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Rock Symphonies
David Garrett

Decca, 2010

David Garrett is a rock 'n' roll concert violinist! If that sounds like an oxymoron, you'll be surprised by his powerfully fierce take on classic rock anthems when played by he and a symphony orchestra! This ain't long-haired music in a Leonard Bernstein way; it's long-haired music in a mullets and beer bongs kind of way. Listen for yourself on CD or be dazzled by the imagery, too, with the DVD!


Best Loved Hymns
Stephen Cleobury

Warner Classics, 2003


The Tallis Scholars Sing Thomas Tallis - including Spem in Alium
Thomas Tallis, Peter Phillips, ...

GIMELL, 2004

''To go from the medieval world of Ave, Dei patris to the stark directness of If ye love me, to the soaring phrases of Gaude gloriosa, to the compact intensity of the Lamentations and O sacrum convivium, to the incredible sonorities of Spem in alium is to travel as far as one man can ever have taken his listeners.'' - Peter Phillips


Abide With Me: 50 Favourite Hymns
Henry Purcell, Hubert Parry, ...

Double Decca, 1999

Compiled here are fifty of the most beloved hymns performed by three of England's most distinguished choirs. Every selection here is sung in an appropriately dignified manner and if you're up for over two hours of consistently well-rendered quintessentially English treatments of these vernacular favorites it simply doesn't get any better than this.


Rutter: Requiem
J. Rutter

Naxos, 2003

Produced by the composer himself, this is the first recording of the ensemble version of John Rutter' radiant Requiem. Written in 1985, the work is not a conventional setting of the Requiem Mass but comprises a personal selection of texts from the Catholi


Guilty Pleasures
Hector Berlioz, Eugene Marie Henri Fouques Duparc, ...

Decca, 2000

Guilty Pleasures is the long-awaited follow-up to Renees Grammy winner The Beautiful Voice. This album allows Renee to indulge in musical cherry-picking, singing songs and arias in eight different languages. The sheer, unabashed beauty of these pieces provides their thematic connection. Ranging from familiar favorites like the Flower Duet from Lakme (sung with Renees friend Susan Graham) to rapturous, rarely-heard melodies of Tchaikovsky, Dvorak ...


Praise to the Lord - Hymns From St. Paul's Cathedral
Choir of St. Paul's Cathedral

Hyperion UK, 2001


Jewish Cello Masterpieces
Ernest Bloch, Max Bruch, ...

Leggiero Records, 2002

A beautiful collection of great Jewish Music. Classics by Ernest Bloch and Max Bruch, mixed with rarely heard gems by Maurice Ravel, Zavel Zilberts, Jacob Wasilkovsky, and David Meyerowitz. "Wie Shlecht es is Ohn Gelt", a Yiddish Theatre gem, is alone worth the price of admission for its mixture of pathos and humor. The songs by Zilberts are an important and beautiful part of the Jewish music legacy that must be heard.


American Spirit
Mannheim Steamroller

American Gramaphone, 2003

Lending its special touch to these classic patriotic songs, Mannheim Steamroller teams up with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for a powerful tribute to America. From classic standards to lesser known gems, you'll feel a swelling of pride for the homeland.


Best of the Red Army Choir
Red Army Choir

Silva America, 2002


Broadway, My Way
Linda Eder

Atlantic, 2003

On the eagerly awaited Broadway My Way, Atlantic recording artist and acclaimed Broadway sensation Linda Eder performs classics including 'On the Street Where You Live' (from My Fair Lady), 'Edelweiss' (from The Sound of Music), 'Don't Rain On My Parade' (from Funny Girl) and 10 other great broadway songs performed in a whole new voice. 2003.


Hallelujah Chorus - The Great Handel Choruses
Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Carl Nielsen, ...

Sony Special Product, 1996

Includes For unto Us a Child Is Born and Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah ; Awake the Trumpet's Lofty Sound from Samson ; Hallelujah Amen from Judas Maccabaeus ; Sing Ye to the Lord from Israel in Egypt , and more, 13 in all.


John Rutter

Collegium, 2005


Renaissance: Music for Inner Peace
The Sixteen

Decca, 2005



Bryn Terfel - We'll Keep a Welcome
James James, W.S. Gwynn Williams, ...

Deutsche Grammophon, 2001



Haydn: Nelson Mass / Vivaldi: Gloria / Handel: Zadok the Priest
Joseph Haydn, Antonio Vivaldi, ...

Decca, 2000


Amazing Grace: The Pipes and Drums and Military Band of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
Royal Scots Dragoon Guards

RCA, 1992


Coronation Anthems
Georg Friedrich Handel, Neville Marriner, ...

Polygram Records, 1990

Everyone loves Handel's choruses, and probably no other composer had such an intuitive feel for the sound of massed voices in a big space. The problem with Handel's oratorios, of course, is all of those nasty arias (which is why Israel in Egypt , which has very few, is so popular today). So if you're a chorus nut who can't stand solo singing, why not try the four Coronation Anthems --like Bach's Magnificat , they contain just about everything ...


The Opera Band
James Shearman, Alex North, ...

RCA Victor, 2004




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