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Actress/singer/director/writer/composer/producer/designer/author/photographer/activist Barbra Streisand is the only artist ever to receive Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Directors Guild of America, Golden Globe, National Medal of Arts and Peabody Awards and France’s Légion d'honneur as well as the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She is also the first ... Read more in Amazon's Barbra Streisand Store

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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 (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,502 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.'

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Barbra Streisand's voice on this CD is beautiful.
Norma
Since I bought it I've listened to it at least 20 times or more and will continue playing it in my home.
Terrance Richard
Instead, like a true artist, she challenged her abilities.
G. Rosas

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40 of 43 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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30 of 32 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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29 of 31 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 rêve, 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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19 of 20 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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By G. Rosas on February 2, 2006
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In 1963, when Streisand released her first album, there was no doubt she was a unique and talented singer. Some ten years later, after becoming a great success, she proved with "Classical Barbra" what a nurtured and developed talent is capable of. She didn't sit on her laurels and continue to churn out Broadway warhorses in an attempt to play it safe. Instead, like a true artist, she challenged her abilities. Her reward, and ours as well, is this absolutely gorgeous CD. Her voice, at a level of near perfection, glides effortlessly across each tender note of these well picked gems. If anyone ever doubted man's reason for existence, please, do yourself a favor and buy this CD. You will be inspired for a lifetime.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. Elliott on July 27, 2004
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With her god-given voice, it is such a joy to hear it used for purer sounds! It is often wasted on mundane material, but here the beauty of her voice meets its match: in haunting classical songs sung in Italian, French, German, etc. Anybody who finds her raspy and diva-esque will be surprised by her restrained, sensitive delivery here. Barbra at her best...The Voice Of The Twentiest Century indeed!
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