Various Artists

The 99 Most Essential Allegros

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Another downloadable MP3 set of classical pieces from the X5 group, this one features 99 allegros from a whole host of composers. Nothing here is startling or new, but it adds up to a heck of a deal for casual classical fans looking for a lot of music at an extremely affordable cost -- serious classical listeners may find that they already have most of the pieces here, although perhaps not in these versions. The list of composers is broad, and includes names like Prokofiev and Bartók, who don’t often show up in these kinds of sets. It all adds up to an allegros' greatest hits, if you will, and at a price that’s hard to ignore.