Jasper Tamespeke

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The Penguin Guide to the 1000 Finest Classical Rec&hellip by Ivan March
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I suppose a book like this can never please everyone, as the selections must inevitably reflect the personal preferences of the reviewers.

But even bearing that in mind, the selections and omissions of this book appear very often to be just odd. For example:-
1. There is only a recommendation for a highlights version of 'Boris Gudonov'. Surely this great opera deserves a complete version?
2. Sir John Barbirolli gets more coverage than Monteverdi. There are no recommendations for 'Orfeo', 'Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria" or any of the books of madrigals.
3. Bartok does at least get just about as much coverage as Barbirolli but there is no CD recommendation for… Read more
Madrigals: Book VIII (Madrigali Guerrieri Et Amoro&hellip by Claudio Monteverdi
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value, 10 May 2013
This book is expensive but well worth the money. It is based on the Malipiero Edition, although extensively edited, and has all of 22 the madrigals in Book VIII, the 9 Canti Guerrieri (Songs of War) and 13 Canti Amorosi (Songs of Love).

I am not a performer so I can't comment on its usefulness in that context, but if like me you want to follow the score when listening to the music this is ideal. The production values are good, even though it is in paperback, with a good strong binding, so it should withstand many hours of use. There is a footnote with the name of the madrigal on each page so it is easy to find ehat one is looking for. There are also good (literal) English… Read more
Wagner's 'Ring' and its Symbols: The Music and the&hellip by Professor Robert Donington O.B.E.
Wagner's 'Ring' and its Symbols: The Music and the Myth by Professor Robert Donington O.B.E.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I don't like writing negative reviews. Anyone who has written a book (or anything, really) knows how difficult it is and how wounding bad notices can be, so giving one star is not something that I would do lightly. However, I'm afraid this book deserves it, and incredibly it still gets quoted and referred to as one of the key books on the subject. So I doubt Prof Donington would have been too concerned about my comments. The average rating it gets implies it is worth buying and reading, so I think a contrary view is called for: it might save you from wasting a few quid.

Perhaps I am bitter because when I was a student at the turn of the eighties I spent some of my hard earned… Read more