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Chris Botti in Boston (CD/DVD) - Special CD/DVD edition of the trumpeter's 2009 live release includes a bonus DVD that includes a two hour concert plus a . 40-minute Behind-The-Scenes bonus. Chris Botti In Boston finds the chart-topping Jazz trumpeter and special guests performing live at the historic Boston Symphony Hall with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops on September 18 and 19, 2008. Includes guest appearances from Josh Groban, Yo-Yo Ma, John Mayer, Katharine McPhee, Sting, Lucia Micarelli and Steven Tyler.
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David Garrett - Garrett's unique, and wholly individual style, pays as much homage to Metallica as to Mozart. His forthcoming record covers an incredibly diverse selection of repertoire, representing his love for many genres, and the ability to tackle each successfully. Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal," is cleverly reinterpreted, as is Queen's ballad, "Who Wants to Live Forever." AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" is given a memorable new twist, alongside, "He's a Pirate," from "Pirates of the Caribbean." Given his enduring commitment to his first musical love, David still includes some classical selections on his American debut, including the last movement of Vivaldi's "Summer" from The Four Seasons, and Bach's "Air". Not to be satisfied with only imaginative covers, David also displays his own deft writing skills with notable originals, including "Chelsea Girl."
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The Promise - Il Divo are back refreshed, reinvigorated and ready to remind the world in 2008 just what they have been missing. Four of the greatest operatic voices in the world come together again to create their unique signature sound to re-interpret popular romantic songs. The Promise features 12 songs once again produced by Steve Mac (Il Divo, The Christmas Collection, Ancora, Siempre). The Promise is Il Divo's first release in two years. Il Divo have become an international sensation bringing the sound of opera to the world of popular music since their debut in 2002. Il Divo has sold over 22 million albums worldwide.
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The Priests - Fathers Eugene (aged 48) and Martin O'Hagan (aged 45), who are brothers, and David Delargy (aged 44) has each achieved the ambitions nurtured when they were at school together of having their own parishes in the Northern Ireland diocese of Down and Connor where they tend to the spiritual needs of thousands of devout parishioners. Today they formally begin their work as The Priests, their music will be religious and spiritually inspired classics including Ave Maria and Panis Angelicus. The Priests have recorded all the tracks from the album with the Philharmonic Academy of Rome Choir from St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. The album will be stickered to higlight the Philharmonic Academy of Rome's involvement as well.
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My American Dream - Neal E. Boyd, fan favorite and winner of the NBC hit television show, "America's Got Talent," is set to release his anticipated debut CD, "My American Dream" on June 23rd. Capturing the hearts of millions on "America's Got Talent," Neal makes the transition from television star to bona fide recording artist with his first collection of personal and moving songs. Delivered with passion, conviction and incredible range, My American Dream captures the heart and soul of this singer who has became an unlikely hero to many. My American Dream is produced with full orchestra accompaniment by Simon Franglen, best known for his work with Celine Dion, Russell Watson and Katherine Jenkins. With selections chosen by Neal himself, the album features songs deeply personal to the singer, and resoundingly familiar to fans. Highlights include an unforgettable rendition of the song that catapulted Neal to win "America's Got Talent," "Nessun Dorma;" West Side Story's "Somewhere," and classical staple, "Ave Maria." In true patriotic style, Neal also puts his stamp on "God Bless The USA," and "Amazing Grace." With a nod to idols such as Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo, he eloquently tackles classics including "Caruso," and "Mama."
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The Best of Andrea Bocelli: Vivere - For the first time during his historic career the world's best selling tenor Andrea Bocelli will be releasing a collection of his greatest hits. The CD will feature selections from the Bocelli repertoire and include "Time To Say Goodbye" in duet with Sarah Brightman from the 4 time platinum selling Romanza CD, "The Prayer" in duet with Celine Dion from the 2 time platinum selling Sogno CD, plus Bocelli favorites "Because We Believe" from his most recent platinum recording Amore, "Melodramma" from Cieli Di Toscana and more. The release will also feature 4 new exclusive recordings: A duet with one of the world's most popular pianists Lang Lang and new David Foster compositions.

