Various Artists

The Ultimate Wedding Album [Syle]

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AllMusic Review by James Manheim

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

Track Listing - Disc 2

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