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How do you find good classical recordings?

post #1 of 4
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I was noticing while listening to Pandora that a remarkable number of their classical and baroque recordings are quite nice. Yet whenever I search for a similar album on Amazon.com mp3, their previews sound just terrible. It's not compression, but rather very poor recording.

 

Any suggestions from experienced classical guys on finding good classical recordings, and sifting through the loads of bad or "vintage" recordings?

 

Edit: I just realized that one way is to click the "Buy from amazon" from Pandora, which brings me to the correct well-recorded album.

post #2 of 4

Try the CDs at your local library.  I have found some real gems there.

post #3 of 4

This is a good online source: http://www.passionato.com/

Many of the Decca and DG recordings are of great quality. Many older recordings are excellent, the Reiner Chicago Symphony recordings for instance, but if you are concerned with less than stellar sound on some older recordings you can look for ones from the 1970s on. 

 

 

post #4 of 4

I like to go to the local Fry's Electronics, they sell CDs with Classical music for $3-$5.

My guess there should be low priced Classical CD on eBay, buy a bunch from one seller to save on shipping charges.

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