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99 Most Essential!

99 Most Essential!

Get 99 Tracks for pennies a track! Get 100 tracks in our mega classical set! If you have checked out the Amazon MP3 store lately, there have been a flood of these ‘mega’ classical sets. From collections on a theme to sets dedicated to one composer, these sets are put out by X5 and Cobra Entertainment, to name a few. Many of these recordings seem to come from the bargain CDs you used to find at grocery stores or at…

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Perlman Jacket

Perlman Jacket

  The Itzhak Perman ‘Original Jacket Collection’ is a 10 CD set that was issued by Sony several years ago featuring a variety of Perlman’s recordings. Bach, Mozart, Prokofiev and Paganini are only a few of the composers represented here. This collection was a bit expensive at the time, and to be honest not one I was inclined to purchase at full price. Fortunately almost the entire set has been reissued in a bargain Sony import collection: ‘Itzhak Perlman Plays…

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Brilliant Shostakovich

Brilliant Shostakovich

  I will admit to owning way too much Shostakovich. Not only do I have the complete symphony sets by Kondrashin and Bernstein, all 15 symphonies have a CD by various conductors in my collection. Lately the rage has been to release bargain sets of older recordings, like the Toscanini or Rubinstein sets, or complete symphony sets at bargain download prices. Of course, buyer beware on some of the ‘Best 99 Tracks’ collections for a buck out there, but sometimes…

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Chopin Vox Box

Chopin Vox Box

Another great MP3 bargain set from Vox. These are excellent performances of Chopin’s most famous works. Simon, Klien and Moravec were top-drawer pianists in their time, and the playing can compare to any of the more famous names. Of course Rubinstein is the master of Chopin, and if you have his¬†‘Chopin Collection’ this set will duplicate many pieces, but there are many more tracks of other works. The sound quality is just fine, and since this collection is currently priced…

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Albeniz

Albeniz

  While¬†Spanish composer Isaac Albeniz wrote pieces for piano, some have been transcribed for guitar, orchestra, etc. An MP3 release from X5 is a real bargain. Most of the piano tracks are performed by Miguel Baselga, and are licensed from BIS records. Excellent performances, and very enjoyable. There are some arrangements for guitar and orchestral spread among the 44 tracks too. Around $7 for the MP3 album.

More Bargain MP3 Albums

More Bargain MP3 Albums

I just picked up 3 new MP3 box sets that are a fantastic bargain.The Bach Guild has once again released some essential bargain sets, along with one by Vox. The Big Haydn Box and the Big Schubert Box are full of some great performances and music for around a dollar. The Bach Complete Organ Works by Walter Kraft is over 15 hours of some great organ music. As usual the Bach Guild sets will probably work their way up to…

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Free Music May

Free Music May

There are a lot of places that you can get free classical music, so I am going to try and find a new recording every day for the month of May. Many of them are from archive.org, so they could be old 78’s or live performances, but to have the chance to hear some new works or a conductor that is unfamiliar is always a good thing. Leopold Stokowski conducts Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. From 1934, with the Philadelphia Orchestra. From archive.org:…

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Bach At Bedtime

Bach At Bedtime

Philips released a “Set Your Life To Music” series in the mid 1990’s, along the lines of ‘Bach At Bedtime’, ‘Mozart For Meditation’ et al. I am usually not a big fan of the ‘greatest hits’ collections as a general rule, but the Philips sets are an exception. Sometimes you just want to listen to a selection of classical music, and these are actually nice compilations with good performances from the Philips catalog. Whoever compiled these sets did a great…

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Bigger Bach Box

Bigger Bach Box

The Bach Guild has released another Bach volume to celebrate the anniversary of their downloadable music sets. From the Vanguard vault, these 1950’s and 1960’s recordings are another treasure trove of classic performances. The set debuts for 99 cents as usual, and the Bach Guild and Amazon are also featuring some of their other Box Sets for the same price. These sets tend to increase in price to $8.99 over time, so now is the time to get these collections….

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Big Vivaldi and Handel Box

Big Vivaldi and Handel Box

The Bach Guild is hot on the heels of their last release the Handel Box with a 7 hour set of Vivaldi recordings. While not all of them may be of the ‘original instrument’ school, there is still a lot to like here. And as usual, it is only 99 cents for 138 tracks, but the price will rise shortly. The Handel is a bargain too right now. Link to current Big Box sets at Amazon: