As with many compilation CDs 25WF is long on music but short on musicianship. The performances are dull and lifeless with little or no attention to the subtleties necessary to perform these compositions. The recordings are reminiscent of a Jr. College Orchestra performing late in the day. The sound quality is thin and hollow which adds to the dreary atmosphere.
    An unremarkable set of recordings to be avoided at all costs.

    3-0 out of 5 stars A Very Good CD
    We are going to use many of the songs on this CD for our wedding. The quality is very good.
    We also found on amazon.com "A Song For My Daughter" "A Song For My Son" and "A Wedding Thank You" all on the New Wedding Traditions Volume I CD.
    Thanks Amazon for making our wedding planning much easier.
    The Bride and Groom

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Good CD
    We got this CD for our wedding it was a great help.
    We also got "A Song For My Daughter" and "A Song For My Son" and some other great reception songs on the
    New Wedding Traditions Volume I CD
    which we also found on Amazon
    Thanks Amazon you have made our wedding planning a little easier.
    The Bride and Groom

    3-0 out of 5 stars A Good Source of Ideas But ...
    The best I can say about this CD is that there are many different styles represented & one can at least get a sense of which pieces merit further investigation. My overall impression is that most of the selections are given a heavy-handed treatment(one might say ultra-formal) or are downright silly--I could swear I've heard 2 of the tracks in Disney's Electrical Parade. I don't blame the composer, of course, but the arranger & compiler. I'm planning my own wedding & found a few ideas of songs I'd like to hear in *other* versions, but nothing on this CD sounded like what I wanted to hear at my wedding, let alone anyone else's. If you have limited exposure to classical music, or don't know where to begin in planning your wedding selections, this might be a good place to begin, simply because of the variety. But I wouldn't recommend it as the source of your wedding music.

    3-0 out of 5 stars A nice selection
    I needed some classical music for my wedding so I pruchased this CD and it is very nice.
    I also purchased "Classical Wedding Traditions" (also from amazon.com) I really like that CD too. ... Read more


    13. 25 Tchaikovsky Favorites
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Tchaikovsky's Greatest Pieces of Music
    Here are some of Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky's greatest works. His Nutcraker, Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty ballets are the most famous in the repoirtaire. The Symphony No. 5 and 6 are very excellent symphonic orchestrations. However, despite all the good stuff in here from the Russian master, the performers and conductors cannot surpass the beauty and artistry that such Tchaikovsky music masters as Dorati, Markevitch and Ormandy are. So if you want quality Tchaikovsky, get those conductor renditions. However, for a Tchaikovsky beginner, these pieces will get you hooked. This is a good cd to begin with for a Tchaikovsky listener. I am a Tchaikovsky listener ever since a friend recommended his glorious works to me. I am a Mozart fan but Tchaikovsky is undoubtedly the greatest Romantic composer of all time. He combines Russian melodies (Russian dances, mazurkas, waltzes) and gives them a definite Western romantic feel. He was friends with such noted Romantic composers as Camille Saint Saens, known to create such marvelous music of the era- Carnival of the Animals (now popular through Dysney) and Danse Macabre, to name only a small portion. Tchaikovsky also adored Mozart and although he is not exactly a Classical composer, he greatly admires the beauty of Mozart's works. Three cheers for Tchaikovsky !

    1-0 out of 5 stars great music poorely performed.
    T. is my favourite composer but the interpretation on this CD is rather like a good effort in high shool

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great!
    I think that Peter Tchaikovsky is one of the greatest composers ever. His Nutcracker suite and Capriccio Italien are wonderful pieces of music, as well as the rest of his pieces! This CD is definetly worth owning if you like classical music. ... Read more


