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The 50 Greatest Pieces of Classical Music Tracklist:
If you were ever curious as to some of the Classical Music that stuck in your mind from watching Academy Award winking movies...they’re all here. Apocalypse Now, Deer Hunter,Platoon and others. This album contains familiar tune my parents listened to growing up and it brings me memories. Lastly, if you really are not that much into Classical Music but want to know the most famous classical tunes to have at least semi intelligent conversation with someone, they’re all here.
When I purchased this album it split into 2 albums that separated tracks numbers 6, 11, 20, 22, 30, 37, and 46. I contacted Apple support and I was told to Redownload the album twice which did not work. I was then directed to an article of how to fix it myself. As a customer this is not something I should have to do. In my opinion the problem should be solved by Apple. I spent an hour with the Apple support session, grew tired of it, and did not want to continue it. I can still listen to the songs but the fact that my album got split in 2 is annoying.
Purchased this album and can only get 7 of the 50 tracks- not the ones I would prefer. Have called and written iTunes without response. 😔. The music is probably wonderful if only I could hear it.
Audiophiles can be picky over recordings and conductors of classical music. And if you are reading this, you are probably not an audiophile nor are you interested in reading something written by one. But if you like to listen to classical music every once in a while, this sets you up with some of the best known pieces. You can argue about what constitutes the 50 greatest works, but just go out and buy the missing ones that you like. The price is great, the music sounds nice (see note about not being an audiophile) and you do get 50 pieces. In sum, this should be one of the first albums that you buy on iTunes.
I love movie scores and classical music and this was just absolutely thought provoking for an author I listen to a lot of music to help get some ideas and this was absolutely wonderful to listen to. Very helpful with my writing!
I recieved this album as a present my freshman year of High School. I was going to a performing arts high school and I wanted to listen to the pieces that my orchestra program was playing. The album did a fantastic job of showing me the surface of what classical music has to offer. Please note that this collection of works is not an exhaustive list. Allof the Symphonies that are on the album are just a snipit from it, or just a movment from the entire work. This is not nessisarily a bad thing, but I would say that if you get this album and find a work you like, do some more digging and get the ENTIRE work, because you may find something will stick with you forever. Note too that this is missing great works of chamber music, solo music, and leaves out many 20th Century composers, like Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, and Adams, which I think is a shame because I think that some pieces by those composers deserve to be in this 50 Greatest Pieces lineup. Anyhow, great place to start, but by no means an exhaustive list of the fantastic works that may or may not be represented on this list.
It is worth the money, this compilation of famous classical tracks is worth purchasing, although I am not a fan of all the tracks, I love the piece titled "Cavatina" which was in the film The Deer Hunter starring Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep & Chirstopher Waken, lovely song.
For the sum of $6 (a few beers at a bar) you can enjoy countless of times the best melodies composed throughout the history of mankind. I mean, seriously, that is a steal and I felt bad purchasing this item at this price.
Coming from someone who listens to a little bit of everythig (metal is my favorite) this is simply the best collection of classical music you are going to find. Amazing value for how cheap it was as well. I've been listening to the whole collection, start to end, for a week straight at work now and have yet to find a single song i don't like.