I have always wanted to listen. I enjoyed the music when I was very young, and that contributed to me taking band classes in school. What I don't know is how people go about listening to it. Sure, I know the names of composers, but they are all dead. At least, the ones I want to start with. So, are all recordings of classical music done by modern symphonic orchestras? Do people choose an orchestra they like best from a certain city? It should all sound the same from any orchestra, due to the instructions of the original composer, right? From Amazon, a review on a 170-disc Mozart set: It sounds like people can be really opinionated about how these things are performed. I really was not aware that it appears to be such a matter of taste. I guess that is why orchestras are housed in large cities, are expensive to attend, and why it seems like snooty people go to them. Fie!