    14. Classics
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    Have some friends who still haven't discovered what the Sarah Brightman fuss is all about? You'll find the perfect introduction to make converts of them all in Classics, so they'll have no more excuses to remain clueless. Sporting a Botticelli-inspired image of the platinum-selling soprano on the cover, Classics is a classy anthology including highlights from three of Brightman's chart-topping releases along with seven new tracks. Songs personally selected by the diva as her favorite classical interpretations are culled from her previous blockbusters: Time To Say Goodbye, Eden, and La Luna. And whether you're afan already in the fold or one in the making, the new material here shows the diva at the top of her form, in new renderings of "O Mio Babbino Caro" and "Nessun Dorma" (accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic)--fascinating displays of the operatic confidence she's developed over her career. Other new offerings include a touching version of Schubert's "Ave Maria,' "Winter Light," a fresh take on her signature song "Pie Jesu" (from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Requiem). "Alhambra" and "Dans La Nuit"--a real treat, bathing the listener in Brightman's silky, sensuous vocalism--add two original titles to her famous adaptations of classical melodies to new lyrics (using Chopin's haunting E major Etude in the latter case). All told, a lovely affirmation of the directions Brightman has boldly taken in her career to date. -Sarah Chin ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars ChrisTmas is here!!!
    This may not be a ChrisTmas album ~~~it is however full of spirit...Sarah's

    Yes this is "SARAH'S CLASSICS"
    This whole CD Flows...Floats... Fabulous
    From the beginning of "AVE MARIA"
    To the last notes of "TTSG"

    AVE MARIA is absolutely Beautiful PERIOD.

    LA WALLY is done in a pure Classical style no extra percussion/explosions. Done with the same type of sensitivity as La Luna

    WINTER LIGHT has become a new Favorite to this listener..."whispers and I will follow"..

    ANYTIME ANYWHERE... I Love anyway..*sigh* a sultry pining..

    ALHAMBRA a Spanish guitar and Sarah...a beautiful song does it get any better than this ..

    LASCIA CHI'O PIANGA....Lovely..soft piece

    DANS LA NUIT...a Chopin piece I have heard many times before but never so beautifully sung..

    SERENADE/...This is a Peterson Soltau
    HOW FAIR THIS PLACE...this is Brightmans adaptation of Rachmannov it is exquisite by its self and especially when attached to Serenade

    O MIO BABBINO CARO...You have heard this before too ...so what is that saying about things being better "the second time around"..this is a more mature voice it is beautiful..

    LA LUNA...This brought tears to my eye's the first time I heard it ...and it does so now...Davorak must be weeping in his grave with tears of Joy!

    PIE JESU....This has a bit different quality to ..and it sounds GREAT "as usual Ms. Brightman". Her voice has matured since she first recorded it and the FULL Orchestra in the back ground adds a touch of drama (Not that she needs it)

    FIGLIO PERDUTO and BAILERO these are just great pieces they fit the album they are obviously favorites of Sarah's.

    NESSUN DORMA....She doesn't need the full Orchestra but it sounds GREAT!! and just a bit different from the other times we have heard it...she still lifts you right off the ground !!

    this CD closes with TIME TO SAY GOODBYE!!! It is fitting... one of Sarah's own.....one of her best!

    Thank You SARAH

    Thank You FRANK

    What a GREAT ChrisTmas PresenT....(the caps here are intentional)

    Lock the doors, Turn down the lights, Light the fire and the Candles..put your feet up..and FLOAT with your dreams along with Sarah!

    This is "The DIVA" at her BEST.

    Buy this album Folks!
    For yourself and any other Sarah Fan or as an introduction gift to the voice of an Angel..

    JAS

    4-0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction for new fans
    I fell in love with Sarah Brightman when "La Luna" was released late last year. Since then I have been hooked on her stunning voice. She sings like an angel. Several of the tracks on this album are new songs like "Ave Maria", "Winter Light", "Alhambra", "O Mio Babbino Caro" and "Nessun Dorma". Of those new tracks, "Winter Light" is my personal favorite. Sarah's vocals are controlled at a minimum level. Songs like "La Wally" she tends to sound like a foghorn, meaning she oversings to the point of sounding like her lungs are ready to burst. Still Sarah doesn't come off sounding like Christina Aguilera who has no control over her voice when she oversings. The one flaw I found was that five of the 15 tracks are new songs, not leaving much room for her to add more of her earlier material from "Eden" and "La Luna". Only three songs were taken from both "Eden" and "La Luna" each. If this cd was a classic album, there should have been more favorites and less of the new tracks. That is the only flaw I found with this album but otherwise I loved what I heard. Sarah does have one of the most beautiful voices around and I can never tire of listening to her sing.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sarah can do it all
    Can you say, "Absolutely Amazing"? This cd is, by far, my favarite out of all of her cd's. I must say that i like her classical sound better than her pop sound, but what can i say, she can do it all spectacularly well! I will say, however, that i was greatly disappointed w/ "Winter Light." She is breathy throughout the whole song, but it is very listenable. I would much rather hear her sing "O mio Babbino caro."
    Other than Pavaratti, who can sing "Nesun Dorma" like that? WOW!! That song is by far my favorite Sarah Brightman song! If you ever get the chance, go see one of her concerts, and hear her perform it live. It is the most magnificent thing you could ever imagine!
    BRAVO Sarah!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars terrific introduction to an amazing artist
    Though not a 'popular' artist, Sarah Brightman has an amazing fan following all around the world. Her recent 'Harem' tour has played all around the world to incredible commercial success and the fanaticism of her fans can put Tori Amos acolytes to shame.

