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Best Classics 100 Volume 1 [Box set]

100 Best Tunes Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 29, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Alliance
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,499 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My vote for single best introduction to classical music September 24, 2009
Format:Audio CD
There is no shortage of CDs offering an introduction to classical music, but this would be my pick for the best. As this is a six CD-set, I'll provide six reasons for this opinion.

(1) Selections. Any product claiming to be the 100 best classics has its work cut out for it when distilling the huge range of material making up "classical music" (as it is conventionally described) into six CDs. EMI has succeeded here, in my opinion. There are tastes ranging from Baroque to 20th Century, and selections including symphonic, concerto and opera. The big name composers are here, with the 3 "titans" of Bach, Beethoven and Mozart receiving a little extra presence. There are a few surprises (James Horner's "Titanic"), but for the most part, the selections probably reflect conventional perceptions of "classical music".

(2) Performance Quality. I have heard some clasical music overviews with a noticeable dropoff in quality from track to track. That's not the case here. EMI's recordings are extensive, and it shows in these selections. Included here are some familiar conductors (Karajan, Marriner, Davis, Previn) and ensembles (Academy of St. Martin, London Philharmonic, Berliner Philharmoniker). The performances and recording quality are consistently high.

(3) Quantity. There are six CDs here, each with over 70 minutes of music. As some reviewers have pointed out, these are not full performances, but rather selections from famous pieces, which I would estimate typically run about three to five minutes in length. As the title idicates, it is a collection of 100 "Greatest Hits". This approach is a detriment for some, but my take is that a focus on hi-lites is appropriate for a classical music overview.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good compilation- of bits and pieces July 2, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I was excited to see such a great collection of classics, but I was really disappointed to listen and discover that many tracks are shortened dramatically. A fraction of Rhapsody in Blue- a ridiculously short fragment of Bethoveen Ninth Symphony- "Ode to Joy" a tiny part of the first movement of Rachmoninov's Piano Concerto no.3.

I'd rather have fewer tracks and the complete movements.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good and inexpensive collection March 16, 2007
Format:Audio CD
EMI's Best Classics 100 provides six CDs with seven hours of selected classical music. The cover does a poor job of portraying who does the selecting and who performs the piece -- information inside however does detail the symphonies being recorded. Recordings from the Polish Chamber, Berlin Symphonies, Royal Philharmonic etc are mentioned. The recording quality is good and the price is low, representing a good purchase for a general collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of classics July 25, 2011
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I've never been a huge fan of classical music, but my wife loves it. I got this for her as a gift (along with Best Classics 100 Volume 2) and she loves it. In fact, as she listens to it, I've actually begun to appreciate some of it. It still would not be my first choice, but I do think it is a good way for someone who is not familiar with classical music to get a little taste that they can begin to appreciate more as time goes on.
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