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The Greatest Classical Music Ever! 50 Best Classical Hits

June 26, 2012 | Format: MP3

$11.49
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: June 25, 2012
  • Release Date: June 26, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: ANGEL RECORDS
  • Copyright: (C) 2012 Angel Records
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  • Total Length: 3:45:11
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  • ASIN: B008BCDWGS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,435 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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There's lots of these classical "best of"s out there, though it's important to note that not only is this collection only 99 cents for 50 tracks, but these are EMI Classics recordings, which means they're better than most of the eastern European orchestras that are all over the more budget collections. Yehudi Menuhin, Simon Rattle, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau - these are all top-level artists, so you can pick this up without worrying that you'll be settling for second-rate performances.
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I'm no classical buff, just have always enjoyed listening to it as an alternative to alternative. I didn't think that 50 songs for 99 cents was such a gamble, so I went for it and was stoked to have done so. I didn't realize there was an entire collection of this series but ended up downloading 3 more albums once I found them. None have been a disappointment thus far.
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This collection is almost entirely parts of larger works, or in some cases edited snippets. Nonetheless, these are well-recorded first-rate performances by stellar orchestras, singers, and conductors, and serve to whet the appetite for the full works. Many musical periods and styles are represented, from the Baroque to modern music, and orchestral, vocal, and organ performances. Even if you don't "upgrade" these excerpts to the full works, this collection is pleasant listening, and offers many familiar passages from the classical repetoire.

We start with the Sinfonia from Handel's Soloman, performed by the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields with Neville Marriner. It's a great performance.

Then Yehudi Menuhin performs with the opening of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons. Again, a very nice recording that encourages you to seek out the complete recording.

The Tocatta and Fugue in D Minor (Bach) isn't really that, because we have here only the Tocatta. Very nice performance from Wayne Marshall.

The Ode to Joy, from the finale of Beethoven's 9th Symphony is perhaps the most puzzling. It's a splendid performance led by Riccardo Muti, but edited in two spots to make it fit in 3 minutes 22 seconds. If you know the 9th Symphony, you'll wonder how it ends so quickly. But if you're new to Beethoven, it's an excellent way to discover the 9th Symphony and send you off looking for the complete performance.

The Intermezzo from the Cavalleria Rusticana is beautiful, and is again led by Riccardo Muti.

The longest track is the eight-and-a-half minute recording of the complete Finlandia (Sibelius), composed in 1899. It's a first-rate performance, and by itself is well worth the bargain price of this collection.
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At less than a dollar, I do hot regret the purchase, but was sorely disappointed when I played several of the pieces online. I have a quality Klipsch sound system attached to my computer and regularly listen and enjoy many of these pieces from "the Cloud" storage. The difference in quality in playing the pieces from this album was immediately noticeable. If you are using this album to become acquainted with the classics of great music, it might be of benefit. I will probably download this to a CD and play in the car stereo for background music, not to savor and enjoy quality music.
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Unlike Other Amazon Compilations, the Composer of each Piece Is Displayed
(at least in Windows Media Player).

This seems to be the case with all in the "Best 50" Series.

Hopefully, Amazon has gotten The Message and will continue to do so.
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I bought this collection when it was very cheap; I think it was $.99. I am not a classical music fan in general, but I wanted to learn more about it. This collection is easy to listen to, and is great for putting on while reading.
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When I purchased 50 Best Classical Hits, I was anticipating a rousing collection of classical INSTRUMENTAL music. I had listened to a few song snippets and didn't hear any verbal singing. Such was not the case, however, after I purchased the digital download. Italian ladies and other high-pitched warblers dominated about half the collection. Since I couldn't understand what they were singing about (nor did I care), I ended up deleting half the songs. If you're looking for classical vocal music with notes high enough to shatter the glasses on your nose, then this is the collection for you. If you're looking solely for great instrumental classics, I'd look elsewhere.
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Like this album very much. I will never tire of it. Too many songs to ever get bored with.
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