Forbes recently published an article with advice for newcomers to the genre of classical music – How to Build a Top Quality Classical Library for $100
The article presents a list of 10 essential recordings all for around $10.
The authors explain:
“These are recordings that are exceptional and widely acknowledged as such, but they have also earned their money many times over and can be re-released in various guises at ever decreasing price points.”
The full article, with their 10 recommendations, can be found here:
Click “read more” for a summary of their top-ten list.
1. Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3 / Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 – Martha Agerich
2. J.S. Bach: Concertos italiens – Alexandre Tharaud
3. Schubert: “Trout Quintet”, Op. 114 D 667 – Trio Wanderer
4. Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 28, 33, & 35 “Haffner”; Eine kleine Nachtmusik – George Szell
5. Vivaldi: The French Connection: Concertos for Flute, Violin, Basson and Strings – V/A
6. Dvorák: Cello Concerto / Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme – Mstislav Rostropovich
7. Haydn, J.: Symphonies, Vol. 3 – Nos. 82, 88, 95 – Thomas Fey
9. Strauss, R.: Four Last Songs, etc. – Jessye Norman
10. Beethoven, Van L.: Symphonies Nos. 4 and 5 – Minnesota Orchestra, Vanska
Agree, disagree with any of their selections? Any recordings you feel that they missed? Let us know in the comments.