If you can access Spotify they have many classical albums, 6 months free trial. You may want to check your local library for some books like Penguin guide to Classical music, Good cd guide and Rough Guide.
This is also a good book to read if you are interested in classical music (this is the link to the author's website):
JAMES A. ROTH
ROTH AV LTD. - FOUNDER
This should keep you busy...
Works out at less than £2 per CD for 50 CDs. (Ignore Amazon's incorrect track listing and look at Decca's site for details instead.)
Or a selection from the above...
Or try and get as many of these as you can from Amazon and/or ebay (8 volumes in total). An excellent introduction to classical music*.
*I got lucky and bought a complete, sealed, sleeved, set of all 8 volumes brand new from ebay a few years ago for about £20.
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I'm no expert but I did purcahse Alisa Weilerstein's cello concertos last week. The Elgar is really nice, not so sure about the Carter versions.
just in case the OP has blu-ray, you can get this one on Blu-Ray. Just received mine and can't wait to play it alone and loud.
The LSO SACD Beethoven box set is also a must-have.
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Elgar Cello Conc. with du Pre is still the best.
A good place to preview any works you are thinking of is http://www.eclassical.com It's a download site that sells Lossless FLAC files as well as MP3 but allows you to listen to a complete tracks not just a sample. Admittedly you do have to keep pressing the play button every 30 seconds but at least you can listen to a complete piece not just the bit that other sites allow you to hear.
If you like Cello you might like violin music too. There are lots of great violin concertos available.
A disc I like a lot is http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Great-Violin-Concertos-Kyung/dp/B00002423B/ref=sr_1_fkmr2_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361964871&sr=8-1-fkmr2
Another favourite http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bruch-Complete-Concertos-Salvatore-Accardo/dp/B0000069CT/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1361965002&sr=1-1
The Elgar and Dvorak Cello concertos are well known, some lesser known works on a good Classical label can be foud here http://www.hyperion-records.co.uk/s.asp?s=S_4
Sorry can't help much with flute and oboe as it's not really my thing. I like big orchestral stuff!
Have fun finding music you really like and enjoy listening !
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Ah but which reading ?
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Probably the LSO, Barbirolli EMI 5 62886-2 1965
Some prefer the 1970 live recording.
Yes I concur
That is the reference version, although the Barenboim version is very good too...................
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