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111 Classical Masterpieces

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Menuetto Classics has gathered excerpts from the most familiar pieces for its set, 111 Classical Masterpieces, a collection that will help listeners identify music they've often heard before, and introduces few gems they might not recognize by name. Included among the selections are popular works by J.S. Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert, Frédéric Chopin, Johannes Brahms, Richard Wagner, and many more of the great masters, and the program draws on their symphonies, concertos, opera arias, piano solos, and dances from popular ballets. Because the tracks are brief and some of the performances are not the best available, listeners should regard this package as a starter set, eventually to be replaced with superior recordings of the complete works. The performers include some top talent with less familiar artists and ensembles, and the sound quality is somewhat variable, though decent overall.