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Handel: The Greatest Hits

Handel: The Greatest Hits Lowest new price: $2.69
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James Galway ~ Meditations

James Galway ~ Meditations Lowest new price: $8.20
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Sacred Songs

Sacred Songs Lowest new price: $9.88
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Renee Fleming, Sacred Songs

This lovely CD features Renée Fleming singing religious music in an unaffected, lovely manner. Many favorites are here: both the Bach/Gounod and Schubert versions of "Ave Maria," each offered with long breaths and soft tone; "Rejoice Greatly" from Messiah, delivered with virtuosity and gleaming sound, and "He Shall Feed His Flock," also from Messiah, sung in a smooth, laid-back manner. Bits of the Fauré Requiem and Poulenc Gloria are welcome, as is the gorgeous "L'Adieu des Bergers" from L'Enfance du Christ. In the prayer from Humperdinck's Hansel und Gretel, Fleming is joined by the splendid Susan Graham, and a version of "Amazing Grace" features Mark O'Connor on violin. Two excerpts from Mozart's Mass in C Minor, pieces by Reger and Franck, and a few surprises round out this devotional CD. --Robert Levine


Handel - Solomon / A. Scholl, Dam-Jensen, Hagley, Bickley, Gritton, Agnew, Harvey, Gabrieli Consort and Players, Paul McCreesh

Handel - Solomon / A. Scholl, Dam-Jensen, Hagley, Bickley, Gritton, Agnew, Harvey, Gabrieli Consort and Players, Paul McCreesh Lowest new price: $36.84
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1999 DEUTSHE ARCHIV PRODUKTIONS set of 3 CDs + BOOK

It's been conventional wisdom for several generations that Solomon, great oratorio though it may be, contains a lot of deadwood; conductors have regularly cut some items and changed the order of others. (Even John Eliot Gardiner's excellent recording cuts about 30 minutes of music.) Leave it to Paul McCreesh to give us the complete score--and demonstrate that Handel's original structure makes plenty of sense and that every number is worthwhile. What's more, McCreesh's performance is two and a half hours of just about nonstop magnificence. You'd think nobody could surpass Gardiner's Monteverdi Choir for precision and energy, but the Gabrieli Consort & Players do it: they're wondrously vivid, responsive to nuance, and clear in their diction. (By the way, DG's recording has thrilling separation in the double choruses.) As marvelous as Gardiner's soloists are, McCreesh's are just about their equals (though Inger Dam-Jensen as Solomon's Queen lets vibrato get the better of her first aria); Susan Gritton, Paul Agnew, and Peter Harvey in particular combine beautiful sound and diction with imaginative embellishments. Then there's the title role: yes, Handel wrote it for a female mezzo, but Andreas Scholl gives such an attractive-sounding and spirited performance that any complaint of inauthenticity seems like pedantic caviling. --Matthew Westphal


Mendelssohn: Elijah (Sung in English)

Mendelssohn: Elijah (Sung in English) Lowest new price: $16.99
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Mendelssohn: Elijah (Sung in English)

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O Holy Night

O Holy Night Lowest new price: $11.86
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Brand: PAVAROTTI,LUCIANO

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Artist: PAVAROTTI,LUCIANO
Title: O HOLY NIGHT
Street Release Date: 10/11/2005
Domestic
Genre: CLASSICAL ARTISTS

This CD is a compilation of (mainly) devotional music sung by Pavarotti when he was in or near his prime, most going back, gloriously, to 1976. Precisely what Orfeo's lament (from the Gluck opera) is doing in a recital called "O Holy Night" is beyond me, but the rest of the selections are well chosen. The title song is gorgeously enough performed to be worth the album's asking price, the tenor's voice ringing out with great clarity and beauty, and the selection from Rossini's Stabat Mater is even more thrilling, with its ascent to high D flat near its close. Verdi's "Ingemisco," from his Requiem, is handsomely and sensitively delivered, and the others elections, with or without choir, are simply stunning. A CD for Christmas and the rest of the year as well. --Robert Levine


Joy to the World - Eugene Ormandy, Philadelphia Orchestra

Joy to the World - Eugene Ormandy, Philadelphia Orchestra Lowest new price: $7.98
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Brand: ORMANDY,EUGENE

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Artist: ORMANDY,EUGENE
Title: JOY TO THE WORLD
Street Release Date: 10/01/1999
Domestic
Genre: XMAS CLASSICAL VOCAL


The Best Of Handel (2 CD)

The Best Of Handel (2 CD) Lowest new price: $12.58
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Lorenzo Perosi: Oratorios [Box Set]

Lorenzo Perosi: Oratorios [Box Set] Lowest new price: $29.28
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Monsignor Lorenzo Perosi (Tortona, December 1872-Rome, October 1956) was an Italian priest and composer. He is most widely remembered for his sacred music, particularly his oratorios, polyphonic masses and his motets. To understand the importance of Perosi in modern music, a significant phrase from Puccini can be recognized: There is more music in the Perosi head than in mine and Mascagnis put together. This release features the oratorios Il Natale del Redentore (The Christmas of the Redeemer), La passione di Cristo (The Passion of the Christ), La risurrezione di Cristo (The resurrection of Christ), and Transitus Animae.


Handel: Messiah

Handel: Messiah Lowest new price: $12.87
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Annual live performances of Handel's Messiah at St. John's Smith Square with Polyphony and Stephen Layton have become one of the highlights of the musical season. The joyful sincerity and brilliance of the performers has brought this familiar story to vivid life again and again. Now this wonderful experience is available on disc, recorded in 2008 for a new release that will surely prove to be a strong competitor even in a crowded market. Polyphony is joined by the Britten Sinfonia and a quartet of magnificent young soloists -- all variously acclaimed as the premier Handel singers of the new generation.


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