The Rough Guide To Classical Music (Rough Guide Music Reference)
by Joe Staines
"Billboard Magazine" called this guide "a welcome beacon for those adrift among the aisles of classical CDs". Now updated to include 500 additional CD reviews. 200 photos.
Paperback, 674 pages
Published May 17th 2010 by Rough Guides Limited
(first published October 1st 1998)
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I'm very impressed with The Rough Guide series in music in general, as can be seen by the ones I've read on individual bands. This one if an overview of all the important and many of the lesser known classical music composers. It's a type of encyclopedia, so most people won't read it all at once. However, over the last two years I've read just about every entry, many in the bath. (Where better to enjoy Handel's Water Music?) Pity, judicious and well written.
Geat introduction to classical music. If you have the slightest interest in classical music, and if you don't you should - it will change your life, get this book. It contains articles on the lives of composers, discusses their work and recommends recordings to listen to. It also explains musical terms used in classical music. A really good primer - treat yourself, buy it and start listening to great music. You will thank me.