classical music: century
SonyBMG Special Markets, 2007
Beautiful music at a great price
This was actually and ad-hoc purchase to allow free shipping on other items. I've purchased a lot of music recently and with this disc I've scored once again (meaning I really enjoyed music I've never heard previously)! This is a great sampler that has something for everyone in terms of style conveyed by a true master. This disc would have been a good deal at $10.00. At $6.00 it's a steal and ...
Katherine Jenkins is among the best singers in the world.
When I heard her perform with Andrea Bocelli during a PBS Christmas special, I was amazed with her clarity, range, and volume. I researched her on Amazon, and purchased Sacred Arias, along with other selections. I was not disappointed! Her style, language, and quality are simply terrific. She is one of the few classical artist with whom I enjoy listening while I'm engaged in the day's activities. ...
Beethoven for Babies: Brain Training for Little Ones
Ludwig van Beethoven
Nicest classical CD I have found for my baby (& me)
This is a very pleasant CD to listen to, and I think the quality of the music is excellent. I enjoy listening to this with my 10 month old son, and we also listen to the radio and lots of modern music. I recently purchased 5 of the classical "Baby Einstein" CDs and I consider them to be inferior to this Beethoven for Babies CD. The Baby Einstein are very synthesized sounding and I think they are ...
The Best of Arthur Fiedler: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection
Hip-O Records, 2005
Memories from Fiedler
Its a pleasure to hear Boston Pops Orchestra conducted by Arthur Fiedler. The recording is excelent.
Absolutely riveting and beautiful
You need to know my bias when you read this review: I think Ludovico Einaudi is the greatest living composer for piano today. I waited, not at all patiently, for the release of this album. (So impatiently, in fact, that I ordered an import for triple the cost to get it even earlier than amazon had available...). And I was not disappointed. This album is full of beautiful pieces in the trademark ...
Naxos of America, Inc., 2010
This is the most original heartfelt music I have heard in years. I heard the interview with Maya Beiser on NPR sunday morning and thought to myself: interesting story but when the music started pouring in I was transformed. Bought the MP3 download for the car ride and intend to buy the CD for my parents. (Though I wonder what they will think of Led Zep Kashmir? :) I dont want to analyze the ...
100 Years: Celebrating a Century of Recording Excellence
Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Mormon Tabernacle Choir, 2010
An important milestone...and a terrific "bonus"
There aren't many musical ensembles around today that can claim a 100-year history of commercial recording. Even fewer have maintained such a high standard of performing and recording excellence over that century! This is an extraordinary achievement, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir thoroughly deserves to be honored for it. It's a bit of a shame, though, that the Choir is left to mark the ...
Bernstein Century - Copland: Appalachian Spring, Rodeo, etc / Bernstein, New York PO
Wonderful collection of Aaron Copland Hits!
Wonderful collection of Aaron Copland Hits! If a classical genius ever had a hit....like Britany. Luckily for us though. No Britany, Aaron yes! Very well done passages, Fanfare for the Common this NYS composers signature and a piece that has stuck with me since my college radio days 35 years ago! Eugene Ormandy, Leonard Bernstein and Louis Lane conducting these masterpieces, I had to have three ...
Music of the Spheres
GORGEOUS ETHEREAL MUSIC-OLDFIELD'S LATTER DAY CLASSIC
This is some of the best music that Mike Oldfield has ever put out. Being a big fan of the TUBULAR BELLS Trilogy, it's nice to hear a bit of that style coming through on "Harbinger", the opening track. The remaining songs are gorgeous mixes of classical and new age, the latter a genre that Oldfield helped pioneer. Whilst there are prog-rock touches on this album, it's all done with subtlety and ...
Cecilia Bartoli - If You Love Me (Se tu m'ami ), 18th-Century Italian Songs
Even for the non opera afficianado, these beautiful songs, rendered with exquisite style and grace and meticulous accompaniment,make for enthralling listening. I listen to this album more than any other I have ever owned. I simply never get tired of the songs. It is a true collection that builds one on the other. It becomes totally engrossing placing the listener in a world all its own.
