Some suggestions for starting a collection of Classical CDs

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Tchaikovsky: Symphonic Poems, "Manfred" Symphony
1.  Tchaikovsky: Symphonic Poems, "Manfred" Symphony by P.I. Tchaikovsky
The list author says:
  "Good introduction to a wide range of Tchaikovsky's music.  You should also try the Ballet suites ASIN: B000001GX7 which contain some of the most popular Tchaikovsky works."
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Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky, Lieutenant Kijé, Scythian Suite (DG The Originals)
2.  Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky, Lieutenant Kijé, Scythian Suite (DG The Originals) by Sergey Prokofiev
The list author says:
  "Prokofiev was one of the most inventive composers.  The Nevsky cantata is immediately attention grabbing and dramatic.  The Kije suite contains some of the best known tunes of all time."
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Symphonies 7, 8 And 9, Symphonic Variations (Mackerras)
3.  Symphonies 7, 8 And 9, Symphonic Variations (Mackerras) by Antonín Dvorák
The list author says:
  "Dvorak's most popular music and deservedly so.  If you like these then you may also like Sibelius (Finlandia, En Saga & Symphonies)"
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Rapsodie - French Music for Clarinet and Piano
4.  Rapsodie - French Music for Clarinet and Piano by Francis Poulenc
The list author says:
  "Clarinet music at its best.  Especially the Debussy Rhapsody and the Saint-Saens & Poulenc sonatas.  If you like these, then also explore Clarinet Concertos (Weber, Mozart, Copland, Nielsen)"
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Beethoven: Symphoniey 7, 8
5.  Beethoven: Symphoniey 7, 8 by Ludwig van Beethoven
The list author says:
  "If you like these two, then buy all of the 9 symphonies as a box set. Beethoven 5th & 9th are the famous ones."
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Schubert: Trout Quintet/String Quartet No.14 - "Death and the Maiden" (DG The Originals)
6.  Schubert: Trout Quintet/String Quartet No.14 - "Death and the Maiden" (DG The Originals) by Franz Schubert
The list author says:
  "Chamber music at its finest. You may also like to try Mozart's "Haydn" quartets, Beethoven's "Razumovsky" and Ravel's Quartet"
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Beethoven: Favourite Piano Sonatas
7.  Beethoven: Favourite Piano Sonatas by Alfred Brendel
The list author says:
  "4 of Beethoven's most accessible piano sonatas.  If you like these, also try solo piano music by Chopin, Schubert, Liszt, Schumann, Mozart, Debussy"
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The Best of Arvo Pärt [Classics for Pleasure]
8.  The Best of Arvo Pärt [Classics for Pleasure] by Arvo Pärt
The list author says:
  "If you want to explore contemporary classical music, then try this.  If you like it also try Philip Glass' violin concerto and soundtrack to "The Hours""
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Brahms: Complete Symphonies
9.  Brahms: Complete Symphonies by Johannes Brahms
The list author says:
  "The essence of Brahms is captured in these orchestral works.  This CD covers a whole spectrum of his ideas and periods of his musical development"
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Marriage of Figaro (highlights) [IMPORT]
10.  Marriage of Figaro (highlights) [IMPORT] by Mozart^Prey^Bohm
The list author says:
  "If you're not sure of Opera, then try this first.  If you like it then explore some more - check out the "Rough Guide to Opera" (book)"
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Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps / L'Oiseau de Feu
11.  Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps / L'Oiseau de Feu by The Cleveland Orchestra
The list author says:
  "The Firebird is beautiful and very much of the Russian School (Rimsky Korsakov influence heavily heard). The Rite of Spring may be shocking at first but it's one of the most important works of 20th C."
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Mozart - Symphonies Nos 40 & 41 'Jupiter'
12.  Mozart - Symphonies Nos 40 & 41 'Jupiter' by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The list author says:
  "Good introduction to Mozart's orchestral work.  The composers' composer."
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Strauss - Four Last Songs 12 Orchestral Songs
13.  Strauss - Four Last Songs 12 Orchestral Songs by Richard Strauss
The list author says:
  "Richard Strauss (unrelated to the waltz Strausses) was a 20th Century Romantic, broke as well as maintained a lot of rules (musically speaking). If you like this, try the tone poems and Horn concerti"
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Grieg / Schumann: Piano Concertos
14.  Grieg / Schumann: Piano Concertos by Stephen Kovacevich
The list author says:
  "Probably two of the most popular piano concertos - regularly performed in concerts too.  The Grieg work was parodied in the Morecambe & Wise show with Andre "Preview" Previn :-)"
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J.S. Bach Goldberg Variations
15.  J.S. Bach Goldberg Variations by Nick van Bloss
The list author says:
  "A masterpiece, interpreted to perfection. Other accessible Bach works are his keyboard concertos (I recommend Nick Van Bloss on the Nimbus label)  and Brandenburg concertos"
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Mahler: Complete Symphonies Nos 1-9 (Decca Collectors Edition)
16.  Mahler: Complete Symphonies Nos 1-9 (Decca Collectors Edition) by Gustav Mahler
The list author says:
  "No Classical collection would be complete without Mahler's symphonies.  Numbers 1 and 5 are the most accessible to start with. No.7 is my favourite at the moment."
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Haydn: The 12 London Symphonies
17.  Haydn: The 12 London Symphonies by London Philharmonic Orchestra
The list author says:
  "These symphonies are probably the pinnacle of Haydn's work and he taught Beethoven and was admired by Mozart, so he must be good!"
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Mozart: The Great Piano Concertos Vol. 1
18.  Mozart: The Great Piano Concertos Vol. 1 by Mitsuko Uchida
The list author says:
  "If you like these then buy volume 2 (or Brendel or Barenboim sets are superb too).  Mozart transformed the piano concerto form into what we know today and he set the benchmark for later composers."
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Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-4
19.  Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-4 by Vladimir Ashkenazy
The list author says:
  "The archetypal romantic - I don't know anyone who doesn't like Rachmaninov's piano concertos (especially 2 and 3)"
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Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue; An American in Paris; Piano Concerto; Porgy and Bess
20.  Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue; An American in Paris; Piano Concerto; Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin
The list author says:
  "Gerswhin bridges the divide between Jazz and Classical music.  Unashamedly optimistic music and thoroughly good fun."
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Wagner: Overtures and Orchestral Highlights
21.  Wagner: Overtures and Orchestral Highlights by Richard Wagner
The list author says:
  "Wagner is a giant of the Romantic period and influenced so many after him (e.g. Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss)"
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Schubert Lieder
22.  Schubert Lieder by Elizabeth Watts
The list author says:
  "An absolute delight, I didn't appreciate classical songs until I heard Elizabeth Watts. Schubert was a master song composer.  Another top interpreter is the famous Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau"
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The Rough Guide to Classical Music
23.  The Rough Guide to Classical Music by Joe Staines
The list author says:
  "Does exactly what it says on the cover. Great help especially for the new enthusiasts"
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The Penguin Guide to Classical Music: The Must Have CDs and DVDs (Penguin Guide to Recorded Classical Music)
24.  The Penguin Guide to Classical Music: The Must Have CDs and DVDs (Penguin Guide to Recorded Classical Music) by Ivan March
The list author says:
  "This reference guide has been my Classical CD collection "bible" for some years.  This updated 2010 version is still very good, but you should also consult other reviews"
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