With major anniversaries for Debussy, John Cage, Glenn Gould and Georg Solti, and Wagner’s 200th just around the corner, 2012 was the year of the boxed set. But there’s plenty more to celebrate as we choose classical Christmas gifts to suit every musical taste.

FOR THE NEWCOMER TO CLASSICAL…

Beethoven For All
Symphonies, piano concertos,
piano sonatas (excerpts) 

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra/Barenboim 
DECCA 4783513 (2 CD) 

With major anniversaries for Debussy, John Cage, Glenn Gould and Georg Solti, and Wagner’s200th just around the corner, 2012 was the year of the boxed set. But there’s plenty more to celebrate as we choose classical Christmas gifts to suit every musical taste.With major anniversaries for Debussy, John Cage, Glenn Gould and Georg Solti, and Wagner’s 200th just around the corner, 2012 was the year of the boxed set. But there’s plenty more...

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