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For £3 this is an excellent collection
on 23 September 2010
If you're just getting into classical music I highly recommend this as an introduction. You'll probably already recognize 80% of the pieces in here, but also probably have no idea who wrote them (a lot of these are used in films or as part of TV ads).
The sound quality is a little poor in some places, at least to my ear. I'm not sure if this is the fault of the original recordings or the mp3 compression (with a decent recording I do not usually notice compression artifacts in 200kbps+ mp3s unless I am listening for them - at least not from my iPod, which is what I have been using for listening to these. It only gets worse when run through my home set-up, which isn't audiophile-grade, though sounds better than your average all-in-one hi-fi, I guess). That affects a minority of tracks, though, and is not too severe. Most of the pieces are performed excellently by the LPO, too, but that is what you expect from any orchestra at their level.
Problems aside, for £3 this is an absolute bargain. There's over 4 hours' worth of music here, and I'm finding it very enjoyable for my long-ish commutes. Go on, buy it.