There will be a nationally televised concert special airing on PBS - Andrea's first full pop concert that was recorded in July with the Tuscan country side as a backdrop. The concert repertoire includes all the songs the will be on the forth coming Greatest Hits CD and features guests Chris Botti, Kenny G, Lang Lang and more. Look for PBS to broadcast this program multiple times during their upcoming December 2007 pledge period reaching over 10 million households.

"Vivere" translates from Italian to English as "To Live"

Andrea Bocelli Photos
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Song of Songs (Hybr) - Stile Antico, "bright new stars" of Renaissance polyphony sing choral works by Palestrina, Lassus, Victoria and other 16th -century masters based on Song of Songs by King Solomon.As the title suggests, this recording is a compilation of renaissance compositions using texts from the Song of Solomon, the biblical collection of love poetry, purportedly written by King Solomon to a Shulamite girl. Many groups have fished in this pool before, but Stile Antico's repertoire choices and exquisite program notes (written by Matthew O'Donovan, one of the basses) draw a well delineated link between the surge in medieval popularity and the suitability of these texts for the purposes of the Marian 'cult' that portrayed the Virgin Mary as the representation of the church as a whole. This album holds together as a concert and a concept better than any other attempt at this repertoire that I have heard but Stile Antico really set themselves apart when they perform. These musicians work without a conductor, which is common practice for chamber instrumentalists, but uncommon in a group of this size. Perilous as the concept might sound for a group of singers, I've never heard musicians present this repertoire with such a high level of commitment. This music has seldom been more engaging. -- Hugo Munday
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Italia -
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The Most Relaxing Classical Music in the Universe -
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Chris Botti in Boston - 2009 live release. Chris Botti In Boston finds the chart-topping Jazz trumpeter and special guests performing live at the historic Boston Symphony Hall with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops on September 18 and 19, 2008. Includes guest appearances from Josh Groban, Yo-Yo Ma, John Mayer, Katharine McPhee, Sting, Lucia Micarelli and Steven Tyler.
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Song of Songs (Hybr) - Stile Antico, "bright new stars" of Renaissance polyphony sing choral works by Palestrina, Lassus, Victoria and other 16th -century masters based on Song of Songs by King Solomon.As the title suggests, this recording is a compilation of renaissance compositions using texts from the Song of Solomon, the biblical collection of love poetry, purportedly written by King Solomon to a Shulamite girl. Many groups have fished in this pool before, but Stile Antico's repertoire choices and exquisite program notes (written by Matthew O'Donovan, one of the basses) draw a well delineated link between the surge in medieval popularity and the suitability of these texts for the purposes of the Marian 'cult' that portrayed the Virgin Mary as the representation of the church as a whole. This album holds together as a concert and a concept better than any other attempt at this repertoire that I have heard but Stile Antico really set themselves apart when they perform. These musicians work without a conductor, which is common practice for chamber instrumentalists, but uncommon in a group of this size. Perilous as the concept might sound for a group of singers, I've never heard musicians present this repertoire with such a high level of commitment. This music has seldom been more engaging. -- Hugo Munday
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Beethoven: Symphonies 5 & 7 - Long regarded as the quintessential interpretation of the most popular and best-loved symphony ever written, this performance of the Fifth has everything: passion, precision, drama, lyric beauty, and a coiled fury in the first movement that sets your pulse racing from the very first note. Carlos Kleiber has made very few recordings in his distinguished career, but almost all are special. If you own no other copy of this symphony, this is the one to get. It comes with an exceptional performance of the Seventh--not quite as gripping as the Fifth, but definitely one of the great ones. There is classical music, and there are classic recordings of classical music. This one's a classic. -- David Hurwitz
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The Chopin Collection [Box Set] - 11cd Box Set with the Legendary Rubinsetin Recordings of Chopin Works.
