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CBS Masterworks Dinner Classics: Sunday Brunch Album
Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frederick Handel, Antonio Vivaldi
CBS Masterworks Dinner Classics: Sunday Brunch Album
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Classical
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Buy This For The Liner Notes, Not Just The Music!
J H Murphy | Agoura, California USA | 11/27/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The other reviews describe the music fairly - these are generally pleasant, familiar chamber favorites, well played in a quality recording. Played low, it's perfect background music for Sunday brunch, weekday lunch, or any venue where the conversation (and gossip) takes center stage over the food.

The only thing I'd add to this recording is some muted sounds of silverware on plates, coffee being poured, and catty remarks. Just kidding.

But...the real attraction for this CD is the liner notes...written by the now-notorious Martha Stewart! ("Brunch is fast becoming America's favorite informal way to entertain family and friends.") Along with a suggested menu, including three recipes! These are:

Pecan Waffles With Maple Butter
Red Caviar and Sour Cream Omelettes
Sticky Buns

Well! This is certainly something that other classical recordings can't claim! Furtwangler or von Karajan never thought of *this*! Zubin Mehta, eat your heart out, if you will pardon the expression!

The music is fine. In fact, Tommasini's music from The Good Humored Ladies can be enjoyed guilt-free, secure in the knowledge that "The batter will keep for about 2 days if stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator."

Further comment seems superfluous. For the entertainer, it absolutely lives up to its billing. For the classical music aficionado, it's fine...if I could just stop thinking about kneading the dough for the sticky buns until it's smooth and satiny. Four stars."
J H Murphy | 02/12/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I find this recording to be quite enjoyable. I find it is well suited for use when company comes for dinner. It sounds very nice when played in the background, as it adds a dimension to a wide variety of gatherings. Don't let the album's title fool you! It is versitile. Don't use it just for brunch! Try it any time of day. The collection is exquisite and the compilation maintains the listener's interest. This CD should be a part of everyone's collection!"
For casual listeners of classical music, this CD is perfect.
J H Murphy | 01/12/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I first purchased this collection on audio tape in 1989. After years of play, it became worn unitl it finally broke, I've searched in vain for a copy in retail outlets. Imagine my delight in finding the CD on! The collection contains perfect background music for quiet gatherings or lazy evenings. The choices are vaied, from Bach's upbeat Brandenburg, to serious Albanoni's Adagio. True to American tastes, the selections are shorter, containing only the most familiar passages."