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Vivaldi:Four Seasons
1.  Vivaldi:Four Seasons by Warren-Green
The list author says:
  "Ubiquitous I know,but still marvellous music.This CD also includes beautiful performances of the Pachelbel Canon and Albinoni's Adagio."
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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7
2.  Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7 by Ludwig van Beethoven
The list author says:
  "New to symphonies ? Then dive into the crashing waves of Beethoven's most exuberant and spectacular essays in the genre."
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Mozart: Die Zauberflote
3.  Mozart: Die Zauberflote by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The list author says:
  "Let Mozart introduce you to Opera with his marvellous Magic Flute.Just sit down with the libretto to hand and enjoy this preposterous but absolutely beguiling drama."
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Handel: Water/Fireworks Music
4.  Handel: Water/Fireworks Music by Georg Friederich Handel
The list author says:
  "Excellent performances of Handel's most famous orchestral suites.This wonderful music will turn you into a fervent disciple of the great man immediately."
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Allegri - Miserere; Mundy - Vox Patris caelestis; Palestrina - Missa Papae Marcelli
5.  Allegri - Miserere; Mundy - Vox Patris caelestis; Palestrina - Missa Papae Marcelli by Peter Phillips
The list author says:
  "Even if you don't recognise Allegri's name,you will most certainly have been aware of his extraordinary Miserere with it's spine-tingling high c's for the solo treble.Polyphonic paradise awaits."
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4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

Faure:Requiem
6.  Faure:Requiem by Herreweghe
The list author says:
  "Dead-scared of Requiems ? Then get a life by buying this utterly sublime recording of Faure's masterpiece."
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Mozart: The Great Piano Concertos 19-24, 2 Concert Rondos
7.  Mozart: The Great Piano Concertos 19-24, 2 Concert Rondos by Alfred Brendel
The list author says:
  "Piano concertos are on the same scale as symphonies and in Mozart's case he poured a lot of his greatest musical ideas into the format."
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Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 2
8.  Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 2 by Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin
The list author says:
  "Chopin naturally favours the solo instrument here but these works are beautifully lyrical and the performances here as good as any."
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Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik
9.  Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The list author says:
  "Mozart's most delightful night-music and you can rarely go wrong with the BPO under Karajan."
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Bach: Orchestral Suites, Nos 1-4
10.  Bach: Orchestral Suites, Nos 1-4 by Johann Sebastian Bach
The list author says:
  "Begin Bach here ! Excellent showcase for the Master of them all and I've never heard the famous Air on a G string (Suite 3) played so lovingly as this"
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Mozart: Great Mass in C minor /English Baroque Soloists  Gardiner
11.  Mozart: Great Mass in C minor /English Baroque Soloists Gardiner by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The list author says:
  "Discover the mass appeal of the sung Mass.If you don't like the Et incarnatus est here then there is no point in you exploring Classical music any further."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

Handel: Messiah
12.  Handel: Messiah by Georg Friederich Handel
The list author says:
  "You MUST buy Messiah as soon as possible and here's a good place to start.The Hallelujah chorus is breathtaking and there is some fantastic choral and solo contributions."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

Haydn / Mozart: Paukenmesse; Vespers, K339
13.  Haydn / Mozart: Paukenmesse; Vespers, K339 by Choir of St John's College Cambridge
The list author says:
  "Let Haydn take you to music Heaven via his marvellous Mass in time of war.A fabulous bonus on this disc is Mozart's achingly beautiful Laudate Dominum."
13.95   Used & New from: 2.19

Tchaikovsky "1812 Overture" Marche slave etc
14.  Tchaikovsky "1812 Overture" Marche slave etc by Alexander Porfir'yevich Borodin
The list author says:
  "A feast of Russian orchestral favourites on this beautifully engineered disc.Watch out for those flying cannon-balls in the 1812 !"
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

Mendelssohn/Bruch - Violin Concertos
15.  Mendelssohn/Bruch - Violin Concertos by Felix Mendelssohn
The list author says:
  "Bruch makes the violin positively sing in his beautiful concerto and Mendelssohn makes for a perfect companion work."
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Mahler: Symphony No. 4
16.  Mahler: Symphony No. 4 by Kathleen Battle
The list author says:
  "Mahler's 4th Symphony has THE most glorious slow movement and the VPO under Lorin Maazel execute it superbly."
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Famous Handel Arias - Bryn Terfel
17.  Famous Handel Arias - Bryn Terfel by Georg Friederich Handel
The list author says:
  "Here's a great way to sample the glorious world of Handel's opera works.Bryn Terfel puts his heart and soul into such melting arias as Where'er you walk,Ombra mai fu and Verdi prati."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

J.S.Bach: Famous Cantatas (BWV 140, 56, 51, 147, 4, 202) /Karl Richter
18.  J.S.Bach: Famous Cantatas (BWV 140, 56, 51, 147, 4, 202) /Karl Richter by Karl Richter
The list author says:
  "Bach's cantatas are a mini-universe within themselves and here is a good place to start exploring with great performances of the best known ones."
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Schubert: Symphony No.9 / Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
19.  Schubert: Symphony No.9 / Wagner: Siegfried Idyll by Franz Schubert
The list author says:
  "Schubert's 9th symphony has a superb,surging and muscular impetus to it and Solti is just the muscular conductor to bring out all it's glory."
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Amadeus
20.  Amadeus by Mozart
The list author says:
  "The excellent Amadeus movie sparked off a virtual stampede of people who had not fully realised the genius of Mozart.This soundtrack album is a great way to sample a variety of his work immediately."
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The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs 2001/2002 (Penguin Reference Books)
21.  The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs 2001/2002 (Penguin Reference Books) by Ivan March
The list author says:
  "This book was and is my bible when it comes to collecting classical cds - make it yours as soon as possible."
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Last updated: 18/04/2003
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