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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.
12. Often hailed as the most important piece of classical music of all time, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 broke the mould for symphonic writing, and split apart the symphonic idiom at the seams. It seems only fitting, then, to choose Sir Georg Solti's electrifying interpretation of the music, recorded the symphony with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Since Beethoven liked to break the rules, we'd like to break them too, and add Sir John Eliot Gardiner's version to our list as well...
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