I've been listening to classical music more or less casually since I was a kid - my mom wanted me to be "cultured" so she made me listen to Handel's Water Music & Scheherezade & things like that. Not that she ever listened, mind you . . .
I'm getting to the point where I'm starting to discern between versions of my favorite pieces. So my question is this: are there any hard core classical heads out there who can give me tips on good versions of famous works? For instance, I wore out my old cassette of Verdi's Requiem, and the version I Captain Crawled isn't nearly as good. Ditto for the Brahm's German Requiem I just downloaded. I've got three versions of Faure's Requiem on vinyl, and they're all fairly different (yes, I've got a thing for Requia, stemming from a project I worked on about 20 years ago). Any help out there? Some of the things I'm looking for are Mozart's Don Giovanni, all Mahler, Shostokovich symphonies, Ravel's Daphnis & Chloe, and a few others.
Help a brother out if you can.