    This album, Classics, is a compilation of her interpretation of more classic pieces of music, but they are not necessarily 'classical.' Brightman virtually pioneered the classical-pop crossover genre, so it's actually very pop-friendly.

    Sarah's albums are usually themed concept albums, but seeing as how this is a collection of previous work (and some new), no theme is attached to this release. What you get, though, is a handful of completely new songs, new recordings of old favorites, and a few tracks from previous albums.

    Is this worth purchasing for fans who already have her previous albums? It depends. Ave Maria, Winter Light, Alhambra, and Dans La Nuit are completely new, never-before-released tracks only available on Classics. O Mio Bambino Caro and Nessun Dorma, Pie Jesu, and Time to Say Goodbye have been re-recorded. (I actually prefer the Nessun Dorma on this release as opposed the original one from 'Eden,' since a female choir backs on this one, and it's a treat to hear her solo version of Time to Say Goodbye. Aside from this, the songs aren't dramatically different from the originals.) La Luna also comes without the annoying stretch of silence after it and Moon River (terrific for those who want a copy of the song just by itself without the hidden track afterwards). So, you're pretty much getting 4 new songs, 4 songs we've already heard re-done, and 7 songs plucked from previous albums. It's really up to you to decide if that's enough to entice you to buy the CD.

    Now, if you're a classical purist, get away from this album. Turn around and pretend you didn't see it! The things some classical purists say about Sarah's renditions of classics are unrepeatable. They pick on everything from Sarah's intonation, rhythmn, and butchering attempts at coloratura. In Sarah's defense, however, she's never called herself an opera singer (or even a classical singer). Personally, the more approval a singer gets from opera lords and classical experts, the more boring and less appealing they are to my untrained ears. What can I say? I love my pop music and I'm out of touch with 18th century technique. Sarah knows what sounds good to people just like me and what she delivers is classical music for the new century. I'm glad she has, though, because there really is a lot of gorgeous classical pieces out there that deserve a revival. Sarah opens up a genre that until her arrival was too esoteric, old fashioned, and intimidating for the average person. Don't get me wrong, I believe people when they say how awesome Renee Flemming and Maria Callas are. Their appeal isn't broad, though, since it takes somebody who actually knows what they're listening for to appreciate them; they fall into a specialized category. (Just like it takes a rap aficionado to appreciate a good rapper; to some, all rap sounds the same.) Sarah gives classical pieces the touch of pop accessability I need--take that away and turn her into a perfect opera diva with perfect technique (and all that stuff I don't know left from right about) and I'll probably stop listening to her. She has gorgeous tone color that makes her voice sound lovely and I love her deliveries of the songs that make it accessible to my taste. Apparently, I'm not alone, since her albums go platinum all around the world.

    Unfortunately, the scandal of the album art has overshadowed the loveliness of this collection. I, for one, wasn't offended, but seeing as how Sarah has fans from every demographic and age group, I can understand how some of the more conservative fans detest nudity (or even just hints of nudity) in all its forms. What they saw as offensive I saw as a tribute and tip of the hat to classical art, ala the statues of David by Michaelangelo and Donatello, Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus," etc. Seeing as how the collection is named "Classics," I found the tribute to classical art rather fitting (plus, it kept a potentially boring album from being dull). To each his or her own, though.

