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Jennifer

The Vienna Berlin Music Club by Philharmonix (2018)

I recently had the chance to see Philharmonix live—and what an experience!  Listening to the album is the next best thing—and you can do so via Hoopla.  The Vienna Berlin Music Club is an eclectic mix of classical, jazz, and pop music.

The ensemble features two violins, a viola, a cello, a double bass, a clarinet, and a piano (from the Vienna and Berlin philharmonics).  Primarily instrumental, the album also features a singing violinist (in German).  Songs I particularly enjoyed include "Russian Overture," "Bohemian Rhapsody," and "A New Satisfaction."  Watch the YouTube video to get a behind the scenes look from the group (and samples of their music).



IPPL Staff

Light and Gold by Eric Whitacre

Light and Gold by Eric Whitacre (2010)
A very complex collection of choral compositions. Modern in style, yet traditional in voice.

Check out reviews from British newspapers The Guardian and The Independent. Read an interview with the YouTube sensation and artist in The Telegraph. For more on Eric Whitacre and the Virtual Choir, visit his website.

Shirley

Il Divo by Il Divo

Il Divo by Il Divo (2004)
Yes, I know they’re a “fabricated” classical pop quartet. They still possess awesome voices, depth in performance, and first rate song selection, with the unfortunate exception of “Feelings.” –And I wonder if anyone can NOT experience an emotional reaction to the beautiful “Mama.” For more on the group, visit their website.

Jennifer

No Boundaries by The 5 Browns

No Boundaries by The 5 Browns (2006)
Five siblings accomplished an amazing feat when all trained at Juilliard. All remarkable pianists, The 5 Browns put their spin on classical favorites and other lesser known songs. Enjoy Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” Stravinsky’s “The Firebird,” and so much more.
No Boundaries is a treat. It’s the perfect way to relax after a long day.
Mary P.

One Chance by Paul Potts

One Chance by Paul Potts (2007)
Get ready for the finale of American Idol with this CD from Paul Potts -- the winner of Britain’s Got Talent (the British version of American Idol). Potts has always loved to sing and performed with local opera companies near his home in Wales. His singing range includes the very lower register that add depth to a piece as well as the higher register that enable him to leave the listener astounded. He performs operatic numbers such as "Nessun Dorma" by Puccini, "Music of the Night" by Andrew Lloyd Webber, “Everybody Hurts” (Ognuno Soffre) by R.E.M., plus “O Holy Night” and “Silent Night.”

Visit his website to track his blog, get biographical info, follow his world tour, and more. Preview the album at Amazon.com.