100 Popular Classics Box set
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Contained in five CDs in card sleeves, from the instantly recognisable "Ride of the Valkyries" to less familiar titles which once heard will still strike chords, 100 Popular Classics delivers exactly what it promises on the box. Everything here is tuneful and accessible, the selections concentrating upon such composers as Beethoven, Mozart, Puccini and Tchaikovsky. Other than that, disc 3 explores the 20th century with works such as Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings and Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man, the music isn't sequenced to any particular plan. Indeed, with a Chopin piano prelude following Verdi's "Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves" and Grieg's Norwegian Dance no. 2 leading to an extract from Bach's double violin concerto, if ever a set of CDs was made to go in a multi-changer player, this is it. The selections themselves vary from older recordings with leading orchestras, to newer recordings with lesser known, often East-European ensembles. There is no information about the music itself, but setting these discs on random play offers much the same experience as listening to Classic FM, but without all the chat, commercials and news bulletins. And if this leaves you longing for more, try 100 Popular Classics Volume 2. --Gary S Dalkin
Top Customer Reviews
It has all the popular tunes which everyone knows and others which are equally well selected.
Anyone who is new to classics can do a lot worse than starting here, don't bother with the branded compilations which a fraction of the music.
All we need know is a nice relaxing Sunday morning and I will be in heaven!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Essential purchase for primary school teachers. Every piece for music appreciation that you'll ever need.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
With set 2 we have over 200 classics without a single Albinoni !Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I already had it, my brother heard one of this CD and absolutely love it so I bought one for himPublished 10 months ago by Maryla
Very interesting set (pieces). Performers could be better.Published 19 months ago by Robert Kacperski
very good but the Iliad and war and peace I have not receivedPublished on 21 Aug. 2014 by harry holford
Great overview of classical music. I'm not a great fan but all the bases are covered here. Not a great sound overall but was cheapPublished on 11 Feb. 2014 by Scott Fraser
The pieces you find on this CD are not the popular ones at all. Luckily I bought it used so my loss is minute.Published on 8 Jan. 2014 by suzan
Don't let the budget packaging and price put you off this collection. It's actually a lot better than it looks. Read morePublished on 29 Oct. 2013 by Thomas Pots
A gift for my friend who knows nothing whatsoever about classical music. So - I am introducing her to this light classical music and I just hope she loves it. Read morePublished on 14 Jun. 2013 by brenda shapeero