    Though this is a great introduction to Sarah's work, I'd still strongly recommend purchasing her other albums like Eden or La Luna if you're going to get a full taste of Sarah Brightman. Her concept albums are spectacular, and the way the songs come together to fit the chosen theme add to the atmosphere her music creates. Her fans anticipate the announcement of her themes almost as eagerly as they do the release of her albums!

    5-0 out of 5 stars There is talent, THEN you get Sarah Brightman
    I am a broadcaster in my spare time and my show mainly focus on cross over music. Sarah features in every single program of mine.This compulation is a perfect showcase of the Brightman voice!!!!! I listen to it basically every week, and I have all the Brightman albums. This is who she is and she is not a Kiri or a Renee, she is Sarah Brightman!!!!! It has never been a question that if she can sing, rather it is - SHE just has to sing!!!!Buy this album, it is perfect!!!! ... Read more


    15. Classical Music for People Who Hate Classical Music
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, but not the best performances
    I fondly remember the LP record "Classical Music for People who Hate Classical Music" from my undergraduate days in the early 1960's. Now I teach music literature online and in college. I haven't purchased this CD yet because of a couple of disastrous customer reviews and its price.

    Most customers who purchased this don't seem to know much about classical music, but like this CD very much. I've noticed that unsophisticated listeners like music that's well performed much better than mediocre performances by "no-name performers" and performances that were digitally recorded better than those that were transcribed from analog to digital, even though they usually can't explain why they like one better than the other. I listened to the samples on your web site. The performances weren't great, but the pieces were very "forgiving" (even played badly they sound good).

    Your top 500 reviewer, John Grabowski, trashed this CD for good reasons, but he's trashed some other things I like too, for good, thoughtful reasons. I decided to buy the CD anyway. If it's as good as I remember, I'll play some of it in my class. If it's as bad as he says, I'll give it to my brother-in-law.
    Thomas J. Donahue, M.A., Ed.S., Ph.D.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I'm Sorry, Bob!
    I don't hate Classical Music. I just don't know much about it. This kinda K-tel's Greatest Hits of Classical Music 4 CD set is not for the Classical Music afficiando. It is McClassical for the masses. It is an overview - a Classical Music 101 that is a lovely motivational background for housework & home office work (I find myself playing "Name That Tune" as I whistle while I work,) and it soothes the soul of the savage beast (Lucy Inda Sky, my Basset Hound.) /TundraVision, Amazon Reviewer

    5-0 out of 5 stars for classical beginners
    I understand the criticisms that have been levelled at this CD set, and the criticisms are sometimes more or less fair, but the point of this anthology, the aim of it, is to make classical as accessible and enjoyable as possible for people totally new to it, who don't own any classial music. It's true that a lot of this is lite easy listening, but certainly not all. I mean, look at Beethoven's finale from Symphony No. 9 "choral" or Offenbach's Can-Can. Those are pretty heavy, powerful pieces, and fast. Whatever its drawbacks, this is an excellent introduction to accessible classical music which has a good catchy tune to it and will show you that there's a lot in classical that doesn't suck, and there are many composers and songs on here, so you will find something(s) here to like a lot, if you come to it with an open mind.

    David Rehak
    author of "A Young Girl's Crimes"

    3-0 out of 5 stars It all depends on the listener.
    Whether this is a good introduction to classical music, or will instead turn people off even more, depends on where the listener is coming from.

    For those who just don't know much about classical music, maybe aren't very passionate about a particular kind of music in the first place, just want something nice to listen to, or maybe want to explore and learn about classical music but don't know where to start, this may be a perfect introduction.

    But for people who actually think they HATE classical music, this may simply emphasize to them all the things they already don't like about it. For the most part, it's pretty, but not powerful. It's polite, but not demonstrative. It's passive, not aggressive. Etc. If you're a fan of rap or hard rock or alternative rock or something that's more or less the opposite of classical music, and hate the dainty, delicate politeness of classical music (not to mention its lack of obvious powerful "beat"), then this won't do anything to change your mind, even though there's a lot of classical music out there that is neither dainty nor delicate and is sometimes not even polite! If what you like about your music is the angst, this collection emphasizes the opposite. There is classical music to equal the intensity and power (and the angst) of the hardest hard rock (and even some with a pretty good beat), but you won't find much of it on this collection.