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Rachmaninov: Preludes, Op. 23 Nos. 1-10, Op. 32 Nos. 1 - 13, Morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3 No. 2 -
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Shostakovich: 24 Preludes & Fugues, Op. 87 - Intelligent programming, a highly developed musical sensitivity, and an extraordinary sense of the musical possibilities of the piano are the hallmarks of Jenny Lin's artistic personality. Her extraordinary range includes everything from hyper-virtuosic avant-garde experimentalism to critically acclaimed bravura readings of Bloch's romantic "Concerto Symphonique." This new recording of Shostakovich's most extensive and impressive solo piano work has been unjustly neglected. Jenny Lin's insightful readings restore this work to its rightful place as one of the major piano cycles of the 20th century.
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Divenire -
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Mahler: Symphony # 8 -
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God Shall Be Praised: Music from Lune Convent - Ensemble Devotio Moderna perform modern interpretations of long forgotten musical manuscripts from the middle ages discovered in the libraries of German convents. For these recordings middle-age musical instruments were reconstructed and learned by the musicians. Every title in this series has it`s own theme. The series is accompanied by detailed, illustrated booklets with information on all aspects of this singular musical culture.
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Music for Compline - On its spectacular debut recording, the exciting young British vocal group stile antico presents a program of English Renaissance music associated with the office of Compline, the service that ends the monastic liturgical day. A who's-who of 16th-century British composers--including Thomas Tallis, William Byrd, and John Sheppard--is represented here by hymns, antiphons, responsories, motets, and psalms: the occasion not only for music of intimacy, elegance, and reflection, but for flights of breathtaking canonic and contrapuntal invention and harmonic daring.

Stile Antico is an ensemble of young British singers, fast gaining recognition as one of the most original and exciting new voices in its field. In 2005 the group won the inaugural Audience Prize at the Early Music Network International Young Artists’ Competition, drawing critical praise for its ‘wonderfully vivid singing’ and ‘perfectly focused and ideally balanced voices.’ Since this success, Stile Antico has appeared throughout the UK, including at the City of London, Lake District Summer Music and Beverley and East Riding Festivals; engagements for 2007 include the York Early Music Festival. The group has also collaborated with Sting on tour in his project Songs from the Labyrinth, performing lute songs by John Dowland.

Working without a conductor, the members of Stile Antico rehearse and perform as chamber musicians, each contributing artistically to the musical result. Their repertoire ranges from the glorious legacy of the English Tudor composers to the works of the Flemish and Spanish schools and the music of the early Baroque. They are passionate about the need to communicate with their audiences, combining thoughtful programming with direct, expressive performances. They are also committed to developing their educational work, for which they have received generous funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
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Piano Sonatas 1-32 (Box) -
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Top Ten Symphonic Music

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Brahms Complete Edition/Various (Ltd) (Box) - THE COLLECTION TO OWN! 46 CDS OF THE GREATEST BRAHMS RECORDINGS EVER MADE. This is a one-time opportunity to own the most distinguished Brahms Edition that will likely ever be produced. Not only does it feature amazing works but it also includes some of Deutsche Grammophon's greatest recordings. The entire set is presented in a handsome cube with a lid (not lift-off), and the CDs are easily accessible in individual card sleeves. In addition, a booklet provides the complete and detailed track listing. LIMITED EDITION - features Herbert von Karajan's 1977 complete Symphony Cycle with the Berlin Philharmonic - Orchestral works with Claudio Abbado & the Vienna Philharmonic - Piano Concertos with Maurizio Pollini - Violin & Double Concertos with Anne-Sophie Mutter & Karajan - Violin Sonatas with Pinchas Zukerman & Daniel Barenboim - Cello Sonatas with Mstislav Rostropovich & Rudolf Serkin - Chamber music with the Amadeus Quartet, LaSalle Quartet & Quartetto Italiano - Solo piano works with Barenboim, Wilhelm Kempff & Tams Vsry - Lieder with Jessye Norman & Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau - Extensive vocal ensemble and choral works - Carlo Maria Giulini conducts Ein deutsches Requiem.
