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1. Classical Music for People Who
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3. Carreras · Domingo · Pavarotti
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6. Sullivan: The Pirates Of Penzance
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1. 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

2. Masters Of Classical Music, Vols. 1-10
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction into the world of classical music
I've been listening to classical music throughout my whole life...Can't stop listening to Vivaldi, one of my favorite composers. Can't stop listening to Mozart, Bach with his purely baroque soothing and relaxing style (even the Toccata and Fugue), Beethoven (maestro). The only composer that just broke the feeling was Chopin, which, in my very humble opinion, tends to be quite chaotic sometimes. Anyway, don't hesitate and get this box. It'll do you good either you're listening to it on the comfort of your home or you're letting yourself go off some tension on the road (get an MP3-CD player so you'll have to carry 1 CD instead of the whole box). Oh, and I'd also recommend the 10-disc box set "Meditation: Classical Relaxation".

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing.
At 20 dollars, this is simply an amazing collection. With ten disks, that's roughly 2 dollars per disk. And each disk contains about an hour of music. That's about 10 hours! And surprisingly, the sound is actually good quality (not what one comes to expect). The conducting and the performers are also good. While you don't get any big names (aside from the composers themselves), you do get some very fresh and authentically performed music that is on par with any higher-priced disk. Each of the 10 CD's gets their own jewel case (standard packaging) and they are all contained in a cardboard box. I've had these disks for more years than I can remember and they're still in superb condition. This set is, really, probably the best gift of any kind you could give to anyone. They will increase anyone's appreciation of classical music with little cost. And with the diverse selection the set offers, it will serve to better anyone's education. This set gets my highest recommendation.

The composers are: Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Wagner, J. Strauss, Verdi, Schubert, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, and Vivaldi.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best intro to classical that I am aware of.
I purchased these CD's over 10 years ago. I was not into classical music at the time, just curious. It has kindled a love for classical music in my life. The performances are full of life and the sound quality is quite good for the most part. I would recommended this as a gift that will be appreciated in the short term and could blossom into a full blown love affair with classical music. It is an ideal way to discover what styles, works, and composers you like best.

5-0 out of 5 stars So good i bought it twice
This set was actually purchased by my father when it first came out years ago for the price of about 50 dollars. I was about 12 yrs old and had no clue about classical music. Though i was hesitant at first to listen to classical when all my friends listened to rap and stuff, i gave it a shot, and fell in love. I have made many attempts to find other collections that are even as close to the quality that this one is, and have not been happy with any of them. Over time these cds have gotten scratched or lost, so i took it upon myself to find this set again, and when i did, i bought two.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best collection ever
This set was one of the best buys I've ever made. The price was right and you get over 10 hours of music. With just this one purchase I have a whole collection of classics. It is worth getting ... Read more

3. Carreras · Domingo · Pavarotti ~ the three tenors in concert / Mehta
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Magic was created one starlit night in July 1990, when Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo andJosé Carreras met onstage at the Baths of Caracalla in Rome and became the Three Tenors. They eschewed competitive instincts and cooperated in the spirit of mutual admiration to create one of the greatest musical events ever. This concert is an awe-inspiring orgy of the greatest hits for the tenor voice. Domingo and Pavarotti sing perfectly. The audience wins as these vocal supermen compete to seduce the hearts of the audience. One moment Domingo brings thrilling fire and pain to "E lucevan le stelle" from Tosca; the next,Pavarotti rises to heavenly heights in an inspired rendition of "Nessundorma" from Turandot. Carreras is the competent little brother, one step behind the greatness of the big brothers from opera's Ponderosa. His singing isn't as captivating as that of the big boys; but his enthusiasm and passion are unrivaled. Mehta exquisitely captures the largeness of this bonanza through the grandiose orchestra. --Barbara Eisner Bayer ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Opera for Dummies
I like each of the three tenors individually, particularly the underrated Carrerras. What I don't like are these cutesy song fests for the laymen - "Opera for Dummies". And though several operatic arias are included, some may roll their eyes at the sight of "Maria" under the Classical section. Indeed, the pronunciation of the words of that song is so hilarious I can't help but chuckle whenever it starts - almost like a German translating English for Italian tourists.

The setting was magnificent and the television special rated five stars for having the verve to actually carry forth with the project. The attempt is made to recreate the visual landscape on the CD but, of course, it can only do this by inference. The program was, of course, designed for the current American audience - impatient, short attention span, needing constant entertainment value - and this may explain some of the strange, abbreviated selections. Mehta is the fourth star, supporting and emphasizing the respective tenor without exception. Some of the arias are gorgeous.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Three Tenors at Their Best
Normally the best way to see an artist's talent being showcased is by seeing them perform live. If you don't have the opportunity to see these wonderful, talented opera singers (Domingo, Pavarotti, Carreras) in concert than this live concert CD comes as the next best thing. Although the Three Tenors have numerous other album, this album is special because it is live and when you listen to it you really do feel their magic prescence. I'm not an opera enthusiast by any means, but I feel that this CD has a universal appeal which can touch just about anybody who enjoys listening to good music.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent. Like summer sunshine. manna from heaven!
This CD is terrific on so many levels. In celebration of one of the world's great sporting events - the World Cup of football (soccer to us stateside), three great tenors and one masterful conductor (Zubin Mehta) were brought together in one of the world's great cities - Rome -- for a special evening that we are blessed to have been able to listen to again and again.

The concert was held during the World Cup in 1990 at the Baths of Caracella, which are ruins of the once great Roman baths. In this beautiful setting Luiciano Pavrotti, Jose Carreas and Placido Domingo came together for one of the best CD's ever made.

The singing is exquisite. The passion of the crowd in this live performance should equal the reaction of the listener. This is art at its highest level. It is a celebration of great music, not just of opera, but in my opinion, the soaring human spirit. What power to move the soul! You don't need to be an opera fan to enjoy this music. If you like any kind of music, you cannot help but be affected by the power of this special evening. And what an evening, those in attendance were lucky to have been there!!

The casual listener will already know some of these arias, as they are from some the great operas of all time. However, I believe even the most hardenend opera fan, unless he or she is a real stiff, cannot be helped to be but moved by this music.

It is heavenly! I recommend this CD to you, because in my humble opinion, it will bring sunshine to your heart!!! : )

5-0 out of 5 stars Not for opera Snobs, but for the rest of us!
For most opera "snobs" the three tenors have committed the ultimate sin: singing "popular songs" outside the opera house.

