I dont buy much classical music. One of the reasons has been finding CD/Vinyl which has been well recorded to give great dynamics. Most things I have seem very quiet (too quiet ) when compared to rock music, I dont mean the actual piece is quiet, its the recording. I have heard the odd piece of vinyl that sounds good, but its usualy from the 'golden age of recording' and costs an arm and a leg as its out of print. In terms of musical growth, Im passed the 1812, firework music and other 'pops' stage and would like to immerse myself in a classical equivalent of a band like Nirvana (sort of alt rock metal classical and before anyone says it Im not after re-arranged rock like Apocalyptica) . Is there such a thing ?? But Im also looking for easy to find CDs or vinyl that give the real sound of a full scale orchestra. Its funny, but you can listen to a piano concerto on CD and it sounds flat and lifeless and very quiet. But Pianos dont sound quiet in real life, you would certainly have a difficult time trying to talk over someone playing. So there is a challenge for the more classically eared forum members !