Evan Chambers: The Old Burying Ground - featuring the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra
Evan Chambers brings to life the epitaphs etched in stone so many years ago in Jaffery, New Hampshire in his first release on Dorian Sono Luminus with his new work The Old Burying Ground, performed by the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Kenneth Kiesler, this world premiere release intertwines powerful orchestral movements, moving vocal passages and poems commissioned by world renowned award winning poets in a way ...
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
NAXOS AMERICAN, 2009
Jubilant Sykes - Amazing Voice
I am just discovering the beautiful voice of Jubilant Sykes, listening to the Bernstein Mass recording on WQXR. I never before heard of Jubilant, and had never heard this piece before. Sykes and the other soloists are marvelous, Sykes is a personal discovery for me, and I have always been impressed with Marin Alsop's conducting, especially in more modern music. The diction is perfect, especially ...
Off the Map
Silk Road Ensemble
World Village, 2009
Over the years, the Silk Road Ensemble has evolved from a group of strangers, brought together by artistic director Yo Yo Ma, into a close-knit band of friends. Off the Map is a testament to that transformation, as the Silk Road Project celebrates its 10th anniversary. Gabriela Frank's Ritmos Anchinos transports us into the Andes, with pipa and sheng imitating indigenous folk instruments. Angel Lam's childhood memories emerge in Empty Mountain, ...
Mozart at Midnight
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Mozart Rocks (again)
I just can't pass up a good CD, and here is another Mozart miracle. Take my word for it, this rocks too.
Beethoven at Bedtime: A Gentle Prelude to Sleep
Ludwig van Beethoven
Works on my kids
I'm purchasing my second copy of the CD. My kids listen to it every night to lull them to sleep - they usually don't make it through the first piece. It is true that some of the music doesn't seem very conducive to sleep, but by the time one hears those selections, one is fast asleep.
Pianist of the Century (Box)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Deutsche Grammophon, 2009
one of many "pianists of the century"
At the time these recordings were made for DGG Sviatoslav Richter was just emerging from his Soviet cocoon, having previously been isolated, for the most part, from western culture & influence. While Richter's art matured as he was exposed to musicians & musical ideas outside the iron curtain, his middle period, which these recordings capture, reflect an undiluted artistic personality that was ...
Bernstein Century - Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue, etc
Two Great Gershwin Recordings
I first heard the recording of "An American in Paris" on the radio, and I immediately concluded that this was a recording I needed to order. I ordered this CD solely for the recording of "An American in Paris", everything else was a bonus. "An American in Paris" was worth the price of the whole CD, but so is "Rhapsody in Blue", which I believe could easily be the definitive recording of this ...
Codex Faenza: Instrumental Music of the Early 15th Century
Codex Faenza Anonymous
Essential to any early music collection
When I purchased this album, I was expecting it to be more akin to the other music performed by the Ensemble Unicorn. I was expecting quick and lively, music akin to the Spanish Troubadour tunes and Las Cantigas de Santa Maria. I was wrong, and I was disappointed at first. I quickly changed my mind after giving the entire album a listen, and was enchanted. If you like the quick, lively medieval ...
Joshua Bell. Kreisler, Brahms, Paganini, Sarasate, Wieniawski.
Great Music by a Gifted Performer, Terrible Plastic Case
Joshua Bell's playing is simply enchanting. This recording is wonderful and I needed it as a reward after I fought the plastic case to release the two discs. The packaging - hard plastic case with a non-release hard plastic wheel in the center of the CDs - was so frustrating that I was considering breaking the case just to get the discs loose, but was worried I'd break the CDs instead, so I ...
The Best of Secret Garden: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection
Deutsche Grammophon, 2004
I love Secret Garden! No matter what mood I am in, their music always makes it better!
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