Classical Music - Recommended CDs
A list of excellent classical music recordings, arranged by composer.
Before we begin, I should explain a personal preference; it has been my
experience, gained over decades of purchasing classical recordings, that one is
often better off buying a large set of a composer's works when such a set is of
available and of the best quality. This assertion is made for two reasons;
convenience and economy. While such boxed sets often seem expensive, they
are ultimately usually quite reasonable when compared with the cost of buying individual
CD's. On the other hand, there are some composers (Handel and Mahler both
come to mind) where absolute completeness may not be desired.
Classical music has enriched my life beyond measure. I am grateful to
the composers and performers who have created - and who still create - this
magical experience, and I am happy to pass along recommendations that I hope
will enrich your life as well.
- Bach, Johann Sebastian
- This is a very inexpensive 2-CD set from Decca, and is a wonderful
introduction to Bach's more familiar compositions.
- Liszt: Piano Works
Liszt: Organ Works
- Some people like organ music, some do not. If you do, you'll like
this set. Some day I'll have to do an entire web page devoted to
classical music, since it really is a bit of a specialized interest.
Pachelbel's Canon · Handel · Vivaldi · Gluck / AAM · Hogwood
- When I was first developing a real interest in classical music, a (former)
friend made rather smug and patronizing comments about the fact that I liked
Pachelbel's Canon; presumably, it is too popularized to please "serious"
classical music aficionados. Since then, I've become something of an
amateur expert on classical music - and I still very much like Pachelbel's
Canon. There are two morals to this story: 1) Educate yourself about
classical music, but by all means listen to what you like, and; 2)
Never be snobbish or condescending to others when discussing classical
- Schubert: The Symphonies