SHADES OF CLASSICS RECOMMENDED RECORDINGS

In alphabetical order by artist and album
The TOP 25 recordings in each genre are in RED

Updated (September 18, 2018)

 Classical Crossover Albums 
  • All Angels - All Angels  (Universal)
  • Alvarez, Marcelo & Licitra, Salvatore - Duetto  (Sony Classical)
  • Amici Forever - The Opera Band  (Victor)
  • Anúna - Essential Anúna  (Universal)
  • Anúna - Sanctus  (Danu)
  • Ariaphonics - Act One  (iGram Music)
  • Ariaphonics - Remixes EP  (iGram Music)
  • Barlow, Merena - Moonsickness  (Independent)
  • Biggs, Julie - Passions: Art of Seduction  (Independent)
  • Brightman, Sarah - Classics  (Angel/EMI)
  • Brightman, Sarah - The Diva Collection  (Angel/EMI)
  • Brightman, Sarah - Eden  (Angel/EMI)
  • Brightman, Sarah - Harem  (Angel/EMI)
  • Brightman, Sarah - La Luna  (Angel/EMI)
  • Brightman, Sarah - Symphony  (Manhattan Records/EMI)
  • Brightman, Sarah - Time To Say Goodbye  (Angel/EMI)
  • Canadian Tenors - Canadian Tenors  (Universal)
  • The Tenors (Canadian Tenors) - Lead With Your Heart  (Universal)
  • Evancho, Jackie - Awakening  (Sony)
  • Frangoulis, Mario - Sometimes I Dream  (Odyssey)
  • Fumanti, Giorgia - Elysium  (Universal)
  • Fumanti, Giorgia - From My Heart  (Manhattan Records/EMI)
  • Fumanti, Giorgia - Je Suis  (Independent)
  • Fumanti, Giorgia - Magnificat  (Independent)
  • Grigolo, Vittorio - Ave Maria  (Sony Classical)
  • Grigolo, Vittorio - Vittorio  (Decca)
  • Katya (Shelehova) - Moonlight  (Marquis)
  • Kelly, Lisa - Lisa  (Manhattan Records/EMI)
  • Marsh, Natasha - Amour  (EMI Classics)
  • Marsh, Natasha - Natasha Marsh  (Angel)
  • Meav with Anúna - Celtic Dreams  (Hearts of Space)
  • Micarelli, Lucia - Music From a Farther Room  (Reprise Records)
  • OperaBabes - Beyond Imagination  (Sony Classical)
  • OperaBabes - Renaissance  (Instant Karma Classics)
  • Pacheco, Nathan - Higher  (Shadow Mountain Records)
  • Pacheco, Nathan - Nathan Pacheco  (Disney Pearl)
  • Sasha & Shawna - Siren  (Manhattan Records/EMI)
  • Schwartz, Paul - Aria, Aria II & Aria III  (Koch Records)
  • Schwartz, Paul - Earthbound  (Windham Hill)
  • Schwartz, Paul - State of Grace I & State of Grace II  (Windham Hill)
  • Schwartz, Paul - State of Grace III  (Koch Records)
  • Shapplin, Emma - Etterna  (Universal)
  • Sissel - Into Paradise  (Decca)
  • Sissel - My Heart  (Decca)
  • Sora - Heartwood  (Independent)
  • Sora - Scorpion Moon  (Independent)
  • Vannelli, Gino - Canto  (ViK BMG)
  • ViVA Trio - Nothing Else Matters  (Independent)
  • Westenra, Hayley - Celtic Treasure  (Decca)
  • Westenra, Hayley - Odyssey  (Decca)
  • Westenra, Hayley - Paradiso  (Decca)
  • Westenra, Hayley - Pure  (Decca)
  • Yanni - Inspirato  (Sony Music)
  • Yanni - Voices  (Yanni Wake Entertainment)

Ariaphonics
(Photo © Ariaphonics)

