Classical Top 20

If you are interested in expanding your own music library, these discs would make a great start. We’ve also listed information about specific recordings that we own and know to be of good quality.

Johann Pachelbel: Canon in D
“Mad About the Classics”
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Deutsche Grammaphon 439513

Antonin Dvorak: New World Symphony
Leonard Slatkin, conductor
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Telarc “Bravo Series” 82007

Gioacchino Rossini: William Tell Overture
Ricardo Chailly, conductor
National Philharmonic Orchestra
London 443850

Victor Davies: Mennonite Piano Concerto
Boris Brott, conductor
London Symphony Orchestra
Irmgard Baerg, piano
Campion 1304

Samuel Barber: Adagio for Strings
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
London Symphony Orchestra
EMI Classics 55358

George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
“Mad About Gershwin”
Leonard Bernstein, piano and conductor
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Deutsche Grammaphon 445768

Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring
Louis Lane, conductor
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Telarc 80078

John Philip Sousa: Stars and Stripes Forever
Elgar Howarth, conductor
Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
London 410290

Johann Sebastian Bach: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
“Mad About the Classics”
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Deutsche Grammaphon 439513

Aaron Copland: Simple Gifts
“Class Brass”
Empire Brass
Telarc 80220

Johann Sebastian Bach:
Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565
“Great Organ Works”
Peter Hurford, organ
London 443473

Peter Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture
Antal Dorati, conductor
Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
University of Minnesota Brass Band
Mercury Living Presence 434360

Maurice Ravel: Bolero
Herbert von Karajan, conductor
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Deutsche Grammaphon Galleria 427250

Johann Strauss, Jr.: On the Beautiful Blue Danube
Willi Boskovsky, conductor
Johann Strauss Orchestra of Vienna
Angel 47052

Bedrich Smetana: The Moldau
Herbert von Karajan, conductor
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Deutsche Grammaphon 415509

Camille Saint-Saens: My Heart at Thy Sweet Voice
“Pavarotti’s Opera Made Easy: My Favorite Love Songs”
Marilyn Horne, soprano
London 443599

Richard Addinsell: Warsaw Concerto
Erich Kunzel, conductor
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
William Tritt, piano
Telarc 80175

P.D.Q. Bach: New Horizons in Music Appreciation
“P.D.Q. Bach On the Air”
Vanguard VBD 79268

Charles-Marie Widor: Toccata from Organ Symphony no. 5
“Organ Favorites”
Peter Hurford, organ
London 425013

John Rutter: For the Beauty of the Earth
“Gloria: The Sacred Music of John Rutter”
John Rutter, conductor
Cambridge Singers
City of London Sinfonia
Collegium COLCD 100