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Choral Masterpieces

Choral Masterpieces Lowest new price: $5.42
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Pavarotti's Greatest Hits [2 CD]

Pavarotti's Greatest Hits [2 CD] Lowest new price: $10.20
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Model: 3379889

Back by popular demand Pavarotti's Greatest Hits. First released as an LP in 1980 and then again in 1985, this is one of Pavarotti's best-selling albums. Instantly recognizable cover features classic photo of Luciano Pavarotti dressed as Pagliaccio from I pagliacci. Chock-full of his all-time greatest hits including Nessun dorma, La donna Š mobile, Vesti la giubba, Funiculi Funicul… and more! Reissued in a slim-line jewel box for the first time and at a special 2 for 1price point. Celebrate the life and career of Luciano Pavarotti the world's most famous tenor and King of the High C's!

Here's a feast of great tenor singing. It's also a feast of thrills--one selection after another offers Pavarotti's remarkable, full-throated excitement in the music, whether the infectious spirit of his renditions of Neapolitan songs or the trumpet-like High C's he effortlessly tears off in the extended scene from Donizetti's La fille du regiment. Apparent throughout is Pavarotti's big-hearted emotional generosity that infuses this superb collection with an immediacy and communicative power that's impossible to resist. Of course, "Nessun dorma!" is here to lead off the set with the tenor's biggest hit, but his other Puccini arias are, if anything, even more compelling. Verdi is represented by such well-loved Pavarotti favorites as "La donna è mobile" and "Questa o quella" from Rigoletto. He's as compelling in the "Ingemisco" from Verdi's Requiem, the voice blooming in the "Inter oves" section and then fined down to a gorgeous pianissimo. But there's not a single weak track on these discs, whose attractions are enhanced by full texts and translations. --Dan Davis


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Ultimate Mozart [5 CD Box Set]

Ultimate Mozart [5 CD Box Set] Lowest new price: $15.36
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Brand: Ultimate
Model: 1993129

Nearly as prolific as Wolfy himself, this 5-CD set packs in hours upon hours of the symphonies, concerti, serenades, vocal music and other Mozart masterpieces you need! Includes Mass in C "Coronation"; Requiem in D Minor; Symphony No. 40 in G Minor; Symphony No. 41 in C "Jupiter"; Piano Concerto No. 21 in C; Rondo in A Minor; Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor; Clarinet Concerto in A; Concerto for Flute, Harp and Orchestra in C; Horn Concerto No. 4 in E Flat; Rondo for Horn and Orchestra in E Flat; Serenade in G "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik"; Divertimento in D , and more, conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy, Georg Solti; Neville Marriner, and more.


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Verdi: Requiem & Operatic Choruses

Verdi: Requiem & Operatic Choruses Lowest new price: $8.66
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Brand: ECCO
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Robert Shaw learned from Arturo Toscanini, and in his stupendous 1987 recording for Telarc he managed to surpass the master on some points. He is unerring in his pacing and staging of climaxes, and draws phrasing and dynamics from the chorus that other conductors can only dream of. Points are made with exhilarating effect throughout the account: never has the bass drum in the Dies irae been as splendidly hammered as here, and the whooping brass in the Tuba mirum is breathtaking. The all-American solo quartet sounds a bit driven, especially the light-voiced Susan Dunn and Jerry Hadley, but their contribution is a strong one nonetheless. --Ted Libbey

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Rutter: Requiem & Magnificat

Rutter: Requiem & Magnificat Lowest new price: $79.98
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Two of John Rutter's most popular large-scale choral works are paired in this bargain-priced CD. Requiem, his first composition written without being commissioned, is a convincing affirmation of Christian doctrine on death and eternal life. It is also a substantial and sincere work that strives to be widely appealing while preserving a spiritual context centered on themes of light and consolation. Highlights include "Out of the Deep," its modal tune and harmonies giving it the flavor of a spiritual, and the wonderfully gentle and restful 23rd Psalm. Rutter personalizes his Requiem by adding movements not traditionally part of the Requiem Mass--passages from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, for instance--and this proves to be an effective strategy. Rutter's own, first-class Cambridge Singers are superb, as usual, and soloist Caroline Ashton steals the show with her heavenly Pie Jesu. The Magnificat shows Rutter at his most engaging, thoughtful, and adept. His usual canny sense of tunefulness and rhythmic rightness, flavored with splashes of pop harmony, accomplish his purpose in the Magnificat: to depict Mary's prayer as a celebratory occasion rather than a somber one. --David Vernier

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Britten: War Requiem

Britten: War Requiem Lowest new price: $18.99
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Rutter: Requiem

Rutter: Requiem Lowest new price: $4.66
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Produced by the composer himself, this is the first recording of the ensemble version of John Rutter' radiant Requiem. Written in 1985, the work is not a conventional setting of the Requiem Mass but comprises a personal selection of texts from the Catholi

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Faure: Requiem

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Requiem Lowest new price: $6.85
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Model: 3867836

The two choral works here are ideally coupled, because they were recorded consecutively in late September 1975. * The French review magazine Diapason wrote of this Coronation Mass: "The choral and orchestral forces are very effective, the soloists prestigious and the conductor's interpretation spectacular and very lyrical", and of the Requiem: "The tempos are rapid, the chorus and orchestra weighty and sumptuous. This is one of the most flexible and accomplished versions of the work."

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Ego Sum Resurrectio

Ego Sum Resurrectio Lowest new price: $5.90
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Aurora Surgit - Alessio Randon, direction

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