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

Author: Norman Lebrecht
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Norman Lebrecht, one of the world's most widely read cultural commentators, gives us the full story of a major art form, analyzing the cultural revolution wrought by Schnabel, Toscanini, Callas, Rattle, the Three Tenors and Charlotte Church. The Life and Death of Classical Music is filled with memorable incidents and unforgettable personalities such as Goddard Lieberson, the legendary head of CBS Masterworks who  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Norman Lebrecht
ISBN: 9781400096589 1400096588
OCLC Number: 1076543036
Description: 1 vol. (324 p.-[8] p. de pl.) : ill., couv. ill. ; 21 cm.
Responsibility: Norman Lebrecht.

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Norman Lebrecht, one of the world's most widely read cultural commentators, gives us the full story of a major art form, analyzing the cultural revolution wrought by Schnabel, Toscanini, Callas, Rattle, the Three Tenors and Charlotte Church. The Life and Death of Classical Music is filled with memorable incidents and unforgettable personalities such as Goddard Lieberson, the legendary head of CBS Masterworks who signed his letters as God ; and Georg Solti, who turned the Chicago Symphony into "the loudest symphony on earth". The book ends with a suitable shrine to classical recording : the author's critical selection of the 100 most important recordings -and the 20 most appaling. This is at once the captivating story of the life and death of classical recording and an opinionated, insider's guide to appreciating the genre, now and for years to come. -4ème de couv.

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