I am a fan of some select classical music. I absolutely adore Beethoven. He is the sole reason that I am learning piano and his piano sonata's are the most delightful I have ever heard. Now I know there is alot of different interpretations of the old music before it was able to be recorded on anything other than sheet music. I know alot of these long past composers would roll in their graves if they heard some of the countless interpretations of their masterpieces. In this thread, I want to examine the modern recordings of such works. For a newcomer in classical music, i find it is overwhelming to decide which cd's to buy. For example, there are dozens, if not hundreds of different orchestral recordings of Beethoven etc, but how do I know which to buy without emptying my wallet on all of them. I know Amazon.com has reviews, but alot of people are not interested in the integrity of the recording as much as the interpretation. Leads me to these two questions. 1. What are some outstanding recordings that you have heard from the greats from yesterday as well as modern times? 2. Is there any interpretations of the greats that you prefer, that excel in your opinion? I own Richard Goode's recordings of all Beethoven's Piano Sonata's. I love it, however, with all the nuiances in the music, the volume has to be listened to very loudly, bringing to the forefront alot of noise from the recording. I also own Roger Norrington's recordings of all of Beethoven's Symphonies. I know he apparantly does an awful job on all of the odd symphonies in his interpretation, but the sound quality is ok. Still leaves alot to be desired.