For the rest of opera lovers, this CD is a miracle. It's not a coincidence that it has been sold over 15 million copies. This CD is, to my taste, the best of all the Three tenors performances. The arias are chosen from the most loved opera repertoire. As for the following "pot pourri" it is just gorgeous. I'm a "Three Tenors disciple" as it is after hearing this CD that my passion for opera started, as I guess for many other people. Now that I am much more into "real opera" I cannot but find this CD compilation exquisite. Hearing three great tenors fly into the high notes all at one gives goose bumps.

As for the other "opera fanatics", those whose ears are so sensible that they'll have an allergy if someone other than Caruso, Gigli, Corelli or Bjorling is singing, I guess they still have much to learn. They have to learn to appreciate what GREAT "contemporary" (not so much any more, but say for the last quarter of the 20th) opera tenors have to offer.


5-0 out of 5 stars A Treasure and a memory
I can't remember how many times I played this CD, it is absolutely a treasure for me. This is certainly the best of all the three tenor's concerts, their voices were rich and well maintained, the orchestra played well. Every song is just superb. Their interpretation to the pop songs were lovely and refreshing. The only regret is that there won't be such a moment any more, which makes the CD so memorable. ... Read more

4. Live In Dublin
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Recorded at the filming in Dublin's famous downtown train terminal, LIVE IN DUBLIN features Andre and the orchestra performing a collection of old favorites and exciting new selections.Already a smash PBS program LIVE IN DUBLIN captures Andre Rieu and his magical live performances at their most elegant best! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Music made in Heaven
This CD is simply beautiful and relaxing. No words to explain how I felt after I heard track #15 playing. Every track is brilliantly composed. Of cause the classical song from the Titanic movie is in too, great collection I would add. Andre is a very gifted and rare composer. I saw his PBS special and I ran to the Borders store to buy both the CD and the DVD. When I came home I played the DVD first and my wife instantly fell in love with it. She had never heard of Andre' music before but now she is the biggest fan. If you are a classical music fan make sure you get this CD. You will not regret it, I guarantee you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Live in Dublin
Beautiful music from Andre Rieu.

The waltz..The Red Rose Cafe..with Rieu's arrangement is alone worth getting the CD.


1-0 out of 5 stars Credits missing in the packaging for this CD in Canada
Purchasers and researchers of Andre Rieu matters be
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contain credits as to who performed on this CD. Only
a few pictures are provided.
Any CD without this essential information will always
get a zero rating from this reviewer. One star is the
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zero rating due to missing credits.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Blissful Experience
My husband and I have watched this DVD at least once a week since we got it last December, and also the Albert Hall (London) concert. I cannot recommend them highly enough. Both concerts are wonderful, to be treasured not only for the music, but for the pleasure and enjoyment that the musicians so obviously feel, and for the delight and joy on the faces of their audience. They are worth buying a big-screen TV for. And Rieu and the Johann Strauss orchestra are worth travelling from Vancouver to Toronto to see, as we just did.

5-0 out of 5 stars TOUCHING THE HEART

5. André Rieu - the vienna i love ~ Waltzes From My Heart / Johann Strauss Orchestra
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If Rieu is not the most outstanding purveyor of Viennese waltzes and similar light-hearted fare, he is certainly the most popular and well-known. There are plenty of fun pieces on this album, although, to be just a tad pedantic, more of it is Italian and French than remotely Viennese. But it's all fun, and it's all well-played. --Sarah Bryan Miller ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Pop Strauss, et al
I was looking for truly Viennese renditions of Strauss waltzes. Though unrelentingly upbeat, this isn't it. There are medleys of Strauss, Offenbach, Rossini, and everyone else imaginable. It's a pop version of what was once pop on its own. I know Strauss isn't serious classical fare, but this trivializes it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Rieu is a clown, and a pretty bad one too
To be honest I don't like Strauss and friends at all, but when they are exploited like this by such a bad clown I even get some sympathy for them. Credits to Mr. Weiss, who is completely right. I'm not going to comment the music itself, because there is no need for that. These recordings are rubbish. But what really aroused my anger, was the title. It says 'the Vienna I love'. Some of the greatest classical composers from Vienna were Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven, Bruckner, Berg, Webern, Schoenberg... They don't appear on this disc, however. So we may conclude that Mr. Rieu doesn't like REAL composers and thinks Strauss was Vienna's greatest inhabitant... Yes he really is a clown. Don't listen to any of his cd's and go for real musicians (and real composers). I know, everybody will give me a 'nay'-vote, but that would only stengthen my idea that many people don't have ears.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Andre Rieu's charm, greatness, and taste in music can not and will not be denied. Let's face it, there's a large number of classical recordings that will bore you to tears. You may buy them, and never listen to them. Same way with jazz. Andre Rieu cuts through the fog of snobbery and ladles up gloriously romantic, stirring hits, big time. This music is an affirmation of life, and I don't even like living. But I like this. It's just really good music.

3-0 out of 5 stars Depressed? Listen to this!
Having one of those ho-hum days just like that little round guy on the Zoloft commercial? Place this on your CD, press start, and don't fight it! You will be dancing around the living room (provided you don't fight it, just let it go!). Musically, it is a very fine piece from a very fine artist. It can totally transport you. So many of the tunes you will know from TV commercials, (Rheingold Beer) etc. It is a solid beautiful collection of tunes that can stir the soul. I know it sounds schmaltzy, but if it can make you feel better,why not try it?

4-0 out of 5 stars It's fun and it's genuine
It's amazing to see how stuffy some can be when they see others having fun. I'm very much surprised our German commenter (who needs to spell check the big words) would even be listening to operetta (rather than "pure" classics by Wagner and Beethoven, et al) This album represents the fun of beauty - lovely waltzes played with love and from the heart. By a "clown" violinist? Well, who doesn't love a clown when his main purpose is YOUR enjoyment? Get the album. Enjoy the music. Close your eyes and go to Vienna. And remember - it's easier for one German to be wrong than a million Viennese. ... Read more

