1001 Classical Recordings You Must Hear Before You Die

Classical Recordings You Must Hear Before You Die 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 the madrigals and

  • Title: 1001 Classical Recordings You Must Hear Before You Die
  • Author: Matthew Rye
  • ISBN: 9780789315830
  • Page: 338
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 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 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 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.

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    1. This book is a valuable aid to deepening knowledge of the classical repertoire for both newbies and seasoned listeners. Richly illustrated, with countless high quality and rarely seen pictures of composers and performing artists, it is a browser's delight. The recordings are organised chronologically, grouped in stylistically homogeneous clusters corresponding to roughly 50-year time intervals. So while all of Mahler's major works are included in the book, you won't find them listed next to one [...]

    2. I'm a bit of an anthology fan, it has to be said. I'm lazy so anytime the leg work is taken out of something, I'm going to have a grand time and this book is no different. Beautifully put together with classical pieces ranging across several centuries, it's a great introduction to classical music for newcomers but it also serves as a great reminder of pieces that might have been forgotten by a more seasoned ear.

    3. Here's a public confession. I'm the music buyer for my library, but my acumen with classical is limited. I have a few composers who I really love, others who bore me. So I depend on books like this to help me identify what works I need to buy and which renditions I should get. It took me forever, but working through this in combination with reviews on and other places, I worked through this book to great effect. I enjoyed the descriptions, was inspired to try many more composers, and appreciate [...]

    4. A good summer browse book.cally to see which of the supposedly great recordings I may own or may have heard, and maybe to be turned on to ones I haven't.As the spectre of death looms ever nearer, I'm often reminded how important it is to make the most of fleeting time. I have no intention of hearing these 1001 recordings--does anyone, really? At my back I always hear time's winged chariot drawing near. So it's a place to start, a jumping off pointke "oh, that looks interesting" as the cold shive [...]

    5. Subjective, of course, but not as infuriating as is usually the case (still, not even a mention of the Heifetz Brahms VC?, or any of Bach's Lute/Lute-Harpsichord works?), in fact to my tastes the best overall collection of recommendations I've seen. The book I'd recommend to someone starting a Library (or personal) classical collection, along with the Third Ear Classical Guide.

    6. This is a must have if you are building a collection of classical music or already have a collection you need a reference for. It lists the work in chronological order, describes the music, links the composer with contemporaries, organizes by kind of music (orchestral, vocal, opera, ballet, etc.), and includes a review of the best recording of each work.

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