|Stanley Myers, Antonio Vivaldi, John Williams|
The Best Classical Album in the World... Ever!
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Soundtracks, Classical
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Craig Johnson | 02/10/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It should probably go without saying that it's not just a matter of finding a classical CD with the songs you want, it has to be the ideal recording of the song. For example, you don't just want to buy any random recording of "Beethoven's Ninth"; you want to get the recording that has the right accoustics in the theater where it was recorded, the full orchestra, the conductor making the perfect dramatic emphasis during the critical moments in the music.That's one of the best reasons to buy this particular CD. It's not just the fact that so many essential pieces of classical music are on this CD; it's the fact that they are some of the greatest versions of these pieces you will ever find.If I have any complaints about this compilation, it's the manner in which some of these recordings are shortened down so as to accommodate 40 tracks on to the CD. The most frustrating track is a beautiful recording of my all time favourite Puccini song "Nessun Dorma" which fades out just before arriving at the dramatic final bars.Nevertheless owning this CD became a must for me, after hearing the incredibly stirring version of Albanoni's "Adagio in G minor"; one of the most hauntingly beautiful pieces of music I have ever heard!"
Great for Beginners
City Girl | Philadelphia, PA United States | 07/14/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is a nice recording for folks who don't know much about classical music, and would serve as a wonderful introduction. It covers centuries of great music in a very listener-friendly format. I am sure that I will use this CD in my music classroom. For a seasoned classical music lover, however, the CD proves a bit frustrating, including only segments of masterworks (not even the entire movement of the Holst). I bought the CD for a few recordings, which I truly enjoy and make the CD a worthwile purchase. But I found (and I think that most classical musicians will find) that I already had many of these works in their entirety."
Most Aggravating Album in the World!
City Girl | 05/26/2002
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This CD is the first thing I ever returned to Amazon. It is an inferior product--selections cut off abruptly before the end, volume fades and returns in the middle of a cut...production values are pure schlock here. Maybe I should have expected as much from such a sophomoric title."