Sorry if this is long. I love this stuff.

My first question would be what type of classical music got you into it?
Orchestra, solo instrument, small ensembles, a movie scene, etc

I like to separate into classical periods, examples: Baroque (Bach, Vivaldi, Pachelbel), classical classical, (Mozart, Haydn) romantic (Beethoven, Brahms, many), impressionistic (Debussy, Ravel), nazi banned late romantic geniuses like Mahler. There are so many, especially when you get instrument specific. Then you discover South American, Cuban, Spanish etc music that wasn't well known and it blows your away.

How about Beethoven Symphony No. 8 in F Major, 2nd movement. It's easy on the ears, genius, has what would be considered comedy for it's time, melodic, short, and easy to dismantle without knowing theory.

But when all else fails just listen to a lot of Chopin.
I don't listen to a ton of classical, but these would have to be on my short list:
Glenn Gould "Goldberg Variations" 1981 recording.
Barber's Violin Concerto, Gil Shaham recording.
In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores
Holst's The Planets: Montreal SO/Dutoit recording.
Beethoven's 9th: New York Philharmonic/Bernstein
Good suggestions above so for. I'll add a couple of my favorites.

Beethoven's Third

Tchaikovsky's Sixth

Both very accessible and still give me goosebumps.

PH
I love anything on the Telarc label, specifically anything by Eric Kunzel and The Cincinnati Orchestra, for great sounding recordings of large orchestral works. A few of my go to's:

Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, op 14 Varujan Kojian & The Utah Symphony

Prokofiev Syntian Suite,op. 20 Eduardo Mata & The Dallas Symphony

Dvorak Symphony #9 Wolfgang Sawallisch & The Philadelphia Orchestra
Wagner Operas
Beethovens 3rd 6th and 9th
Mozart Don Giovanni
Chopin prelude Nocturne C sharp & Concerto #1
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Do you still have an actual CD player?


Really? You don't? I probably about 600-700 CD's so I'm not throwing mine away anytime soon.

As for the original topic, it has to be Beethoven, Ninth Symphony.
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Originally posted by spo:
I am starting to enjoy classical music more.


You want to really feel old? Listen to the modern rap stuff. I swear, when I hear it, I turn into an old man complaining about how the new music is crap and kids should stay off my lawn.
Started with symphonic and gradually moved to chamber. Especially like Piano Trios (Tchaikovsky Op. 30, Brahms Op 40) and piano/ violin quartets (Mozart, middle and late Beethoven).
Not sure whether most of you fine folks would classify opera as classical music or whether it's its own genre, but I think of it as classical.

That said, there's a CD entitled The Movies Go to the Opera that I'm quite certain I listened to more than any other classical music CD. It's got a lot of the show-stopper arias and overtures that most people are familiar with, either from opera or from association with a well-known movie, and I never tire of listening to them. Probably in my Top 10 albums of all time.
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Originally posted by spo:
I am starting to enjoy classical music more.


You want to really feel old? Listen to the modern rap stuff. I swear, when I hear it, I turn into an old man complaining about how the new music is crap and kids should stay off my lawn.


i grew up with 80s and 90s rap and I too feel like an old man complaining about how thew new "rap" music is even music.
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Originally posted by Rothko:
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Originally posted by spo:
I am starting to enjoy classical music more.


You want to really feel old? Listen to the modern rap stuff. I swear, when I hear it, I turn into an old man complaining about how the new music is crap and kids should stay off my lawn.


i grew up with 80s and 90s rap and I too feel like an old man complaining about how thew new "rap" music is even music.


Rap is brutal with the exception of Eminem. I heard Cardi B on Howard Stern's show. Had no idea she was a rapper and to listen to her speak one would think she has a second grade education. Music is today is pretty bad (there are exceptions).
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Rap is brutal with the exception of Eminem.




You're not paying attention, my friend.
I assume the OP is asking for actual recordings, not just composers, so:

Anything by Murray Perahia especially the Mozart and Beethoven Piano Concertos...I like Mozart 19/23 - perhaps because it was the first CD I purchased back in 1985 for my swanky new $700 NEC CD player! Joys of shopping at J&R Music World...

Carlos Kleiber Beethoven Symphonies 5&7

Bach Cello Suites by Rostropovich...though there are a good dozen or more recordings all with their own merits.

That should give you a few places to start.

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