    The most frequent complaint I've heard about classical music from people who don't like it is along the lines of "it puts you to sleep." Like my local classical radio station, which emphasizes "soothing, relaxing, stress-free..." in its marketing, this type of collection only serves to reinforce that attitude.

    "Classical Music for Beginners" might be an apt title for this collection, but "...for People Who (Actually) Hate Classical Music" is probably not.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Well, they got one thing right...
    Judging by the title, I figured I'd somewhat like this cd. I was dead wrong. This cd is straight-up a waste of time, space on a disk, and your life if you decide to buy it! It's the most pathetic attempt at pulling a new crowd into classical music, when the truth is, it sucks anyway! GIVE IT UP!! As for the cd, I don't think it would ever live up to its title. I mean, I hate the cd, therefore I like classical music?!?! WHO DO THEY THINK THEY ARE?! I should sue them! ... Read more


    16. The Opera Band
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    The debut of the young, classically trained international quintet of sopranos Jo Appleby and Tsakane Valentine, tenors David Habbin and Geoff Swell, and basso Nick Garret offers up a familiar take on the crossover formula that has enriched everyone from genre pioneers The Three Tenors to Russell Watson and beyond. While their occasionally electro-pumped rhythms and youth-angled marketing shtick ("The world's first opera band!") may borrow a page from Opera Babes and Bond, it still manages to evoke the spirit (if not the letter) of its eclectic classical sources. And if the world hasn't exactly been burning for yet another dramatized update ofTurandot's melodic "Nessun Dorma," The Pearl Fishers, or--for that matter--"Unchained Melody," Amici Forever's takes on the pop side of the crossover equation are indeed promising,recasting Alex North's "Unchained.." ("Senza Catene") and their reworkedtheme to the miniseries Band of Brothers("Requiem for a Soldier") in a successful, neo-classical light. If Neopolitan-shaded originals like "Canto Alla Vita" and "Vita Mia" sound like Josh Groban clones, their glorious harmonic vocal reworkings of Faure's "Pavane" ("Whisper of Angels") and Elgar's "Enigma Variations" ("Nimrod: Lux Aeterna") bristle with an ambitious sense of adventure that's missing from much of their crossover competition. Serious opera buffs may still quarrel with the daring "impurity" of it all, but if Amici Forever prod a few more pimply punters to peruse Puccini, won't it all have been worth it?--Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Nice Surprise by a Wonderful Group of Musicians
    I'm not sure I knew what to expect from Amici Forever's THE OPERA BAND. When I first saw the recording, I think I expected it to be a somewhat cheesy attempt at making classical music and opera more mainstream. I am a believer that most classical music is good enough to stand on its own, and a quality performance does more to help people appreciate good music than any attempts to modernize the music. I probably thought I would view the album as nice, but somewhat lightweight fluff. What I found when I listened was a very pleasing album by five very talented vocalists and a lush orchestra which accompanies them. It has the pleasurable characteristics that make popular music enjoyable and a professionalism that gives the recording quality.

    The five members of this group are all classically trained musicians, all for whom have exceptional voices as well as the ability for ensemble performances. The album contains contemporary music: some pop, others semi-classical pieces, as well as vocal tunes set to classical works and of course arias and duets from the world of opera. The arrangements are unique as "Senza Catene" (their version of "Unchained Melody") demonstrates. Their arrangements of songs set to the works of Elgar, Handel, and Faure are moving and well performed. While their renditions of the opera pieces are somewhat popularized, which may be to the chagrin of some opera buffs, there is a beauty to the arrangements and their vocal abilities do the pieces justice. Of course, since opera fans have been subjected to boy band wannabees who attempt to sing some of these same works and young people whose voices are hardly ready to tackle the likes of the great opera composers, maybe it is pleasing just to hear popular singers who can do give their works their due.

    My guess is that this recording is not the last we will hear ffrom Amici Forever. Their popular appeal in Europe and their matinee idol good looks will probably ensure television specials and successful concert tours. With their musical talenst they should have wonderful careers, though it should be interesting if their foray into a more popular music genre will hurt their chances at starring on the stages of the major opera houses. Still, this collection is well done and will be enjoyed by people with a variety of musical tastes.

