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A way into Classical Music

A Listmania! list by jol legend (Brighton, UK)
 
Glass: Solo Piano
1.  Glass: Solo Piano by Philip Glass
The list author says:
  "Some Glass can be a bit frenetic but this is understated, simple, dreamy.  Enough to make you want to take up piano"
£5.46   Used & New from: £3.27
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

Górecki - Symphony No 3; Olden Style Pieces
2.  Górecki - Symphony No 3; Olden Style Pieces by Henryk Górecki
The list author says:
  "This has become a bit of an underground classic in recent years. The excellent value Naxos edition includes some bonus pieces.  Beautiful and haunting."
£6.01   Used & New from: £0.30
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

Adams: Orchestral Works
3.  Adams: Orchestral Works by John Adams
The list author says:
  "A great introduction to this melodic modern American composer with Simon Rattle conducting"
£8.81   Used & New from: £5.12
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Granados: Goyescas
4.  Granados: Goyescas by Enrique Granados
The list author says:
  "Lovely melodic piano solo music with a Spanish flavour"
£6.07   Used & New from: £2.49
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-4
5.  Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-4 by Vladimir Ashkenazy
The list author says:
  "All 4 of the famous Piano Concertos as made famous in the film "Shine""
£8.91   Used & New from: £4.53
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

Debussy: Orchestral Music - Images/La Mer/3 Nocturnes etc.
6.  Debussy: Orchestral Music - Images/La Mer/3 Nocturnes etc. by Claude Debussy
The list author says:
  "This has been referred to as the greatest classical CD ever and it's difficult to argue with Debussy's superb fusion of romantic and modern. Start here!"
£8.68   Used & New from: £3.28
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

Pärt - Fratres
7.  Pärt - Fratres by Bournemouth Sinfonietta
The list author says:
  "Chilled, down tempo, lots of space, stirring, beautiful, simple, minimalist."
£5.74   Used & New from: £3.60
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

Vaughan Williams: Orchestral Works
8.  Vaughan Williams: Orchestral Works by Ralph Vaughan Williams
The list author says:
  "The essential tracks to aim for are the Tallis Fantasia, Larks Ascending, Greensleeves, and Lazarus (this has some of them including the gorgeous Tallis theme being the most essential of all!)."
£4.99   Used & New from: £1.20
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphonies Nos 5 & 6, 9
9.  Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphonies Nos 5 & 6, 9 by Berliner Philharmoniker
The list author says:
  "There are so many versions of these famous peices, I'm not expert enough to decipher the best but this is great value and has my personal favourite, No 9, as featured in "Clockwork Orange" and "Help"!"
£9.58   Used & New from: £5.64
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

Lamb, The/Summa/Totus Tuss (Vasari Singers)
10.  Lamb, The/Summa/Totus Tuss (Vasari Singers) by Tavener/Part/Gorecki
The list author says:
  "A corker of a compilation bringing together beautiful choral works from probably the 3 most eminent modern "minimalist" composers"
£8.00   Used & New from: £2.33

Union Cafe
11.  Union Cafe by Penguin Cafe Orchestra
The list author says:
  "Not strictly classical but marvellous instrumental chamber music encompassing folk, modern, minimalist, blues, avant garde. Original."
Used & New from: £12.95
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Schubert: Trout Quintet/String Quartet in D minor - "Death and the Maiden"
12.  Schubert: Trout Quintet/String Quartet in D minor - "Death and the Maiden" by Clifford Curzon
The list author says:
  "You can't go wrong here. One of the most popular pieces of chamber music in the repertoire."
£12.00   Used & New from: £1.47
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Elgar / Bruch: Violin Concertos
13.  Elgar / Bruch: Violin Concertos by Max Bruch
The list author says:
  "Vintage recording of Yehudi Menuhin playing these two stirring violin concertos"
£6.51   Used & New from: £0.13
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Shostakovich: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2
14.  Shostakovich: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 by Dmitry Shostakovich
The list author says:
  "I keep coming back to these fantastic melodic pieces by the innovative Shostakovich. Includes the gorgeous melancholic Andante from Concerto No.2"
£12.95   Used & New from: £0.19
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

Takemitsu: Quatrain; A Flock descends
15.  Takemitsu: Quatrain; A Flock descends by Takemitsu
The list author says:
  "Now this is something a bit more daring. Modern ambient sounds. Great background music within which you hear something new each time you listen. Spookey, surreal, fascinating, never boring"
Used & New from: £20.99

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Andres Segovia - The HMV Recordings 1927-1939
16.  Andres Segovia - The HMV Recordings 1927-1939 by Johann Sebastian Bach
The list author says:
  "These recordings are pure genius. The music doesn't sound like a mere classical guitar, it's just beautiful music interpreted in Segovia's inimitable way."
Used & New from: £7.25
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Wagner - Orchestral Music
17.  Wagner - Orchestral Music by London Symphony Orchestra (LSO)
The list author says:
  "Great value introduction to this romantic composer especially if you prefer orchestral instrumental pieces over opera. Great presentation, top young conductor, superb sound.  Are n't we lucky"
£14.98   Used & New from: £3.95

Messiaen: Turangalila Symphony - Quatour pour la fin du temps
18.  Messiaen: Turangalila Symphony - Quatour pour la fin du temps by Olivier Messiaen
The list author says:
  "I'd put this composer somewhere between Debussy and Takemitsu. The symphony is hard in places, but a great value bonus when paired with the sublime Quartet for the End of Time on cd 2."
£8.88   Used & New from: £4.24
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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