classical music: intermezzi
Simply the Best Classical Anthems
This is a good sampler, since it covers what you would want in a classical music CD. Looking at the tracks, it has the classic hits, such as "Ride of the Valkyries," "Toccata and Fugue," "Fanfare for the Common Man," "'Jupiter' from `The Planets,'" "Eine Klein Nachtmusik," and "Hallelujah Chorus." There are also some new pieces that I have fallen in love with, such as "The Young Person's Guide ...
Brahms: Complete Piano Music [Box Set]
This set is an excellent way to get all of the major Brahms piano works. It is not actually "complete," since it does not include some of his smaller piano works. The piano sound is good. I really enjoyed these CDs, and would recommend them to anyone interested in these pieces.
Brahms: Two Rhapsodies, Op. 79; Piano Pieces, Opp. 117-119
I have heard Rubinstein, Horowitz, Askenazy, Martin Jones, Glenn Gould, and others's recordings of the Brahms solo piano works, and none can touch what Lupu has done here. The performances are not flawless. There are times when exuberance overwhelms technique, as in the explosive finale of the final Rhapsody, Opus 119, No.4 -- a monumental work and performance that both degenerates and ...
Brahms: Works for Solo Piano
A wonderful offering.
There may be the individual recording made by others - Gilels, Rubinstein, Arrau - of a particular piece which might be preferred but as a collection of the Brahms piano works, this set has to take the prize. The quality of original recording is high and the digital transfer seemingly well done. One has to listen very attentively to detect which of the four Ballades were recorded monaurally; a ...
Johann Strauss Orchestra
Andre Rieu does not hold back
Andre Rieu gives all to his audiences wether in concert or in your home listening to a CD or viewing a DVD.
The Most Relaxing Classical Album in the World...Ever!
Johann Sebastian Bach
EMI Classics, 1999
I enjoy this type of music. For relaxation, it's great. Great for background music when I'm working.
My Favorite Brahms
Van Cliburn is simply the best!
I played some of these pieces and especially love Van Cliburn's interpretation of the Ballad in G Minor as well as the Intermezzo in E. Van Cliburn makes this piano music sound so easy. It is very difficult and well played with expression and appropriate rhythm. The sound and tonality of this piano is excellent and well recorded. I highly recommend this for anybody who wants a top ...
Bizet: Carmen (Highlights) / Solti, Troyanos, Domingo
Nice music, nice voices
This is Georges Bizet! He doesn't need any special advertising!
Brahms: 10 Intermezzi for Piano; 4 Ballades
Sony Bmg Europe, 2002
A surprising find
Brahms and Gould -- a surprising but effective match. From a performer most identified with Bach comes a recording that genuinely captures the Romantic expressiveness of Brahms. Although I knew many of these pieces from previous recordings Gould (as always) brings new ideas to the music. Of course, it wouldn't be Gould without the occasional idiosyncrasy -- op.119 no.1 is played ridiculously ...
Greatest Hits: Flute
Johann Sebastian Bach
takes you to another place and time!
This cd is by far the most beautiful that I have ever heard! It just takes you away to another place and time, far from your worries, very relaxing. I highly reccomend this to anyone who loves beautiful music!
Dg Imports, 1992
Dance of the Blessed Spirits: Romantic Music for Flute and Harp
I simply loved this CD. It's the most wonderful thing I have ever heard; it's simply awesome. They got the Gounod's "Ave Maria" and played it using harp and flute, and it brought me close to tears. I believe beautiful music brings you close to heaven, and I sure feel surrounded by angels whenever I listen to this CD.
Complete Works for Piano
Thoughtful and Gentle
Mr. Parkin displays a gentleness, restraint, and romanticism that is too often lacking in interpretations of Poulenc. I've always believed there was a bit more Fauré (I'm thinking of his Ballade for solo piano here) than most interpreters allow. Listen to the Novelette No. 1 and the Nocturne No. 1 as examples. Also, the Mouvements Perpetuels are played with a more gentle touch than I've heard ...
Yellow Guide to Opera
Yellow Guide to Opera
Deutsche Grammophon, 1998
Not recommended because of competing products
This product fails because there are several others on the market at half the price that are nearly as good or just as good. "The Yellow Guide to Opera" is an excellent collection of 42 opera tracks that would please the ear of any novice or early-intermediate opera fan. In fact, the collection of tracks is to be commended for its richness and variety, including for example Russian composers. ...
Hyperion UK, 2001
Give the Man a Break
I read many of the reviews of "Kaleidescope" and have come to the conclusion that some of the people who listened to this disc simply did NOT understand it. Marc-Andre Hamelin is not trying to offer you the "real classics." The standard piano literature does not constitute a large part of ANY of his discs. I believe that this recording is simply UNPARRALLED. It presents selection of salon ...
Franz von Suppe
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.
This is a very timely reissue of one of my favorite Marco Polo discs--and a very affordable one at that (the original cost me 18.99!). An indespensible program for lovers of Russian Romanticism, Liadov's miniatures easily take their place among Rimsky-Korsakov, Borodin, and Balakirev, conjuring up a world of fairy tales, spectacle, nostalgia, and folk song. This disc represents the breadth of ...
A Great Intro to Some of Opera's Orchestral Moments
Some of opera's (or related stage works') best orchestral moments are included on this CD. Starting with the joyous Prelude to Carmen and ending with the tour de force of the Dance of the Hours, this CD has it covered, at least as well as any near eighty minute CD can. If you are not familiar with classical music, this is a great opener. None of the tracks are "hard" to listen to- they just ...
Late Piano Music
An excellent bargain
Three competent pianists share a fairly comprehensive review of Brahms' music for piano solo (except for his sonatas, ballads and a few odd pieces). Kovacevich's performance is the most convincing of the three: his fiery, sensitive and lyrical approach is a delight. The other two pianists hold their own too, although Harasiewicz is the better of the two (his version of the Paganini Variations is ...
Complete Published Solo Piano Music
Naxos American, 1998
Samuel Barber's Piano Music
Samuel Barber's(1910 --1981) music is lyrical, romantic, and accessible. But his music still manages to be challenging. As is the case with many American composers, Barber tried to develop an American voice by combining art music with American themes derived from jazz and American popular culture. Again, Barber wrote in an accessible way using sophisticated 20th century compositional ...
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