The Penguin Guide to Recorded Music

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Penguin, 2008 - Music - 1553 pages
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This new completely revised edition of the Penguin Guide surveys the major classical recordings issued and reissued over the past five decades, many of which have dominated the catalogue because of their sheer excellence, irrespective of their recording dates.  More thorough than ever before, it indicates key recordings on CD, As well as on DVD, with their extra video dimension, and enhanced SACD, including those in surround sound.
If you want the finest available version of any major classical work (including DVDs of opera and ballet) you will find it listed and acutely assessed in these pages.

•The pick of the latest releases, As well as all key established recordings
•The greatest historic recordings, many in outstanding new transfers (including the very first recording of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony)
•An in-depth survey of the best of the budget-priced CDs, including countless new issues
•A comprehensive new collection of 'Portraits' of the major artists - singers, conductors and instrumentalists

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About the author (2008)

Ivan March is a well-known lecturer, journalist, and personality in the world of recorded music, and acts as consultant to Squires Gate Music Ltd, an international mail order source for classical CDs.

Edward Greenfield was for forty years a music critic at The Guardian. In October 1993 he was given a Gramophone Award for Special Achievement and in June 1994 received the OBE for services to music and journalism.

Robert Layton is a journalist and broadcaster.

Paul Czajkowski is the longtime editor of The Penguin Guide to Recorded Classical Music.

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