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Vladimir Horowitz At Carnegie Hall-The Private Collection: Mussorgsky & Liszt - In 1988, Vladimir Horowitz donated a treasure trove of original recordings to Yale University his Private Collection.

Recorded live at Carnegie Hall between 1945 and 1950 and unreleased until now, these stunning performances capture Horowitz at the peak of his technical and musical glory.
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Baby Einstein: Baby Mozart by Disney - Recipient of the National Parenting Center's Seal of Approval, Baby Mozart music CD is a 15-track, 28-minute collection designed as a playful introduction to the genius of Mozart, the child prodigy from Salzburg. Bring to life the Classical Period (1750-1830) with the brilliance and grace of classical music by Wolfgang Mozart and enrich your child's life by exposing them to melody, harmony in this audio journey of some of Mozart's best work. Re-orchestrated for little ears, this collection is sure to bring joy to your little one's playtime or bedtime. Tracks from this delightful CD are featured on our Baby Mozart video and DVD. Musical Selections: 1. Tune up and fanfare based on themes from "The Magic Flute" 2. Piano Sonata in C, K545, 1 st movement 3. Piano Sonata in C, K330, 1st movement 4. Variations on "Ah vous dirai-je, maman", No. 1, 8 and 11, K265/300e 5. Piano Sonata in D, K576, 3rd movement 6. Concerto for Flute and Harp in C, K299, 1st movement 7. Piano Sonata in A, K331, 3rd movement 8. Piano Sonata in C, K545, 2nd movement 9. Sonata in D for Two Pianos, K448, 1st movement 10. Piano Sonata in C, K330, 3rd movement 11. Divertmento No. 17 in D 12. Piano Sonata in B flat, K570, 3rd movement 13. Piano Sonata in F, K533, 3rd movement 14. The Magic Flute, K620, Papgeno Arias No. 2 and 20 15. Symphony No. 41 in C, K551, 4th movement Age: birth + Product Award: Billboard Magazine Top Midline Classical Albums (#1) - 2004Of all the reasons you'll click the Add to Shopping Cart button next to Baby Einstein's Baby Mozart--and there are many--the best one is that playing this record for babies doesn't feel weird. Instead of subjecting tiny, tender ears to the kind of Mozart that can make adult classical fans wilt when tackled by a maestro who means business, this is Mozart lite, mixed and mastered by a dad, Bill Weisbach, who's clearly hung around for his share of crib-side cooing. The slightly tinny sound of a child's piano sweeps the sting out of Piano Sonata in B Flat's third movement; the first movement of Concerto for Flute and Harp in C floats by, birdlike; variations on "Ah vous dirai-je, Maman" translate to a fancy-sounding (but adorable) "Twinkle, Twinkle"; and Piano Sonata in F's third movement snuggles so deeply into its childlike setting that if you close your eyes, you'll see a pastel parade of animals floating by overhead. Other pieces (more aptly called fragments, since only one track stretches beyond the three-minute mark), like Symphony No. 41's fourth movement, wander into more robust Mozart territory, but it's here the claims about classical music enhancing young kids' abstract reasoning skills and spatial intelligence crystallize. Babies strapped in for a roller coaster of sounds that gracefully dips, swerves, and high-jumps like this version, do have to process what they're hearing somehow (and a case could be made that the instruments Weisbach's chosen--the vibraphone, glockenspiel, and music box among them--make it more appealing for them to do so). Followers of Julie Aigner-Clark's Baby Einstein empire, many of whom opted out of the fan club once Disney bought the company in 2001, won't trip over a single Mickey Mouse-ified sound here. This is pure, plugged in, and muted Mozart, and if it doesn't make your baby smarter, it'll at least sound awfully sweet issuing from your nursery's speakers. --Tammy La Gorce
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Dr Atomic Symphony/Guide to Strange Places - Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Adams' Dr. Atomic Symphony, performed here by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra under the direction of David Robertson, is a thrilling distillation of musical themes from Adams' 2005 opera Dr. Atomic. This 2007 work is a 25-minute white-knuckle ride that manages to convey all the drama, dread, tension and uncertainty that distinguished Adam's impressionistic examination of the life of scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer. It's a tale blending history, politics, science and ethics, centered around 'an anti-hero, laced with deep moral dilemmas,' as Atomic Symphony liner-notes writer Jeremy Denk puts It. It is a real-life saga in which the fate of humanity truly hangs in the balance. And it still does: as the New York Times noted, Dr. Atomic remains 'all too timely.'
