1001 Classical Recordings You Must Hear Before You Die

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Universe, Feb 12, 2008 - Music - 960 pages
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1001 Classical Recordings You Must Hear Before You Die is the key to understanding and appreciating the entire body of classical music. From medieval madrigals to the latest important living composers such as Steve Reich or Philip Glass, it's all here, along with heavy-hitting greats that many have heard but maybe haven't listened to - Brahms, Bruckner, Dvorak, Mahler, Sibelius - all the greatest works by the finest composers past and present are surveyed and described in one handy volume.
Beguiling sonatas, moving arias and operas, uplifting choral works, and dramatic symphonies are all described in reviews that also explain why certain recordings of each one are the most inspiring, artistically successful, and satisfying. It is possible to browse in any number of ways through the 1001 selections, discovering new types of music, new composers, and new works to explore.
Selected by a team of 22 leading music critics from around the world, the 1001 classical recordings featured here are absolute "must hear" pieces that will delight discerning music fans who lake pleasure in exploring lesser known composers as well as beginning listeners who are just discovering the joy of unforgettable classics. The book features album cover illustrations, highlight's recommended releases, and includes quotations that shed light on the composers and their works. "That will make the ladies scream," remarked Haydn about the "surprise" he included in his Surprise Symphony No. 94. For the novice and seasoned aficionado alike, the passionately opinionated reviews, whimsical biographical information, and unexpected insights make this a unique and indispensable companion to the best of classical music.

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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 ... Read full review


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Steven Isserlis was born at a fairly early age. His whole family was musical-- his father plays the violin, his mother played the piano, and his two sisters play the violin and viola-- so he took up the cello because he didn't want to get left out.
He soon decided that playing the cello was what he wanted to do for the rest of his life (partly because it meant that he wouldn't have to get up too early in the morning to get to work). These days, he travels all over the world, playing concerts to whoever wants to listen (and to a few who don't too) and making recordings. He studied in England, Scotland and America; his main teacher was a wonderfully eccentric lady called Jane Cowan who convinced him that he had to become friends with the composers whose music he played. In 1998, he was awarded a CBE, for 'services to music' (though privately, he suspects it was because of his looks); and in 2000, the city of Zwickau (birthplace of the composer Robert Schumann, to whom a chapter of this book is devoted) bestowed the Schumann Prize 2000 upon his curly head. Steven lives in London, with Pauline (who tries to keep him in order), his son Gabriel (who manages to keep him in disorder), lots of cellos and a piano. He has a few hobbies, but what he likes best (apart from listening to music and reading books, perhaps) is to eat lots of food.

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