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«Although 30 years old, this is an excellent beginners reference for those interested in learning about and buying selected classical masterpieces of the great composers. The information in this book is still relevant in the world of CDs. The greatest works of 36 composers from Bach to Vivaldi are discussed with just the right amount of detail. A brief biography of the composer is provided along with several recommended recordings (vinyl or tape) for each work. You would need to, of course, go to the latest Penguin Guide or Grammophone Guide, for example, for the comparable CD recordings. It is interesting to compare yesterdays recordings with the latest CD productions, something I am doing as I replace the vinyl in my collection. This book is not anywhere near a complete reference, but it also doesnt overwhelm the novice, and is therefore a satisfying introduction to classical music.»
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Martin Bookspan (born 30 July 1926) is an announcer, commentator and author. He was the announcer on the PBS series Live from Lincoln Center from its beginnings in 1976 until 2006, when he retired and was replaced by Fred Child.
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