The Café del Mar is perhaps most known around the world for its chill-out music compilations. The songs are described as balearic ambient, easy listening music. The collections of the music played at the café were first sold on cassette at the end of the 1980s. In 1994, the first official “Café del Mar” CD was released, which included works by world-renowned artists. Following the great success of the first release, a total of 18 volumes of the main compilation series have been published.
This recording has never received the respect it has deserved. The sound has been cleaned up and it is a Culshaw production with the VPO. It is fairly early in Karajan's career so the mannerisms that people fault him for are not so much in evidence. Del Monico is in great voice. This role needs an Italianate voice which is why I have never warmed to Domingo performances of the role. A great deal.
-By Grant C. Creeger-
This first oratorio written by Handel in Rome shows already the marvellous virtuosity of his writing at that time, as well as his fine assimilation of the Italian style. Pure enjoyment.
2011 two CD collection that contains the iconic sounds played at the legendary Café del Mar during the current season. The album marks the return of the original spirit of the label with the ground breaking artists such as Moby, Afterlife, Phil Mison and Blank & Jones back on board. Part One reflects on the unique chilled sounds of the Café, while the second phase brings the rhythmic vibes of the hedonistic spirit of Ibiza.
The seaside club Café del Mar in Ibiza has become one of the world capitals for electronic chill-out music, and after lending their name to a popular series of CD compilations, this special three-disc set pays homage to the bar on the occasion of its first quarter-century in business. Café del Mar 25th Anniversary 1980-2005 features 45 tracks whose insistent but laid-back beats are potent and relaxing at the same time. Artists include Lovers Lane, Zuell, Rue de Soleil, Tom Oliver, Lemongrass, DJ Three, Koru, the Light of Aidan, Joke Society, and many more.