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Simply the Best Classical Anthems


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  • Performer: Various
  • Composer: Verdi; Orff; Holst; Wagner; Co
  • Audio CD (Jan. 21 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Erato
  • ASIN: B00004SUVI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #60,911 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Requiem: Dies Irae
2. Carmina Burana: O Fortuna
3. The Planets: Mars
4. The Ride Of The Valkyries
5. Chorus Of The Hebrew Slaves
6. Fanfare For The Common Man
7. Pomp And Circumstance March No. 1
8. Aida: Grand March
9. Summer - Four Seasons: Presto
10. Te Deum: Prelude
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Also Sprach Zarathoustra
2. Romeo And Juliet: Dance Of The Knights
3. Requiem: Dies Irae
4. 1812 Overture
5. Piano Concerto
6. Spring - Four Seasons: Allegro
7. Messiah: Hallelujah Chorus
8. The Royal Fireworks: La Réjouissance From Music
9. Flight Of The Bumble Bee
10. Symphonie Fantastique: March To The Scaffold
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By syohan on Feb. 20 2004
Format: Audio CD
Simply The Best Classical Anthems
Simply The Best Classical Anthems is a compilation album of '36 of the most powerful Anthems on Earth'. But, it is also said to be something else. It is said to be a gateway. A gateway to another world. A world where our imagination can run free without being shackled down by any borders or boundaries or rules or limits. A world that we have all seen or perhaps more accurately have all heard of but for many of us a world that we have never dared to enter. Never dared to enter because of fear. The fear of being ostracised and shunned by our community.
THE MYTH
'Classical Music!', I can hear some of you cry. 'That isn't another world. That's just music for the upperclass, the high-brow, and the pompous.' Surprisingly, I too felt this way for a long time until I accepted the invitation made to me by Simply The Best Classical Anthems. I always felt that Classical Music was nice to listen to as background music for a Levis ad or a Car ad but I would consider people strange if they chose to hear it on its own. However, after having listened to this album I realised how wrong I was in my assumptions.
THE TRUTH
Music as with all forms of amusement helps to take you away from where you are now. It helps to relax you when you are stressed with anger; it helps to give you strength when you are vulnerable; it helps to keep your spirits up when you have faced tragedy or loss. It helps. And, for me the type of music that best conjures up the most passionate emotions (love, hate, courage and anger) at our most testing times is Classical Music.
How? I don't know.
Why? I don't know.
I can only promise you that in my experience it does.
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By Kendal B. Hunter on March 19 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is a good sampler, since it covers what you would want in a classical music CD. Looking at the tracks, it has the classic hits, such as "Ride of the Valkyries," "Toccata and Fugue," "Fanfare for the Common Man," "'Jupiter' from 'The Planets,'" "Eine Klein Nachtmusik," and "Hallelujah Chorus."
There are also some new pieces that I have fallen in love with, such as "The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra," "'Promenade' from Pictures at an Exhibition." The compilers did an interesting double take by including both Verdi's and Mozart's "Dies Ire." I'm not sure which is better.
This music is good for the brain and good for the soul. There is a power and passion that the blaring and glaring music that makes up most of the FM band. I'm reminded of the religious man who said that there is no music in hell. Probably because they wouldn't appreciate it there.
These CDs has a good transfer from the analogue tapes; there is no hiss or fuzziness. The packaging hearkens back to 2001: A Space Odyssey, with the black monolith. And appropriately, "Also Sprach Zarathustra" is the opening track on Disk 2.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kemistry on Nov. 23 2003
Format: Audio CD
The samples are too short and the quality leaves a lot to be desired. Having said that the choices are wonderful and the price is great. If you're looking for a overview of the best of classical music then this is for you. However if it's quality you're looking for then spent the extra money and look at other choices.
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By John Siddle on July 1 2000
Format: Audio CD
Playing this Cd really outs you in a good mood for the day. A loud chorus of Dies Irae is performed and really makes you alert of the loud bass signalling the day of judgement. The rest of the CD differs dramatically, you have your soft clarinet pieces, to your loud, proclaiming songs (Jerusalem) This CD is ideal if you want to listen to the different aspects of classical music. I thoroughly endorse it!
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