Selections to delight a die-hard classical music lover and broaden the horizons of a novice.

Opera virgins, choir nerds, teenagers who think classical music is profoundly uncool… We have you covered from every angle for classical music Christmas gifts. For more ideas, read the complete guide in the December issueof Limelightor consult our iPhone appof the 100 Greatest Classical Recordings ever reviewed in the magazine.

For even more adventurous selections for the black sheep on your Christmas list, see our “other” gift guide. There’s no Christmas catalogue around that will advise you on what classical music to buy for a Satanist, a masochist anda Gleefanatic!

For the newcomer to classical music

Piano Concerto No 2; Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Yuja Wang p;Mahler Chamber Orch/Abbado
DG 4779308

Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto is routinely voted the most popular work of all time in radio and magazine surveys. And why not? It’s dripping with romantic rapture and memorable tunes (which the classical novice may recognize from Rach-based pop songs such as Celine Dion’s All By Myself). Yuja...

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