 New Age Albums 
  • 2002 - Damayanti  (Galactic Playground Music)
  • Ackerman, Will - Meditations  (Compass Productions)
  • Acoustic Ocean - Reflections on Still Water  (Independent)
  • Arkenstone, David - Colors of the Ambient Sky  (Independent)
  • Arkenstone, David - Valley in the Clouds  (Narada)
  • Arkenstone, David & Diane - The Best of David & Diane Arkenstone  (EverSound & Neo Pacifica)
  • Avella, Vicente - All the Days of My Life - The Wedding Album  (Independent)
  • Barry, John - Out of Africa Soundtrack  (MCA)
  • Barry, John - Moviola  (Epic)
  • Bear - Untroubled  (Weaseltrap Records)
  • Bekker, Hennie - Spa  (Abbeywood Records)
  • Bekker, Hennie - Spectrum - An Anthology of Instrumental Music  (Abbeywood Records)
  • Bone, Richard - Infinite Plastic Creation  (Quirkworks Laboratory Discs)
  • Bongiorno, Joe - Somewhere Within  (Independent)
  • Bongiorno, Joe - Synfonia  (Independent)
  • Braheny, Kevin - Galaxies  (Hearts of Space)
  • Breyer, Heidi Anne - Another Place and Time...  (Independent)
  • Brown, Christine - Souvenirs  (Independent)
  • Budd, Harold & Eno, Brian - The Pearl  (Editions)
  • Cacciapaglia, Roberto - Quarto Tempo  (Universal)
  • Cal - Horizon  (Independent)
  • Carothers, Kori Linae - Trillium  (Independent)
  • Carr, Richard - Momenté Intimate  (Independent)
  • Carr, Richard - When Heart & Soul Collide  (Independent)
  • Clannad - Pastpresent  (RCA)
  • Conti, Al - Northern Seas  (Shadowside Music)
  • Conti, Al - Scheherazade  (Shadowside Music)
  • Cook, Jesse - Frontiers  (Virgin)
  • Cook, Jesse - Gravity  (Narada)
  • Cook, Jesse - Tempest  (Narada)
  • Cook, Jesse - Vertigo  (Narada)
  • Cossu, Scott - Islands  (Windham Hill)
  • Coulter, Phil - Highland Cathedral  (RCA)
  • Coulter, Phil - Lake of Shadows  (Windham Hill)
  • Coxon, Robert Haig - Prelude to Infinity  (Independent)
  • Coxon, Robert Haig - The Infinite... Essence of Life  (Independent)
  • Coxon, Robert Haig - The Silent Path  (Independent)
  • Cunningham, Dana - The Color of Light  (Independent)
  • Danna, Mychael & Jeff - A Celtic Romance  (Hearts of Space)
  • Danna, Mychael & Jeff - A Celtic Tale  (Hearts of Space)
  • DeFrayne, Jennifer - By the Wire  (Independent)
  • Dockery, Sean - Sojourns  (Independent)
  • Dockery, Sean (Christopher) - Transcendence  (Independent)
  • Dulin, Michael - Follow the River  (Equity Digital)
  • Enya - Shepherd Moons  (WEA)
  • Enya - Watermark  (WEA)
  • Foster, Betsy - A Dream Come True  (Independant)
  • Gallo, Marcelo - Voices - Songs for the Moon  (World Sound Productions)
  • Gandalf - Sacred River  (Real Music)
  • Garrett, Karen Marie - It's About the Rose  (Independent)
  • Gauthier, Alysha - Candlelit Chandeliers  (Independent)
  • Glemser, Tim - Painted Echoes  (Independent)
  • Hale, Billy - Tales Thrice Travelled  (Independent)
  • Hand, Frederic - Frederic Hand's Jazzantiqua  (RCA)
  • Harry, Eric - Away Melancholy Away  (Calm Records)
  • Harry, Eric - Fly  (Calm Records)
  • Fiona Joy - Angel Above My Piano  (Independent)
  • Fiona Joy - Blue Dream  (Little Hartley Music)
  • Fiona Joy - Signature - Solo  (Tiny Island Music)
