I am a huge fan of classical music - I love the passion, the beauty and the imagination that went into it thanks to the great composers who are all responsible for how absorbing the music remains to be today. "The Greatest Classical Album" is lovely but I had no idea when I bought it last week that a vast majority of the 32 pieces would be so cut down and excerpted. The longest track "Jupiter" from "The Planets" does indeed run in its full 7-8 minutes and, surprisingly, you hear MORE not less of the "Anvil Chorus" (even though it's just a matter of seconds) and there are a few others that play in their full lengths. The selection on the two discs that only just creep above an hour long each is perfect and highly worth your money if you want a batch of fantastic classics - we even have a dramatic finale as the album ends with "In the Hall of the Mountain King" and "O Fortuna" - but most of the tracks themselves just seem too hurried up by EMI. This is definitely the one for you if you want some of the very best classics but just want to hear little bits of them so perhaps as not to consume too much of your day.
The music as always is excellent. The compilation is standard. There must be 100 'Best Classical Music' genre CDs out there with exactly the same 'compilations'. I wish someone would be a little more imaginative. This is a good CD if you want something to listen to in the car.