Various Artists

Classical Greats [Metro Tins]

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Classical Greats is a glorified compilation of the best-known greatest hits, packaged with minimal track information in an attractive tin, featuring the painting Flaming June by Frederic Leighton. Is this a good deal? The three CDs have adequate to decent performances of short pieces and excerpts from large works from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and modern eras, though in many cases the conductors and orchestras will be recognizable only to music reviewers and shoppers who regularly peruse budget recordings. The experienced listener will have no need of this package, and owners of multiple classical collections will have much of this music already, but absolute beginners might be able to identify some familiar items, though even they can be expected to know Pachelbel's Canon, Vivaldi's Four Seasons, Boccherini's Minuet, and half a dozen other favorites.

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