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Classical Music for the Reader: Great Masterpieces for the Dedicated Reader

November 1, 2011

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: November 1, 2011
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Cobra Entertainment LLC
  • Copyright: (c) 2011 Cobra Entertainment LLC
  • Total Length: 2:13:35
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  • ASIN: B005TVT9XO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,707 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

Nice relaxing music.
P. A. Britt
I listen to it everytime I read my books,It helps me relax after a very stressful day.
Justpinky
If you like classical music you cannot go wrong with this.
maclaren48

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88 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Mark #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 25, 2012
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Classical Music for the Reader: Great Masterpieces for the Dedicated Reader is OK, and if it helps expose more people to classical music then that is a good thing. But you can get many better collections here on Amazon for a better value. It left me disappointed.

In general, classical music is a great accompaniment for reading. I use it to soften the mood at home and at work, where I read and write for most of my day. What one ideally wants to avoid are surprising loud crescendos and fast energetic works that can sometimes distract you from what you are reading or working on. Unfortunately, too many tracks chosen for this collection fit that category.

Some of the most recognizable pieces from classical music are compiled here. Schubert's Ave Maria is presented here nicely. Brahms' Waltz #15 (Opus 39) will sound familiar even to those who don't listen to classical music. And of course you have the oft-overworked pieces from Debussy's "Clair De Lune" and Pachebel's "Canon In D." Handel's "Largo" and "Serenade" are both also very recognizable and pleasing to the ear. But so many tracks fit into those categories that this devolves into a "greatest hit" collection instead of a carefully crafted compilation.

They did make some nice surprising choices here. The prelude from Wagner's Lohengrin is perfect for such a collection. Massenet's "Thais Meditation" blends in nicely, as does Debussy's "Nuages." And Albioni's Adagio in G Minor is another choice I enjoyed, where the dramatic moments are nuanced instead of jarring.

By the time you get to Strauss Jr.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Fauna Sonden on February 11, 2012
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I have been greatly enjoying the "must have" or "100 Best" collections available from Amazon. I put a Kindle for PC app on my computer so I could read books on a 24" monitor, so the mp3's go into Windows Media Player (naturally enough). This works out great most of the time... but, as you may read in other reviews of this collection, there are selections in this download that when placed next to each other cause you to "stop reading" and thus defeat the purpose. So, while there are great pieces scattered throughout the collection, and thus I encourage purchase... I wouldn't use it to tune-out the distraction of life in order to read something technical or complicated with this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. McGregor VINE VOICE on June 22, 2012
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Classical music can be performed in vastly different ways. This has been a good selection of well interpreted performances.
Debussy and reading always seem to do well together. Holst's Venus is one I don't get to listen to enough.
Several are selections you'll find in other such collections, but hey -- a buck? -- I'll take it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Opinionated on March 7, 2012
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I downloaded this item and have found it to be incredibly relaxing and it is great to have playing in the background. If you're looking for some music that will help you concentrate and relax this is the music for you.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on December 21, 2011
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I think, it is one of the albums any serious reader should have. I read lot of books or work/edit on my laptop. It is surprisingly smooth on your mind, letting you to work on your stuff with better focus and mood! I recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Winston on January 24, 2013
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I do play this in the background while reading and studying but it's great for yoga too, ha ha. My cats seem to like this one best of all the albums I bought, they stretch along with me and roll onto their backs while I meditate. It's just the thing for after a hard day's work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pam Gartman on June 18, 2012
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I received a Kindle Fire for my birthday in April and started enjoying reading in a less cumbersome fashion. Then I discovered the application for Classical Music for the Reader and enhanced the experience two-fold. A great way to escape from the chaos....a good book, accompanied by awesome music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Walter Riker on May 11, 2012
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This was a great purchase for someone who likes to have good music playing while he works. The price and collection were right and I enjoy listening. With the music in the Amazon cloud and I can stream it anywhere I want.
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