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"Stabat Mater" Antonio Vivaldi Our price: $15.49 | You save: $1.49
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Star countertenor David Daniels is in great form for his interpretations of some of Vivaldi's most stirringly beautiful music. A wonderful counterbalance for those who think the "red priest" was a one-hit wonder with "The Four Seasons," this performance of the Stabat Mater and other sacred settings features violinist Fabio Biondi and his Europa Galante ensemble.

"Juan Diego Flórez ~ Rossini Arias" Gioachino Rossini Our price: $15.49 | You save: $1.49
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Tenors might seem hard to keep track of these days, with the constant emergence of one top-billed singer after another. But Peruvian-born Juan Diego Flórez is certain to win you over with his quality, technique, and assured sense of the style required to render Rossini in all his moods, with never a fear of slipping from the high wire.

"Orff: Carmina Burana" Carl Orff Our price: $15.99 | You save: $1.99
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Prepare for Carl Orff's ever-ready classic to pump up your sound system yet again. This take on his "Carmina Burana," featuring the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus led by Donald Runnicles, benefits from Telarc's famous DSD (direct stream digital) sound system and will tempt you to nudge the volume knob up to 11.

"Morimur (after J.S. Bach)" Johann Sebastian Bach Our price: $15.99 | You save: $1.99
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On "Morimur," baroque violinist Christoph Poppen collaborates with members of the Hilliard Ensemble to unearth an esoteric theory about J.S. Bach's putative hidden musical epitaph for his wife, Maria Barbara. The result is a moving and wonderfully stimulating (re)creation, one of our top 10 CDs of 2001.

"Bach: St. John Passion [IMPORT]" Phillippe Herreweghe Our price: $40.98
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Philippe Herreweghe has steadily reinforced his reputation as one of our leading interpreters of J.S. Bach, so whenever he returns to a work he's already recorded once, the new insights are bound to be worth considering. This time around, Herreweghe finds even more drama in the "St. John Passion" (using here the second of four versions Bach created). Countertenor Andreas Scholl joins forces with Mark Padmore and Sibylla Rubens, among others, as well as the Collegium Vocale Ghent ensemble.

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The Decca Records Group comprises some of the richest treasures in the history of recorded classical music, including the catalogs from Philips and Decca. Whether you're looking for essentials or supplements to fill out your collection, you'll find a trove of great titles in our Decca Records Store. Visit the Decca Records Store
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"Puccini - Tosca / Gheorghiu, Alagna, Raimondi, Antonio Pappano (2001 film)" Giacomo Puccini Our price: $31.33 | You save: $1.65
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Opera's powerhouse team of Angela Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna, and Antonio Pappano now give us their account of Puccini's scorcher "Tosca"--which they have, in fact, made as a film (directed by Benoit Jacquot) in 2001. Kudos are deserved by the majority of those involved, but this is above all Gheorghiu's show, and she sings with such passion and presence that you're bound to find yourself covered with gooseflesh in the stabbing scene.

"Verdi - Messa da Requiem / Gheorghiu · Barcellona · Alagna · Konstantinov · Berliner Philharmoniker · Abbado" Giuseppe Verdi Our price: $15.49 | You save: $1.49
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Meanwhile, die-hard fans of the Gheorghiu-Alagna duo should not miss out on their latest release in homage to the Verdi centenary (one among several projects each has undertaken). Particularly worthwhile here is the assured, marvelous conducting of Claudio Abbado, giving us a Requiem that is quintessentially theatrical.

"Palestrina: Soul of Rome" Lionheart Our price: $16.49 | You save: $1.49
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The male six-voice early-music ensemble Lionheart gives us a glimpse of Palestrina's uncanny ability to evoke the spiritual ethos of the Rome of his time. They focus on the "Missa in duplicibus minoribus I," as well as motets by the master and by Costanzo Festa and Tomás Luis de Victoria. A highlight is Palestrina's "Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary," written for six voices.

"Kiri ~ The Best of Kiri Te Kanawa" George Frideric Handel Our price: $15.49 | You save: $1.49
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It's sometimes easy to lose sight of just how varied a career soprano Kiri Te Kanawa has enjoyed, ranging from lyrical perfection in her Mozart and Handel to Puccini, French opera, and Broadway. All are included in this attractive compilation, which serves as a reminder of the sheer vocal beauty exhibited by this megastar of opera.

"My Life Belongs To You" Ronan Tynan Our price: $13.29 | You save: $0.70
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Despite a stunning string of top-selling releases as a member of the much-loved trio the Irish Tenors, Ronan Tynan has now released his debut solo effort on Sony Classical. No matter which member of the Irish Tenors happens to be your favorite, "My Life Belongs to You" is a real treat, affording us a chance to bask in the deeply expressive, mellifluous voice of Tynan. And visit our digital downloads area, where, for free, you can download "The Rose of Tralee" from the Irish Tenors' "Ellis Island."


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