119 of 124 people found the following review helpful
Good Selection, but perhaps not for serious classical fans,
By A Customer
This review is from: 100 Classical Hits (Audio CD)
I've been a classical fan for many years and it has often been the case that classical compilation CDs that I've listened to have been short exerpts of composers' most famous works. This box set includes some of the best loved compositions and I really cannot fault the selection of the pieces. My main critique is that several tracks have been shortened to only what the makers consider to be 'the most famous bits' like the haunting opening to Bach's Toccata and Fugue, while leaving out some of the essential parts. For example, Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody #2 has been shortened to just under 5 minutes beginning only at the main crescendo and Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor is reduced to only 3 mins 18 seconds. So overall, if you are perhaps just getting into classical music, this is an excellent introduction to help you find out which composers you like or don't like, however I don't think this should be a purchase for serious classical fans.