classical music: melodies
25 Piano Favorites
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky
Vox (Classical), 1996
25 Piano Favorites
This is my favorite classical CD since it is geared to a wide audience. Many of my friends and acquaintances enjoy it, too.
Baby Einstein: Traveling Melodies
Buena Vista, 2005
This cd is very relaxing for anyone trying to relax anywhere. This cd usually calms my 4 month old who does not like her car seat very much. Would definitely recommend fir any age.
Romance of the Violin
Romance of the Violin
This CD is wonderful, very relaxing. It came in excellent condition, and shipping was very fast.
A - Z of Opera (includes 762 page booklet)
Incredible Opportunity to Hear and Lean About Opera
We have loved Opera for years; but, had never been to one. Nor did we know anything really about the composer's or the story of the Operas. This has quickly become our favorite; we bought a second copy for our car and listen to it on trips. As a result of reading the book that comes with it; and, listening to the CD's, we have since bought several full length Opera's for our listening ...
The Opera Band
RCA Victor, 2004
A very pleasant surprise
There are few albums available for lovers of classical crossover music, and Amazon doesn't even have a category for it, so it was pleasant surprise to find this album and a delight to listen to it.
The Melody of Rhythm
Bela / Hussain, Zakir / Meyer, Edgar Fleck
Koch Records, 2009
When listening to previous collaborations between Edgar Meyer, Bela Fleck, and whomever else they chose to include in their musical play, I have admired their facility for mixing genres in a tasteful and artful manner. This time they have gone beyond genre. They don't just build on the foundations of existing traditions, they bust through them entirely to create something new and spectacularly ...
The Most Relaxing Classical Album In the World Ever, Volume II
Jacqueline Du Pre
EMI Classics, 2003
Most Relaxing Classical Music. II
Beautifully done, arranged, and selected. All are very good performances, and there are many lesser known but wonderful pieces such as the movement from Shostakovich's second piano concerto.
Art of Segovia
Deutsche Grammophon, 2002
genius at his best
When you need a little down pulsing, put on Mr. Segovia and just chill. This is genius at his best.
The Dvorak Album
Glorious music by YoYo.
I am fond of everything that YoYo does. He is the classical artistan who can go outside his natural circle and become the people's artist. He is so expessive and gives his all to the score of Dvorak.
Ultimate Movie Music Collection
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
The aptly named Ultimate Movie Music Collection does not disappoint in the least. As a film score and movie soundtrack purist, I am always skeptical about any CD with film scores that have been re-orchestrated, and re-recorded by a pops orchestra. More often than not, renditions of scores tend to lack the emotion and impact of the original and are vastly inferior. I can confidently say that this ...
Flute For Relaxation
This is a great CD. If you're a James Galway fan, this is a must have. He is, after all, THE GREATEST flutist in the world today. The CD is filled with some of the most beautiful (and relaxing) music ever written. Buy it. You will love it.
Susan Graham - La Belle Époque (The Songs of Reynaldo Hahn)
An Hour of Pure Rapture
I hadn't heard of Reynaldo Hahn until I happened to hear a broadcast of Graham's 2009 Ravinia recital of French art songs. She sang only A Chloris as an encore, but at the intermission interview had talked about how she was first introduced to Hahn's songs. Hearing A Chloris, I was hooked and immediately downloaded her album. Gorgeous singing and sensitive accompaniment. I only wish that ...
Stars & Stripes: America's Greatest Hits
John  Stafford Smith
George M. Cohan
I have the CD at home and the songs sound fabulous. I've heard the Houston Symphony's version of the Star Spangled Banner many times on TV as this anthem has been used at sign-off (when this was happening). It's as powerful a version you'll hear. Probably the finest patriotic music CD you can find out there.
Sakura-Japanese Melodies for Flute & Harp
Japanese Flute And Harp- Exquisite!
Simply put, if you like the flute and the harp, and a [usually] very pronounced Japanese style, give this album a chance. From the beginning to the end it is relaxing and compelling, without any duds. Like being rocked in a hammock, your cares melt away. There is just something about the harp and the flute, each softly beckoning to us on their own, but here they are paired with very good ...
Renee Fleming - The Beautiful Voice ~ Gounod, Lehar, Orff, Puccini, Rachmaninov, Strauss
Renee Fleming;THE BEAUTIFUL VOICE
IT'S A FINE RECORDING THAT OFFERS A VARIETY OF SELECTIONS FROM OPERA, OPERETTAS AND FOLK SONGS, ALL WITH FLEMING AT HER BEST.
Brahms at Bedtime: A Sleepytime Serenade
I love to listen to this cd if I'm tired and need to take a nap or just rest for a while. It is very soothing.
Broadway - The American Musical (PBS Series)
George M. Cohan
Fabulous for any Broadway-lover
Packs into 5 CD's a sampling of Broadway tunes from the 20's thru (almost) today, mostly from original cast recordings. Includes not just well-known hits, but also some lesser-known gems. Sound quality is first rate, booklet is informative too. Have given this as a gift to several friends with rave reviews.
Exquisite collection & performances, unbelievable value!!!
"Over 2 l/2 hours of the world's most beautiful music." These words on the cover are very close to true. What an incredible value this collection is!! So many of these compilations of this sort are cheaply produced, and those "greatest hits" collections are one trite piece after another -- after a while one runs screaming to the stereo to shut it off. However, this collection is top-notch, ...
Excellent Baroque Collection
As I have stated in many of my previous reviews, I am a huge fan of the Sony Essential Classics (SEC) budget series. Most of the recordings feature classic and often definitive performances featuring the likes of George Szell, Leonard Bernstein, Robert Casadesus, Isaac Stern and Rudolf Serkin among others. Here we get a variety of orchestras and conductors including big names like Jean-Claude ...
San Francisco and Other Jeanette MacDonald Favorites
Queen of Songs
I received this CD 'San Fracisco and other Jeanette MacDonald Favorites' a few days ago and have listened to it carefully several times. She is about a generation before my time; so far I have seen only two pictures of her: 'San Francisco' and 'The Merry Widow'. In San Francisco, I discovered she can also sing opera successfully to some degree As for The Merry Widow, I much prefer the later ...
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