    3-0 out of 5 stars A for effort, C for performance, F for originality
    One is tempted to give five stars to a CD simply because you don't want to admit that you paid 18 bucks for something and didn't like it. I like some opera selections (Verdi, Puccini in particular) and what I truly enjoyed were discs of selected works, e.g. Love Songs I (solo) and Love Songs II (duets). This is a hybrid though.

    In order to attract the non-classical music crowd, a semi-pop beat was introduced as well as some odd instrumentation and some "popular/popularized" tunes. The voices were adequate although I agree with another reviewer that a Berlitz refresher course was needed for the Italian. This is not to say that it was an unpleasant experience; rather, it was an inoffensive, slightly boring series that neither challenged nor excited.

    And who did the selections? Unchained Melody? Please. Nessum Dorma? The zillionth time. Pavane? Another old standby that Barbara Streisand did better 30 years ago. This group would be perfect for some of the love duets but they are nowhere to be found. I have an idea (may be mistaken) that a different selection and arranger could have produced a far better CD. Here's wishing them luck...

    5-0 out of 5 stars As I see It
    a blind purchase, attention caught by cover and Border's album description notes. sampled their italian lyric version of "unchained melody" was stunned. this is a fabulous album with extroadinary performances by five very talented young performers. this album should appeal to anyone that says they love music

    5-0 out of 5 stars Brits Have Done It Again
    This CD is a must have for anyone who appreciates the classical genre. Their rendition of Handel's Zadok The Priest (Track 11) is among the best I have heard. Little wonder that this song has been performed during the coronation every British monarch since the early 1700s. Simply amazing! Requiem for a Soldier, theme song from Band of Brothers, (Track 5) and Whisper of Angels (Track 6) may well, if you listen with your heart, move you to tears.

    5-0 out of 5 stars AMICI FOREVER FLOWS FREELY
    This is an outstanding CD! I admit that opera has never been my musical genre of choice - but the title of the CD, "AMICI FOREVER - The Opera Band", piqued my curiosity. The performances here are a seamless union of modern and classical music. Each of the five members of the group possesses outstanding talent and range. Most memorable for me is "Whispers of Angels", based on Faure's Pavane. The music transports you through space, effortlessly and gently - yet speaks to the heart with tremendous intensity. I will be anxiously awaiting their next release! Amici Forever, indeed! ... Read more


    17. 25 Thunderous Classics
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Good Music at a Great Price
    I bought this CD mostly for "Entry of the Gladiators," which everyone will recognize as classic circus music. The performance on this CD (by Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops) is the best available version of Entry of the Gladiators. The rest of the CD offers mostly excerpts of classical music.

    5-0 out of 5 stars You will like this!
    I had purchased an abundance of the "Favorites" collection and some were better than others.

    This CD is at the top of them all. They may be short, but not that short. Wondrous music.

    I can almost guarantee that you will like this music.
    Well worth the price!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good for the novice
    The recordings on this disc are pretty good. However, the editors selected only the *loud* parts, as indicated by the title. I was pretty disappointed to find that the pieces are, in many cases, edited to reflect the most famous themes, etc, instead of including the whole work. In general, I would recommend this to the classical music novice, or someone who wants to expand their knowledge of classical music in general. Those who already are familiar with these pieces will probably feel gypped.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Short and Sweet
    This is the best collection of moving classics on one CD that I have ever seen. The only drawback is that 25 pieces in 75 minutes means each piece averages 3 minutes. However, I prefer that to less pieces. ... Read more


    18. Viva Italia! Festive Italian Classics
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    4-0 out of 5 stars No sides taken.
    I'm not going to take sides for either the Northern or Southern Italian reviewers comments concerning this CD selection, but I think this album offers enough diversity to make everyone happy. There are some wonderful selections that we can all relate to, even if some of us are Norwegian. We had many Italians in our family, and I can bet they would have loved to hear the nostalgic songs of the past.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Italian music fans
    We have listened to this CD over and over and love it every time.
    We love all the songs. Nobody can sing Lazy Mary like Lou Monte. And all the other vocals are classic. The instrumentals are beautiful. Katie likes to dance to some of the songs. Play this anytime you want to feel like you are in Italy. We highly recommend it.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Oldie, Moldie Italian Songs
    I ordered this CD, thinking it would satisfy the tastes of my Italian American family when I FINALLY got married a few months ago. Well, when I heard it, I was truly disappointed. . .it was just a compilation of oldie moldie Italian songs, with the standard arrangements, and no one in my family really liked it. We ended up with the Italian wedding CD by a band named Roman holiday (which I ordered via amazon.com) My goodness, it was like NIGHT and DAY. . .what lively songs, what passionate arrangements. THAT CD made my wedding, and I can't stop talking about it. Thanks. Auguri!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic Collection of Wonderful Music
    As someone whose entire family roots hail from the rural parts of Campania (close to Napoli) I cannot recommend this CD highly enough. For anyone who grew up in a family and/or neighborhood of Italians, this CD will fill your heart with joy, romance and nostalgia.