6. Sullivan: The Pirates Of Penzance
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Producer Joseph Papp's Broadway spin on Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance cannily employs pop firepower in its casting, adding an inviting Yankee accent to roles normally associated with (and sometimes embalmed in) plummy English locution. Erstwhile country-rocker Linda Ronstadt, who by this point had already proven she could tackle pre-rock pop standards, stretches successfully as its heroine. Rex Smith, then dismissed as a pop-rock heartthrob, proves he could be a "legitimate" musical leading man, a niche he's since inhabited comfortably. And Kevin Kline returns to his stage training as the hearty King of the Pirates.Onstage, Papp celebrated the slapstick possibilities of the deliberately silly plot, which weaves reliably tart observations about class consciousness and gender politics into a pirate band's invasion of a Cornish coastal town.A faithful big-screen adaptation added Angela Lansbury for marquee clout, but even without that grande dame of the Great White Way, this original stage cast is a corker, the music glorious and the performances spirited. --Sam Sutherland ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Take heart...Frederic, Mabel, the Pirate King, Ruth live on!
Finally the Broadway version of Gilbert & Sullivan's masterpiece is in CD form! Last summer, I played Mabel in a summer stock production of the Broadway version and grew to love the music. Unlike the film version of "Pirates", the CD does not have Angela Lansbury in the role of Ruth:( The CD does include all of the original music, including "Sorry Her Lot" which was borrowed from "that infernal nonsense Pinafore". Truly Gilbert & Sullivan at its best!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Broadway Triumph
This version of a classic show takes a funny show and transforms it into a side-splittingly funny masterpiece. Linda Ronstadt's vocal range and the nuances of her performance amazes me every time I hear it; Rex Smith brings a stunningly beautiful and lyric tenor to the role of Frederick; as the Pirate King, Kevin Kline rates a hysterical and absolute A+. This show is a delight and not to be missed. Not just for Gilbert and Sullivan fans, nor for fans of operetta in general, this Pirates of Penzance truly swashbuckles its way into the realm of the classics - accessible and enjoyable for all.

5-0 out of 5 stars Oh Gilbert, Oh Sullivan
With their mockery of British society, Gilbert and Sullivan truly bring a wonderful score to the stage. Between the masterful and witty lyrics and the catchy tunes, one cannot help but hum them to oneself when leaving the theater, or rather, after listening to the CD. Myself having experience performing Gilbert and Sullivan's work in such pieces as "HMS Pinafore", "Pirates of Penzance", "Iolanthe" and "Princess Ida", working on them is just as much, if not more, enjoyable that viewing a performance. I highly recommend all of Gilbert and Sullivan's work, "Pirates" in particular.

5-0 out of 5 stars My favorite movie
I have loved this movie since it first came out twenty years ago or so. I was delighted when the CD was finally released. The production is superb and the music is wonderful. G & S themselves would be pleased with Papp's presentations.

5-0 out of 5 stars My absolute favorite of all opera's
The first time I saw the movie of the broadway version(Kline, Ronstadt, Lansbury) I was hooked, more, obsessed with the show. It was hard to believe at first that Kevin and Linda tackled their performances so brightly, for operetta. However, Linda impressed me with her accomplished performance as "Mabel Stanley" smoothly landing all those sweetly high octave notes. And Kevin certainly shined in one of his finer, sexier screen roles as the dashingly, buffoonish, pirate king. Rex Smith made me melt with his succullent, syrupy, yet smooth tenor vocals as the pirate apprentice. Some of the sceneplay, I felt could have been directed much smoother, as a few shots appeared to be either filmed choppy, or plain poorly edited. But, in the end - the soundtrack is top-rate, and the movie I graded a B-. ... Read more

7. The Three Tenors In Concert 1994
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It's not opera; it's not a pop concert; it's not Broadway. It's all of theseand none of them. Once you accept the fact that this sequel to the originalblockbuster concert recording is less about music and more about entertainmentand the power of musical personalities, you can appreciate what you're hearingas an event--phenomenal and bizarre, momentous and frivolous. This is anoccasion to celebrate the voices and egos of three huge superstars, and to havefun listening as Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, and Jose Carreras interact,bouncing lines off each other and playing to the overwhelmingly enthusiasticaudience. Much of the fun and flavor of the concert is dependent on seeing theaction, though, and without the visuals you notice flaws in the singing muchmore. Domingo comes off as the more solid performer, and his voice is in farbetter shape than the other two. But if you crave big, high, and loud--and youdon't take your opera too seriously--you'll love this disc. --David Vernier ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Give em a 3.5
The Three Tenors has/have become a cottage industry, churning out one CD after another for every imaginable event and in every combination. This does not mean that the results are necessarily inferior but it does imply a commercial, layman's approach. And maybe this is better - spreading the joys of fine music to the masses. After all, where besides figure skating and cartoons do most people have a chance to even hear opera?

This event, like the first one in Rome, has a magnificent setting but, like Rome, the show was marketed mainly to the American audience. They still include the dreadful "Maria" with the hilarious pronunciation and even added "With a Song In My Heart" (or, as Carreras is wont to sing, "Weeth a Soeeng een My Haht"). Though some may deride the choice of encores, they were almost perfect. The Three Tenors, despite their prior celebrity, are creations of our culture of entertainment in ways that Caruso could only dream about.

Synopsis: Carreras stands out, Domingo substitutes volume for quality and Pavarotti soars when he doesn't have to.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Most Enjoyable Evening IN !!!!!!!!!!!
I am not a regular Opera fan, hoever these THREE are the Best. their songs they sing together are SUPER!!! And the range of NOTES REACHED ARE REMARKABLE. tHE MIXTURE of songs is a treat for all, even if you are not an OPERA FAN!!!! Great show!!!!!!

3-0 out of 5 stars Hmmmm....
Not what I thought it was going to be. I like only about 4 of the 20+ tracks on this CD. I shoudl have just bought the DVD instead and actually watched them perform. Much, much more entertaining.

5-0 out of 5 stars Last Encore of songs missing off C.D.
The Three Tenors are my absolute favourite singers. The 1994 Concert was undoubtedly their best in my view. I taped this live concert from the television, and have played and played and played it!! I also taped it on a cassette, however, when I bought the C.D. I was really disappointed that they did not include the last set of encore songs, which included O Sole a Mio (don't know if I've spelt that correctly), where Placido and Jose try and outdo Luciano!! It received such a fantastic reception from the crowd, (one of the many standing ovations), and really showed how much the Three Tenors seemed to enjoy performing the concert. How come this was not included? I don't know if it was on the Video because I play my own.

Many thanks for your time,

With kind regards,
Pam Sargeant.

