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Product details

  • Performer: Various
  • Audio CD (2 Sept. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Classics
  • ASIN: B000026APH
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,107 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. O Fortuna - Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra & Chorus [From Carmina Burana
2. Flower Duet - Janice Watson & Ruby Philogene [From Lakme
3. New World Symphony - Czech State Philharmonic Orchestra [From New World Symphony
4. Morning - Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra [From Peer Gynt
5. Che Gelida Manina - Luciano Pavarotti [From La Boheme
6. Variation 18 From Rhapsody On A Theme By Paganini - Evelyn Chen
7. Clair De Lune - Kathryn Stott
8. Anvil Chorus - Royal Liverpool Philharmonica Orchestra [From Il Trovatore
9. Canon In D For Strings - City Of London Sinfonia [Pachelbel
10. Alleluia - Lesley Garrett [From Exsultate, jubilate
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Pomp And Circumstance March No.1 (Elgar) - Royal Liverpool Philharmonica Orchestra [Elgar]
2. Au Fond Du Temple Saint - Jussi Bjoerling & Robert Merrill [From Pearl Fishers
3. Intermezzo - Royal Liverpool Philharmonica Orchestra From Cavallera Rusticana
4. Why Do The Nations - Bryn Terfel & London Musici [From Messiah
5. Hallelujah Chorus - Bryn Terfel & London Musici [From Messiah
6. Spring - James Galway [From The Four Seasons
7. Pie Jesu - Camilla Otaki [From Requiem
8. Adagio Of Spartacus & Phrygia - Orchestra Of THe Royal Opera House [Khatchaturian]
9. Gynopedie No.1 - John Lenehan
10. Air - City Of London Sinfonia [From Orchestral Suite No.3
See all 16 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Enjoy a selection of the finest Classical tracks including hits from Pavarotti and the City Of London Sinfonia

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88 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Mart TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Mar. 2008
Format: Audio CD
The budget price doesn't reflect the quality of this 2 disc collection of classical music highlights, for the soloists, orchestras, conductors and the recordings themselves ensure it is a good quality selection of mostly familiar music from the classical music repertoire.

The choices lean heavily towards the opera style, so for that reason alone will not be the only album necessary to cover everyone's taste - even the complete classical beginner will find many of their familiar favourites are absent.

The tracks are mostly single movements from the whole score, which may not please the more enthusiastic classical fan, but it's unavoidable given the short time permitted by only 2 CDs. In any case, this album really is only aimed at those wanting a brief 'best of' product rather than an in depth study, and for that purpose it does its job well.

I would recommend the album as a bargain value, well perfomed selection of classical/opera music. It's not the only one as its title claims, but it's not a bad starting point.
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137 of 143 people found the following review helpful By Frank T. Manheim on 23 Jan. 2004
Format: Audio CD
"The Only. . . " album may sound like a superficial pastiche to reviewer 1, but it isn't. I'm a classical music activist and an advocate for imaginative ways to reverse classical's decline. From this standpoint this product demonstrates first-rate creative showmanship and sophistication on the part of its producers. As the second reviewer indicates, the album does more than just stimulate impulse purchase. The outrageously inspired title was obviously designed to attract newcomers to classical. Having lured the uninitiated, a wrong start on the first track could be the last heard. The inspired choice of Orff, with his primal rhythms and simple harmonic structure, probably breaks with stereotypes people may have about classical. The listener then gets an abrupt change of pace with luscious, delicate ballet melodies by Delibes, followed by all-meat-and-no-potatoes romantic masterpieces in the Dvorak 9th Symphony (appropriately performed by a Czech orchestra) and the Grieg Peer Gynt Suite. The album includes popular classic hits like the Pachelbel Canon and Albinoni Adagio but embraces diverse styles ranging from Khatchaturian and Prokofiev to Bizet's the Pearl Fishers (opera) and Satie's Gymnopedie. Toward the end come full and unchopped performances of core classical repertory like the Bach instrumental suites and Vivaldi violin concerti (in dynamic, living-tradition style, led by James Galway). Reviewer No. 2 is on target. This is a superb present for newcomers. More experienced listeners can relax and enjoy masterly programming of great classics, executed by fine performers and ensembles.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Birmingham Book Reader VINE VOICE on 28 Feb. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Having NEVER brought a Classical music CD before I felt it was about time I did.

Now I am so pleased. This is a super CD set full of well known music which I enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. Van Den Brink on 13 May 2011
Format: Audio CD
I was pleasantly surprised I knew more tracks than I thought. It is certainly worth it as your first attempt in buying classical music, like I did. As most tunes are the most famous ones around. Only downside is that Nessun Dorma isn't performed by a bigger artist. That should have been performed by Luciano Pavarotti. I'd even be happy if it had been Paul Potts.

However, can't complain at that price!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. Datta on 14 Sept. 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The Only Classical Album You'll Ever Need is an album well suited to satisfy musical taste for followers of classical music. The two disc set is a collection of classical musical artists to embrace and entertain listeners with beautiful music that you can admire so strongly for it poetic meanings in life and tunefulness. The two disc set features some familar artist names within the classical arena, such as Mozart, Beethoven, Puccini, Elgar,Vivaldi and son.

The album is an ideal treat for classical music followers. You have a host of songs to really satisy you to listen time and time again. Play the music whilst you are engaged in daily activities like cooking, taking a shower, cleaning the house and so on. The album should be highly praised for it beautifully and splendid display of music at its best for anyone who is really passionate about light and easy listening music. Any neighbours who listens to this music even if it blasted at high full volumn are guranteed to admire and may be even purchase this music.

The bottom line here is The Only Classical Album You'll Ever Needs is beautiful music and contains the main ingredients of refreshing and easy listening music. It is an album for inclusion if you are fan of classical music.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. Moore VINE VOICE on 11 April 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Well if you love to sit quietly in a comfortable armchair, cup of tea (or wine) feet up eyes shut and listen to glorious music then treat yourself to this CD, it is a joy to listen to and relax to...so go on treat yourself !
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101 of 120 people found the following review helpful By genuine1234@hotmail.com on 5 April 2001
Format: Audio CD
I was visiting from USA and found this CD in Birmingham. I have not taken it out of my CD player since 1999! Buy one and leave it in slot 3...you won't regret it. The variety is perfect, changing moods just when you feel worn from the last track. Two colleagues bargained over the last CD available and the won who lost borrows mine. Today I ordered it for him and sent one to my son, a metallic music lover, who likes just a bit of classical and this CD will fit the bill.
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