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The 99 Darkest Pieces Of Classical Music

The 99 Darkest Pieces Of Classical Music

October 31, 2010

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 31, 2010
  • Label: X5 Music Group
  • Copyright: 2010 X5 Music Group
  • Total Length: 11:03:49
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  • ASIN: B0048NUUS2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Is is called Dark, I call it spirit filled music.
Raymond L. Niehoff
First, it's a good mix of good music I can put on in the background when I feel like it, without having to make my own playlist.
T. Fisher
The pieces on this album are very well selected and the sound quality is nice as well.
Gwen

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219 of 223 people found the following review helpful By T. Fisher TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 31, 2010
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This is another collection of great music at a low, low price brought to you by the X5 group, this time on a "darkness" theme released on Halloween 2010. This should be a must buy for anyone new to these "99 most whatever" sets. At the bargain "Daily Deal" price of $1.99 for over 11 hours of music coming in at 1.07 GB, it's not even worth thinking twice if you're new to classical music or to these collections. Just get it.

There are a lot of "greatest hits" here. Favorites like "The Ride of the Valkyries", the opening to Beethoven's 5th Symphony, Grieg's "In the Hall of the Mountain King", Tchaikovsky's "Sugar-Plum Fairy", and the famous bits of "Carmina Burana" will be known to everyone. Same with nice versions of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" and "Night on the Bare Mountain", which many will know from Disney's Fantasia movie. And a whole lot more, really.

Quite a bit of the music is wonderfully spooky -- like the opening Totentanz by Franz Liszt (too bad it's such a short excerpt), the famous Toccata and Fugue for organ by Bach, or the "Aquarium" from Saint-Saëns' "Carnival of the Animals", which sounds like it should be in a Harry Potter movie. And again, a whole lot more.

The "darkness" theme works a lot of the time, but definitely not all the time. Since when are allegros from Mozart symphonies (Nos. 25 and 40) dark? Or anything from Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" -- even if the end of "Summer", included here, does have a furious edge to it? There is plenty of light music here that doesn't really fit the supposedly dark theme.

But who cares, really? It's still great music.

Is the set worth it if you've bought the earlier ones? For me, at the Daily Deal price, it is.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By DasBierMeister on November 25, 2010
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This is the best bargain I have bought in my entire life of 29 years. I'm only at track 16 and I can already tell that this is well worth the two dollars. I'm a man who listens to most genres of music, and this is the first collection of classical music that I ever bought...and I am one happy man. There are so many songs that give me memories of great movies, my middle school music class, and of course it is brewing new ones as I speak (or typing this review). Even if you're not a fan of classical music, I still suggest that you purchase this product. YOU WILL find something you'll like on this. BUY NOW! It's only two dollars for 11 hours of timeless music that defines the era of man.
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If you're one of those people who think that classical music is just for rich snobs or old farts, think again. The last two albums I purchased from Amazon were by Black Label Society and Slayer.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Wake on October 29, 2013
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There are plenty of reviews which will give you the gist of this album, and the consensus is right. 99 songs for this cheap is worth the buy, but you won't be getting 99 "dark" songs. Still, it's a fun collection with some familiar and some rare pieces. If you're up in the air as to whether you want to buy the album, I recommend going ahead and rewarding yourself. It's over eleven hours of music, and a great big chunk of them are very enjoyable.

To address the concern about composers: the files list the performing group as the artist, and the composer of the piece is not found in the file. The update that turned this album from 50 songs to 99 apparently removed whatever composer file info there might have once been. It's not in the .mp3 file itself, so no matter what music program you use, it's not going to show up with any amount of fiddling. To try to remedy that, I tracked down the composers for each track, and I've listed them below for those of you who are interested.

1. Franz Liszt - Totentanz For Piano And Orchestra: Andante - Allegro - Allegro Moderato (Attacca)
2. Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No. 5 In C Minor, Op. 67, ''Fate'': Allegro Con Brio
3. Arvo Pärt - Fratres For Strings And Percussion (1977/1991)
4. Richard Wagner - The Valkyrie: Ride Of The Valkyries
5. Camille Saint-Saëns - Danse Macabre in G Minor, Op. 40
6. Sergei Rachmaninoff - Morceaux De Fantaisie, Op. 3: II. Prélude In C-Sharp Minor: Lento
7. Antonio Vivaldi - Stabat Mater, RV 621: I. Stabat Mater Dolorosa
8. Pyotr (or Peter) Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20: Scène (Lake in the Moonlight)
9. Carl Orff - Carmina Burana: O Fortuna
10. Béla Bartók - Music For Strings, Percussion And Celesta, Sz 106: I.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mark Twain on October 31, 2010
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Great for Halloween. I've only listened to the first 11 songs, and I already feel like I've gotten more than I paid for. Excellent selection, and it is obviously a great value. It is really getting me in the mood to hand out candy to the victims, err, I mean children .
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By anonymous on May 28, 2011
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Unbelievable value. A fantastic selection of classical works for almost nothing. I am still trying to figure out what is the catch. If, like me, you purchase it and end up going nuts trying to figure out who are THE COMPOSERS of the pieces, because you are listening to them in your iTunes and all the info you are getting is the title (and the number of the symphony without the composer name means little to me), and the name of the orchestra performing the piece (who cares!), all you have to do is go to the "view" menu, select "view options" (or, press Command + J if you are on a Mac) and check the "Composer" column on. The info is all there! And enjoy. (P.S. This setting seems to be "list specific"; meaning, make the adjustment while you are displaying the list for this album. The composer column won't be there when you select another list -- that was my experience, at least. I don't know what happens if you turn "composer" on while displaying the whole music library.)
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