|Tomaso Albinoni, Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven|
Best of the Millennium: Top 40 Classical Hits
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Special Interest, Soundtracks, Classical
For those who want the most remembered passages of classical music's best-loved works, here's a package for you. On this bargain priced double-CD, you'll find music from 40 different classical composers; for the most part,... more »
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For those who want the most remembered passages of classical music's best-loved works, here's a package for you. On this bargain priced double-CD, you'll find music from 40 different classical composers; for the most part, the recordings excerpted here are some of the very best. Of course, you only get one Bach sampling (Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, played by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra) and one Mozart (A Little Night Music conducted by Herbert von Karajan), but this is still a nice collection--perhaps the starting point for a budding collection of classical music. This set's downfall? Unfortunately, though the liner notes discuss the evolution of classical music chronologically, the tracks are programmed in alphabetical order by composer's last name. This makes for some startling transitions! Emil Gilels's reflective performance of the Adagio from Beethoven's "Moonlight" sonata is followed by the crashing cymbals and bombast of Carmen's "March of the Toreadors," a recipe for a heart attack if there ever was one. Still, there's something here for everyone and the liner notes even explain what movies this music can be found in. A nice touch. --Jason Verlinde
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Liz | Minneapolis, MN, USA | 02/28/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This set is a must have for anyone who enjoys classical music. It is a fabulous collection of many famous classical works. Even those who are not familiar with classical are likely to recognize several of the songs; it is a good introductory to the genre. I recommend it to everyone!"
If you like classical music don't buy this CD.
Benjamin Y. Durkee | Madison, WI | 03/10/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Most of the tracks were chopped down to 3-4 minutes so some of the best parts of the compositions are missing. I don't know what I was thinking trying to buy 40 classical songs on two CD's. If you really want to enjoy the music you would do better to purchase a CD with fewer, but better quality tracks."
Not that good.
Steven Burns | - | 11/21/2003
(2 out of 5 stars)
"The only good thing I can say is that it includes about 10 songs I personally love.
But I can also say it includes at least 5 songs that are extremely cheesy.
The rest of the songs are in the so-so category :)
But what I find really dissappointing is the volume leveling, its terrible!
Just to mention a few, Monlight Sonata (Beethoven) and Clair De Lune (Debussy) are barely hearable, increasing the volume not only causes white noise but it will break your ears when playing one of the loud songs (like the March Of The Toreadors)."