I've always found it hard to put together a system that truly does classical music justice so I thought it would be good for everyone to share their successes here.
After a great deal of swapping, trialling, and changing (documented over at What Hi-Fi's excellent forums) I've finally settled on a budget system that gives me everything I want until I can eventually afford the Sugden gear I ultimately aim to own.
I'm currently using a Rotel RCD965BX CD player with a NAD C326BEE amplifier and a pair of Roth Audio Oli2 speakers. Interconnect is Atlas Equator II and speaker cable is QED XT Evolution. The speakers are placed on 50cm Apollo A2-5 stands. I do also own a NAD C545BEE CD player but the transport is so noisy that I can't stand using it and the Rotel actually sounds better in many respects.
I love this system and would be fascinated to read what other forum members have found to be good for classical music.