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What classical CDs do you recommend to your friends who know nothing about classical music?

June 25, 2012

Beethoven
Over at the LA Weekly you may read my list of classical music recordings that one may give to just about any open-minded listener not familiar with the genre. Many of the usual suspects are on it, but some of the recommendations may surprise you.

Check it out here.

I’m curious to learn what recordings you’ve recommended to your friends, in the comments section at the Weekly or immediately below.

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2 Comments
  1. Dear Christian Hertzog,

    Thank you for “Top 10 Classical Albums for People Who Don’t Know Shit About Classical Music” in LA Weekly (online). It turned out I’m familiar with many of them already at various points, but your article helped me gain perspective on where they fit in the classical canon. I consulted your article because a friend of mine is all-digital and a classical listener who would like something recorded in the last 10 years to compare vinyl with digital sound. I’m going to look for a CD/vinyl set of your “3) Haydn: String Quartets Op. 76, Nos. 1-3” for this purpose. Your “10) J.S. Bach: The Brandenburg Concertos” was a close second, but I think the Haydn will better illustrate audio reproduction traits.

    Anyway, I admire the simplicity and brevity with which you have tackled a topic that normally elicits mountains of narration. Also amazing that you included Terry Riley in the list. Like all good scholarship, this article both satisfied and increased my curiosity.

    Carson Wilson

  2. Carson, thank you for the kind words! Yes, I went with a lot of old recordings because they usually cost less. I don’t miss the pops and hiss of turntables, especially for classical music

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