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The Life and Death of Classical Music: Featuring the 100 Best and 20 Worst Recordings Ever Made

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2007

    The Life And Death Of Classical Music

    Known in Britain as i Maestros, Masterpieces and Madness /i , the title of the latest Norman Lebrecht tome is a gross exaggeration of the ills and demise of Western classical music. It is in fact a breezy account of the rise and apparent fall of the recorded music industry. The first part of the book, i Maestros /i , details the power brokers - record producers, conductors and performers - and the wheeling and dealing that goes on behind the recording studios. Monstrous egos and insatiable greed defined the landscape. Like an irrepressible gossip columnist, Lebrecht recounts their shenanigans with relish. The so-called fall is merely a reflection of major labels failing to recoup by sales the massive outlays paid to overpriced artists, fat-cat executives and promotional circuses that hype up recordings that nobody really needs. With profits plummeting, the excesses of the CD boom could not be sustained and cutbacks became inevitable. The writer also provides a neat summary of his woes, laying the blame on the CD's seeming indestructibility, on oversupply, on the Internet, TV and other competing time-killers and vices. But he neglects some important factors: musical piracy, an all-pervasive pop culture, and the devaluing of the classical canon through the lack of music education among the young. The second and third parts, i Masterpieces and Madness /i , are his lists of the 100 most important classical recordings ever made, and the 20 worst. There is some perverse pleasure to be had in dipping into the latter, which is a catalogue of supierstar hubris, miscasting and wasted opportunities. Lebrecht delivers an easy and quick read, but it will take a more cynical and pessimistic soul to be sold by his doom-laden message.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    Med cat den

    Med cat den

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2012

    To click here


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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2012


    Are u serious i went through all of that for nothing.Like come on..............stupid

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2010

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