“Legendary Sonnambula” This live-recording is, even in an illustrious discography as Callas’, a wonder. A wonder of sheer perfection, love and beauty. Callas who could sing a blood-curdling Medea and Lady Macbeth sang the purest, most touching and tearful Amina. Just listen to Amina’s first aria to hear a voice of airy beauty, lucid [...]
Bellini: La Sonnambula (complete opera live 1955) with Maria Callas, Giuseppe Modesti, Leonard Bernstein, Chorus & Orchestra of La Scala, Milan
“Harem A Forbidden Folly” Sorry Sarah, You didn’t make a hit with me on this endeavor. The tracks were over-engineered and were too similiar in tempo and instrumentation(a la driving bass disco).Sarah’s vocals did not do her justice. Breathy and “little-girl” style just didn’t hit the mark of excellence I expect from Sarah. Such [...]
“Manon is Kiri’s Best” This opera made me a big fan of opera.If you watch this,you will sure be the one. Dame Kiri Te Kanawa is the best soprano I’ve ever known and she and Domingo are the best opera couple. I’ve watched this opera again and again,so the LD has already worn [...]
“A Valuable Documentary About A Legendary Cellist “ The tragedy of Jacqueline du Pr¨¦ is well-known: a career cut short by multiple sclerosis at 28, death from the disease at 42. In the early years it seemed she would go on forever and have one of the greatest careers ever allowed a cellist. She [...]
“Dark poetry; tragic exuberance!” Poland has been always a land of courageous and untamed spirit; stubborn to any single bit of domination. This territory has given sublime artists. Gorecki is one of the last exponents; even he was born just in the final of the WW2.
His famous Third Symphony is widely known all [...]
“SOVIET ARMY CHORUS ELECTRIFIES” The Soviet Army Chorus and Band not only reflects a remarkable group dedication to musical excellence but communicates a verve and excitement rarely heard in choral ensembles of this kind. The range of its repertoire is astonishing. The chorus handles British wartime songs like “Tipperary” with the same [...]
“Smooth, Engaging and Refreshing” There doesn’t appear to be anything these three gifted artists don’t sing well. Cook, Dixon and Young present a performance which encompasses seven musical genres ranging from Broadway to Blues and Gospel to Patriotic. With over 60 years experiance between them, their talent, range and delivery have never failed to [...]
“A Must Have for ALL Hilary Hahn Fans” This DVD is what it says it is, a portrait. Hilary Hahn comes off as genuine and insightful throughout. She is also a talent of wit and humor as well, such as in her tour of Curtis Institute that had a real improvised quality about it [...]
“If you want a Choral piece done right have Shaw do it” An excellent recording of the Messiah. The choruses are flawless with perfect rhythm, probably the best renderings of the Messiah choruses I’ve ever heard including live performances by Boston’s Handel and Hayden Society. Soloists are also very good though balance [...]
“Exquisite” I cannot say enough about Nigel Kennedy. I have never been a fan of violin. That was until I heard Mr. Kennedy perform on this CD. The English Chamber Orchestra is outstanding also. They seem to play with such deep feeling. You will enjoy this CD. Thanks, Jim G. 37 yr. [...]
“ENCHANTING CHRISTMAS CD” I THINK THIS IS THE BEST CHRISTMAS CD EVER, PERFORMED BY HE BEST ORCHESTRA EVER. PERCY FAITH AND CHRISTMAS GO HAND IN HAND. I LOVE “CHRISTMAS IS”. I’VE HEARD THIS ARRANGEMENT EVERY CHRISTMAS SINCE THE MID 1960′S. AND TO ME IT ISN’T CHRISTMAS WITHOUT PERCY FAITH’S “CHRISTMAS IS”. I ALSO ENJOY [...]
“Does anyone else hear constant squeaking?” I love these pieces of music and am in the process of comparing many different recordings. I haven’t listened to Szeryng’s version nearly as much as others, but I do like it a great deal. His appears, to me, to be a more focused, precise approach. The sound [...]
“One of the greatest cast albums ever made” It is no surprise that more than one CLASSICAL music listing has included SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE as a basic requirement for building a classical library, along with Beethoven and Mozart and Bach and their ilk. Thomas Shepard’s ingenious decision to create a free-standing, [...]
“A Divine Union” It is on a very rare occasion that recording artists as well as recording engineers come together, as if by fate, to make an illustrious recording as done here. I believe that has happened with this recording of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti. The musicians play with much vigor, excitement, and [...]
“Perfectly wrong…” Robert Shaw is widely regarded as the foremost choral conductor of his generation, and perhaps even of all time. Shaw’s choruses had a unique sound because of his obsession with diction, purity, and blend, creating some of the most graceful and technically pristine renditions of many of the great choral masterworks.
“Phantom Phanatic !”
Have long awaited the opportunity to own this original work !
EXCELLENT !! Great value. Thank you.
“”Wow…”” What more can one say about Barber’s Adagio for Strings? Indeed, how much could one say about it before? I cannot find an appropriate way to describe this music. It is as if all of the holiness of Heaven, or of the sacred ‘om,’ was compressed into a song lasting nary 8 or [...]
“The Ultimatum of his Artistry” Franco Corelli was a voice of thunder, fire, and blood. He had the ability to throw a high note and stun an audience with sheer power unrivaled by any opera singer in the stage today. He also had the great powerful range of an undisputed baritone, and [...]
“Beautiful!” A wonderful recording of some great compositions. Both disks are full to the brim with music that relaxes and inspires.
“Very Talented Muscian” Very nicely organized. Hilary Hahn is the best native born American violinist. As a nation, we need more of this kind of young people to make USA more cultural country. I am a little disappointed for not having she plays more familiar violin concertos composed by Brahms and [...]