16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 18 January 2000
Vikram Seth has turned what could have been a crass idea - putting on CD the music alluded to in his novel - into a wonderful experience for the reader turned listener. Decca have chosen classic performances. The music of course stands on its own but the dual audio and textual experience brings alive both media. A triumph!!!!
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 26 July 2004
To accompany Vikram Seth's novel 'An Equal Music' - this two-CD set of nearly two and a half hours, is exquisite even if the book doesn't appear on your bookshelf!
Seth himself has chosen the performances and the playing is breath-taking!
Included is Schubert's, 'Trout', which whisks me back to High School and the end of year production - real nostalgia!
Vaughan Williams/The Lark Ascending, simply captivating!
Certainly a worthy investment and a lovely way to spend a summer's evening with a glass (or two) of chilled white wine!
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 29 February 2000
I read the book as I listened to the music and it was a great experience.What a good idea,both stand well on their own, but together,fantastic
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 22 February 2000
This could have been a terrible idea but turned out really well. The pieces and recordings are very good and the combination of the book and music is a whole new entertainment experience! I only wish I'd waited to read the book until the CD arrived in the post - but the book was so good I couldn't put it down! Well worth it.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 6 January 2010
Having thoroughly enjoyed the novel, I was delighted to see that this support was available. Music of all kinds has always been important for me - but Seth's novel brought a new dimension to violin playing and the world of musicians. These cds offer plenty in their own right but their relationship to the novel makes them a unique experience
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 11 October 2013
This CD is very suitable for its declared task, of illustrating the music that is so important in the book. In particular, it contains the only available recording of the Beethoven Opus 104 (beautifully played). The two-CD set has space for a wide selection of the pieces mentioned. However, I would have welcomed a little attention, in the booklet, on the nature of the music.