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Thinking inside the classical box

Thinking inside the classical box

Some recommended classical boxed sets for gift-givers and receivers this holiday season:

"The Leonard Bernstein Collection: Volume One" (Deutsche Grammophon, 60 CDs and DVD, $241.64): Perhaps no classical artist exerted as profound an impact on the musical life of the second half of the 20th century as Leonard Bernstein. DG is reissuing the complete recordings he made for the label in two mammoth, LP-sized boxes, presented with the original cover art and a 40-page book of new essays. Even at their most idiosyncratic, these deeply personal readings – presented alphabetically by composer, from Beethoven to Liszt, and including Bernstein's own works...