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Now That's What I Call Classical [CD]

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (28 Nov 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B005P7X7QM
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,034 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Nessun dorma! - Luciano Pavarotti, Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Zubin Mehta
2. Als flotter Geist - André Rieu
3. "Recondita armonia" - Andrea Bocelli, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Gianandrea Noseda
4. The Prayer - Russell Watson, Lulu, London Session Orchestra, Nick Ingman
5. World In Union - Hayley Westenra
6. Una Mattina - Ludovico Einaudi
7. La donna è mobile - Rolando Villazón, Prague Philharmonia, Daniele Callegari
8. 9. Nimrod (Adagio) - BBC Concert Orchestra, Barry Wordsworth
9. The King's Speech - Alexandre Desplat
10. Sanctus (Based On Canon By Pachelbel) - Libera
See all 22 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Time To Say Goodbye - Katherine Jenkins
2. Bring Him Home - Alfie Boe
3. I Dreamed A Dream - Joe McElderry
4. 'O sole mio - José Carreras, Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Zubin Mehta
5. Recuerdos De La Alhambra - Milos Karadaglic
6. Couplets: "Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre" - Bryn Terfel, London Symphony Orchestra, Barry Wordsworth
7. Spring (The Four Seasons Op 8 No 1) (1st Movement) - Nigel Kennedy, English Chamber Orchestra
8. Adiemus - Adiemus
9. Land of My Fathers - Fron Male Voice Choir
10. Annie's Song - Arranged by Charles Gerhardt; adapted by Craig Leon - James Galway, London Symphony Orchestra, Klauspeter Seibel
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Now! That's What I Call Classical is the first-ever Now! to feature classical artists and hits. Including the biggest tracks from the most popular classical artists including Luciano Pavarotti, Katherine Jenkins, Alfie Boe, The Three Tenors, Andrea Bocelli and many more.

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1. Nessun Dorma-Luciano Pavarotti 2. Strauss & Co-Andre Rieu Feat. 'The Blue Danube' 3. Recondita Armonia-Andrea Bocelli 4. The Prayer-Russell Watson 5. World In Union-Hayley Westenra 6. Una Mattina-Ludovico Einaudi 7. La Donna E Mobile-Rolando Villazon 8. Nimrod-Barry Wordsworth [Elgar] 9. The King's Speech-Alexandre Desplat 10. Sanctus-Libera 11. You Raise Me Up-Aled Jones 12. Palladio - Allegretto-Myleene Klass 13. Inspector Morse-Barrington Pheloung 14. The Flower Duet-Lesley Garrett 15. The Heart Asks Pleasure First-Michael Nyman 16. American Beauty-Thomas Newman 17. Amazing Grace-Royal Scots Dragoon Guards 18. Air On A G String-Karl Munchinger [Bach] 19. Did I Make The Most Of Loving You-Mary-Jess 20. Toccata And Fugue In D Minor-Vanessa Mae 21. Rhapsody On A Theme By Paganini, 18th Variation-Bella Davidovich [Rachmaninov] 22. My Heart Will Go On-Prague Philharmonia Disc Two 1. Time To Say Goodbye-Katherine Jenkins 2. Bring Him Home-Alfie Boe 3. I Dreamed A Dream-Joe Mcelderry 4. O Sole Mio-The Three Tenors 5. Memories Of The Alhambra-Milos 6. The Toreador Song-Bryn Terfel 7. The Four Seasons - Spring - Allegro-Nigel Kennedy 8. Adiemus-Karl Jenkins 9. Land Of My Fathers-The Fron Male Voice Choir 10. Annie's Song-James Galway 11. Benedictus-Hayley Westenra 12. Nella Fantasia-Russell Watson 13. Pie Jesu-The Priests 14. Now We Are Free-Lisa Gerrard 15. Explosive-Bond 16. Zadok The Priest-King's College Choir, Cambridge 17. Hallelujah-Katherine Jenkins 18. O Mio Babbino Caro-Kiri Te Kanawa 19. The Lark Ascending-Nicola Benedetti [Vaughan Williams] 20. Ave Maria-Noah 21. Jerusalem-Westminster Abbey Choir 22. Somewhere-Il Divo