  • Hoppé, Michael - Solace  (Little Hartley Music)
  • Isham, Mark - Vapor Drawings  (Windham Hill)
  • Janelle, Amy - A New Direction  (Independent)
  • Janelle, Amy - Shining True  (Independent)
  • Jarre, Jean-Michel - Oxygene  (Polydor)
  • Jarre, Jean-Michel - Equinoxe  (Polydor)
  • Jennision, Peter - Longing for Home  (Independent)
  • Johnson, Donovan - Infinite Beauty  (Independent)
  • Johnson, Donovan - October  (Independent)
  • Johnson, Donovan - Pieces of Life (2011 Edition)  (Independent)
  • Johnson, Donovan - Road to Home  (Independent)
  • Johnson, Jeff - Prayers of St. Brendan  (Ark Music)
  • Johnson, Jeff - Psalmus  (Ark Music)
  • Johnson, Jeff & Chvatal, Janet - Vespers - Light into Light  (Ark Music)
  • Johnson, Jeff & Dunning, Brian - Byzantium  (Ark Music)
  • Johnson, Jeff & Dunning, Brian - Patrick  (Ark Music)
  • Johnston, Josh - The Shape of Things  (Shandon Records)
  • Keller, Kevin - In Absentia  (Independent)
  • Keller, Kevin - Not In My Name  (Independent)
  • Kerani - Equilibrium  (Independent)
  • KevOz - Canvas  (Independent)
  • KevOz - Lakefront  (Independent)
  • KevOz - Relaxation and Action  (Independent)
  • Korb, Ron - Celtic Heartland  (Independent)
  • Korb, Ron - Europa  (Independent)
  • Korb, Ron - World Café  (Independent)
  • Kragnes, Rebecca - Surrender  (Independent)
  • Kragnes, Rebecca - Upstream  (Independent)
  • Kula, Kevin - Journey of a Dream  (Independent)
  • LaFond, Rachel - Encounters of the Beautiful Kind  (Independent)
  • Lanz, David - A Cup of Moonlight  (Independent)
  • Lanz, David - An Evening with David Lanz  (Narada)
  • Lanz, David - Beloved  (Narada)
  • Lanz, David - Cristofori's Dream  (Narada)
  • Lanz, David - Here Comes the Sun  (Independent)
  • Lanz, David - Liverpool: Re-imagining the Beatles  (Independent)
  • Lanz, David - Lovesongs  (Narada)
  • Lanz, David - Movements of the Heart  (Shanachie)
  • Lanz, David - Painting the Sun  (Shanachie)
  • Lanz, David - Return to the Heart  (Narada)
  • Lanz, David - Sacred Road Revisited  (Narada)
  • Lanz, David & Speer, Paul - Desert Vision  (Narada)
  • Lanz, David & Speer, Paul - Natural States  (Narada)
  • Lauren, Amy - August  (Independent)
  • Leslie, Bill - I Am a River  (Independent)
  • Leslie, Bill - Simple Beauty  (Independent)
  • Liebert, Ottmar - Nouveau Flamenco  (Higher Octave)
  • Liebert, Ottmar + Luna Negra - The Scent of Light  (Spiral Subwave Records)
  • Linstead, Johannes - Café Tropical  (Independent)
  • Linstead, Johannes - Mediterranea  (Independent)
  • Linstead, Johannes - Zabuca  (Real Music)
  • Linstead, Johannes & Gunn, Nicholas - Encanto  (Independent)
  • Long, Helen Jane - Embers  (Independent)
  • Long, Helen Jane - Porcelain  (Independent)
  • Luna Blanca - Guitar Island  (Independent)
  • Lynch, Ray - No Blue Thing  (Music West)
  • Mannheim Steamroller - Fresh Aire II, Fresh Aire III & Fresh Aire V  (American Gramaphone)
  • Maroney, Greg - The Journey  (Hen House Records)
  • McKennitt, Loreena - An Ancient Muse  (Quinlan Road)
  • McKennitt, Loreena - Book of Secrets  (Quinlan Road)
  • McKennitt, Loreena - Elemental  (Quinlan Road)