    I was shocked to see so many reviewers attacking the opinions of the person from Milan. It is plain to see that he/she was not saying anything negative about these songs or southern Italians in general. What he/she said is correct, the language on these songs is not textbook-Italian, some of these songs are sung in the ancient dialects of the south - which is exactly why we relate to them so intensely and dearly. Some of the songs are instrumental and some of the songs contain many English lyrics. Many of the songs are not even sung by a native speaker of Italian. Another thing he/she is correct about is that the title of the CD is wrong, it should in fact be Viva L'Italia - but such a title is not representative of the music contained on this CD anyway. This music is primarily going to mean the most to the Italians who grew up in the countries outside of Italy, and the ones who hailed from the Southern regions.

    A title in a southern dialect would have been more appropriate, something like: Te Pozzu Cantare or something else alla campagnola like that. Anyway, the CD has many lighthearted moments which are fun and bring a smile, but it also has romantic moments of reflection, which will cause you to look back to a time which has gone forever.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Italian Classics
    A wonderfull Italian party album. The recording is top notch. Put yourself in a happy mood and bring back those great memories. After searching many recordings for Italian music this is THE best in my opinion. ... Read more


    19. The Very Best of James Galway
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Flutes
    This guy plays so beautifully and soothingly it's scary. I've played the flute for 4 years and the way he hits high E, F, and G it's amazing. If you play the flute and want to listen to a pro this this is the cd to buy. It has titanic, disney, and popular song yet it also has classical and broadway stuff. Did you know he played most of the Lord Of The Rings soundtrack? That cd won Grammys and Oscars. It is definately the album to buy if you want to hear a flute. ... Read more


    20. Amadeus: Original Soundtrack Recording
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Salieri's Story....Mozart's Music...Excellent Recording!....
    Remember the opening scene from the wonderful film "Amadeus"? A deranged old man screaming his confession of murdering Mozart, his suicide attempt and rushing him to an insane asylum through the wintry streets of Vienna circa 1820's. All this to Mozart's wonderfully intense Symphony No. 25 in the background. As Salieri confesses his story to a priest, the story unfolds, and so does all the music.

    This CD is an outstanding recording of the soundtrack from the film and the music directed by Neville Marriner, Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, is absolutely beautiful. It's mostly Mozart works we hear as Salieri's story unfolds, you can relive those moments if your a fan of the film, or just enjoy this passionate music if you are a fan of Mozart.

    Some of Mozart's music included is "Serenade for Winds", "Concerto for Two Pianos", "The Marriage of Fiagaro(actIII and Act IV)", "Don Giovanni(ActII)", and "Requiem" (6,7,8,9,10).You will also find some great choir and early
    18th Century Gypsy music which is played on the instruments of the period. There are 20 delicious tracks. Most running a good length between 5 minutes to 13 minutes(there a a few shorter ones as well). For a complete list of songs see the buying info here.

    Enclosed is an informative booklet that gives the story along with some facts about each song. It's nice to follow along with.
    The CD I have is a 2 dics set distributed by Fantasy, Inc(I didn't see this mentioned in the buying info) and is the same image and exact title as the one here. This is one you can listen to any time, any place, and often! A 5 star
    recording for 5 Star
    music....enjoy...Laurie

    5-0 out of 5 stars Mozart's music shines in wonderful soundtrack album....
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has been one of my favorite composers for years, especially after I watched Milos Foreman's brilliant film Amadeus, a wonderful adaptation of Peter Shaffer's stage play.

