Since our mission at ArkivMusic is to make the joy of classical music accessible to everyone, we have put together a list of 100 CDs that we believe would make an excellent core library (and wonderful gifts) for anyone interested in classical music.

Every CD includes essential repertoire, with great performances from great artists that we ourselves enjoy listening to, and most of the titles are mid-price or lower.

While no list this size can hope to encompass the universe that is classical music, the CDs here are all absolutely wonderful and offer a great way to begin (or add to) any classical music collection!
Orchestral (Bach to Beethoven) Orchestral (Bach to Beethoven)
Orchestral (after Beethoven) Orchestral (after Beethoven)
Instrumental and Chamber Instrumental and Chamber
Vocal and Opera Vocal and Opera
Choral Music Choral Music
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