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Edouard lalo, It is difficult for me to recommend a certain CD over another of any work. There are many critics out there. different conductors have theri own interpritations of a specific comosition. I have heard many excellent recordings of Schubert's 5th and 9th Symphonies. the recording that I have of these works is over 60 years old. It is the one of Arturo Toscanini(1867-1957) conducting the now defunct NBC Symphony
Orchestra. I am used to this recording. His interpritations of Schubert's 9th is at a slower speed thatn some other conductors. Toscanin was one of the first conductors that I had heard of. Unfortunately, He lived before strero recordings were made. another Schubert work is that of the Piano Trio #2 which was made in mono. Some people may o not like these primitave sounding recordings.
Some of the Best Buy Stores had in hte past a good classicla CD collection. Their classical buyer Bill Parker wrote a good book on classical music and had a lot of good recommendations. It may still be available. It has a lor of good anecdotes about composers. Several important composers that he left out are Edouard Lalo, Alexander Scriabin, Roger Sessons and Johan Svendsen.
If you want to find a good recomendation ask a friend or reed the review or check them out on You Tube. this would be a good way to check out a version or conductor, orchestra, coloist is to check them our on Youtube.
The Naxos lable published and extensive booklet "The ABC of Classical Music" about 20 years ago. It has a more extensive list of composers and a glossery. It lists the curent composers. Naxos is a budget lable. It uses lesser known orchestras and performers. Their CDs are of good quality. They are alos dealing wiht other related geners such as World Music ( aka different countries folk music). They are also releasing some historical recordings.
For historical resordings I would sugest the Nuimbus lable's Primo Voce series which deals with many of the historical operas simgers of the past. There is also the Pearl lable which releases a lot of histroic recordings. Both lables are British based.
Many of the leading artists and orchestras recorded wiht the bigger lables RCA, Sony(who purchased the Columbia lable), Deutche Gerammaphone, EMI, etc. Naxos uses lesser known artists and orchestras. Many of which came from the fromer communist sountries which did not have copyright laws. Their recordings are just as good. There are many excellent lables. The lesser known ones do record some of the lesser known coposers. For example Charles Marie Widor Who is mainly known for his organ works wrote a Violin Concerto and a Cello concerto. the only recordings of these works that I could find is on the Dutton labele. Some of Johan Svendsen's works ofr orchestra I could only find on the Virgin Lable. George Onslow (the French Bethoven) wrote 4 symphonies that I could only find on the CPO Lable.
CPO, Dutton and Virgin are all excellent lables. T