In this compulsively readable, fascinating, and provocative guide to classical music, Norman Lebrecht, one of the world’s most widely read cultural commentators tells the story of the rise of the classical recording industry from Caruso’s first notes to the heyday of Bernstein, Glenn Gould, Callas, and von Karajan. Lebrecht compellingly demonstrates that classical recording has reached its end point–but this is not simply an expos? of decline and fall. It is, for the first time, the full story of a minor art form, analyzing the cultural revolution wrought by Schnabel, Toscanini, Callas, Rattle, the Three Tenors, and Charlotte Church. It is the story of how stars were made and broken by the record business; how a war criminal conspired with a concentration-camp victim to create a record empire; and how advancing technology, boardroom wars, public credulity and unscrupulous exploitation shaped the musical backdrop to our modern lives. 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 appalling. Filled with memorable incidents and unforgettable personalities–from Goddard Lieberson, legendary head of CBS Masterworks who signed his letters as God; to Georg Solti, who turned the Chicago Symphony into “ the loudest symphony on earth”–this is at once the captivating story of the life and death of classical recording and an opinioned, insider’s guide to appreciating the genre, now and for years to come. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Herbert Von Karajan
Author: Pierre-Henri Verlhac
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Originally published: Paris: Verlhac Editions, 2007.
These revolutionary works brought a strikingly organic almost architectural unity to the symphony that music historians recognized as far in advance of anything in the classical masters. Planted with seeds of change already evident in the beautiful, dark third symphony, the fourth symphony presented the most individual work in this form that the 20th century had yet witnessed. Harmonically new, boldly innovative, and structured on a subtle continuity of line, this was a kind of music previously unheard in the concert hall. Austere and intensely concentrated, Sibelius's symphonies of 1907 and 1911 are frequently performed around the world by major orchestras. "It is hard to think of any music in which the composer is more spontaneous and masterful, and uncompromising in his thought." Olin Downes, "Thompson's International Cyclopedia.""
Author: Matthew Hodge, Ludwig van Beethoven
In Beethoven's Symphonies - A Guided Tour, readers are treated to a detailed nuts-and-bolts description in easy-to-understand English of each of the nine Beethoven symphonies. This book is perfect for anyone who wants to learn more about Beethoven, and discover how this musical genius changed the face of orchestral music forever.
A Basic Music Library
Author: Elizabeth A. Davis, Music Library Association
Publisher: American Library Association
Lists scores and recordings for music library collections
Author: Roger Flury
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
In Giacomo Puccini: A Discography, librarian and music historian Roger Flury brings together information on nearly 10,000 recordings of Giacomo Puccini's music. Flury looks at each of Puccini's operas chronologically from Le Villi to Turandot, followed by sections on Puccini's instrumental, chamber, orchestral, and solo vocal works. Details of each complete opera are listed by recording date, followed by excerpts in the order in which they occur in the opera. Recordings of each aria are listed alphabetically by the name of the artist. For ease of use, Flury establishes as the main criteria for inclusion those recordings assigned a commercial issue number and available for purchase, ensuring that this audio recording history of Puccini is free of gaps.
Herbert Von Karajan
Author: Richard Osborne
Herbert von Karajan was one of the twentieth century's most prodigiously gifted performing artists. Richard Osborne knew him and had many conversations with him. These, however, were only the starting point for a biography which draws on interviews with those who worked with Karajan during his sixty year career, and on a vast array of primary archive material which has never been previously examined. This biography explores Karajan's life and music-making against the background of European music and politics in the years 1908 - 1989. The Austrian theatre producer Otto Schenk once said of Karajan: 'He is not only a musician. He is a whole period. When I was a boy he was already a period in our history'. This epic biography explores that period, and the enigma of the man who made it.
Excerpt from The Master-Singers of Nuremberg (Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg): A Dramatic Poem The real Master-singers were interesting. These artisan-poets of Germany were some what different from the Minnesingers, who were more akin to the troubadours of France. The Master-singers were in a certain sense the outcome of the Minnesingers of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. The Minnesingers were mostly of noble birth, and lived in kings' courts or wandered from castle to castle in 'the age of chivalry and the Crusades. Heinrich von Meissen, surnamed Frauenlobe, was a Min nesinger who was generally regarded as the founder of the schools and guilds of the Mas ter-singers. The Master-singers belonged to the burgher and artisan class. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
Author: Gustav Mahler
Publisher: Courier Corporation
A purely instrumental composition, both hopeful and romantic in mood, Mahler's seventh symphony possesses a harmonic and stylistic structure reminiscent of the journey from dusk till dawn. Miniature score study edition.
Puccini's Madama Butterfly
Author: Giacomo Puccini, Burton D. Fisher
Publisher: Opera Journeys Pub
A comprehensive guide to Puccini's 'Madama Butterfly', featuring a newly translated Libretto with Music Examples, Principal Characters, Brief Story Synopsis, Story Narrative with Music Highlight Examples, a Discography, a Videography, a Dictionary of Opera and Musical Terms, and insightful Commentary and Analysis of the opera.
Author: Friedrich Rückert
Publisher: Tredition Classics
Dieses Werk ist Teil der Buchreihe TREDITION CLASSICS. Der Verlag tredition aus Hamburg veroffentlicht in der Buchreihe TREDITION CLASSICS Werke aus mehr als zwei Jahrtausenden. Diese waren zu einem Grossteil vergriffen oder nur noch antiquarisch erhaltlich. Mit der Buchreihe TREDITION CLASSICS verfolgt tredition das Ziel, tausende Klassiker der Weltliteratur verschiedener Sprachen wieder als gedruckte Bucher zu verlegen - und das weltweit! Die Buchreihe dient zur Bewahrung der Literatur und Forderung der Kultur. Sie tragt so dazu bei, dass viele tausend Werke nicht in Vergessenheit geraten