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The Most Expensive Classical Records Ever Sold on Discogs

Discogs regularly rounds up the priciest items sold each month in the Marketplace. These lists are characterized by classic rock vinyl and a few coveted cassettes, CD box sets, and other limited releases.

We’re taking a deeper dive into a specific genre: classical. Here are the most expensive classical albums ever on Discogs.

While the term “classical” can be used to describe practices across many regions and time periods, as a style, it more specifically refers to music rooted in Western culture of the 1700s-1800s. The records below are representative of the Classical era as defined by European composers like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven. You’ll see those names alongside modern musicians who performed and further popularized their work, including Johanna Martzy and Leonid Kogan. However, some of the pieces reach into tangential eras under the classical music umbrella, such as Johannes Brahms from the Romantic period and Giuseppe Tartini from the Baroque.

The format can be pretty much divided into two categories: older vinyl and recent box sets, some of which include CDs and DVDs. You’ll notice a lot of repeats of the exact same titles because multiple copies of the same release sold for similarly high price tags. Unlike the lists that we compiled for prog-rock and soul, the ranking of the most expensive classical records can easily be considered a playlist of essential listening for the style, especially since there are so many compilations.

Do you have any classical records or CDs in your collection? What about these specific releases? What are you playing them on? If we had one of these lovelies — specifically the older releases— we would have to spin them on something as quality as the direct-drive Technics SL-1200GR (an upgrade on the SL-1200G).

Most Expensive Classical Albums

  1. Johanna Martzy - Radio Recordings

    Johanna Martzy – Radio Recordings

    Sold for $813.95
    Label: Coup D’Archet
    Format: 8 × Vinyl, LP, Box Set, Compilation, Reissue, Mono
    Country: UK
    Released: 2011

  2. Бетховен / И. Брамс, В. Фуртвенглер ‎– Симфония № 9

    Бетховен / И. Брамс, В. Фуртвенглер ‎– Симфония № 9

    Sold for $837.21
    Label: Melodija
    Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Mono
    Country: USSR
    Released: 1962

  3. Ludwig van Beethoven / Munich Philharmonic Orchestra / Rudolf Kempe ‎– Beethoven: The Nine Symphonies

    Ludwig van Beethoven / Munich Philharmonic Orchestra / Rudolf Kempe ‎– Beethoven: The Nine Symphonies

    Sold for $850.00
    Label: Esoteric Company, EMI Classics
    Format: 5 × SACD, Hybrid, Stereo, Album, Box Set, Compilation, Limited Edition, Reissue, Remastered
    Country: Japan
    Released: 2012

  4. Johannes Brahms, Sir Simon Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker - Symphonien 1-4

    Johannes Brahms, Sir Simon Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker – Symphonien 1-4

    Sold for $872.09
    Label: Berliner Philharmoniker Recordings
    Format: 6 × Vinyl, LP, Limited Edition, Box Set
    Country: Germany
    Released: 2016

  5. Paavo Järvi, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen ‎– Beethoven Sinfonien Zyklus

    Paavo Järvi, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen ‎– Beethoven Sinfonien Zyklus

    Sold for $883.72
    Label: Acousence Records
    Format: Vinyl, LP, Special Edition, Stereo, 9 LP Box
    Country: Germany
    Released: 2010

  6. Mozart ‎– Mozart 225: The New Complete Edition

    Mozart ‎– Mozart 225: The New Complete Edition

    Sold for $906.98
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, Stiftung Mozarteum Salzburg
    Format: 200 × CD, Box Set, Compilation, Limited Edition, Numbered
    Country: France
    Released: 2016

  7. Бетховен / И. Брамс, В. Фуртвенглер ‎– Симфония № 9

    Бетховен / И. Брамс, В. Фуртвенглер ‎– Симфония № 9

    Sold for $929.07
    Label: Melodija
    Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Mono
    Country: USSR
    Released: 1962

