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Best Classics 100 Volume 2 [Box set]

100 Best Classics Two Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • 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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,405 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Recently I wrote a very positive review for Volume 1 of EMI's 100 Best Classics. This second volume shares the same strengths, and truth be told, I actually enjoy this volume a little more. This is another terrific yet inexpensive introduction or overview of classical music.

The strengths of this six CD set are that: (1) 100 selections are provided, allowing a wide scope of music contained within the genre generally regarded as "classical", (2) these are strong performances from significant conductors and orchestras,(3) at a price of $20 or less, this is a very good value, and (4) this six CD collection is packaged compactly enough to essentially take up the physical space of a double-CD jewel case.

This set's format is simultaneously an advantage and disadvantage. A CD provides less than 80 minutes of music, and a 6 CD set containing 100 selections will necessarily provide hi-lites of famous pieces rather than the complete works. This is a problem for many people, and for good reason. I find most of the selections provide a satisfying sample, however at least a few tracks seem much too short (Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue in particular seemed to be left hanging). The advantage however is that it is feasable to get an overview of many works in a single sitting; this set is all about presenting an introduction to or reminder of a variety of different pieces of outstanding music.

The approach here is similar to volume one of the same series, but I actually enjoy listening to this volume a little more. The previous volume covers familiar ground in the classical genre, such as Beethoven's Fifth Symmphony, Mozart's "Figaro", and Pachelbel's "Canon in D".
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent listening June 27, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I purchased Volume 1 and 2 at the same time and in the short time I have had them I have listened to all selections at least once and some twice or more and my conclusion is that this is an excellet buy and addition to your music library. Selections in Vol 2 are less well known but all are excellent.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good music March 21, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Just as a warning. Some of these CD's, when loaded to Itunes, will state the name of the song and artist in Japanese or Chinese. I had to physically rename every song on this CD, which became rather tedious.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best version of Nocturne No. 2 - Chopin January 24, 2012
Format:Audio CD
This collection is good and I would buy it again.
The best part of it is the Nocturne No. 2 played by John Ogdon. He plays it full of emotion and cadence.
I have several versions of this Nocturne and no one comes close to him.
Number of times that I've listened to it, 114 and counting.
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