  • McKennitt, Loreena - Lost Souls  (Quinlan Road)
  • McKennitt, Loreena - The Mask and Mirror  (Quinlan Road)
  • McKennitt, Loreena - Parallel Dreams  (Quinlan Road)
  • McKennitt, Loreena - The Visit  (Quinlan Road)
  • Mitchell, Bruce - Celtic Compilation  (Millennia)
  • Mitchell, Bruce - New Earth Goddess  (Millennia)
  • Oldfield, Mike - Music of the Spheres  (Universal)
  • Oakes, Cathy - Like a Song  (Independent)
  • Oakes, Cathy - To See You Again  (Independent)
  • Omar - Free as a Bird  (Real Music)
  • Oster, Jeff - Next  (Independent)
  • Ottaway, Jim - Deep Space Blue  (Independent)
  • Ottaway, Jim - Yesterday Passing  (Independent)
  • Pacek, Antonija - In My Soul  (Independent)
  • Pacek, Antonija - Soul Colours  (Autentico Music)
  • Partafylla, Anastasia - Songs of the Soul  (Independent)
  • Perricelli, Marcangelo - Witch & Wizard  (Materson Records)
  • Phillips, Anthony & Skeet, Andrew - Seventh Heaven  (Independent)
  • Phoenix Rising - Ascension  (Copus Music)
  • Raphael - Music to Disappear In  (Hearts of Space)
  • Saliba, Mark J. - The Continents  (Independent)
  • Salvatori, Tom and Litchfield, Iris - When Evening Falls  (Salvatori Productions)
  • Schoening, Matthew - Elements  (Independent)
  • Secret Garden - Dawn of a New Century  (Philips)
  • Secret Garden - Earthsongs  (Universal)
  • Secret Garden - Just the Two of Us  (Hearts of Space)
  • Secret Garden - Live at Kilden  (Hearts of Space)
  • Secret Garden - Once in a Red Moon  (Universal)
  • Secret Garden - Songs from a Secret Garden  (Philips)
  • Secret Garden - White Stones  (Philips)
  • Secret Garden - Winter Poem  (Hearts of Space)
  • Secret Garden - You Raise Me Up - The Collection  (Universal/Decca)
  • Sherry, Fionnuala - Songs from Before  (Independent)
  • Silvard - Life is Grand...  (The Musical Mollusk)
  • Southworth, Carolyn - At the End of the Day  (Heron's Point Music)
  • Smith, Frank - Gardens of Hope  (Independent)
  • Steven C - Signature  (Independent)
  • Stribling, Michael - Safely in the Arms of Love  (Leela Music)
  • Sweeten, Ann - Grey Sky and Bittersweet  (Orange Band Records)
  • Sweeten, Ann - Just This Side of Spring  (Orange Band Records)
  • Syversen, Tron - Piano Poems  (TK Music Production)
  • Trenning, Anne - Watching for Rain  (Shadetree Records)
  • Tucker, Lisa Marie - Solo Harp  (Independent)
  • Urquhart, Craig - Secret Spaces  (Heart Earth Music)
  • Urquhart, Craig - Within Memory  (Heart Earth Music)
  • Vangelis - Antarctica  (Polydor)
  • Vangelis - Chariots of Fire  (Polydor)
  • Vangelis - Mythodea  (Sony Classical)
  • Vangelis - Odyssey  (Universal)
  • Vitali Steven - Language of the Soul  (Independent)
  • Wahler, David - Antiquus  (Darius Productions)
  • Wahler, David - A Star Danced  (Darius Productions)
  • Wahler, David - Mosaic  (Independent)
  • Winston, George - December  (Windham Hill)
  • Winston, George - Forest  (Windham Hill)
  • Wish, Evan - Forget-Me-Not, Blue  (Independent)
  • Wren, Bill / Ralls, Frank - Journey Around the Sun: A Mayan Odyssey  (Independent)
  • Yanni - Reflections of Passion  (Private Music)
  • Young, Denise - Something You Dream Of...  (Independent)

