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The Ultimate Wedding Album [Syle]

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The ultimate wedding album? Not by a long shot, but it does stand out from the crowd of others in one way: it recognizes that most people like to include both classical and popular selections in their wedding music. The program includes such wedding standards as "The Greatest Love of All" and "Just the Way You Are," along with the Mendelssohn and Wagner wedding marches and other wedding-friendly classical fare. At a list price of $5.49 for two CDs, this would seem an attractive choice for a wedding on a budget (or a CD for the car during the drive to Vegas). Just be aware that you get what you pay for. The popular tunes have no words, which is fine, but they are rendered on extremely cheesy synthesizer keyboards. Your 10-year-old nephew who is taking piano lessons is going to be able to deliver a performance with more feeling than this. As for the classical selections, several of them have been digitally hacked out of old recordings in a none-too-careful way that threatens to turn your wedding ceremony into an unwelcome series of sharp musical jolts. The idea of this compilation is a good one, and profits await the entrepreneur who can execute it properly.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61
1 04:56
2 03:46
3 02:47
La Damnation de Faust, for mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, bass, chorus and orchestra, ("légende dramatique") H. 111 (Op. 24)
4 02:19
5 01:28
6 03:22
La bohème, opera
7 01:50
8 04:45
9 03:06
10 03:59
11 03:34
12 03:07
13 03:57
Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75
14 09:21
15 03:08
16 02:59
The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66
17 04:12
18 04:46

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 04:18
2 05:44
Les contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts
3 03:28
4 04:39
Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2
5 05:21
Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30
6 06:25
7 03:28
8 03:17
9 04:12
10 03:58
11 04:50
Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71
12 06:36
13 03:18
Serse (Xerxes), opera, HWV 40
14 03:02
15 04:12
16 05:24
17 02:20
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