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The Three Tenors Christmas

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Have yourself a warm, sophisticated Christmas with the Three Tenors as they cradle the classics with their magnificient voices. Cantique de noel (O Holy Night); Ave Maria, Dolce Maria; Oh Tannenbaum; White Christmas, and more.

Resplendent in voice and manner, José Carreras, Placido Domingo, and Luciano Pavarotti deliver 21 songs of traditional sacred music and secular numbers in a remarkable 1999 live recording from the opulent Viennese concert hall (Konzerthaus), with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and a renowned choir. The Three Tenors are practically as famous as the faces of Mount Rushmore and inspire perhaps even more awe and adulation around the world than the four presidents. The performances--whether alone, in tandem, or simply as the threesome that has made them collectively famous--are generally impeccable for their passion, nuance, and sheer tour de force vocal artistry. Reaching often into the classical realm for such works as the traditional German carol "Susani," Strauss's and Brahms's "Wiegenlied," plus traditional Polish and Spanish pieces, the trio also visits Pavarotti's "Ave Maria, dolce Maria" (cowritten with Vittoriano Benvenuti), and "Un nuevo siglo," written by Domingo's son. Only John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "Happy Christmas/War Is Over" doesn't quite work in this grand setting. --Martin Keller


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Christmas Adagios

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Essential Yo-Yo Ma

Essential Yo-Yo Ma Lowest new price: $9.93
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Model: 2193091

Time and time again, Yo-Yo Ma has captivated audiences with his stunning masterpieces and truly awe-inspiring performances. The Essential Yo-Yo Ma 2-Disc set includes 35 of Yo-Yo Ma's greatest masterpieces ranging from The Swan from Carnival of the Animals, Cristal, Gabriel's Oboe and even the epic The Eternal Vow from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Sony Classics. 2005.

Here are three dozen pieces of music, all played by Yo-Yo Ma, culled from his extensive discography. Aside from the technical mastery and beautiful tone that are absolutes in all of his playing, one is dazzled by his curiosity and ability to adapt to so many forms and types of music. His Bach and Vivaldi are pellucid and played with non-sentimental crispness, his tango music gritty and rhythmically pungent, his jazz seemingly spontaneous, the "Meditation" from Thais simply ravishing, "Anything Goes" a romp, and the Appalachian music performed with both respect and a great twang, while the traditional Chinese music is fascinating. It's really a matter of how much Ma loves whatever he plays here, how entirely he becomes involved in it, and what a fine partner he invariably is to other musicians. This collection is a doozy--it is truly "essential." --Robert Levine


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Brahms: Two Rhapsodies, Op. 79; Piano Pieces, Opp. 117-119

Brahms: Two Rhapsodies, Op. 79; Piano Pieces, Opp. 117-119 Lowest new price: $12.79
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Brahms: Two Rhapsodies, Op. 79; Piano Pieces, Opp. 117-119 ASIN: B0000041SC Binding: Audio CD UPC: 028941759924

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The Very Best of Jaqueline du Pré

The Very Best of Jaqueline du Pré Lowest new price: $8.80
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Choral Masterpieces

Choral Masterpieces Lowest new price: $6.36
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50 Most Loved Piano Classics [3 CD]

50 Most Loved Piano Classics [3 CD] Lowest new price: $15.01
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Model: 2032294

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Genre: Classical Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
Release Date: 30-AUG-2005

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More! Sing Along Symphonies

More! Sing Along Symphonies Lowest new price: $8.44
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Model: 1974553

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Genre: Childrens
Media Format: Compact Disk
Release Date: 16-MAR-2004

From a pure-pleasure standpoint, the first Beethoven's Wig was nothing to flip over, and the second disc in the series follows suit. However, that is not to say that this is not a valuable and possibly ingenious record. Those unfamiliar with the premise will quickly get the picture: Producer/writer/lead singer/chief clever guy Richard Perlmutter gathers a bundle of important classical works (Paganini's "Violin Concerto #2," Strauss' "Blue Danube Waltz") and makes up silly, catchy lyrics to lay over them, informing the listener about the piece or its composer. Standing out for their offbeat brilliance this time are "Dvorak the Czechoslovak" ("Humoresque #7," Dvorak) and "Wow What a Wedding Cake" (Wedding March from A Midsummer Night's Dream, Mendelssohn). Few stabs at mixing education with entertainment succeed so well. As a bonus, the second half of the CD repeats the symphonies straight up, presenting a neat opportunity to quiz kids 5-12 on what and who they've just heard. --Tammy La Gorce

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Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem

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Arleen Auger, Richard Stilwell - Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Disc EX, Case EX, Format: Music CD, Telarc Records. Classical music CD release from Arleen Auger, Richard Stilwell with the album Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem. Released on the label Telarc Records. Classical music CD. This hard to find pre-owned music CD is fully guaranteed.

Robert Shaw, despite being a fine choral conductor, was often a pretty boring interpreter--like most choral conductors, in fact. However, there were times that he really put everything together, particularly in his many fine recordings for Telarc, and this is one of the best. Of course, it helps that the music itself is largely pretty subdued, but Shaw directs a performance of exemplary clarity and genuine nobility of utterance. Gorgeous recorded sound too. --David Hurwitz


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