Tyler Cowen has some astute Q&A on John Cage:
1. Is it actually good music?
Much of it is, once you get past the gimmicks. For direct musical listening (skip 4’33″) I recommend the piano music, most of all by Herbert Henck or David Tudor or Stephen Drury. The important pieces have held up very well, and even the lesser pieces still are worth hearing at least once.
2. If I wish to try one important piece?
Perhaps “In a Landscape,” on this CD.
"This CD" being the Stephen Drury recording of Cage's piano music, as good as any. I do think 4'33" makes for a great listening experience, though.