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Pure Classics

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PURE CLASSICS has something for everyone. It's a musical potpourri from the worlds of mainstream classical and crossover, presented by an A-list roster of well-established stars and up-and-comers. Traditionalists will enjoy performances by Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Renee Fleming, Bryn Terfel, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet, among others. The young tenor Juan Diego Florez shows that he's ready for the climb to superstardom with his thrilling rendition of "Cessa di piu resistere" from Rossini's 'The Barber of Seville.' Andrea Bocelli, Russell Watson, and Sarah Brightman ably represent the newer generation of crossover singers, and more adventurous listeners will be drawn to the high-octane style of Bond. Many of the selections fall into a stylistic middle ground, notably Ute Lemper's sultry reading of Kurt Weill's "September Song," pianist Keith Jarrett's improvisations on "Someone to Watch Over Me," and the Anne Sofie von Otter/Elvis Costello duet "For the Stars." The album closes with a flourish via the unmistakable fanfare of John Williams's majestic STAR WARS theme.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 05:21 Amazon
2 02:43 Amazon
Nabucco, opera (Nabucodonosor)
3 04:07 Amazon
Memory, song (for the musical Cats)
4 03:58 Amazon
5 02:55 Amazon
A Beautiful Mind, film score
6 05:13 Amazon
7 03:58 Amazon
8 05:09 Amazon
9 05:05 Amazon
10 03:36 Amazon
11 03:51 Amazon
West Side Story, musical
12 02:48 Amazon
Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera
13 04:52 Amazon
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), opera
14 03:18 Amazon
Ragtime, musical play
15 04:05 Amazon
Road to Perdition, film score
16 03:22 Amazon
Frida, film score
17 05:28 Amazon
18 03:01 Amazon
Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, film score
19 05:35 Amazon
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