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Now That's What I Call Classical is a CD featuring various classical artists. The CD is from the same makers of the 'Now That's What I Call Music'. The CD was released in 2011 and so it is fairly recent. This CD is available to buy from Amazon for a price of £10.87 which I do think is quite expensive, considering that you can get brand new Cds for much cheaper these days.
Rather than list the whole track listing, I will tell you just some of the songs and artists on this album (which stand out for me).
You Raise Me Up - Aled Jones
World In Union - Hayley Westerna
Allegretto - Myleene Klass
Time To Say Goodbye - Katherine Jenkins
Land of My Fathers - Fron Male Voice Choir
Nella Fantasia - Russell Watson
Pie Jesu - The Priests
Jerusalem - Choir of Westminster
Somewhere - Il Divo
Whilst I wouldn't say classical is my favourite genre of music, I do like it to an extent. I love Classical Crossover music and that is why I bought this album.
As you can see there are lots of varied artists on here. There are a lot of artists who I had never heard of. In fact there are more artists that I do not know of than ones that I do know of.
Being Welsh, I thought that it was great that this album features a few Welsh artists (Katherine Jenkins, Aled Jones, Fron Male Voice Choir). However, I do think that as they were performing covers (and not their own songs), then they could have easily performed some Welsh songs to add more variety to the album, and also give listeners an insight into how great Welsh music is.
This CD makes great 'pleasant listening' as it is such an 'easy-listening' kind of album. It's great for having on in the background as it is so relaxing. It would also be a perfect CD for playing whilst entertaining guests or hosting a dinner party at home.
I really like this album and I would definetely recommend this to all classical lovers.
Thanks for reading!
Xdonzx / xd-o-n-z-x
"Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Nessun dorma! - Luciano Pavarotti, Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Zubin Mehta
2 Als flotter Geist - AndrÃ© 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 Ã¨ mobile - Rolando Villazon, 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 MÃ¼nchinger, 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 JÃ¤rvi
22 My Heart Will Go On - Prague Philharmonia, Nick Ingman
Disc #2 Tracklisting
1 Time To Say Goodbye - Katherine Jenkins
2 Bring Him Home - Alfie Boe
3 I Dreamed A Dream - Joe McElderry
4 'O sole mio - JosÃ© Carreras, PlÃ¡cido 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, The Vienna Session Orchestra, 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"