Secret Garden - Earthsongs (Photos © Universal) Hayley Westenra - Odyssey

 Classical Albums 
  • Academy of Ancient Music: J.S. Bach - Violin Concertos  (L'Oiseau-Lyre)
  • Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields: Mozart - Clarinet Concerto / Flute & Harp Concerto  (DG)
  • Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields: Dvorak - Serenades  (Philips)
  • Ashkenazy, Vladimir / Cleveland Orchestra: Beethoven - Piano Concertos  (London)
  • Baker, Michael Conway: Remembrances  (Treetop Lane)
  • Bayrakdarian, Isabel: Joyous Light  (CBC Records)
  • Bayrakdarian, Isabel: Azulao  (CBC Records)
  • Bell, Joshua & Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields: Bruch & Mendelssohn - Violin Concertos  (London)
  • Bell, Joshua: Romance of the Violin  (Sony Classical)
  • Bell, Joshua: Voice of the Violin  (Sony Classical)
  • Berlin Philharmonic: Beethoven - Symphonies  (DG)
  • Boyd, Liona: The Best of Liona Boyd  (CBS)
  • Camerata Nova: Mystica  (Independent)
  • Camerata Nova: Camerata Nova  (Independent)
  • CBC Vancouver Orchestra: Michael Conway Baker - The Greater Vancouver Music Album  (Treetop Lane)
  • Chamber Orchestra Of Europe: Schubert - Symphonies  (DG)
  • Choir of New College, Oxford: Agnus Dei  (Erato)
  • Chvatal, Janet / Kritzer, Scott: In the Blue Hour  (Miramont)
  • Cincinnati Pops Orchestra: William Tell and Other Overtures  (Telarc)
  • Cincinnati Pops Orchestra: Star Tracks  (Telarc)
  • Cincinnati Pops Orchestra: Symphonic Star Trek  (Telarc)
  • Cleveland Orchestra: Dvorak - Symphony No. 9  (London)
  • Cura, José: Boleros  (Warner Classics)
  • English Concert: J.S. Bach - Brandenburg Concertos  (Archiv)
  • English Concert: Handel - Water Music  (Archiv)
  • Gauk, Rachel: Danzas Y Canciones  (Marquis Classics)
  • Grumiaux, Arthur & London Symphony Orchestra: Mozart - Violin Concertos  (Philips)
  • Harnoy, Ofra: Masterworks for the Cello  (RCA)
  • Kennedy, Nigel & English Chamber Orchestra: Vivaldi - The Four Seasons  (EMI)
  • London Sinfonietta & Dawn Upshaw: Gorecki - Symphony No. 3  (Elektra Nonesuch)
  • London Symphony Orchestra: Holst - The Planets  (EMI)
  • London Symphony Orchestra: Mendelssohn - Symphonies  (DG)
  • O'Conor, John: John Field - 15 Nocturnes  (Telarc)
  • Paillard Chamber Orchestra: Pachelbel / Fasch  (Warner Classics)
  • Pavarotti, Luciano: O Holy Night  (London)
  • Prague Chamber Orchestra: Mozart - Symphonies  (Telarc)
  • Rieu, Andre: Dreaming  (Polydor)
  • Sinfonia of London: Michael Conway Baker - Cinderella: Frozen in Time  (Treetop Lane)
  • Sinfonia of London / ProMusica Chamber Orchestra: Michael Conway Baker - Hope's Journey  (Summit)

(Photos © Philips & Angel/EMI)

 Music DVD's 
  • Baker, Michael Conway - Cinderella: Frozen in Time  (Independent)
  • Brightman, Sarah - The Harem World Tour: Live From Las Vegas  (Angel/EMI)
  • Brightman, Sarah - La Luna Live in Concert  (Angel/EMI)
  • Brightman, Sarah - One Night in Eden - Sarah Brightman Live in Concert  (Angel/EMI)
  • Brightman, Sarah - Symphony Live in Vienna  (Manhattan Records/EMI)
  • Canadian Tenors - Canadian Tenors Live at the Royal Conservatory of Music  (Universal)
  • Celtic Woman - Celtic Woman  (Manhattan Records/EMI)
  • Celtic Woman & Hayley Westenra - A New Journey  (Manhattan Records/EMI)
  • Jarre, Jean Michel - Oxygene  (Capitol/EMI)
  • Lanz, David - Living Temples  (Third Planet)
  • Lanz, David / Speer, Paul - Desert Vision  (Rainstorm Records)
  • Lanz, David / Speer, Paul - Natural States  (Rainstorm Records)
  • McKennitt, Loreena - Nights from the Alhambra  (Quinlan Road)
  • Secret Garden - A Night with Secret Garden  (Philips)
  • Secret Garden - Live at Kilden  (Hearts of Space)
  • Sissel - Northern Lights  (Denon)
  • Sissel - Sissel in Concert: All Good Things  (Decca)
  • Westenra, Hayley - Live From New Zealand  (Decca)
  • Yanni Voices - Yanni Voices - Live in Concert  (Yanni Wake Entertainment)

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