Instruments of the Orchestra

Fellow classical music buffs, can any of you recommend a CD (or couple of CDs) that provide a good introduction to the instruments of the orchestra? What I have in mind would be a well-recorded demonstration of each instrument, from its highest to its lowest pitch, and possibly a brief musical example. Doesn't need to be long or elaborate. Also, here's a related question: can any of you recommend a musical reference book that gives the full frequency range of the fundamental tones of each instrument of the orchestra? Thanks.
Chart of the frequency range of musical instruments are common. This site came up first on a Google search:
If you really want to get a serious introduction to the ranges and idiosyncracies of each instrument, you might consider buying some of the orchestral excerpt CDs, intented as a guide for young instrumentalists. There's a series with the principal players from the Chicago Symphony. Could be useful.
Dave, I assume you're familiar with the 7-CD Naxos "Instruments of the Orchestra" set:
I don't know anything about it other than what I've stumbled across on the Naxos web site, but it looks like it might contain some of what you're looking for.
There's always the old standby, Benjamin Britten's "Young persons guide to the orchestra". Probably not as comprehensive as you would like, but easier to get through than a seven CD set!
To answer your second question,there are such charts in Psychology of Music by Carl Seashore.
I second the recommendation of Britten's Young Persons Guide To The Orchestra.
Many thanks for the responses. Yes, I know Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra and have had his recording of it for many years; it's fine but is not what I'm looking for here. Thanks for the Naxos suggestion, Rush; I should have known about that set but had overlooked it. I see you can buy the whole 7-CD set from marketplace sellers for only $23, so I've ordered it. It's a lot longer than what I was looking for, but I'm sure it will be well worth having. And thanks for the frequency-response charts information.
Mercurys' "The composer and his orchestra" 2 CD set,also on TAS/HP list.
There was a disc called Stakatto, and probably another (Stakatto 2) which, in addition to things like telephones, breaking glass, cars, planes, bowling alleys and the like, also had a number of tracks featuring solo instruments, including different makes of pianos, double bass, etc. Well-recorded, too. Not quite what you're looking for, perhaps, but interesting.
For anyone interested in this thread, by a happy serendipity I found (stumbled across it in a used CD store) exactly what I was looking for when I initiated this thread: a two-CD set from Vanguard Classics (released 1996) called A Demonstration of the Instruments of the Orchestra.

The set is narrated by David Randolph, who introduces it by saying: "This is a demonstration of the instruments of the orchestra, illustrating their ranges, their unique techniques, their expressive abilities, and their special features." Most of the demonstrations include a brief classical excerpt demonstrating the use of the instrument in a well-known classical piece. CD 1 has demonstrations of strings and woodwinds; CD 2 has demonstrations of brass and percussion.

These are followed by a full-length, unnarrated performance of Britten's The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (Johannes Somary conducting the English Chamber Orchestra, recorded 1974). There is also an excellent, detailed booklet. The demonstrations of the instruments (excluding the Britten piece) take an hour and a half. This is probably more in line with what many listeners are looking for, instead of the much more comprehensive seven-CD Naxos set Instruments of the Orchestra, which is just too much for a lot of listeners. Anyway, it may be hard to find, but I can recommend this Vanguard set.
This post struck me as odd that someone would be "into" classical music without formal training nor having previously played in an (ameteur) orchestra or wind band. ?? I keep forgetting how few musicians are here among the audiophile ranks. Just an observation.
While I'm a decent amateur musician, I see no reason why a person needs formal training or experience to appreciate classical, or really any form of, music. My wife can't sing a note or play an instrument, but she loves music and listens to it all the time.
Hi Aroc, I'm an example of a classical music lover and audiophile who has no formal musical training whatever (totally self-educated through listening and reading), has never learned to play an instrument let alone plya in a group, and cannot read a musical score. Yet I have a passion for classical music of all genre, an extensive classical music collection and attend live classical music concerts regularly.

Also, I enjoy introducing others to classical music and the sounds of different instruments that make up the range and variety found in classical music. I do this with various music selections, have used Howard Hanson's Mercury LPs "The Composer and his orchestra," Britten's "Young Person's Guide..." but a simple resource like the one Texasdave has found has eluded me.
Prokofjev Peter and the Wolff also a nice piece with various distinct groups of instruments playing.