Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Opera & Classical Vocal. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.
1. The Most Relaxing Classical Music in the Universe
'The Most Relaxing Classical Music in The Universe, the 1st 2-CD set in the & Most Relaxing, series features some of the most well known classical pieces of all time, including Canon in D, Clair De Lune, Fur Elise, Ave Marie, Moonlight Sonata, Adagio for Strings, Greensleeves, and More! Perfect for the casual music listener, this collection features nearly 2 hours of music to study, read and relax at home with. Purchase a copy now and sooth your soul with the the Most Relaxing Classical Music in the Universe!'
- Author: Various Composers
- Genre: CDs & Vinyl, Classical, Forms & Genres, Sonatas, Sonatinas
- Dimensions: 5.67 x 4.92 x 0.35 inches
2. The Best of Andrea Bocelli: Vivere
'For the first time during his historic career the world's best selling tenor Andrea Bocelli will be releasing a collection of his greatest hits. The CD will feature selections from the Bocelli repertoire and include "Time To Say Goodbye" in duet with Sarah Brightman from the 4 time platinum selling Romanza CD, "The Prayer" in duet with Celine Dion from the 2 time platinum selling Sogno CD, plus Bocelli favorites "Because We Believe" from his most recent platinum recording Amore, "Melodramma" from Cieli Di Toscana and more. The release will also feature 4 new exclusive recordings: A duet with one of the world's most popular pianists Lang Lang and new David Foster compositions. There will be a nationally televised concert special airing on PBS - Andrea's first full pop concert that was recorded in July with the Tuscan country side as a backdrop. The concert repertoire includes all the songs the will be on the forth coming Greatest Hits CD and features guests Chris Botti, Kenny G, Lang Lang and more. Look for PBS to broadcast this program multiple times during their upcoming December 2007 pledge period reaching over 10 million households. "Vivere" translates from Italian to English as "To Live" Andrea Bocelli Photos More from Andrea Bocelli The Best Of Andrea Bocelli - Vivere (CD & DVD Deluxe Edition) Under the Desert Sky Under the Desert Sky Amore Romanza Cieli di Toscana Andrea Sogno Sacred Arias', 'About the Artist', 'ANDREA BOCELLI CELEBRATES A DECADE OF BEST-SELLING RECORDINGS WITH HIS FIRST-EVER GREATEST HITS COLLECTION, THE BEST OF ANDREA BOCELLI - VIVERE CD IN-STORES OCTOBER 30TH ON SUGAR MUSIC/DECCA September 11, 2007 - (New York, NY) -- For the first time during his historic career the world's best selling tenor, Andrea Bocelli, will be releasing a collection of his greatest hits. The Best Of Andrea Bocelli - Vivere, will be released on Sugar Music/Decca on October 30th, marking a decade of chart-topping albums that have made him a household name and beloved cultural figure the world over. The Best Of Andrea Bocelli - Vivere will feature selections from Bocelli's wildly popular recordings including Romanza, certified 4 times platinum, Sogno certified 2 times platinum, and his most recent platinum disc, Amore. Highlights include "Time To Say Goodbye" his breakthrough smash with Sarah Brightman, "The Prayer," another duet made famous with Celine Dion, and the more recent Bocelli staples "Because We Believe" and "Besame Mucho" among others. Several new tracks are also exclusively available on Vivere, including new compositions by the renowned and accomplished David Foster, who also holds producing credits on the songs and was one of the creative forces behind Amore. Other notable guests on the disc include the acclaimed classical pianist Lang Lang and Latin singing sensation Laura Pausini. 2007 is already shaping up to be another banner year for Bocelli. In July, the superstar staged his first-ever, pop only, live concert set in the stunning hills of Tuscany, which will be broadcast on PBS this December. Andrea continues to be one of PBS' most visible artists, with this being the follow-up to the Emmy-nominated "Under The Desert Sky" special which aired in 2006. Bocelli also appears on the forthcoming new album from Chris Botti, Italia, to be released in September. This fall, Andrea returns to the U.S. for another round of high-profile promotional appearances, as well as several concerts in support of the greatest hits collection - dates to be announced soon. Vivere, meaning "to live," is certainly something Andrea Bocelli does to his fullest. Having sold over 55 million albums worldwide, he continues to display a singularly unique ability to straddle both pop and classical repertoire with sincerity, conviction, grace and his unmistakable soaring tenor. One of the most sought after performers in the world, he has recorded duets with the biggest names in music including Christina Aguilera, Stevie Wonder, Katharine McPhee, Kenny G and the aforementioned Brightman, Botti and Dion. Andrea also recently sang at the funeral service for one of his true heroes, Luciano Pavarotti, where he paid tribute to the great tenor with Mozart's ``Ave Verum Corpus.'' A media darling who has appeared everywhere from American Idol to the Today Show multiple times, he has been called "one of opera's most successful crossover stars" by The Wall Street Journal.'
- Author: Andrea Bocelli
- Genre: CDs & Vinyl, Pop, Adult Contemporary
- Dimensions: 4.88 x 5.59 x 0.47 inches
3. Classical Naptime for Tots
'A delightful new compilation to aid parents in putting their child down for a nap. The music features many wonderful soothing classical works including the opening "Aria" from Bach's Goldberg Variations and Debussy's Reverie played by Yolanda Kondonassis on the harp. Turn the lights off, press play and close the door.let these high quality recordings for the telarc vaults music work its magic. Features works of Puccini, Bizet, Vivaldi, Satie, Bach, Beethoven, Faure and Debussy.'
