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With so much amazing classical music in the Hall of Fame top 300 this year, how do you choose the best recordings? Browse through our ultimate guide of essential albums, featuring the best conductors, singers, instrumentalists, and orchestras the world.
1. Loved by millions, and recorded by almost as many, Rach's enduring piano concerto occupies a special place in many musicians' hearts. So many brilliant versions of this piece exist, from modern versions recorded on YouTube by piano sensation Valentina Lisitsa, to well-loved recordings by Sviatoslav Richter or Krystian Zimerman, but we'd like to recommend this brilliantly passionate interpretation, recorded in 1956 in Orchestra Hall, Chicago.
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