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4.0 out of 5 stars Penguin Guide to CD's YEARBOOK!, 23 Jan 2007
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This review is from: Guide to Compact Discs and DVDs 2007 (Penguin Guide to Recorded Classical Music) (Paperback)
This is a great guide for anyone with an interest in Classical Music, wanting to source the best recordings. However, there is a catch - this is a YEARBOOK and you also need the main guide (which I didn't realise!), so it's not a complete reference of the current works available. This is a book that updates the main guide, with new releases since it's publication in 2005.

The guide itself is easy to read, with descriptions of CD's currently available, listing the best buys and best recordings. BUT, if you don't have the main guide it will be incomplete as a reference source - you need both and I cannot find it on Amazon. The Penguin Books website sell it at £25.00, plus £3.00 delivery charge.

So, if you are updating your main guide and want to stay current, this is an essential buy. If you don't have the main guide, I would advise against buying this edition, as you won't have a comprehensive guidebook - there is a lot missing! My advice is go for the Gramophone Edition "The Classical Good CD, DVD & Download Guide 2007" This is an excellent and FULL guide, covering all the available recordings you are likely to need. If you read Gramophone magazine you will find it easier to read than the Penguin guide as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Expert reviews, 27 May 2013
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This review is from: Guide to Compact Discs and DVDs 2007 (Penguin Guide to Recorded Classical Music) (Paperback)
My main interest is DVDs of Opera and Ballet. I cannot abide self-indulgant Directors who ignore what the composers would find acceptable. The editor of this Guide agrees:- "The DVD collector can pick and choose, unlike the current opera goer who too often has to accept a highly indulgent production from a self-regarding producer who has no desire whatsoever to re-create the composer's vision, preferring to project his own ideas, however unsuitable. What the DVD viewer of opera needs is obvious. No dustbins in the Gorbals, no t-shirts or pairs of holed jeans in sight, but a faithful attempt to match what the composer might have expected to see on stage: a performance and production that will be well sung, stimulating to watch and repeatable."
However, I do love filmed versions of opera that use appropriate locations instead of being restricted to the confines of a theatre stage. In this category there are outstanding DVDs of Tosca, Carmen, Eugene Onegin and A Village Romeo & Juliet.
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