- Audio CD (Feb 23 2010)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- ASIN: B000Z3IDLK
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
"Rose" is haunting and gets better each time you hear it. When listening to "Nella Fantasia" you simply must close your eyes, it is so spiritual and makes your spirits rise, in fact it makes you feel joy.
"Pavane" is a combination of guitar and string orchestra and could simply lull you to sleep. Renee Fleming is adored and here she sings the popular aria "O mio babbino caro."
Yo-Yo Ma explores some of Bach's most beautiful melodies with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and this CD includes the moving performance of "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" from his Simply Baroque CD.
"O Sole Mio" is pretty intense in itself and "Maria" from West Side Story was a welcome instrumental recess. "The Second Waltz" makes me want to travel in Europe again!
"Now We Are Free" is commanding and you can almost hear an echo from the past calling to your most inner desire to be liberated in spirit. "The Eternal Vow" is exotic and gripping. The type of music you would expect from a dreamy fairy-tale like story of love and betrayal. You will want the entire soundtrack, which is a blend of East meets West.
Be prepared for the next selection and be ready to turn down the volume! In fact, throughout this CD, I was changing the volume because some of the music is just quite vibrant to say the least. Followed by a memorable piece from Braveheart.
The next selection is royal and filled with dignity and respect. Just when you think it simply can't get any more classic "The Four Seasons" is lusciously performed by virtuoso violinist Gil Shaham.
The Appalachia Waltz is serene and celebrates the American musical tradition. Yo-Yo Ma fans will enjoy a second selection. Luciano Pavarotti completes the selections with a romantic "Nessun dorma!"
This CD just keeps getting better each time I listen to it!
If you love this music, you might enjoy:
Charlotte Church Enchantment
Alex De Grassi's The Water Garden