Classical Music Starter Kit, Part 1 of 2

A Listmania! list by William
The list author says: "Here is everything you need to start building a classical music library. You will find essential works in rough chronological order from Medieval to Modern. I have about 500 CDs in my own collection, so this is just the tip of the iceberg, but it represents the recordings that I listen to most often and the ones that I feel most comfortable recommending to others."
A History of Western Music
1.  A History of Western Music by Donald Jay Grout
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Music of Byzantium
2.  Music of Byzantium by Cappella Romana
$15.02   Used & New from: $7.95
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Panorama: Gregorian Chant
3.  Panorama: Gregorian Chant by Gregorian Chant
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Best of the Renaissance
4.  Best of the Renaissance by Gregorio Allegri
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Byrd Gibbons: Consort Musicke
5.  Byrd Gibbons: Consort Musicke by Glenn Gould
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Baroque Masterpieces: Essential Classics
6.  Baroque Masterpieces: Essential Classics by Baroque Masterpieces
$5.89   Used & New from: $2.90
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Corelli: 12 Concerti Grossi, Op.6
7.  Corelli: 12 Concerti Grossi, Op.6 by Archangelo Corelli
$14.99   Used & New from: $8.41
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
8.  Vivaldi: The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi
$17.80   Used & New from: $0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

Vivaldi - L'Estro Armonico / AAM · Hogwood
9.  Vivaldi - L'Estro Armonico / AAM · Hogwood by Antonio Vivaldi
$21.80   Used & New from: $9.84
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Water Music & Music for the Royal Fireworks
10.  Water Music & Music for the Royal Fireworks by G.F. Handel
$18.54   Used & New from: $4.27
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Handel:  Messiah
11.  Handel: Messiah by George Frideric Handel
$17.01   Used & New from: $3.45
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Bach Le Clavier Bien Tempere
12.  Bach Le Clavier Bien Tempere by Glenn Gould
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Glenn Gould: A State of Wonder - The Complete Goldberg Variations 1955 & 1981
13.  Glenn Gould: A State of Wonder - The Complete Goldberg Variations 1955 & 1981 by Johann Sebastian Bach
$15.99   Used & New from: $3.00
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6 Suites for Solo Cello
14.  6 Suites for Solo Cello by Johann Sebastian Bach
$19.65   Used & New from: $7.53
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Bach: Brandenburg Concerti 1-6
15.  Bach: Brandenburg Concerti 1-6 by Johann Sebastian Bach
$16.04   Used & New from: $4.81
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Bach: The Art of Fugue / Musical Offering
16.  Bach: The Art of Fugue / Musical Offering by Johann Sebastian Bach
$15.49   Used & New from: $9.37
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Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 99-104 ~ Sir Thomas Beecham / Royal Philharmonic
17.  Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 99-104 ~ Sir Thomas Beecham / Royal Philharmonic by Franz Joseph Haydn
$13.96   Used & New from: $2.89
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String Quartets opp. 76; 77; 103
18.  String Quartets opp. 76; 77; 103 by Franz Joseph Haydn
$29.04   Used & New from: $7.75
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Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, etc / Karajan, Berlin PO
19.  Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, etc / Karajan, Berlin PO by W.A. Mozart
$6.19   Used & New from: $0.23
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 35, 36, 38- 41
20.  Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 35, 36, 38- 41 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
$17.34   Used & New from: $1.84
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Piano Sonatas 8 11 & 12 / Fantasia in D Minor
21.  Piano Sonatas 8 11 & 12 / Fantasia in D Minor by Mitsuko Uchida
$8.89   Used & New from: $0.04
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Mozart: The Magic Flute
22.  Mozart: The Magic Flute by Evelyn Lear
$18.46   Used & New from: $6.49
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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7
23.  Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7 by Kleiber
$11.31   Used & New from: $2.95
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Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 / Coriolan Overture
24.  Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 / Coriolan Overture by Ludwig van Beethoven
$11.18   Used & New from: $1.93
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Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 4 & 5
25.  Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 4 & 5 by Ludwig van Beethoven
$10.81   Used & New from: $0.66
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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 8, 14, 21 & 23
26.  Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 8, 14, 21 & 23 by Wilhelm Kempff
$10.12   Used & New from: $0.94
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Beethoven: Late String Quartets, Opp. 127,130,131,132,133,135 (Great Recordings of the Century)
27.  Beethoven: Late String Quartets, Opp. 127,130,131,132,133,135 (Great Recordings of the Century) by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Quintet for Piano & Strings
28.  Quintet for Piano & Strings by F. Schubert
$15.87   Used & New from: $2.36
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Symphonie Fantastique
29.  Symphonie Fantastique by H. Berlioz
$11.88   Used & New from: $5.39
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Piano Works
30.  Piano Works by Nelson Freire
$16.15   Used & New from: $9.70
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Chopin: Préludes, Op.28
31.  Chopin: Préludes, Op.28 by Maurizio Pollini
$15.84   Used & New from: $1.09
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Martha Argerich: The Legendary 1965 Recording
32.  Martha Argerich: The Legendary 1965 Recording by Frederic Chopin
$16.21   Used & New from: $7.48
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Panorama: Liszt
33.  Panorama: Liszt by F. Liszt
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Wagner: Orchestral Music
34.  Wagner: Orchestral Music by Wagner
$14.33   Used & New from: $10.33
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Best of the Ring
35.  Best of the Ring by Richard Wagner
$13.21   Used & New from: $0.32
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

Parsifal
36.  Parsifal by Richard Wagner
$36.80   Used & New from: $30.81
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

Brahms: The Complete Symphonies
37.  Brahms: The Complete Symphonies by Johannes Brahms
$11.88   Used & New from: $3.98
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

My Favorite Brahms
38.  My Favorite Brahms by Van Cliburn
$8.69   Used & New from: $4.27
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Dvorak: Cello Concerto / Symphony No. 9
39.  Dvorak: Cello Concerto / Symphony No. 9 by Dvorak
$10.64   Used & New from: $10.54
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Night on the Bare Mountain
40.  Night on the Bare Mountain by L. Stokowski
$18.47   Used & New from: $9.87
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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