  8. Л. Бетховен / И. Брамс* В. Фуртвенглер ‎– 9-я Симфония Ре Минор, Соч. 125 / Вариации На Тему Гайдна Соч. 56а
  9. Johanna Martzy - The EMI Recordings

    Johanna Martzy – The EMI Recordings

    Sold for $951.06
    Label: Coup D’Archet
    Format: Vinyl, LP, Reissue, Mono, Box Set, Compilation
    Country: UK
    Released: 2010

  10. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Complete Mozart Edition

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Complete Mozart Edition

    Sold for $988.29
    Label: Philips
    Format: 180 × CD, Compilation
    Country: Europe
    Released: 2000

  11. Johanna Martzy - Radio Recordings

    Johanna Martzy – Radio Recordings

    Sold for $988.37
    Label: Coup D’Archet
    Format: 8 × Vinyl, LP, Box Set, Compilation, Reissue, Mono
    Country: UK
    Released: 2011

  12. Johannes Brahms, Sir Simon Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker - Symphonien 1-4

    Johannes Brahms, Sir Simon Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker – Symphonien 1-4

    Sold for $999.99
    Label: Berliner Philharmoniker Recordings
    Format: 6 × Vinyl, LP, Limited Edition, Box-Set
    Country: Germany
    Released: 2016

  13. Schubert / Johanna Martzy, Jean Antonietti ‎– Rondeau Brillant In B Minor, D.895 (Op. 70) / Fantaisie In C Major, D.934 (Op. 159)

    Schubert / Johanna Martzy, Jean Antonietti ‎– Rondeau Brillant In B Minor, D.895 (Op. 70) / Fantaisie In C Major, D.934 (Op. 159)

    Sold for $1,000.00
    Label: Columbia
    Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
    Country: UK
    Released: 1957

  14. Herbert von Karajan - Complete Recordings On Deutsche Grammophon And Decca

    Herbert von Karajan – Complete Recordings On Deutsche Grammophon And Decca

    Sold for $1,005.81
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon
    Format: 330 × CD, 24 × DVD, 2 × Blu-ray, Box Set, Compilation, Limited Edition, Numbered
    Country: N/A
    Released: 2017

  15. Richter - The 100th Anniversary Edition

    Richter – The 100th Anniversary Edition

    Sold for $1,009.99
    Label: Melodija
    Format: 50 × CD, Compilation, Deluxe Edition, Limited Edition, Numbered, Remastered, Stereo, Mono, Box Set
    Country: Russia
    Released: 2015

  16. Herbert von Karajan - Complete Recordings On Deutsche Grammophon And Decca

    Herbert von Karajan – Complete Recordings On Deutsche Grammophon And Decca

    Sold for $1,017.44
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon
    Format: 330 × CD, 24 × DVD, 2 × Blu-ray, Box Set, Compilation, Limited Edition, Numbered
    Country: N/A
    Released: 2017

  17. Herbert von Karajan - Complete Recordings On Deutsche Grammophon And Decca

    Herbert von Karajan – Complete Recordings On Deutsche Grammophon And Decca

    Sold for $1,040.70
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon
    Format: 330 × CD, 24 × DVD, 2 × Blu-ray, Box Set, Compilation, Limited Edition, Numbered
    Country: N/A
    Released: 2017

  18. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Complete Mozart Edition

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Complete Mozart Edition

    Sold for $1,040.70
    Label: Philips
    Format: 180 × CD, Compilation, Deluxe Edition, Limited Edition
    Country: Germany
    Released: 1990

  19. Tartini / Mozart, David Oistrakh ‎–

    Tartini / Mozart, David Oistrakh ‎– “Devil’s Trill” Sonata / Sonata In B Flat, K. 454

    Sold for $1,046.51
    Label: Columbia
    Format: Vinyl, LP, Mono
    Country: UK
    Released: 1956

  20. Johannes Brahms, Sir Simon Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker - Symphonien 1-4

    Johannes Brahms, Sir Simon Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker – Symphonien 1-4

    Sold for $1,161.63
    Label: Berliner Philharmoniker Recordings
    Format: 6 × Vinyl, LP, Limited Edition, Box-Set
    Country: Germany
    Released: 2016

