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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.
26. Wonderfully weighty tunes like those in Saint-Saens' booming organ symphony needs a suitably meaty recording to bring it to life, but it's easy to forget that it's not just the iconic versions that are worthy of a hearing. Charles Dutoit's crisp version with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra is highly esteemed, but if it's large-scale indulgence you're after, the recording from Christopher Robinson and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra is altogether different, but bursting with charm and personality.
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