5-0 out of 5 stars Three great tenors
Almost no one in the entire world has a voice that can equally compare to that of the three tenors. Pavarotti is at his best, particularly with his spectacular rendition of the hit, Nessun Dorma. Domingo and Carreras also make a significant contribution since they also sing some songs solo. The best part is when they all get together to sing a popular tune, which is basically a demonstration of their talent. They are three brilliant shines who are even brighter when they share the stage together. ... Read more

8. André Rieu - Fiesta / Johann Strauss Orchestra
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1-0 out of 5 stars Not the best versions available
First of all, why call this recording
"Fiesta"? only for the first four latin-american
works? because the rest of the cd is of
German music.I you want a real "Fiesta"
disc, I recomendation is that disc
of Keith Lockhart, is much more fun and
much more in a fiesta spirit than this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a great album!
I highly recommend this album. Andre Rieu is a great violinist. If you buy this album you will not be dissappointed. I'd give it ten stars if I could.

5-0 out of 5 stars Andre Rieu at his best
Music from Heaven! Soothing and envigorating.
Masterfully done. Close your eyes and sail the universe.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow ! A great performance!
This CD is made to celebrate the year 2000.It was released in 3 versions !: "jahrtausendfest" "Fiesta";and "Le Bal du siècle". All the 3 titles are the same CD. There are a lot of beautiful pieces (19) like "Clavelitos" "ouverture de Carmen" "Ouverture: Wilhelm Tell" and, "Auld Lang Syne". You want my advice ? Buy this CD before the year 2000. It last 1 hour. When 2000 will come , auld Land Syne will play. Also, Make you a gift. You will not regret it ! ... Read more

9. 25 Classical Dance Favorites
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5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful selection, but not really dancing music
I agree that this is indeed absolutely beautiful light classical music. It is indeed a perfect beginning to a lifelong passion to have classical music playing in the background or to turn up the volume and immerse yourself in it. But it consists of mostly ballet music, several marches, polkas, an entrance of the gladiators, a gavotte and just to show that he can-can, a delightful little march by Beethoven of all people (Turkish March). Or can you dance to the continuous hypnotic rhythm of Ravel's Bolero? Quite tiring, I would think. Nevertheless, great music at an astounding price. Consider buying all or most of the "25 Favorites" series. You will not regret it

5-0 out of 5 stars This Will Keep You Dancing
If you like to dance and you like classical, this cd is a must have. Who says you can't dance to classical? This CD proves those who think so wrong. Highlights include Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty, Mendhelsson's Midsummer Night's Dream, Gounod's Dance of the Slave Girls and Faust, Dvorak's Slavonic Dance, Offenbach's can-can (yeah!) Katchaturian's Sabre Dance and Ravel's Bolero. All these are excellent. Sousa Marches are here too. You must get this CD if you are a serious lover of the classical. In fact, this was my first Classical CD. Make it a part of your life and dance to the great beats of the classics ! Yeah I'm serious. ... Read more

10. Sousa: Marches Forever
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11. The Glory of Human Voice
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5-0 out of 5 stars Painful Joy!
I once read that Cosme McMoon, Florence Foster Jenkins' accompanist, played from behind a screen. He had a reputation to protect, perhaps. Or perhaps Ms. Jenkins did not want to share the "glory" Once you hear Ms. Jenkins sing it, you will never hear the Queen of the Night aria the same way again.

The other treat on this CD is Thomas Burns singing his own translation of arias from the opera "Faust." In a perfect imitation of Elmer Fudd, his vocalizing of the phrase, "Oh, Margarita!" will ring in my ears forever, along the unfortunate harmony my tinitus offers.

Of course, the greatest thing of all is to play this to a group of listeners and observe the one that doesn't hear the beauty.

4-0 out of 5 stars Ha, ik lach bij het zien van mijn schoonheid in deez spiegel
While the white noise and tinny sound are part of the charm of old recordings of classical music, it's the old-fashioned diction and use of the human voice that makes these recordings really special. Florence Foster Jenkins is truly unique: for lovers of Herge's Kuifje/TinTin comics, she can only be compared to Bianca Castafiore, the Milanese Nightingale.

Seriously, this CD is a musical curiosum. FFJ can't sing, but not in the way most people cannot. She is so consistently, so painfully off key and sings with such conviction that she will blow your ears off. There is simply no stopping her. Juxtaposed agains the sometimes virtuoso piano play and with the old fashioned recording quality, this CD is certainly worth listening to. And a fantastic conversation piece if you play it for your friends.

Burns, in the Faust travesty, sounds like he's either being strangled or slowly dying of a really bad cold. Although FFJ is slightly more on key than as the Queen of the Night, their combined struggle is so powerfully pathetic that it makes for quite compelling listening. Elmer Fudd indeed!

4-0 out of 5 stars The Power and the Gory
Is this any different from legitimate opera singing? And what's the diference between opera and opry? I never could keep those things straight. More power to her, I say. I wish she was around today; she'd do duets with Andrea Bocelli, who, incidentally, has invented a new kind of pasta.

1-0 out of 5 stars Is this a joke?
Actually to deserve 0, "zero", stars this should go thru an enormous improvement. There is nothing musical in this CD, the vocal technique is so poor that as a listener you feel like praying for the next note to be in tune, in tempo. I have heard of the importance of having rubish also in the music world. This is a typical example of what vultures would eat. It made me laugh though!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Step-Mother of Us All
I have never met any lover of opera who did not adore the Divine Mrs. J. I first heard her some forty years ago on the advice of opera singing friends. Once I had picked myself up off the floor, I too went forth in the world to spread her gospel.

Let it not be forgotten that Mrs. J shares this disk with the almost equally remarkable Mr. Burns, a performer of whom it can be truly said that no words of praise could ever be adequate. At least one Amazon reviewer has compared Mr. Burns with his great contemporary, Elmer Fudd, but how does one compare the truly greats? Caruso-Gigli? Bjorling-di Stefano? Corelli-Bergonzi? Fudd-Burns? Let us simply agree that Maestro Fudd was unsurpassed in faux-Wagner and Burns in ersatz-Gounod. To those listening for the first time, I can confidently state that you will never hear anything to match Maestro Burns in Faust's big aria (as translated by Burns, himself), "I Say Hello to that Dwelling Chaste and Pew-er" and, later, the literally heart-wrenching "Margareeeeetuh!"