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Yo-Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone - Ennio Morricone is well-known to moviegoers. His soundtracks for The Mission, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Once Upon a Time in America, Cinema Paradiso, and others are invariably warmly melodic and superbly suited to the films they grace. They not only add atmosphere; they help tell the story. For this CD Morricone has created new orchestrations for many of his scores, adding a solo cello part for the indefatigable Yo-Yo Ma, whose musical curiosity seems to be endless. Outside the films, these pieces tend to be lovely melodies, mostly pretty sentimental stuff, and, in the best way, gorgeous aural wallpaper. The most moving are the two selections from The Mission, but fans of Morricone's music will find plenty to enjoy here. Ma's playing, as always, is exquisite---warm, deeply felt (given the circumstances), and entirely idiomatic within the context. Perhaps not quite for the classical music lover, but an affectionate reworking of music by an important film composer. --Robert Levine
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Beethoven: Symphonies 5 & 7 - Long regarded as the quintessential interpretation of the most popular and best-loved symphony ever written, this performance of the Fifth has everything: passion, precision, drama, lyric beauty, and a coiled fury in the first movement that sets your pulse racing from the very first note. Carlos Kleiber has made very few recordings in his distinguished career, but almost all are special. If you own no other copy of this symphony, this is the one to get. It comes with an exceptional performance of the Seventh--not quite as gripping as the Fifth, but definitely one of the great ones. There is classical music, and there are classic recordings of classical music. This one's a classic. -- David Hurwitz
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A State of Wonder: The Complete Goldberg Variations (1955 & 1981) - Glenn Gould's recording debut in 1955 of Bach's Goldberg Variations took the world by storm. His decidedly un-Romantic view, absolute technical skill, startling lucidity, and right-on rhythmic changes, combined with his eccentricities--audible humming, sometimes outrageously fast tempi--made him an instantly legendary pianist and elucidated Bach's music in a whole new way. Gould's final recording, 26 years later, was also of the Goldbergs. It's a more relaxed, sometimes much slower, more inward reading (although still very much his own, complete with oddly ferocious attacks and accents), in which he offers repeats of the first half of 15 of the Variations. Both performances are glorious, each in its own way, and this luxurious new set of three CDs is entertaining, a joy to hear, and revelatory; it belongs in any music lover's collection. The third CD is devoted to outtakes and chatter from recording sessions. At one point, Gould improvises "God Save the King" and exhibits how it turns into "The Star-Spangled Banner." And a long interview with critic Tim Page offers great insight into Gould's weird humor and unique outlook. A must-have collection. --Robert Levine
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Top Ten Instrumental

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Bach: The 6 Unaccompanied Cello Suites -
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Baby Einstein: Baby Mozart by Disney - Recipient of the National Parenting Center's Seal of Approval, Baby Mozart music CD is a 15-track, 28-minute collection designed as a playful introduction to the genius of Mozart, the child prodigy from Salzburg. Bring to life the Classical Period (1750-1830) with the brilliance and grace of classical music by Wolfgang Mozart and enrich your child's life by exposing them to melody, harmony in this audio journey of some of Mozart's best work. Re-orchestrated for little ears, this collection is sure to bring joy to your little one's playtime or bedtime. Tracks from this delightful CD are featured on our Baby Mozart video and DVD. Musical Selections: 1. Tune up and fanfare based on themes from "The Magic Flute" 