1001 Classical Recordings You Must Hear Before You Die
By Matthew Rye
This guide selects only the most distinguished CD recordings and expressions of each composition. It steers the reader away from wasting money on less accomplished performances of the same works. Part of the series that includes the global bestseller 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die and 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. No other guide to classical music crams so much endlessly browsable, readable information and insight into one volume. It is written by experts who know and care about the music--it is the key to a lifetime's passion and listening pleasure. This friendly but authoritative guide immediately makes sense of the choices on offer in stores. For MP3 users, CD reviews have an iPod-style list with recommended downloads from each recording - chosen for their artistic and technical excellence
1001 Classical Recordings is a guide concerned with excellence in every field of classical music. The reader becomes familiar with the Gregorian chants of the Medieval age (pre-1400), the madrigals and more secular music of the Renaissance (1400-1600), the intricate ornamentation of the Baroque era (1600-1750), the structured pieces of the Classic period (1750-1820), and the emotionally charged Romantic works (1820-1900), right through to the innovative and sometimes challenging composers of the 20th and 21st centuries.From the great and inspiring Masses, choral works, symphonies, concertos, and operas, to the intimacies and subtleties of chamber music and pieces written for small ensembles and soloists, the reader builds up a full understanding of the variety of music in the classical genre, and is guided to the most outstanding recordings of each masterpiece. Each entry is potentially a gateway to exciting new territories of music for the reader to explore.
Matthew Rye is a writer and journalist who worked for many years on the staff of BBC Music Magazine and more recently at The Strad Magazine, where he is currently working freelance as a reviews editor. He is a music critic for the Daily Telegraph, writing regular reviews of CDs and concerts, and he has also contributed to a wide variety of other titles on classical music. His publications include a chapter on twentieth-century opera for the Blackwell History of Music in Britain and contributions to the Rough Guides to Classical Music and to Opera.
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15 Nov 2007
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