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Finding Classical Music CDs by Era

The history of classical music is as rich and diverse as that of Western civilization. As social conditions and popular tastes changed, music changed as well. Music historians usually divide the last six hundred years into six distinct eras. For each era, we have chosen the ten best pieces and recommended recordings for all of them. If you love certain pieces on our Top 10 Essential CDs list, you're bound to find other memorable works from the same era. The six eras are:

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