Starting a Classical Music Collection: On a Budget

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

Agree, disagree with any of their selections? Any recordings you feel that they missed? Let us know in the comments.

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