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|The Ultimate Most Relaxing Classical Music In The Universe [2 CD]
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This collection features more than two hours of relaxing Classical compositions to help you kick back, unwind and relax.
|Moore / LaTouche: The Ballad of Baby Doe
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Format: Music CD, Deutsche Grammophon Records. Classical music CD release from Douglas Moore and John Latouche with the album The Ballad of Baby Doe. Released on the label Deutsche Grammophon Records. Classical music CD. This hard to find pre-owned music CD is fully guaranteed. This is a two CD set.
Despite its somewhat Disneyesque title, The Ballad of Baby Doe is one of the sturdiest American operas. Its riches-to-rags story of Colorado miner Horace Tabor has a great plot, excellent characters, real arias, and dynamic chorus scenes, and none of it sounds second hand in the least. The opera has an extremely inviting personality of its own. This recording by the New York City Opera is full of crackling fast tempos from conductor Emerson Buckley and great theatricality: right down to the minor characters, everybody knows what they're about. Beverly Sills, Walter Cassel, and Frances Bible all inhabit their roles completely. The one drawback is the recording quality, which is good to voices but mushy on the orchestra. To know what's really going on in the piece musically, one must hear the similarly well-sung but more relaxed 1996 recording made at the venue where the opera was premiered: Central City Opera in Colorado. --David Patrick Stearns
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|Kempff Plays Chopin 1
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|Alone: Ballads For Solo Piano
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THE FIRST SOLO PIANO ALBUM FROM THE LEGENDARY ANDRÉ PREVIN IN OVER A DECADE André Previn may well be the most widely-accomplished musical renaissance man of his time or any other: no other musician or composer has had a comparable career and worked in so many diverse areas--not even the late Leonard Bernstein. Only André Previn has found enduring success as a classical conductor, a jazz pianist, a hit songwriter, a composer of scores for films and musical comedies, and, more recently, even of operas. He is also releasing a new jazz album, Alone (his first since 2001's Live At The Jazz Standard), and his first album of solo piano in over a decade. Mr. Previn stresses that he has never "shuttled back and forth" between the worlds of jazz and classical music; when he made the commitment to the classical tradition in the mid-`60s, it was a permanent, full-time one. However, he has taken the occasional jazz vacation over the last four decades, much of the delight of connoisseurs of jazz.
From the start of his intermittent side career as a jazz pianist, esteemed conductor and composer Andre Previn has shown more feeling for the form than most classical artists who cross over. Going beyond a recreational involvement in improvised music, he has deepened his playing since skimming stylistic surfaces on his bestselling My Fair Lady album of nearly 50 years ago. Now 78, he gives us what may be his most satisfying jazz recording in Alone: Ballads for Solo Piano. The solo format allows him to reflect his debt to piano masters including Art Tatum, Erroll Garner, and Bud Powell in ways his work with trios and combos hasn't, while showing off his super-refined lyrical touch with its sophisticated sense of color. With its scampering stride touches, "What is This Thing Called Love" is the most upbeat of ballads, while "I Can't Get Started" is given a more gentle awakening. With the exception of "Darkest Before the Dawn," an obscure tune Previn wrote with Johnny Mercer for the British musical The Good Companions, the album touches familiar bases: Rodgers & Hammerstein, Rogers & Hart, Cole Porter, Kurt Weill, Hoagy Carmichael. But invested with personal meaning, this is no typical standards survey. It lives up to the challenge of making your hear these songs in a new light. --Lloyd Sachs
|The Art of Youra Guller: 1895-1980
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Youra Guller (1895-1980) made very few recordings, so this one (her last) is a special treasure. It's odd that she devoted so much of the session to Baroque music, but she does adapt these harpsichord works to the piano effectively, without romanticizing. The Liszt transcription of Bach organ music is a great transcription, performed here with amazing grandeur. The little Granados pieces are lovely, but the romantic highlight of the program is the Chopin ballade, a real lesson in building a musical structure. Very fine sound in the resonant Nimbus manner. The CD contains several items not included in the original LP release, but regrettably omits a couple of items from the LP. -- Leslie Gerber
|Richter in Leipzig - Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 30- 32, Opp. 109- 111 (November 28, 1963)
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- Richter in Leipzig - Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 30- 32, Opp. 109- 111 (November 28, 1963) by Parnassus (2008-09-30)
|McEwen: Three Border Ballads
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This is the first release on Chandos of the beautiful and engaging music of Sir John Blackwood McEwen (1868-1948). These are his three border ballads: Grey Galloway (1908), The Demon Lover (1906/7) and Coronach (1906). The order here is the composer's. They are extended tone poems based loosely on various English, Scottish, and Celtic ballads. What McEwen has done is to frame them in a broader tone-poem setting, enhance them with more orchestral color, and finally making them more dramatic. They have similarities to the tone poems of Arnold Bax, especially Coronach (or perhaps it's the other way around). This is beautiful--and original--music, anyway. --Paul Cook
|Pianist of the Century ~ Sviatoslav Richter
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Few classical pianists demonstrated equal mastery of Bach and 20th-century works like Richter did, and few recordings captured his singular brilliance like the nine Deutsche Grammophon LPs he recorded from 1956-62. Here they all are (and this is a fabulous price for all this music), featuring Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 ; Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 ; Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 5 ; Schumann's Piano Concerto ; Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20 , plus pieces by Chopin, Debussy, Schubert, Rachmaninoff and more!
|Vladimir Ashkenazy: Favourite Chopin
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Ashkenazy,Vladimir ~ Favorite Chopin
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