    While the story and the performances by F. Murray Abraham (Antonio Salieri) and Tom Hulce (W. A. Mozart) were enthralling, the true star of the movie was, of course, Mozart's beautiful and timeless music, and no wonder, for the music supervisor (and conductor) for Amadeus was none other than one of the best interpreters of Mozart's compositions, Sir Neville Marriner.

    In this wonderful two-disc set of the original soundtrack, Marriner leads the acclaimed Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields orchestra in 20 excerpts from various symphonies, piano concertos, operas, and Mozart's final opus, the Requiem.

    Disc One begins with the first movement of Mozart's Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K 183, a very dramatic and energetic work which foreshadows the emotionally charged compositions of Beethoven (who was a student of Mozart's) and other composers of the Romantic era. Composed when Mozart was only 17 years old, it is the first symphony he wrote in a minor key. Sweeping and almost stormy at times, it is an apt accompaniment to the film's "I killed Mozart!" opening sequence.

    Among the other eight tracks on this first disc are excerpts from Giovanni Pergolesi's "Stabat Mater," early 18th Century Gypsy music played on instruments of the period, and more Mozart works ranging from opera (the Turkish Finale from The Abduction from the Seraglio) to the first movement from Symphonie Concertante, K 364.

    Disc Two contains 11 tracks, including the beautiful third movement of the Piano Concerto in E flat, masterfully played by pianist Ivan Moravec and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Opera and fans of Mozart's works for voice and orchestra will enjoy this second disc, for not only are there excerpts from The Marriage of Figaro (Ecco la Marcia, Ah Tutti Contenti) and Don Giovanni (the famous Commendatore scene from Act II), but also the "Ruhe Stanft" aria from Zaide (featuring the lovely voice of soprano Felicity Lott). Rounding out the bulk of this mostly vocal-works half are five selections from Mozart's Requiem, K 626, a work into which the composer poured his creativity and energies but was unfinished at the time of his death in 1791. Aptly, the final track is the "Romanza" or second movement of the Piano Concerto in D minor, K 466. As played by Imogen Cooper and the orchestra, it reflects various emotions that are normally associated with music from the Romantic era rather than the more sedate and "logical" Classical period in which Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart lived during his brief 36-year sojourn on Earth.

    The two-disc set also comes with a handy booklet with program notes, divided into "The Story" on one side of the page and "The Music" on the other, helping the listener identify which cue goes with what scene, while at the same time giving brief music appreciation notes to put the works into historical and artistic context.

    Alex Diaz-Granados

    5-0 out of 5 stars If You've Seen The Movie....
    Wolfgang Amedeus Mozart's nervy youthfullness went far beyond his personal life.His choice of music very much reflects
    his own spirit.He chose to set to music Le Nozze Di Figaro (a
    play largely blamed for starting the French Revolution) put him
    somewhat at odds with Emperor Joseph.His tendency (very much in
    attendance here) to compose opera's in German at a time when
    Italian opera was at it's post popular also made him a bit of a musical rebel of his day.I don't listen to alot of classical music (but certainly I have favorites,notably by Eric Satie) but Mozart's many concereto's,acts of his opera's and so
    on demonstrate the youthful composers gift for melody and yes,
    even hints at improvisation that set 18'th century Vienna (and
    later the world) on fire!And Peter Shaffer was sure to include
    acts from Mozarts errie unfinished reqeuim mass towards the end
    of this CD.So to fans of the movie with more then a passing interest in classical music will enjoy this!And I think Mozart's
    spirit will always be alive in those who choose to challange themselfs to innovate within music and get the public's ear to
    stretch!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Genius
    Neville Mariner does an excellent job in his orchestra's performance of Mozart's compositions. This soundtrack is superb. The only reason why I rate it four stars and not five, is because it's not the complete soundtrack. It's better to have the complete original soundtrack recording in your archive. But there's no doubt that Mozart's music is the best. He's a genius.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sheer Brilliance!
    What better way to be introduced to the wonders of Classical Music than to listen to this superb selection of mostly Mozart works?
    The film Amadeus does very well in capturing emotions expressed by Mozart's diverse compositions. This soundtrack in turn succeeds in making the listener conjure up scenes from Amadeus as well as images of 18th century Vienna.
    From melancholic to playful and romantic to firey, it will be difficult to match the prefection with which Sir Neville Mariner and The Academy of St Martin-In-The-Fields have assembled this compilation. ... Read more


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