The (fool's) golden throat of Mrs. J. has been still for nearly sixty years, but her soul goes marching on. All hail her step-children, Brightman, Bocelli and Bolton who hold her banner high! ... Read more

12. Pavarotti Greatest Hits
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5-0 out of 5 stars King of the High C's (Title of Pavarotti TV Special)
I started collecting LPs by Pavarotti as soon as they became available, and this CD is a welcome addition so I can stop wearing them out. The technical quality, for CD technology, is quite good, enough to keep me from missing my LPs. Pavarotti, of course, has impacted our culture more than any other opera singer in my 62 year life. I am not an opera fan, but the first time I heard his voice, the fact that I didn't understand the words or the genre of music didn't mean a thing. Relatives and guests tell me "I don't like opera" but when I play Pavarotti, they are blown away. There is a reason he played the "Tonight Show" with Carson many years ago. That rare ability to appeal to folks who may not have ever liked any other opera they have ever heard. This CD is a good overview of my favorite Pavarotti performances, and an excellent CD to start a Pavarotti collection, which you will want to do, after you've heard it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pavarotti's best CD
If you could have only one or two CDs of Luciano Pavarotti, this 2-CD set probably would be an excellent choice. The first CD contains a great selection of 21 arias (such as Nessun dorma, Brindisi, Di quella pira, M'appari, Una furtiva lagrima, Amor ti vieta, La donna e mobile, etc.) recorded over a period of three decades (from 1968 to 1997), and the second CD comprises 20 beautiful songs (mostly Italian lyric songs, such as O sole mio, Torna a Surriento, Core 'ngrato, Ave maria, Caro mio ben, Santa Lucia, etc.) recorded from 1974 to 1995. Two songs in CD #2 appear to be ill-chosen among the otherwise excellent selections: "My Way", where Pavarotti sings along with Frank Sinatra, is not the sort of song one would expect in this CD set. In "Notte 'e piscatore", where Andrea Bocelli joins Pavarotti, Bocelli's voice is rather disappointing in comparison to Pavarotti's. But overall this CD set is, in my opinion, the best of Pavarotti's CDs. If this set is too pricey for you, you may want to consider Pavarotti's "Romantic Italian Love Songs", which has a good selection of arias and Italian lyric songs (a total of 17 selections) in just one CD.

5-0 out of 5 stars Surely I am proud to be an Italian-American!!
With his wondrous soaring vocals and the humble demeanor within his strong body, Pavarotti is an inspiration to Italian- Americans everywhere - Italian-Americans like me. My family plays his beautiful operas on vinyl nearly every day in me Papa's little wine and cheese shop on 18th and Broadway. The customers compliment the music with glee, pinching my plump cheeks with merriment and wishing me well on their way out the door. Ah, how I love this land of America!!

Oops, I am sorry, Nana.

My Nana has shushed me to "pipe down, little bambino."

I must go down to the dark cellar to count our day's earnings, for it is almost night, and stern Papa will be back soon to close shop and make sure all is well.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best music from the best singer ever!!
These CDs hold a great compilation of Pavarotti's performances, from opera to popular music. And it's not only quality but quantity! The 20 songs were selected with good criteria.

4-0 out of 5 stars The best compilation available.
Yes, the price is a little high but amongst the many official and unofficial Pavarotti compilations out there, this is the most comprensive compilation available. Disc 1 is a Pavarotti classical compilation, gathering his most notorious arias performances, Disc 2 is Pavarotti "popular" compilation, having songs like My Way and Caruso. So you get both sides of Pavarotti, classical and popular. The selection as you can see is great. Why did I give it 4 and not 5 stars? Because the quality of the sound recording is not that great (im not saying is awful but is like 6.5 out of 10) and the booklet is very omise and lack a lot of information, actually, I wouldnt call it a booklet. Anyway, you just cant get a compilation like this. Thats why I bought it. It could have been 5 stars, but it is 4. ... Read more

13. Lanza: Greatest Hits
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4-0 out of 5 stars Not bad as an introduction to Lanza
I recommend this collection as a good starting point for those interested in this extraordinary tenor. It's not a complete representation of the man by any stretch of the imagination, but it includes a handful of unforgettable recordings that will make newcomers to Lanza sit up in astonishment.

Highlights include the immortal Serenade & Golden Days from The Student Prince, Beloved (from the film version of the Student Prince, and arguably Lanza's best English-language love song), Because You're Mine, If I Loved You, and the stirring Addio Alla Madre from Cavalleria Rusticana. If love songs seem a little over-represented at the expense of arias and (notably) Italian & Neapolitan Songs, then blame BMG for their habitual neglect of Lanza's more serious side. In any event, this is essentially a one-CD version of the three-CD set, The Mario Lanza Collection. All of the renditions are the same as on the earlier CD, as are the sound sources. With the exception of The Student Prince Serenade, most of the selections here have never sounded better.

Be aware, however, that several of the arias are in fact retakes of more familiar versions. Vesti La Giubba, for instance, is an alternate take from Lanza's May 1950 session, and although the tenor is in great voice, the orchestra lets him down on the climactic phrase by moving on before he has finished his High A on the word "infranto". The Flower Song is even more unrestrained than the familiar take - great fun, but not the kind of recording you'd want newcomers to Lanza to hear! (Lanza never quite "nailed" this aria, but his heart was in the right place.) La Donna E Mobile is the familiar 1950 version in the first half, but is replaced by an inferior retake in the second half, followed by an edited-in High B ending (on "pensier") from the original recording!

The only truly bad recording is the inexplicably popular With A Song In My Heart. Lanza is unfocused, and strains his way throughout the piece. Yours Is My Heart Alone is somewhat better, but is easily surpassed by the tenor's 1956 recording with the conductor Henri Rene (and currently unavailable on CD).

The "Greatest Hits" are here: the million-selling Be My Love, Loveliest Night of The Year and the aforementioned Because You're Mine. I have to confess to an aversion to the first two - Lanza was often a far better singer than these recordings suggest - but most fans, I'm sure, will continue to cherish them. Besides, what tenor since Lanza has ever sung Be My Love without straining his way through the wretched thing and then fudging the High C at the end? Lanza made it his own, and to be fair to the song, it is actually a very difficult piece to pull off, as Messrs Domingo, Carreras and Leech will no doubt attest. But that was also one of Lanza's most under-appreciated strengths - he made everything sound so easy. Listeners accustomed to the laborious efforts of most present-day tenors will be astounded by the freshness, ease, and sheer bravado of these performances.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great CD!
I've listened to Mario Lanza sing for 40 years or more and still consider him one of the best. This CD has all the different songs I love to hear him sing. What a great tenor voice! ... Read more

