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The Essential Classics Collection

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 1999
  • Release Date: 1 Jan. 1999
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Copyright: (C) 1999 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg
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  • Total Length: 6:59:35
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  • ASIN: B003TYC6Y2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,487 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By John R. Murdoch on 31 Mar. 2007
Format: Audio CD
This 6 CD collection contains most of the popular classical music you could every want and is priced competitively. However many of the recordings are very old and the sound quality is at best adequate. A lot of the performances although technically excellent are dull and uninspiring. The packaging is bland with minimal information about the music or performers. If you want quality rather than quantity look elsewhere.
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112 of 119 people found the following review helpful By Budge Burgess on 6 Nov. 2004
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There are plenty of classical music samplers on the market, some better than others. This is very much a case of don't just mind the quality, feel the width. The fact that this set offers you six CD's means that you get a broad, eclectic range of the more popular classics. Of course, what you also get is a selection of the highlights from classic works - one of Grieg's best loved melodies, one of Orff's more dramatic moments.
This sampler, however, is largely restricted to the more melodic tunes. As someone who does like to have some background music playing when I'm reading or writing, I can't complain about that. The six CD's will give you a lot of very enjoyable music which you can have playing while you relax or concentrate on some task. There is enough variety in the selection to reward your ears even when you're not concentrating on the sounds.
But the real joy of a selection like this is that it might give you the confidence to delve deeper into classical music. There is so much pretension in the music world, if you have little musical knowledge to begin with, it can be a bit daunting trying to explore the mysteries of the classics. Ignore all the hype and all the flowery language. Allow yourself to sit back and listen to some of these tracks, then take yourself out and listen to the longer, full versions of your favourites. Let your ear be your guide - have a listen to Radio 3 instead of Classic FM!
An entertaining selection which should stimulate your ears, and excellent value ... which should reward your pocket!
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105 of 112 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Mar. 2002
Format: Audio CD
There is a glut of classical music compilations available and for the uninitiated it can be a bit of a stab in the dark as to which to pick out. Having listened to several, I would commend this selection above all others. Not only is it more extensive than most (all?), the six CD's are neatly arranged by theme. The recordings themselves are generally fairly good and will allow the listener to find composers or pieces that he or she will want to listen to further.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Amanda on 23 Oct. 2004
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This set has all the popular pieces of classical music that we all love. It is broken up into 6 CDs which are on a theme; so depending on your mood you can choose which CD to play.
The recordings are very reasonable as well.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Dec. 2004
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A very wide selection of pieces, organised into themes, although rather loosely if you ask me!! Some of them just didn't fit the theme. Mostly a good selection, but a few pieces that let the collection down.
A very good collection for someone new to classical music, but most classical fans will have the best pieces on this collection already and would do better buying something like the fantastic Tchaikovsky box set they have here.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Derek Vernon-morris on 5 July 2010
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This set is an excellent introduction to the various facets of Classical Music, or as a collection of old favourites easily accessable. Each of the 6 CDs are arranged according to mood.(1) Meditation; featuring Albinoni, Bach, Faure, Rodrigo, Mahler, and Elgar. (2)Orchestral Fireworks; featuring a rousing excerpt from Tchaikovsky's 1812, Gershwins's Rhapsody In Blue, and the complete Ravel's Bolero.(3)Invitation to the Dance; with Weber, Handel, and Borodin.(4)Nocturne; featuring Chopin, Mozart, Beethoven, Debussy-Clair de Lune.(5)Pomp and Circumstance; with Elgar, Holst, and Sibelius. (6)Grand Opera; with Puccini-One Fine Day, Bizet-Carmen, Verdi-Il Travatore, and Wagner-Liebestod. Each disc has between 10 and 15 tracks playing for approx 70 minutes. They are compiled by Deutsche Grammophon 1990, usually an indication of excellent artistic and recording quality. The number of well known orchestras and musicians are too many to list in this space, and for quality it is unfair to ignore any, but as a guide- Placido Domingo, Mirella Freni, Pierre Fournier(cello), Goran Sallischer(guitar), Berlin Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestra of La Scala, Boston Symphony orchestra, Orchestra of the Bastille, Daniel Barenboim(piano), Simon Preston(organ), and The English Concert Orchestra with Simon Standage(violin)-are included.
This collection is also very good value for money, and very pleasently presented in magnolia and black with various images from a painting by Martin Mooney inspired by classical Corinthian Architecture.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "ozgegurses" on 12 July 2004
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I was feeling a bit suspicious about the CD Set of this Collection. Since similar types of the Collection always available everywhere, i thought it would be hocus pocus to order such a CD on net. But when i dispatched it, i explicitly did comprehend that not only was it cheapier than the domestic market price; but also it was a unique selection of Famous Classics.
I offer The Essential Classics Collection [BOX SET] to the Classical Music Fans, assuring them that they will enjoy with the recording, indeed.
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