I do not buy compilations BUT...for anyone just starting their journey into the magic of classical music this is A MUST. I do not appreciate a few branches of classical..so what? This set allows you to explore the majority of popular composers..the majority of ways of presenting types of classical including solo instrumental--full orchestra--opera--quartet etc.etc. and all in all is a fantastic introduction to classical music. For those already into the joys it also offers some of those well loved pieces often heard but rarely seen on standard discs .Extremely well played..excellent sound and a great buy.(currently on offer at ONE PENNY). Go on,treat yourself.