14. Enchantment
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Of course, we couldn't expect time to freeze its relentless path and forever preserve the Welsh sensation Charlotte Church in a chrysalis of precocious youth. And yet, at 15 and now taking bolder steps into expanding her repertory on Enchantment, the soprano remains a marvel of a prodigy. Here, she scours a wider range of sources than on her previous albums. Church moves with breathtaking ease from classic Broadway (West Side Story, Show Boat, South Pacific) to traditional Celtic, film ballads, and even a couple of high-operatic numbers. Church's straightforward approach to the melody of "La Habanera" may not exactly be what Bizet had in mind for his Carmen, but fans will get double pleasure out of the singer's exquisite duet with herself on the haunting"Flower Duet" from Delibes's Lakmé. What's more, there's a greater freedom of expression and sense of how to shape a phrase in many of these tracks--notice how much there is to savor, for instance, in "The Water Is Wide" and "Carrickfergus." It all adds up to a widely varied course, demonstrating the continued growth of a singularly gifted young artist.--Sarah Chin ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking!!!
I have enjoyed all of Ms. Church's previous CD's, but she has truly outdone herself with this offering. I have been listening to it nonstop since I bought it and expect I will continue to do so for a long time! In this collection, Charlotte moves away from the religious fare and offers pieces even more people can enjoy. Here is my song-by-song critique:

Tonight - a very pretty song, well done; nothing earth-
shattering, but a nice opener for the CD.

Carrickfergus - has a pop sound; gorgeous, mellow, lower
sounding voice in this track.

Habanera - makes you want to get up and dance! Maybe it has
been sung better, but the drums and beat are unique
and catchy. Sounds like she had fun singing it.

Bali Ha'i - mystical, magical feel to this one; Charlotte's
voice is appropriately smoky and relaxed.

Papa Can You Hear Me? - my only complaint is that the beginning
is very soft and hard to hear. But this is
a bittersweet song that she sings
beautifully - easy to get teary-eyed
listening to this one.

The Flower Duet - words cannot describe how completely and
utterly beautiful this song is. The first
time I heard it, I felt like I was standing
in a field of flowers surrounded by angels. It
sounds cheesy, but it's true! My only regret
is that I'll never again be able to hear it
for the first time and be completely shocked by
its perfection. My favorite track.

The Little Horses - gorgeous, upbeat lullaby.

From My First Moment - one of my favorites. Calming and gentle,
peaceful and serene...the kind of song
you'd sing in tribute to a parent or
grandparent (in fact, she mentions that
the words are perfect for her Nana).

The Water is Wide - another favorite. There is so much beauty
and emotion in this song, it's easy to get
teary-eyed once again. Mournful and
lamenting, Charlotte gets it just right.

Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man - this is the only track I could do
without. I just don't really care
for the style of this song. She
sings it perfectly, I just don't
think it suits her voice as well as
some of the others.

The Laughing Song - I'll admit, I was prepared to detest this
song. I'm not a fan of super-high opera
songs, but it is a tribute to Ms. Church's
talent that she makes it "listenable."
Somehow, she makes it pretty, even the high
D at the end. Doesn't sound as strained as
some of her earlier higher register pieces.

If I Loved You - nice rendition. Pretty.

A Bit of Earth - another nice interpretation. Very beautiful and

Somewhere - a gorgeous version of this song. Especially after
everything that has happened in the wake of Sept. 11,
this is especially moving.

The Prayer - pretty duet, although I don't like it as much as the
one on her Christmas album with Billy Gilman. Josh
Groban is a nice match for her maturing voice,
though. Has a pop sound like Carrickfergus.

Tra Bo Dau (Target bonus)- gorgeous harp on the background of
this one. Really pretty.

Elegie (Target bonus) - sad, mournful tone to this song. Very
sad but beautifully sung.

And there you have it. I don't see how anyone could buy this CD and not enjoy it! If I could, I'd give it ten stars.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Voice
In Charlotte Church's new CD, Enchantment, the young soprano
is exploring new musical territory. Branching out from her
original sacred musical roots, in this CD we are invited
on a musical journey which includes broadway show tunes,
opera arias, traditional celtic tunes, and more. It is clear
that this young artist has been putting in long hours
working on the very difficult operatic tunes, "The Flower
Duet", from Delibes opera Lakme; you may know this tune
already from the British Airways commercial. Charlotte
definitely has a bright future in opera if she continues
to work on her repertoire. I originally bought this CD
as a birthday gift for a friend, an Irish lass, who lives
across the pond, as she would say. It was a great surprise
to find two lovely celtic tunes, "Carrickfergus", and
"The Water is Wide" on this CD. I've known the tune for
the second piece for years, since we know it in my
church as "As The Hart Longs". Both of these songs are
about longing for a love who is far away, and I think
you may have difficulty listening to Carrick with dry
eyes. An added treat is the extensive use of a spanish
guitar in many of the songs; I also play the guitar and
have had a lot of fun playing along with the CD, as well
as singing along. Charlotte's pitch is excellent, her
voice is a beautiful, pure instrument of lightness and
joy. The last song on the CD, "The Prayer" is simply
wonderful. The duet pair of CC and Josh Groban are well
matched. Mr. Groban has a fine voice himself. This song
just gives me goose bumps every time I hear it. I have
given the CD 4 stars, only because I couldn't give it
4 and one-half; I was hoping to have the lyrics accompany
the CD, especially the Italian words to The Prayer. All in
all, I have found this CD to be very enjoyable and have
spent the last month singing along with it, playing along
with the guitar. last thought.....when you
listen to Carrickfergus......have a tissue box handy!

2-0 out of 5 stars Oh dear dear me...
When I first heard Charlotte Church sing she was thirteen and singing "The Last Rose of Summer". I was in awe of her voice, and the fact that she had a voice like that at a young age. However I was a bit concerned about her vocal training. She had a very uneven vibrato, which created a wobble. I kept in mind that she was only thirteen so I let it slide. Almost a year later, "Enchantment" came out. I did notice that her pushing was gone, and I also noticed that much of her shimmer was gone, that sparkle and shine sensation that she gave pieces when she sang.

Not only that, but since when is "Mien Herr Marquis" (Adele's Laughing Song) or "Habanera" appropriate for a fifteen year old girl? Most twenty year olds don't even sing them! If I went into my vocal instructor's studio and asked her if we could sing "Adele's Laughing Song or Carmen's "Habanera" she would more than likely flip her lid, meaning either die of fright or shock, or just die from the thought of a fifteen year old girl (like myself) singing the arias.

Many things where wrong about how the arias where sung. First off, you don't take a classic french aria and make it into a 'ropera' (rock opera) song, and then try to pull of shaking your (...) on Jay Leno as dancing. It just does not work.

Secondly, if you are going to sing "Adele's Laughing Song" you should have technique, lightness, and good german, not half way decent english. Being on key also helps too. I mean, singing a C sharp when the note is a high D? If you can't sing the note then don't sing the aria. Its not rocket science, its simple vocal knowledge.