  21. Beethoven, David Oistrakh,Orchestre National De La Radiodiffusion Française, André Cluytens ‎– Violin Concerto In D Major, Op. 61

    Beethoven, David Oistrakh,Orchestre National De La Radiodiffusion Française, André Cluytens ‎– Violin Concerto In D Major, Op. 61

    Sold for $1,200.00
    Label: Columbia
    Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo
    Country: UK
    Released: 1960

  22. Johannes Brahms, Sir Simon Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker - Symphonien 1 - 4 (6xLP, Ltd, Box)

    Johannes Brahms, Sir Simon Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker – Symphonien 1 – 4 (6xLP, Ltd, Box)

    Sold for $1,299.00
    Label: Berliner Philharmoniker Recordings
    Format: 6 × Vinyl, LP, Limited Edition, Box-Set
    Country: Germany
    Released: 2016

  23. Johannes Brahms, Sir Simon Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker - Symphonien 1 - 4 (6xLP, Ltd, Box)

    Johannes Brahms, Sir Simon Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker – Symphonien 1 – 4 (6xLP, Ltd, Box)

    Sold for $1,333.72
    Label: Berliner Philharmoniker Recordings
    Format: 6 × Vinyl, LP, Limited Edition, Box-Set
    Country: Germany
    Released: 2016

  24. Johannes Brahms, Sir Simon Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker - Symphonien 1 - 4 (6xLP, Ltd, Box)

    Johannes Brahms, Sir Simon Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker – Symphonien 1 – 4 (6xLP, Ltd, Box)

    Sold for $1,336.05
    Label: Berliner Philharmoniker Recordings
    Format: 6 × Vinyl, LP, Limited Edition, Box-Set
    Country: Germany
    Released: 2016

  25. Mozart, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra - Le Nozze Di Figaro

    Mozart, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra – Le Nozze Di Figaro

    Sold for $1,337.21
    Label: Decca
    Format: 4 × Vinyl, LP, Stereo, Box Set
    Country: UK
    Released: 1959

  26. Johannes Brahms, Sir Simon Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker - Symphonien 1 - 4 (6xLP, Ltd, Box)

    Johannes Brahms, Sir Simon Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker – Symphonien 1 – 4 (6xLP, Ltd, Box)

    Sold for $1,394.19
    Label: Berliner Philharmoniker Recordings
    Format: 6 × Vinyl, LP, Limited Edition, Box-Set
    Country: Germany
    Released: 2016

  27. Clara Haskil, Arthur Grumiaux, Mozart - Sonaten Für Klavier Und Violine

    Clara Haskil, Arthur Grumiaux, Mozart – Sonaten Für Klavier Und Violine

    Sold for $1,395.35
    Label: Philips
    Format: Vinyl, LP, Stereo
    Country: Netherlands
    Released: N/A

  28. Beethoven, Leonid Kogan and Paris Conservatoire Orchestra Conducted by Constantin Silvestri - Violin Concerto

    Beethoven, Leonid Kogan and Paris Conservatoire Orchestra Conducted by Constantin Silvestri – Violin Concerto

    Sold for $1,569.77
    Label: Columbia
    Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo
    Country: UK
    Released: 1959

  29. Beethoven, Leonid Kogan and Paris Conservatoire Orchestra Conducted by Constantin Silvestri - Violin Concerto

    Beethoven, Leonid Kogan and Paris Conservatoire Orchestra Conducted by Constantin Silvestri – Violin Concerto

    Sold for $4,069.77
    Label: Columbia
    Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo
    Country: UK
    Released: 1959

  30. Beethoven, Leonid Kogan and Paris Conservatoire Orchestra Conducted by Constantin Silvestri - Violin Concerto

    Beethoven, Leonid Kogan and Paris Conservatoire Orchestra Conducted by Constantin Silvestri – Violin Concerto

    Sold for $4,999.99
    Label: Columbia
    Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo
    Country: UK
    Released: 1959

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