The Insider's Guide to Classical Recordings: From the Host of the Record Shelf, a Highly Opinionated, Irreverent, and Selective Guide to What's Good and What's Not
For hundreds of thousands of loyal listeners throughout the United States, Jim Svejda's weekly radio program The Record Shelf is not to be missed. Now, this amusing and irreverent guide captures the special flavor of Svejda's unique program. Without fear or favor, he recommends his choices of CDs and cassettes for hundreds of compositions from the standard, and not-so-standard, fare. You'll enjoy reading this wryly humorous and candid collection time and time again.
"No one on the air treats both composers and performers with such personal devotion or has such a fine ear for differences in inflections and interpretations."
--New York Times
"The best, most searching and fascinating review of music around."
"If you want to expand or enrich your musical horizons, this book is indispensable. No matter how sophisticated you may be about the world of classical music, Jim Svejda's book will introduce you to new performances and perspectives."
--Michael Medved, PBS's Sneak Preview
"Great fun to read."
--Sir Andre Preven
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - gregoryillini - LibraryThing
This highly idiosyncratic book is a wonderful resource in finding great recordings of classical masterworks. I've followed the author's recommendations in my purchases, and have never been ... Read full review