The only thing that Church sings in her repertoire for this disc that is even half suited to her voice is "Carrickfergus". That song requires a Enya-like voice, something a bit on the thin (no offense) side, with a more pop tone.

By now, you are more than likely asking "if this person does not like Charlotte then why is she buying this CD?" Well, it is because of the Target version. I heard Kathleen Battle sing Massenet's "Elegie" and really loved the song and wanted to sing it for a competition, and looked for a recording of it but the only one that I could come across was Church's. I did not really want to buy the CD except maybe so I could sing my own rendition of 'Adele's Laughing Song' (my name is Adele) from hearing her rendition of the aria. I must admit I had quite a laughing fit! Church's rendition of "Elegie" was, well, to put it nicely, not all that great. The last note was pretty good, but other than that, Church pushed out F naturals and Gbs, and those notes are not that high, they are only middle voice!

There are more pieces on here then arias, there are also Broadway tunes, such as "A Bit of Earth." This song was sung with very thin tone, no phrasing, no any thing. Just a raspy voice, extremely breathy on every single note.

Finally, I must say that this CD is for die hard fans only. If you are looking to be amazed then buy Renée Fleming's new "Bel Canto" CD instead. If you are looking for an average okay CD, then buy Roberto Alagna's "Popular Tenor Arias" CD. If you want an average, not so great CD, then go for this CD. Or, buy this if you want to see what level a beginning vocal student should be singing at. This CD is okay for a choir audition demo for average-okay freshmen in high school, but not to put out on sale.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply Beautiful
I love Charlotte Church. This Album just makes me love her even more. For someone of her age to be singing these songs as amazingly well as she does is phenomonal. Also, her first album was released when she was 12! How many other singers out there can actually release an album at age 12 and have it reach double platinum in about one month? Charlotte Church did, nobody else.

This album has some incredible songs on it with simply amazing orchestral accompaniments. It isn't like those crossover artists like Sara Brightman that are just annoying. Charlotte Church is one of the best singers I have ever heard. Yeah, she isn't as big as Celine Dion or Whitney Houston, but her voice is above and beyond any of those big names. Incredible!

3-0 out of 5 stars Decent....
This was decent.. and from a regular 15 year old, it would be called fantastic. Unfortentaly, Mis. Church has set high standards for herself, a reason why this c.d.'s a bit of a dissapointment. True, "The Water is Wide" "Carrifurgus", "A Bit of Earth", and "The Prayer" were all lovely, as well as other of her songs, though her range is slowly dimishing at the point when she's trying to show it off. Notes that she was able to hit easily before, are sounding now as if she is shreaking... "Can't Help Loving that Man" was a unqualifed diaster... her voice is to high and fairy like for it. Nice try, but she should stick with folk songs, and church songs, I mean, her first c.d. brought tears to my eyes, at this one I was finding myself groaning... she's still lovely though, in both voice and apperience, but she has to be careful what she sings... I think the reason this c.d. was such a big flob was because she's overtasking herself. ... Read more

15. Fiedler Greatest Hits
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4-0 out of 5 stars Arthur at his best.
Arthur Fiedler made listening to classical music fun. Try a listen to 'Pomp and Circumstance', one of my favourite pieces of classical music. 'William Tell Oveture' shines as does most of the material on this album. Well recorded for it's day. Fiedler is missed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fiedler's Finest
I had the opportunity of playing in an orchestra under Maestro Fiedler. He was a tough, no nonsense conductor who expected crisp, lyrical, and expressive. His musical interpretations of everything from Sabre Dance to Syncopated Clock; from Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 to his love for the Beatles, sets him as the ruler supreme in pop music. I only hope RCA will continue to reissue his LPs so a new generation knows the man and his music. Bravo!

5-0 out of 5 stars what a collaboration of musical excellence, oh what style!
I bought this CD a little over a year ago and it is still among my favorites. "Polvetsian Dances" is excellent no matter what your interests. The full version of "Pomp and Circumstance" as well as "The William Tell Overature" are wonderful; The "Procession of the Nobles" is victorious and galliant; the lyrical complexity of "Farandole" is haunting. This is a brilliant compilation of musical excellence. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Spectacular
Not only does it include some of the most famous overtures, but they are played in such an exciting style, full of life and passion. The Suppe overtures are superior and the Wagner overtures are wonderful as well. There is not a bad point to this recording - highly recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is an excellent collection of overtures, especially of Von Suppe's overtures. Solti truly brings out life in these pieces.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best Overture Album !
If you like overtures, here is the album. Never have these been performed so musically and with such excitement. The orchestras involved vary in their abilities, yet the Chicago, Vienna, and London Symphony perfom with style. Solti loves this music and it shows. ... Read more

17. More German Military Marches & Polkas, Vol. 2
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4-0 out of 5 stars German Band Music --- "Beer Garden" Style
If you're looking for heavy full-range German march music, this is probably not the album for you. Also, the recording quality is a bit tinny here and there, especially in the recording of the "Deutschland Lied." As my heading implies, the perfomance style is much lighter and is more like what you'd hear at a local Oktoberfest beer garden. The music is, on the whole, still enjoyable and the vocals are also on the light side. Back in the late 1950s through the early 1990s, the radio station KTYM broadcast German music programs on Saturdays and Sundays hosted by Fred Schell and Peter Teichmann. On their programs, they played music that sounded much like what you'll hear on this CD. While I don't think of this music as something you'd march to, it is the kind you'd relax to while sipping from your bierkrug and enjoying a Thueringer bratwurst or Muenchner wiesswurst and a side of sauerkraut with friends. On Sundays when I was a kid, my dad would barbeque on the porch. We kids would play in the yard while his German friends would sit in the shade enjoying their beer and listening to this music played on the portable stereo set my dad brought outside on a LONG extension cord. I'm still in the habit of listening to this music on weekends. It still brings back some nice memories.

