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Much better than expected - complete bargain
on November 19, 2011
At the time of this review there are only two other reviews of this album and they both are very negative of this collection. Also, the price on this collection is only $0.99, which is the price I bought it for. $0.99 for 99 songs?!?! Seriously, that is an amazing value.
To be honest I had no idea there was Thanksgiving music and really this might just be an excuse by the music label to throw together a lot of light fare classical tunes from their catalog to generate a product to capitalize on holiday shoppers. Well, thank goodness for capitalism as this is a great compilation.
The performances are solid as are the recordings. I'm not really sure why the other reviewers where so harsh. If you want the really good performances of classical music, those recordings will always sell at a premium. For the purpose this collection serves - which is to provide appropriate background music to a family Thanksgiving feast - I can't imagine the need to look elsewhere. That being said, it's not Thanksgiving as I write this and yet I'm enjoying listening to this collection now. My iTunes tells me I have 6.5 days worth of just Classical music in my collection, a collection that started 25 years ago. Yet surprising, there is a lot of material featured here I don't previously have or have listened to before.
The typical compliant that "best of" or budget compilations have also exists here - full works are not provided, just certain movements. However, 99% of your dinner guests will never notice this.
This collection makes a great classical music sampler in general, despite the "Thanksgiving" billing. Since it is lighter fare, it makes great reading music or the perfect entry point for those new to classical music. Or it's just a great way to afford-ably round out an already healthy collection.
The composers featured are the typical top composers as well as lesser known ones. A quick rundown of the composers are:
If this collection is still being offered at $0.99, don't hesitate to buy it, regardless of the time of year.