The New York Times Essential Library: Classical Music: A Critic's Guide to the 100 Most Important Recordings

The New York Times Essential Library: Classical Music: A Critic's Guide to the 100 Most Important Recordings

Allan Kozinn


A outstanding appraisal of the definitive classical song performances to be had today

For classical tune enthusiasts, there's not anything extra beguiling and interesting than the variety of strategy and emotion which may trap or rework the nice works within the arms of a conductor and musicians. yet with 1000's of recordings published each year, studying the jewels is a problem, for beginners in addition to for connoisseurs.
New York occasions classical song critic Allan Kozinn deals the last word collector's consultant, filled with a wealthy historical past of the composers and performers who stir our souls. From Bach's eloquent Goldberg Variations played through grasp pianist Glenn Gould at first and finish of his occupation in startlingly diverse interpretations, to a lyrical functionality of Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherezade performed by way of Kiril Kondrashin almost immediately after his defection from the Soviet Union, Kozinn areas every one paintings within the larger context of musical improvement and stretches the listener's knowing of every pivotal composition. those unique essays at the 100 maximum recorded classical works offer either useful counsel for development a library and deep perception into the transcendent energy of song itself.

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