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    UK Top 100 Classical Works

    Below is the Top 10, but click on the link to go to the complete Top 100 listing         Of course, one of the most off-putting features of the classical world is that each of these great works is available in a gazillion versions. We overcome this problem by identifying a recommended recording for each work –  balancing playability, sound quality, value and, crucially, availability.  In our view there’s really no point in recommending that extraordinary Barbirolli version if you can’t obtain it for love or money… For added enjoyment, we have also put together brief composer biographies – well, thumbnail sketches would be closer to the truth –…

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    An indispensable guide to classical music

    Our Top 100 serves as the starting point for building a classical library. Based on performance frequency and CD sales data from the UK and the USA this list represents the core works of the classical repertoire. Now available in national flavours to reflect differing local tastes.  Caffeine-free or full-fat for you? To supplement our Top 100 list we also have a number of ‘voluntary’ additions such as our listing of ‘must have’ operas. Feel free to sprinkle these on to your musical banquet to suit your tastes.  For some, opera is the gateway to classical music, for others it is an impossible hurdle.  Add these when you feel ready!…