1001 CLASSICAL RECORDINGS YOU MUST HEAR BEFORE YOU DIE


1001 CLASSICAL RECORDINGS YOU MUST HEAR BEFORE YOU DIE

EDITED BY MATTHEW RYE    Book Number: 90081    Product format: Paperback

Solid, readable and beautifully illustrated, this is a musical education in a single volume. 1001 works are described in chronological order, anchored on a particular recording, with informed and lively opinions about the interpretation. Benjamin Britten's War Requiem, for instance, is recommended in Britten's own recording of 1963, with the legendary soloists Peter Pears, Fischer-Dieskau and Vishnevskaya, while the author also gives credit to the record producer John Culshaw's brilliant direction of the sound engineers. The book begins with the anonymous 12th century chants of the Carmina Burana, on which the famous 20th century oratorio by Carl Orff was based. The musical flowering of the Renaissance features anthems and madrigals by Tallis, Byrd and Gibbons recorded by venerable names such as Norrington, Hogwood and Christophers, together with the continental ground-breakers Gesualdo and Monteverdi, the latter inventing the operatic form. The first woman represented is the mid-17th century singer-composer Barbara Strozzi. In the next century Handel and Bach produce monumental choral works, with Handel leading the development of opera during his time in England. The later 18th century is dominated by Mozart as the symphony takes hold, with Haydn popularising the form with motifs such as the "Surprise" and "Clock" symphonies. The 19th century romantic explosion is about to begin, with Chopin's Preludes, Schumann's Kinderszenen, and symphonies by Beethoven, Schubert, Tchaikovsky and Brahms, conducted by greats such as Kleiber, Rattle, and Barenboim, together with operas by Verdi, Wagner, and by the end of the century, Puccini, whose Tosca is recommended in the legendary 1953 recording by Maria Callas. The 20th century starts with the familiar names of Dvorak, Elgar, Mahler and Sibelius, and by the end we are on contemporary ground with Turnage, Ades, Chin and Rihm, "the most important German contemporary composer". 17 x 21.3cm, 960pp, superbly informative, photos in colour and black and white, details of recordings.
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