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Simply the Best Classical Passion: Music for Classic Lovers

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The Shacking Up CD series is apparently doing well, for other discs purporting to double your pleasure have begun to appear. Warner UK's Classical Passion: Simply the Best Music for Classic Lovers doesn't give you detailed step-by-step instructions like some of the other releases in this category; the album just compiles, on two discs, a group of classical favorites, many of which have been considered sexy for a long time. Disc one, "Stimulate Your Senses," includes pieces in a variety of tempos and moods, while disc two, "For Those Tender Moments," stays on the mellow side. To be sure, there are some problems. Those who, to quote the Pointer Sisters, "come and go in a heated rush" won't be helped by the truncated (five minutes!!) version of Ravel's Boléro included here. And that flower vase on the cover would seem to be in some danger (except in the release's home country, of course). Despite these minor faux pas de coit, buyers of Classical Passion should make out just fine. And the music is well enough made that it might inspire some to rub up against these compositions once more for a more extended session.

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