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Now That's What I Call Classical CD

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Product details

  • Audio CD (28 Nov. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B005P7X7QM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,885 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

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
  11. You Raise Me Up - Aled Jones
  12. Allegretto - Myleene Klass
  13. Inspector Morse Theme - Barrington Pheloung
  14. Sous le dome epais (The flower duet) (From "Lakme") - Lesley Garrett
  15. The Heart Asks Pleasure First - Michael Nyman
  16. American Beauty - Thomas Newman
  17. Amazing Grace - Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
  18. 2. Air - Karl Münchinger, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester
  19. Did I Make The Most Of Loving You - Mary-Jess
  20. Toccata And Fugue In D Minor BWV565 - Vanessa Mae, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Mike Batt
  21. Variation 18 - Bella Davidovich, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Neeme Järvi
  22. My Heart Will Go On - Prague Philharmonia, Nick Ingman

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
  11. Benedictus - Hayley Westenra
  12. Nella Fantasia - Russell Watson
  13. Pie Jesu - The Priests
  14. Now we are Free - Lisa Gerrard, Tamara Teirbrood
  15. Explosive - Bond
  16. Zadok The Priest - The Choir of King's College, Cambridge, The Academy of Ancient Music, Pavlo Beznosiuk, Alastair Ross, Benjamin Bayl, Stephen Cleobury
  17. Hallelujah - Katherine Jenkins
  18. O, mio babbino caro - Kiri Te Kanawa, London Symphony Orchestra, Stephen Barlow
  19. The Lark Ascending - Nicola Benedetti
  20. Ave Maria - Noah Stewart, Vienna Studio Symphony, Johnny Bertl
  21. Jerusalem - The Choir Of Westminster Abbey, James O'Donnell, The Choir of Her Majesty's Chapel Royal, St James's Palace, Andrew Grant, The London Chamber Orchestra, Christopher Warren-Green
  22. Somewhere - Il Divo

Product Description

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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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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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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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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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. You know what I mean. You hear the music , look at the cover and say is that what that's called. Really very enjoyable.
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I bought this cd to have in my car for a very long journey, and loved it. There are some very well known pieces and some I hadn't heard before, so was a fantastic mix.
I also played it when driving my niece and nephew (11 and 7 years old respectively) and they both loved it too, in fact I bought them each a copy to take home with them ( they live abroad) and within 2 weeks they'd played it so much the neighbours wanted a copy, my Mum and Sister also wanted copies!
I would definately recommend it to anyone that likes some classical, but wants to hear more.
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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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This is an enjoyabale CD. I bought this for my husband who appreciates music but is probably not as "highbrow" as I am but even so, this CD makes relaxing listening. The purist will be critical but don't let this put you off buying a CD which will enhance your interest in classical singing by popular performers.
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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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