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A cannon for my record player?

OR, whats so great about 1812.

This is a sister post to "what good is analog (If you don't have the music to spin?)"

I have a request, and given its broad nature, I will make this post more about the music, and a sister post, in "analog" more about the recordings, though I welcome thoughts on both.

>if you read this before, no need to read it again just skip >on down to the meat of it all

So I have a "nice" system which, although thoroughly beyond my financial means, is a source of constant joy, and thus remains. My system contains a decent turntable, or so I understand. I also live near two phenomenal thrift shops and between them I seem to get a fresh supply of records every week or so. These records range in price form 25 to 75 cents, and are composed largely of classical music. Jazz and rock, which present them with equal frequency, are by no means scarce, but the pickins seem slim.

If you are with me so far, this is where you come in.

I am a relative novice to both classical and vinyl. I need your help in identifying what constitutes a classical canon. What labels are notorious for great performances? What, besides names of contemporary renown, (like "bernstein" or "yo-yo ma") should I look for?

I don't have any particular loves, I've found excitment in everything from a hilarious Purcell recording ("so kiss my arse ungreateful sow" was a delightful find) to Van Karjan's "Bethoveen's 7th" Of course I want great sounding performances, but would be happy with just some rules of thumb on getting the most bang for my buck, er quarter. so if you would be so kind, help me in putting together my own classical canon.

So any advice?

Jim Tavegia
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Re: A cannon for my record player?

Michael Fremer: Music Angle

This link to Michael Fremer's web site is a list of 157 discs he thinks you might enjoy.

I would certainly look to Naxos in starting out to build a classical library. The prices are right and the recordings are usually good to very good.

Some other members on other forum locations have given their recommendations. If you find yourself being a fan of say, Mozart, or a few others, you might look at some reissues that have come out on SACD like the RCA RED SEAL disc from older recordings that sound excellent to me. Music Direct
Acoustic Sounds
Are a couple you may start with.

Most older Telarc lps are excellent if you can find them in good condition. I have. Find some used record stores in your area if you are going to do vinyl as you can find some treasures if you are willing to search the bins.
Good luck.

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