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listen  1. Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Chorale: Jesus bleibet meine Freude (Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring)Matyas Antal 3:25$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Anna Magdalena Notenbuch (Clavier-Buchlein III): Bist du bei mir, BWV 508 (attrib. G.H. Stolzel)Laszlo Kovacs 2:29$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40: Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40, Act I: Ombra mai fu, "Largo"Jozsef Mukk 3:25$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Messiah, HWV 56: Messiah, HWV 56, Part II: HallelujahScholars Baroque Ensemble 3:39$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Rinaldo, HWV 7: Rinaldo, HWV 7, Act II Scene 4: Lascia ch'io pianga (Let me Lament)Ingrid Kertesi 4:34$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Vesperae solennes de confessore, K. 339: Vesperae solennes de confessore, K. 339: Laudate DominumJohannes Wildner 4:56$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Ave verum corpus, K. 618Johannes Wildner 2:50$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Exsultate jubilate, K. 165: Exsultate, jubilate, K. 165Priti Coles15:15Album Only
listen  9. Caro mio benJozsef Mukk 3:00$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen10. Ellen's Gesang III (Ave Maria!), Op. 56, No. 6, D. 839, "Hymne an die Jungfrau"Ingrid Kertesi 4:52$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen11. Agnus Dei: Agnus Dei (arr. of L'arlesienne Suite No. 2: II. Intermezzo)Jozsef Mukk 4:04$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen12. Ave MariaLaszlo Kovacs 5:13$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen13. Panis angelicusLaszlo Kovacs 3:59$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen14. Requiem, Op. 48: Requiem, Op. 48: Pie JesuJeremy Summerly 3:28$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen15. Ave Maria (use): Ave MariaLaszlo Kovacs 2:41$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen16. 6 Songs, Op. 48: 6 Songs, Op. 48: IV. Die Ehre Gottes aus der NaturLaszlo Kovacs 1:54$0.89  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 22, 1997)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000014F4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #325,139 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Glory to God!
I bought this CD for one track--Schubert's Ave Maria.
Abner Rosenweig
More, please, Ingrid!!
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mr JB on June 18, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The reason that I bought this record was that as I was walking around in a record store I suddenly heard a heavenly voice, singing a wonderful song. It was so capturing that I had to go ask the staff for the CD. I must say I was deeply surprised when I found out it was a Naxos recording, since their song-CD's sometimes tend to be not so good. But this one is a real bargain.
The song was "Bist du bei mir" by Bach (Stötzel), and the singer was the totally unknown Ingrid Kertesi. This was almost a year ago, but I still think I get a new glimpse of heaven every time that I listen to her. The beauty of her voice makes you forget that her pronunciation is extremely bad (as with Sutherland in her prime). Kertesi sings a few more songs on this CD, and they're all lovely.
Many of the classic christmas & sacred songs are included on this CD, we find three 'Ave Maria' here. Most of the songs are nicely sung, except for some Mozartpieces. The other singers are not in the same class as Kertesi, but mostly OK.
This is a extremely nice compilation for christmas or any other time when it's dark outside. Ingrid Kertesi alone makes this CD worth the price.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Allison on July 21, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Ingrid Kertesi really does have the voice of an angel. As an ex-choirboy, I have an inherent preference for the pure tones of a boy treble, rather than the mature vibrato warbling of most sopranos. But I bought this disc because the review by Mr. JB from Karlskrona, Sweden (June 18, 2000) grabbed my attention. He is 100 percent right: I defy you to listen to Ingrid Kertesi's version of J.S. Bach's "Bist du bei mir" ("Thou Art So Near") and not have the same ecstatic reaction he did. The same applies to that most hackneyed of works, the "Ave Maria" that Charles Gounod added atop Bach's C-major Prelude from the "48 Preludes and Fugues" ("The Well-Tempered Klavier"). Kertesi's exquisite version makes this old warhorse sound fresh and new again. It's sure either to make the hair on the back of your neck stand up or have you falling to the floor in sheer ecstasy. OK, forgive the hyperbole, but listen to the sample online and you'll get the point. The rest of the disc has humdrum versions of some very familiar pieces by Handel, Mozart and Schubert. But it's truly worth having for Kertesi's incomparable contribution.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Abner Rosenweig on October 23, 2004
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I bought this CD for one track--Schubert's Ave Maria. I have searched through hundreds of Ave Maria albums for the perfect Ave Maria and, though this version is not perfect, it is the closest I have heard to perfection. Ingrid Kertesi's voice bathes you in the song's rich, warm, red sea of love that is so restorative, you can't help but feel pure and whole after one listening--though, I guarantee you won't be able to listen just once.

I only wish Naxos had chosen to record it with a piano instead of a full orchestra--Naxos's budget orchestras have a budget sound, and besides, this song has an intimacy that resonates best with a simple dialogue between a soprano and a piano. How many music directors have gone wrong by using a soprano and an orchestra, a tenor and an orchestra, or a tenor and a piano. No, no, no! Schubert's Ave Maria = Soprano and Piano, and it better be a damn good soprano, or don't bother recording at all. Really.

I didn't care about any of the other tracks on the CD--and about half are throw-aways. But the Ombra mai fu, the Lascia ch'io pianga, the Mozart masses, and the Donizetti and Gounod Aves (also sung by Kertesi) are all first rate.

Bottom line: the bad tracks are bad, but the beautiful tracks are ecstatic and full of heart and passion. Do your soul a favor and listen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J.K. Tapio on January 31, 2011
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This CD does not quite live to its subtitles, as it is neither a collection of pieces devoted to the Virgin Mary, nor are all of the pieces contained in it 'sacred' (as duly noted by Keith Anderson in his commentary). That said, there is some extraordinarily beautiful music on this CD, and it made a strong impression on me when I bought this CD when it originally appeared in the 1990's.

Returning to it now for the festive season after many years of relative neglect (it is a good idea sometimes to revisit some old CDs to find out exactly why they have become neglected -- you might be surprised), I find that the following applies:

To mention some highlights: There is an excellent rendition of Exsultate jubilate, performed by Camerata Cassovia under the baton of Johannes Wildner and backed by the Kosice Teachers' Choir. The other two Mozart pieces are also OK. If you are a collector, this is a handy way of acquiring three of Mozart's best-known sacred works all together on one CD (given that you already have recordings of the Requiem, Kyrie K. 431 and the C minor Mass elsewhere).

As other reviewers have noted, this CD is worth getting because of the pieces sung by Ingrid Kertesi alone. The Mozart pieces are not sung by Kertesi, however, but by Priti Coles (soprano) and Anna di Mauro (mezzo-soprano). Especially the former's (I suppose it's she who's singing the piece) rendition of Exsultate jubilate is indeed worth hearing.

The rest of the CD is an interesting mix of familiar and less well-known works; the latter include such rarities as Donizetti's Ave Maria and Bizet's Agnus Dei. Joseph Mukk performs the tenor pieces, and he does that very well indeed; just listen to him in the Bizet.
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