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Top Class Classical 100
on 3 April 2007
This is a great low cost box set which does exactly what it says on the box - it gives you 100 classical music hits, covering all the styles such as baroque, classical, romantic and modern, and includes music from all the popular composers.
Some of the tracks are simply excerpts from the full piece, for example Beethoven's Ninth symphony, originally over 60 minutes long, is reduced to a two and a half minute rousing chorus of the popular `Ode to Joy'. Likewise, Tchaikovsky's 1812 overture is cut from 15 minutes down to the last few minutes of the exciting thunder and fireworks finale.
This editing enables a great range of `hits' to be squeezed onto five discs, and gives the classical music novice a chance to dip their toe in the water and maybe move onwards to more comprehensive works from their favourite artist if they like what they hear.
For the more serious listener, who will probably already have much of the music, this collection may have less appeal but I think it's a great set to have, even just to keep in the car or use as a little background music for those dinner parties...
A bargain box of classical music.