2. Piano Sonata in C, K545, 1 st movement 3. Piano Sonata in C, K330, 1st movement 4. Variations on "Ah vous dirai-je, maman", No. 1, 8 and 11, K265/300e 5. Piano Sonata in D, K576, 3rd movement 6. Concerto for Flute and Harp in C, K299, 1st movement 7. Piano Sonata in A, K331, 3rd movement 8. Piano Sonata in C, K545, 2nd movement 9. Sonata in D for Two Pianos, K448, 1st movement 10. Piano Sonata in C, K330, 3rd movement 11. Divertmento No. 17 in D 12. Piano Sonata in B flat, K570, 3rd movement 13. Piano Sonata in F, K533, 3rd movement 14. The Magic Flute, K620, Papgeno Arias No. 2 and 20 15. Symphony No. 41 in C, K551, 4th movement Age: birth + Product Award: Billboard Magazine Top Midline Classical Albums (#1) - 2004Of all the reasons you'll click the Add to Shopping Cart button next to Baby Einstein's Baby Mozart--and there are many--the best one is that playing this record for babies doesn't feel weird. Instead of subjecting tiny, tender ears to the kind of Mozart that can make adult classical fans wilt when tackled by a maestro who means business, this is Mozart lite, mixed and mastered by a dad, Bill Weisbach, who's clearly hung around for his share of crib-side cooing. The slightly tinny sound of a child's piano sweeps the sting out of Piano Sonata in B Flat's third movement; the first movement of Concerto for Flute and Harp in C floats by, birdlike; variations on "Ah vous dirai-je, Maman" translate to a fancy-sounding (but adorable) "Twinkle, Twinkle"; and Piano Sonata in F's third movement snuggles so deeply into its childlike setting that if you close your eyes, you'll see a pastel parade of animals floating by overhead. Other pieces (more aptly called fragments, since only one track stretches beyond the three-minute mark), like Symphony No. 41's fourth movement, wander into more robust Mozart territory, but it's here the claims about classical music enhancing young kids' abstract reasoning skills and spatial intelligence crystallize. Babies strapped in for a roller coaster of sounds that gracefully dips, swerves, and high-jumps like this version, do have to process what they're hearing somehow (and a case could be made that the instruments Weisbach's chosen--the vibraphone, glockenspiel, and music box among them--make it more appealing for them to do so). Followers of Julie Aigner-Clark's Baby Einstein empire, many of whom opted out of the fan club once Disney bought the company in 2001, won't trip over a single Mickey Mouse-ified sound here. This is pure, plugged in, and muted Mozart, and if it doesn't make your baby smarter, it'll at least sound awfully sweet issuing from your nursery's speakers. --Tammy La Gorce
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Bach Edition: Complete Works (155 CD Box Set) -
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Debussy: Clair de lune & Other Piano Favourites -
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The Chopin Collection [Box Set] - 11cd Box Set with the Legendary Rubinsetin Recordings of Chopin Works.
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The Most Soothing Lullabies In The Universe -
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Romance of the Violin - Every track on this CD contains a beautiful melody, many of them easily recognizable, all of them exuding tranquility. "O mio babbino caro" from Puccini's Gianni Schicchi opens the disc, with Bell delicately accompanied by a harp and spinning the long melody with great sensitivity. Bellini's "Casta diva" from Norma lives up to its reputation as the epitome of bel canto in Bell's hands; his violin sings. The middle movement of Mozart's 21st Piano Concerto takes well to the violin, and Debussy's "The Girl with the Flaxen Hair" is played with great warmth and sensuality. It would be easy to turn a recital like this into treacle, but Bell is wise enough to realize that the music is already sweet enough and he plays with great reserve and a minimum of sentimental slides. The light accompaniments always support, with woodwinds prominent but used with grace. This CD, in short, is a beauty: a fine gift, a lovely mood setter. --Robert Levine
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