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Bach: Partitas for Solo Violin

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  • Brand Name: SONY BMG MUSIC Mfg#: 827969274927
  • Shipping Weight: 1.00 lbs
  • Manufacturer: COLUMBIA RECORDS/SONY
  • Genre: Classical Music
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St Matthew Passion

St Matthew Passion Lowest new price: $12.28
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For all of Leonard Bernstein's remarkably eclectic affinities, his legacy as a conductor is not often associated with Baroque music. Yet this remastered recording of Bach's St. Matthew Passion--like that of his Bach concertos with Glenn Gould and others--is a moving document of musical and emotional empathy. True, Bernstein's stylistic approach (the frequently languorous tempos, the italicized effect accorded certain significant moments in Bach's richly textured drama) and employment of large-scale choral and orchestral forces have long since fallen out of favor in the wake of the "authentic- performance" movement. And purists will certainly object to the use of English texts as well as numerous cuts from the original score (mostly in Part Two). That said, Bernstein's reading has a thrilling cogency and dramatic consistency fully abetted by the New York Philharmonic's heartfelt playing as well as by the excellently prepared chorus. Listen to the subtly varied inflections of each recurrence of the chorale "O Lamb of God Most Holy" to signal the inexorable course of the tragedy, or to the devastating impact of the sorrowful final double chorus. The vocal soloists are unfortunately uneven, ranging from David Lloyd's erratic, hooty tenor as the Evangelist to the multidimensional Jesus characterized by bass William Wildermann. The set includes a bonus track of Bernstein discussing how Bach unfolds his vividly dramatic structure in the Passion. -- Thomas May

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St John Passion

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  • Record Label: Universal
  • Catalog#: 00289 4438592
  • Country Of Release: NLD
  • Year Of Release: 2004
  • Notes: W/Harper, Pears...

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A to Z of Classical Music (3rd Extended Edition)

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A-Z of Classical Music is a remarkable 932-page, illustrated book, detailing the lives of all the great composers as well as many less known, but equally fascinating, musical masters. Like the Naxos range of recordings itself, A-Z of Classical Music is a rich source of inspiration for anyone either just embarking on a lifetime of musical enjoyment or for whom classical music has long been a way of life. Included within is an extensive glossary of musical terms plus a unique guide to classical music used in acclaimed films. Two-and-a-half hours of the finest music from across the centuries are contained on the accompanying CDs.

Is it a two-CD set with a particularly thick booklet, or a 562-page book with a compilation album attached? Either way, the unpretentious text by Keith Anderson offers an introduction to the lives and works of dozens of composers, together with recommended recordings from the Naxos and Marco Polo catalogs. Anderson includes a useful 59-page glossary of musical terms and an extensive listing of classical pieces used in films. The odd thing about the 36 extracts and complete pieces on the CDs is that they do not form an A-to-Z at all. Rather, they are arranged chronologically, from 1,000-year-old Gregorian chant to the opening movement of contemporary composer Philip Glass's Violin Concerto. Between these two points is the early music of Palestrina and Byrd; the Baroque glories of Vivaldi and Bach; the 19th-century Romantic masters, from Beethoven to Tchaikovsky; and such 20th-century greats as Rachmaninov and Stravinsky. Opera, song, and chamber music are barely represented, but only so much can fit into 151 minutes. Essentially a deluxe sampler of the vast Naxos catalogue, the discs offer a good introduction to some of the most famous and melodic music ever composed, while the book will be very useful to newcomers to the potentially confusing world of classical music. --Gary S. Dalkin

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  • Record Label: Naxos
  • Catalog#: 8555319-20F
  • Year Of Release: 2001

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Bach: Mass in B minor

Bach: Mass in B minor Lowest new price: $19.95
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One of the most frequently mentioned "favorite" works of Bach, the B Minor Mass is not really a functional liturgical work, but an assemblage of movements written over a period of many years. Its grand scale is certainly awesome, but its musical and spiritual unity is more remarkable, considering its origin and the fact that it contains several different compositional styles--not to mention some of Bach's most profound and beautiful music. Performing this work and preserving a sense of its grand design while bringing out the considerable musical details is a challenge that most choirs, orchestras, and conductors are not up to. Almost by consensus, however, John Eliot Gardiner's version is the most successful--and it is indeed a phenomenal recording--at once sumptuous and penetrating, with gorgeous choral and solo singing, and spacious, vibrant sound. --David Vernier

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  • Record Label: Archiv
  • Catalog#: 00289 4155142
  • Country Of Release: NLD
  • Year Of Release: 1985
  • Notes: Monteverdi Choir/Eng.Baroque/Gardiner

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Bach at Bedtime

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Bach: 6 Brandenburg Concertos / 4 Orchestral Suites

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  • Record Label: Archiv
  • Catalog#: 00289 4234922
  • Country Of Release: NLD
  • Year Of Release: 1988
  • Notes: Ec/Pinnock

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Choral Masterpieces

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Adagios for After Hours: Relaxing Way to End

Adagios for After Hours: Relaxing Way to End Lowest new price: $1.99
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Bach: St. Matthew Passion

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3CD W/English Baroque Soloists, Gardiner

John Eliot Gardiner's reading of the Matthew Passion is conceived and executed on the highest level, an example of period practice that is unlikely to be bettered any time soon. The performance as a whole vibrates with life: soloists are first-rate, and wonderfully well chosen for their respective parts, and the work of chorus and orchestra is exemplary. The recording, made in 1988 in the spacious ambience of Snape Maltings (England), is well balanced and exceptionally vivid. --Ted Libbey

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  • Record Label: Archiv
  • Catalog#: 00289 4276482
  • Country Of Release: NLD
  • Year Of Release: 1990
  • Notes: W/English Baroque Soloists, Gardiner

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