- Author: Various Artists
- Genre: CDs & Vinyl, Classical, Forms & Genres, Short Forms, Character Pieces
- Dimensions: 5.63 x 4.92 x 0.39 inches
4. The Phantom of the Opera (Original 1986 London Cast)
"It's the most successful musical of all time, the best-selling cast album ever-and now it sounds better than ever! The cast album of the original 1986 London production (with Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman) has been remastered by none other than Andrew Lloyd Webber; this 2-CD set also includes a new 56-page companion booklet. The Phantom lives!"
- Author: Lloyd Webber, Andrew
- Genre: CDs & Vinyl, Broadway & Vocalists, Musicals
- Dimensions: 5.75 x 4.96 x 0.59 inches
5. Greatest Hits
"His first ever CD greatest-hits collection, Neil Young's Greatest Hits is a long-awaited retrospective from one of rock's most influential and enduring singer-songwriters. With 16 selections spanning his entire career since 1969, Greatest Hits features some of the greatest hits of rock'n'roll, period. Also available is a CD+DVD package that includes the original stereo master mixes (for highest resolutation listening) photo gallery and other bonuses.", 'Amazon.com', 'One question would be: What took him so long? After all, a contemporary like Van Morrison has sold boatloads of his single-disc best-of set to buyers wary of diving into that deep catalog without a primer to get them started. So three and a half decades into his solo career, Neil Young finally delivers his version of that most modest of albums--the pre-holiday "hits" overview. What's surprising, coming from such a proud maverick, is its conventionality. Granted, the original master mixes are a boon for fans, but otherwise, there's not much here for loyalists who quite likely already possess the original "Like a Hurricane" on a couple of albums, as well as a handful of live interpretations scanning the years. Since Young cracked the Top 10 only once (1972's "Heart of Gold"), this set is built around concert staples as "Cinnamon Girl," "Rockin' in the Free World," and "Hey, Hey, My My" rather than chart favorites. Despite Young's honorable standing as a still-vital graybeard, the disc is skewed heavily toward his early work, shortchanging some mighty productive recent years. Peripheral fans may find this set of interest, but faithful followers are better advised to investigate the DVD version , which, at least, includes videos, photos, lyrics, and Web links. --Steven Stolder'
- Author: Neil Young
- Genre: CDs & Vinyl, Classic Rock, Album-Oriented Rock (AOR)
- Dimensions: 5.59 x 5 x 0.39 inches
6. The Definitive Collection
"This package features stunningly remastered sound (even the earliest cuts from 1938 are hiss free, full-bodied and remarkably clear), along with a classy 16-page booklet with rare photos and detailed session liner notes. It's not the final word on the prolific and multi-talented musician who some consider the most influential jazzman ever, but is an excellent overall portrait of Satchmo, covering numerous highlights in the career of this legendary American artist. Hip-O. 2006."
- Author: Louis Armstrong
- Genre: CDs & Vinyl, Jazz, Swing Jazz, Classic Big Band
- Dimensions: 4.92 x 5.59 x 0.47 inches
7. Copland Conducts Copland - Expanded Edition (Fanfare for the Common Man, Appalachian Spring, Old American Songs (Complete), Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes)
'AARON COPLAND - COPLAND CONDUCTS COPLAND (EXPANDED) - CD'
- Author: Aaron Copland, London Symphony Orchestra, William Warfield
- Genre: CDs & Vinyl, Classical, Forms & Genres, Theatrical, Incidental & Program Music, Marches
- Dimensions: 5 x 5.6 x 0.48 inches
8. The Duets
'Luciano Pavarotti is the most popular and well-known classical artist he is one of the artists who is truly known as a household name. This recording features duets with the biggest names in pop music. This is the first time these tracks have been brought together in one release.'
- Author: Luciano Pavarotti
- Genre: CDs & Vinyl, Pop, Easy Listening
- Dimensions: 5.59 x 4.96 x 0.39 inches
9. Mozart's Magic Fantasy: A Journey Through 'The Magic Flute'
'Review', '"...an innovative mix of theatrics and music...the composer's most famous material spills out naturally, color-coded by strong images..." -- Edmonton Journal "...just enough fantasy - and reality- to captivate kids...parents will relish replaying Classical Kids as much as the kids do..." -- Parenting magazine "Art made accessible: nobody does it better than Classical Kids." -- Entertainment Weekly "Susan Hammond's music is alive...perhaps this type of musical education can give classical music a hope for the future." -- Calgary Tonite "The combination of high opera and all-ages chuckles here is peerless." -- The Record'
- Author: CLASSICAL KIDS
- Genre: CDs & Vinyl, Classical, Forms & Genres, Fantasies
- Dimensions: 9.76 x 4.96 x 0.43 inches
10. Gregorian Chant
'Amazon.com', 'All chant discs are not alike, and this is one of the best all-around recordings, both for its program and performances. The music covers several centuries and geographic regions and, consequently, includes examples of different monastic traditions and compositional styles. This very fine male-voice choir not only sings the notes beautifully and uniformly, but also conveys the individual character and textual meaning of each chant in a natural, unlabored style. Among these 18 introits, hymns, antiphons, and responsories are some of the gems of chant repertoire, including "Veni sancte Spiritus," and "Salve festa dies." --David Vernier'
- Author: Konrad Ruhland
- Genre: CDs & Vinyl, Classical, Sacred & Religious
- Dimensions: 5.62 x 4.92 x 0.33 inches