While the recording quality is wanting here and there, I think you'll find this collection of traditional German music relaxing and pleasing. You would do well to puchase this album used on Amazon, as I did. And, for those of you who understand German: "In der Not schmeckt das Wurst gut ohne Brot!" ... Read more

18. The Student Prince (1952 Studio Cast)
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When we think about 1920s Broadway musicals now, what comes to mind are frothy Gershwin tunes and a little something called Show Boat perhaps. But the 1920s were also the golden age of the operetta on the Great White Way, and most of them were written by Mitteleuropean men such as the Hungarian-born Sigmund Romberg. So don't expect wild swing in Romberg's The Student Prince (which opened in 1924 as The Student Prince of Heidelberg). The music has more in common with The Merry Widow than with jazz-age follies. This 1952 recording (the first of the complete score) stars City Opera's Robert Rounseville in the title role and the Metropolitan Opera's Dorothy Kirsten as his love interest, a waitress named Kathie. Romberg's ambitious score has a lovely sweep and displays plenty of romantic panache (check out the Finale of Act 2 for a brilliant example of Romberg's melodic skills). --Elisabeth Vincentelli ... Read more

19. Die Fledermaus
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4-0 out of 5 stars Sparkling vintage Johann Strauss
Oscar Danon is the real star of ths recording. His conducting keeps things light and bubbly, just as it should be.

The English translation is acceptable but nothing dazzling, and some of the words and phrases seem awkward. (Purists will argue FLEDERMAUS is best heard in it's original German. For that, go to Decca's wonderful 1960 set which includes the wonderful gala sequence featuring an all-star cast.)

Anna Moffo is a fine Rosalinda and Jeanette Scovotti is perfect for Adele. (The two ladies switched roles that same year to record highlights for Readers Digest TREASURY OF GREAT OPERETTAS.) Rise Stevens is a bit of a plum as Prince Orlofsky, somehwat past her prime and oversinging "A Most Successful Host." Sergio Franchi does better with Alfred and Richard Lewis does fine as Eisenstein.

The Ball scene is given the larger piece of the recording, probably because this is where the opera's most famous "hit tunes" originate.

FLEDERMAUS is very much a piece of another world...a long forgotten time when Vienna was all glitter and balls and waltzes. They had the right attitude then: In the rest of the world the situation was often serious, but not hopeless. The Vienese viewed the situation as being hopeless - but never serious.

THAT is the spirit of this fun recording.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Best 'Die Fledermaus's
I concur that this is one of the best 'Die Fledermaus's' out. The best is the full length version in German recorded at the same time with almost the identical cast. Why RCA Victor Red Seal has not rereleased it on CD is a mystery. I have tried contacting RCA on several occations but with no response. 'Die Fledermaus' must be listened to in German for its true comic flavor. Oskar Danon has conducted the brightest, most sparkling, most exciting 'Fledermaus' I have ever heard. The English highlights version gives just a taste of that brilliance.

4-0 out of 5 stars QUITE WONDERFUL
First off, I must admit that my tolerance for operettas is pretty low. To watch and listen to all those 'supposed' singing ACTORS pretending to have a high-old-time, makes me a bit nervous. They are simply NOT acting. What, I guess, they have been coached to do is to EMphasize EVery NOUN, VERB & GERund in the SCRIPT-and with disastrous, self-conscious results. (If you'd like to see/hear the height of self-conscious performers try the new Metropolitan Opera production of "The Merry Widow" with everyone pretend-flirting and shouting and doing that fake opera laugh at every opportunity.) That said, this recording of Johann Strauss' "Die Fledermaus" is quite wonderful. The small bit of dialogue in this highlights CD is handled well & with ease. With singing actors, some of whom have actually played roles in Broadway musicals, the text gets full due and the singing is quite fine. Sergio Franchi (the co-star of the Richard Rodgers/Stephen Sondheim/Arthur Laurents musical "Do I Hear A Waltz?") as 'Alfred' and Anna Moffo as 'Rosalinda' are terrific leads. Even better are George London as 'Falke' and Jeanette Scovotti as 'Adele.' Also tops as 'Orlofsky' is that under-rated American mezzo who, for some reason, made so few recordings in her international career: Rise Stevens. Her "Carmen" has always been a staple of the RCA catalogue but until recently her "Orpheus & Euridice" and "Samson & Dalila" were unavailable. The Vienna State Opera Orchestra & Chorus under Oscar Danon sound great in this 1963 recording re-released in the High Performance (HP) series for BMG.

4-0 out of 5 stars More about this recording
I would like to add to the discussion that this recording was made at the same time that almost the same cast recorded the complete Fledermaus for RCA Red Seal in German. They were released together. I always enjoyed listening to the two of them back to back and enjoyed both. Now the English recording is available in a digitalized CD, I have added it to the collection. Now I want the complete one as well....please RCA Red Seal give it to us.

5-0 out of 5 stars Climb-down!
Having listened to this CD many more times since I wrote the previous review, I am persuaded that I was unduly harsh towards it. The deficiencies I mention are present, but not to the extent that I initially thought. Overall it is a delicious, witty, effervescent account that I now rate among my favourite recordings - it never fails to give me a lift, & I recommend it highly. ... Read more

20. The Top 100 Masterpieces of Classical Music, Vol. 6-10
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3-0 out of 5 stars Great collections, with poor quality sound
I expected to listen to great professional classical orchestra ...for this classical music collection, but the quality of the music is not too good.

There are a lot of great music collections, but they will sound better when they record it right.

It is good when you just want to have more classical music, but for a CD, the sound quality is like a [poorley made] CD.

I give 3 stars for this product.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Collection Of Romantic Era Music
The Top 100 Classical Music series is a must have for novices of classical music, or someone already into the classics but wishes to amassa an "essentials" collection. This particular cd's span the Romantic Era, and although the 19th century saw much more music than what is covered on these recordings, this is nevertheless a brilliant and essential body of works. The Wedding March of Mendelsshon's Midsummer Night's Dream (played in weddings all over the world I'm assuming), Franz Lizst Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 (The Looney Tunes Theme Music by the way) and other jewels of the era, such as the Blue Danube Waltz by Johann Strauss, the operetta overtures of Franz Von Suppe, Verdi's preludes to such operas as Nabucco and La Traviata, Wagner's intense, dramatic music for his Ring of the Nibelung operas, regarded as the epitome and the zenith of Romantic Era opera, and the music of other composers such as Tchaikovsky, Bizet, Sibelius, Rimsky Korsakov and many others. I highly recommend this cd to anyone wanting to sample and taste what Romantic Era music was all about. Five stars all the way.

3-0 out of 5 stars Somewhat lacking
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The collection is well designed for introducing the listener to a large variety of music, with its broad range of composers and types of music. However, the interpretation of the music is hardly existant, and many of the pieces sound rather dull and uninteresting. Some lively pieces are played too slowly, and nearly all of them without emotion, keeping the set out of reach from being included in a true classical collection. Despite all that, the sheer number and range of pieces (along with the low price) make this a collection well suited for the new classical listener. ... Read more

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