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  • Audio CD (February 5, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: SONY MASTERWORKS
  • ASIN: B00766CLPI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,237 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Digitally remastered and expanded edition including two bonus tracks. In 1973, Barbra Streisand went into the studio to make this album, one of the first (and still considered one of the best) Classical crossover recordings. This unique collection of art songs and arias was originally released in February 1976, with its striking cover portrait by Francesco Scavullo, and has never gone out of print. Classical Barbra rose to #46 on the Billboard Top 200 chart in 1976 and is certified gold in the U.S. Thirteen-time Grammy- winning producer Steven Epstein remastered the original recording for this reissue, the first since its original CD release in 1987. Most importantly, it contains the first ever release of two additional tracks recorded during the original sessions but never available until now: two of Franz Schubert's best known songs, 'An Sylvia' and 'Auf dem Wasser zu singen.'

Customer Reviews

I highly recommend this CD for all those people who simply love music.
Terrance Richard
A wonderful choice of classical songs and, though Ms. Streisand is not a true classical singer, they are performed lovingly and beautifully.
John A. deLaubenfels
And they used so much compression that the whole thing sounds flat and devoid of any air.
Christopher550

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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Lapins on October 15, 2000
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You'll never find a more peaceful collection. It's almost like listening to the waves crashing ashore (in slow motion). Barbra hasn't the range of a classical diva nor does she attempt to go places she knows she cannot. But rather offers an hour of morning meditation, some afternoon calm or an evening prayer of thanks. This is one of those Cd's I've passed on to many friends, with much appreciation. "Higher Ground" would have been an appropriate title for this LP when it was released. Nothing so beautiful as when the earthly and the ethereal slow dance deep into the night. That's where this Cd takes you. Enjoy. ps: thanks Barbra for the endless pleasure of your voice
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Det. Abilene on June 9, 2003
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Proving that she really can pull off anything she sets her mind to, Barbra recorded this amazing collection of traditional, lieder classical music. Streisand's instincts are seldom off, and this incredible intuition follows her into the classical realm. Even in the context of this very difficult style of singing, Streisand's performance never seems anything less than completely natural. In fact, Barbra's elegant rendition of Carl Orff's "In Trutina" is one of the most beautiful vocal performances I've ever heard. Throughout the ten track album, Streisand sings in five different languages and seems completely at home in all of them. Most amazingly, she is somehow able to meet the demands of the compositions without completely surrendering her own unique attributes. This hybrid is at it's most spectacular on Hugo Wolf's "Verschwiegene Liebe" and George Frideric Handel's "Lascia ch'io pianga," in which the combination composition and performer create an almost surreal beauty that echoed throughout the entire project. Melodic and surprising, CLASSICAL BARBRA showcases yet another side to the indescribable talent known as Barbra Streisand.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Berne Colville on September 25, 2005
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I can't say that Ms. Streisand is "the minx" when it comes to classical training but she has a natural and hardworking gift. She possesses a faultless dedication to her craft that I can truly appreciate. This CD is not a new release, (I have it on wax) but this fantasy-like music lulled my three-year old to afternoon naps for two years and I am classically grateful.

In this CD, it is her amazing vocal control and most especially, her need not to BOMBAST the listener with musical ploys that is to be commended. She has selected classic pieces and a variety of composers to lull us to another place. Some of her selections work better than others, but her musical choices are always amazing. well done and musically subtle.

If you have a little child that needs soothing or if you need quiet, calming music sung from a very carefully studied songbook, you will enjoy this timeless musical massage.

As someone who was trained as a classical singer, I was familiar with all of Ms. Striesand's choices. Although no Price or Sills, she still pulls it off with style through thoughtful phrasing and vocal reserve. My favorites are Après un rÍve, Op. 7/1 by Faure and In Trutina, from Carmina Burana by Carl Orff. Finally, whatever she lacked in classical training, she more than made up for in interpretation and complete understanding of the text. So lovely. Brava!

I must Ms. Streisand credit...she took on something she had no experience doing and made it work in her special way. She is no small egoist and a perfectionist, and publicly not endearing or warm to many of us. However, she has that true storyteller's talent and understands, even in Latin, how to tell her story.

P.S. Not for impervious classicists, dotty tradionalists, or peevish intractables!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Alex on May 8, 2000
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My grandparents who are both opera singers and voice teachers listened to 'Classical Barbra'. Their assessment is : the CD is not a great revelation of a promising opera or lieder singer. But she shows that she can tackle an art song and show off an important attribute of fine singing : legato. Barbra's vocal technique and hearing capability in music makes her the greatest pop singer of all times. Personally, the CD is a soothing work of the pop diva. I'll never get tired of this CD which has Streisand's unique treatment of art songs.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By W. Budris on February 6, 2013
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Reading some of the recent reviews about remastering issues, I don't think they got this new 2013 version, even if they did the Auto-Rip, which I think pulled the 1987 issue without the bonus tracks. I ordered the CD which came today and played it in my car. In comparison to the 1987 release, which was not remastered properly (with hiss and low volume), this new version is pristine and includes two bonus tracks not issued when recorded. I also did not know this album was started in 1973. I thought it was done in the moment for the February 1976 release.

Great care was taken with the remaster to bring all the music to an almost-live level of sound. There is great separation of instruments. Strings literally sing along with Barbra's voice. This was one of the only classical recordings I owned, though as I grew older, added some of the composers to my collection and the great classical crossover artists of recent years (Sarah Brightman, Katherine Jenkins, Mario Frangoulis, etc). I also learned for audition pieces back in the day and trained with my vocal coach using Barbra's version of Beau Soir, which is the only lyric in French I can do without error. Otherwise, it is Oui, Merci and croissant.

This album was a total surprise to me being re-released. Kudos to all involved for really making it a superb edition and shining it all up with the remastering. "I Love You" is currently playing and it never sounded this good. A "MUST" for all Barbra fans.

Great album for quiet times, candlelight, and/or brunch!
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