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63 of 69 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
So you might have been as intrigued as I was when I first heard that NOW was putting together a compilation album that would take a foray into classical music, it's not really what you would call a definitive collection, it's really one that gives you a quick selection of some popular themes, a lot that's on offer is not really what might be called strictly classical, for a more representative collection the Classic Experience series is a very good choice.
The NOW albums though are about popularity and accessibility and this has a slightly awkward relationship with true classical music, but what they do have to draw on is recent reality show successes and familiarity in well known TV adverts which mean everyone and his dog knows the music in addition to film soundtracks some of which are very good pieces of music in their own right and could be described as classical, loosely these things could be defined as classical, but classical music is usually music of more depth and whilst a lot of famous pieces such as Mozart's Symphony No 40 could be described as popular it takes more of a deeper relationship with the music for the audience to get the most out of it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars quality cd 3 Jan 2012
By Gemp
Format:Audio CD
Fantastic album, excellent tracks.
It was a present for my father and he hasn't stopped listening since he was given it.
Ideal for those interested in classical music and like variety.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab.Music 21 April 2013
By C.D.
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The variety of artists & the choice of music is great
recording is very good & you get two CD's on top
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great dvd 29 Dec 2011
By jasidot
Format:Audio CD
Dvd was a Christmas present for my mum she loved it. Transaction was easy and the Dvd arrived super quick. Thank you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very pleasant listening 20 Dec 2011
By joan
Format:Audio CD
very pleasant to listen to. purchased two copies one to play in our florist shop, one for my mom for xmas. customers love it
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classically cool 4 Jan 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Bought as a present for a very thankful classical fan although worth a listen if you are not !

Surprisingly pleasant and not at all heavy .... a good introduction into classical music with some old favouorites sung by some new cool singers
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Please spend your money elsewhere 11 Dec 2011
Format:MP3 Download
This is a terrible collection of music. Somehow, they have managed to butcher 'Palladio' into something that I cannot listen to.

There are a few redeeming tracks - the Prague Orchestra's rendition of 'My Heart Will Go On' is surprisingly good, and rather breathtaking - I would suggest you download this as an individual MP3.

The rest of it is either a poor quality live recording, with audience applauses scattered through the track, or timeless classics played in ways which render them near unrecognizable and certainly cacophonous.

Do not give these clowns any of your money.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Now This is What I call ,DROSS 2 Dec 2013
Format:Audio CD
This is a complete waste of money. It is an insult, not only to the listener,the various composers and to the artists themselves. It will not `introduce' people to so-called `classical' music. It is intended for the lazy, the idle and the pretentious - Beverley in `Abigail's Party' comes to mind. It is for sad pathetic Middle Class people who don't want to confess they really like trashy X-Factor rubbish so they put this abomination on the CD player and believe they're of superior intellect than the `proles'.
Does anyone really believe that `artists' like Russell Watson or Joe McElderry are in the same league as singers like Pavarotti or Kiri Te Kanawa because they're not and it's an insult to the latter two to put them in the same bracket. And what, I wonder do Nicola Benedetti or Bella Davidovich think at having their recordings butchered in such a fashion - if they even know it has been done. Whoever picked this selection is in an intellectual cess-pit. To cut Vaughan Williams' `Lark Ascending' down to m4 minutes is yet another insult to a composer who did so much to encourage amateurs to make music and was one of the composers who saved our Folk Song heritage from oblivion. You can only conclude that this is an issue aimed at those who have an attention span of about 4 minutes - 5 if they're pushed. Heavens only knows what they would make of Isaac Hayes's 18 minute tracks (if they've ever heard of him) let alone the 15 HOURS of Wagner's Ring or the 7 days of `Licht'.
This is NOT the way to either listen to or `get into' Classical Music. It's bad enough having bleeding chunks of `the good bits' from operas but shoving `Nimrod' or Variation 18 from Rachmaninov's `Paganini Rhapsody on a disc with the dross on this is an insult to those composers.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Just as it says classical cd
Some great artists on the cd
Lovely and relaxing cd to listen to
Recommend
Published 21 days ago by Sam
5.0 out of 5 stars bought this for my father
because he likes the album a lot ,and he would be very good for anyone who would like this cd
Published 21 days ago by Pen Name
4.0 out of 5 stars Relax
Very nice cd especially for relaxing. Not to heavy classical enjoyed it. I would recommend this for people who do not normally listen to this type of music to give them an... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ayorababs
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic music
Really nice variety of classical music on this cd with something for everyone. Sounds great in the our car when out and about.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. Carol A. Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
CD excellent and sounds great, very pleased with the CD. It is Various Artists at their best and very enjoyable. GREAT
Published 2 months ago by NATHAN BALDWIN
3.0 out of 5 stars not bad, for a beginner
This is ok for a first classical album, But that's about it. I wasn't blown away by the tracks. But it would make a good addition to anyone's collection as a first.
Published 3 months ago by Heathie
5.0 out of 5 stars That is what I call classical
This is the best classical album that I have ever listened to. The selection of music is just beautiful. Exactly my taste, not too heavy, easy classical listening. Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. O'Regan
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD MUSIC
NOT LISTENED TO IT ALL YET BUT ENJOYING IT. HAS ALL THE SONGS AND MUSIC WE LIKE TO HEAR. LOVELY
Published 3 months ago by electro
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for Mum
My mum loves classical music so this was an ideal gift for her. It arrived on time and she now has it in her car to listen too constantly! Very good buy and good quality
Published 4 months ago by beckyjose
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
I thought it would be a joke, but it is actually lovely, and relaxing...would recommend this to anyone who likes classical, but nothing too heavy.
Published 4 months ago by D Swanepoel
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