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

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A dazzling appraisal of the definitive classical music performances available today

For classical music lovers, there is nothing more beguiling and exciting than the range of technique and emotion that can capture or transform the great works in the hands of a conductor and musicians. But with hundreds of recordings released every year, discovering the jewels is a challenge, for newcomers as well as for connoisseurs.

New York Times classical music critic Allan Kozinn offers the ultimate collector's guide, packed with a rich history of the composers and performers who stir our souls. From Bach's eloquent Goldberg Variations performed by master pianist Glenn Gould at the beginning and end of his career in startlingly different interpretations, to a lyrical performance of Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherezade conducted by Kiril Kondrashin shortly after his defection from the Soviet Union, Kozinn places each work in the greater context of musical development and stretches the listener's understanding of each pivotal composition. These original essays on the one hundred greatest recorded classical works provide both practical guidance for building a library and deep insight into the transcendent power of music itself.

Allan Kozinn is a classical music critic for The New York Times. Before joining the staff of the Times in 1991, he was a contributing editor for the classical music magazines High Fidelity, Opus, and Keynote, and he was the music critic for The New York Observer. He lives in New York City.

For classical music lovers, there is nothing more beguiling and exciting than the range of technique and emotion that can capture or transform the great works in the hands of a conductor and musicians. But with hundreds of recordings released ever yearand with nearly as many classic performances from the past rejoining the active catalogdiscovering the jewels is a challenge, for newcomers as well as for connoisseurs.

In one hundred original essays, New York Times classical music critic Allan Kozinn offers the ultimate collector's guide, a rich chronicle of the composers and performers who stir our souls. Kozinn takes you through the core repertory of Bach, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky, from the medieval meditations of Machaut, through the picturesque concertos of Vivaldi, Schubert's otherworldly lieder, the folk-inspired nobility of Mussorgsky, Dvorák, and Sibelius, and the blossoming of American sounds and the rise of minimalism. He considers the legacy of performers and conductors, including the early-music innovations of Sequentia, the idiosyncracies of Glenn Gould, and the far-reaching baton of Leonard Bernstein. He showers you with telling details, such as the antiaircraft explosions captured in harpsichordist Wanda Landowska's 1940 Paris recordings of Scarlatti sonatas, and explores the personal and historical context of every work. Kozinn's essays on the most dazzling classical recordings available provide both practical guidance for building a library and deep insight into the transcendent power of classical music.

"An excellent book of its kind."Booklist

"In introducing this volume of the New York Times Essential Library, Kozinn notes the quixotic nature of choosing the top 100 classical music recordings. Unlike jazz or rock, classical music is an interpretive and re-creational art. There is only one Kind of Blue; other recordings of its exact program don't diminish its definitiveness, for jazz is essentially individualistic and improvisatory. But, to cite Kozinn's example, the 'definitive' recording of Bach's sonatas and partitas for solo violin can be Nathan Milstein's for the 1970s, Gidon Kremer's for the '80s, and Christian Tetzlaff's now; and none ever displaces the others. Kozinn's strategy for dealing with the fact that very different interpretations of the same music are equally 'valid' is to opt generally for more recent recordings and to note often, within the context of appraising the pieces at hand and their composers, other fine versions of particular scores. Historically, Kozinn's selections span from the twelfth-century sacred songs of Hildegard of Bingen to masterpieces by a dozen living composers. An excellent book of its kind."Booklist

"It's always a tricky task to pick a list with as sweeping a title as this, but Kozinn, a music critic for the New York Times, has done a sterling job. Not only does he write concisely and informatively about the works in hand, offering an excellent potted history of the composer and his composition, but Kozinn also sets forth sound reasons why he has chosen the recording he hasand in most cases he offers recommended alternatives, too. His list contains most of the expected big guns in classical masterpieces, but with an unusually extended list of contemporary works as well25% of the pieces he cites were written in the 20th century: Britten and Glass and Reich, of course, but also such lesser-known figures as Milton Babbitt and Gregorio Paniagua. In performance, he has soft spots for the work of Leonard Bernstein and George Szell, but also for Pierre Boulez as a conductor, and is a great admirer of Columbia's composer-as-conductor series featuring Stravinsky and Copland. Best of alland to keep the arguments flowinghe offers at the end a list of another 100 discs almost as essentialand hints at many more. It's a treasure trove for record collectorsthough they should be aware that Kozinn's choices do not include opera."Publishers Weekly

Review:

