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If you're lucky enough to have your classical music collection completed, you'll still want this book for the intriguing details it provides involving each composer, musician, conductor, and orchestra. Let's face facts, these are some of the most brilliant and unconventional characters in history; some of their accomplishments and quirks are incredible. On that level, Classical Classics reads like a novel. As a reference for buying CDs, this book could become your Bible.
Whether you're a longtime classical aficionado or a relative tyro, or whether you have a doctorate in music or don't know a quarter-note from a quarter-horse, Classical Classics will clear up all the fog when it comes to buying classical CDs.
Along with reliable CD recommendations, Classical Classics provides you the stories behind the music, the composers, and the people who made the recordings. For example, you'll read about:
-The legends behind the Moonlight Sonata.
-The world-class conductor who hated to conduct.
-The pianist who absentmindedly hummed along while playing...in the recording studio!
-The pianist who got up off his deathbed to perform a final recital.
-The composer who would agonize for years before releasing a composition.
-The composer who loved to compose but hated writing down the music.
-The composer who could compose one movement in his head while writing down another.
-The composer who wrote 80 years worth of music but only lived to age 65.
-The composer who wrote over 2,000 major pieces.
-The composer who wrote a set of pieces, one in every conceivable key, sharp/flat, and major/minor combination.
-The orchestra who recorded an average of an album a week for 40 years.
-The orchestra who recorded classical music as well as some written by Jimi Hendrix.
Classical Classics is the book for starting or expanding your classical music library, or for expanding your knowledge of classical music in general.