"It's always a tricky task to pick a list with as sweeping a title as this, but Kozinn, a music critic for the New York Times, has done a sterling job. Not only does he write concisely and informatively about the works in hand, offering an excellent potted history of the composer and his composition, but Kozinn also sets forth sound reasons why he has chosen the recording he has — and in most cases he offers recommended alternatives, too. His list contains most of the expected big guns in classical masterpieces, but with an unusually extended list of contemporary works as well — 25% of the pieces he cites were written in the 20th century: Britten and Glass and Reich, of course, but also such lesser-known figures as Milton Babbitt and Gregorio Paniagua. In performance, he has soft spots for the work of Leonard Bernstein and George Szell, but also for Pierre Boulez as a conductor, and is a great admirer of Columbia's composer-as-conductor series featuring Stravinsky and Copland. Best of all — and to keep the arguments flowing — he offers at the end a list of another 100 discs almost as essential — and hints at many more. It's a treasure trove for record collectors — though they should be aware that Kozinn's choices do notinclude opera." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

A dazzling appraisal of the definitive classical music performances available today

For classical music lovers, there is nothing more beguiling and exciting than the range of technique and emotion that can capture or transform the great works in the hands of a conductor and musicians. But with hundreds of recordings released every year, discovering the jewels is a challenge, for newcomers as well as for connoisseurs.

New York Times classical music critic Allan Kozinn offers the ultimate collector's guide, packed with a rich history of the composers and performers who stir our souls. From Bach's eloquent Goldberg Variations performed by master pianist Glenn Gould at the beginning and end of his career in startlingly different interpretations, to a lyrical performance of Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherezade conducted by Kiril Kondrashin shortly after his defection from the Soviet Union, Kozinn places each work in the greater context of musical development and stretches the listener's understanding of each pivotal composition. These original essays on the one hundred greatest recorded classical works provide both practical guidance for building a library and deep insight into the transcendent power of music itself.

About the Author

James R. Oestreich is the classical music editor and critic for the New York Times, where he has written about music since 1989. In the 1980s, he served as editor of High Fidelity and founded the music magazine OPUS. He lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805070705
Author:
Kozinn, Allan
Publisher:
Times Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Books & Reading
Subject:
Music
Subject:
Classical
Subject:
Discography & Buyer's Guides
Subject:
Sound recordings
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Classical
Subject:
Genres
Subject:
Styles/Classical
Subject:
Discography
Subject:
Buyer's Guides
Subject:
Music - Classical
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
New York Times Essential Library
Series Volume:
no. 2002-16
Publication Date:
20040831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
23 bandw illus.
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.1 in 1.198 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "It's always a tricky task to pick a list with as sweeping a title as this, but Kozinn, a music critic for the New York Times, has done a sterling job. Not only does he write concisely and informatively about the works in hand, offering an excellent potted history of the composer and his composition, but Kozinn also sets forth sound reasons why he has chosen the recording he has — and in most cases he offers recommended alternatives, too. His list contains most of the expected big guns in classical masterpieces, but with an unusually extended list of contemporary works as well — 25% of the pieces he cites were written in the 20th century: Britten and Glass and Reich, of course, but also such lesser-known figures as Milton Babbitt and Gregorio Paniagua. In performance, he has soft spots for the work of Leonard Bernstein and George Szell, but also for Pierre Boulez as a conductor, and is a great admirer of Columbia's composer-as-conductor series featuring Stravinsky and Copland. Best of all — and to keep the arguments flowing — he offers at the end a list of another 100 discs almost as essential — and hints at many more. It's a treasure trove for record collectors — though they should be aware that Kozinn's choices do notinclude opera." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
A dazzling appraisal of the definitive classical music performances available today

For classical music lovers, there is nothing more beguiling and exciting than the range of technique and emotion that can capture or transform the great works in the hands of a conductor and musicians. But with hundreds of recordings released every year, discovering the jewels is a challenge, for newcomers as well as for connoisseurs.

New York Times classical music critic Allan Kozinn offers the ultimate collector's guide, packed with a rich history of the composers and performers who stir our souls. From Bach's eloquent Goldberg Variations performed by master pianist Glenn Gould at the beginning and end of his career in startlingly different interpretations, to a lyrical performance of Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherezade conducted by Kiril Kondrashin shortly after his defection from the Soviet Union, Kozinn places each work in the greater context of musical development and stretches the listener's understanding of each pivotal composition. These original essays on the one hundred greatest recorded classical works provide both practical guidance for building a library and deep insight into the transcendent power of music itself.

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