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Better than the title suggests!,
This review is from: 1001 Classical Recordings You Must Hear Before You Die (1001 Must Before You Die) (Paperback)I like to think I'm a serious classical musician and collector, with thousands of CDs, but I found plenty in this book to send me in new directions, and for the relative newcomer to music it would be a truly fabulous resource. As the great cellist Steven Isserlis says in his foreword, the sheer variety of music available to us these days -- even within "just" the classical sphere -- is bewildering. Where are you to start? Well, this would certainly get you going, presenting as it does more or less the entire core repertoire of concert hall, opera house and chamber-music room.
The material is set out in clear chronological order, and the reviews of the suggested recordings of the music are written by well-known and respected critics. And in fact "1001 Recordings" is a considerable understatement, because they're not dictatorial about what they consider to be the best, and in many case they offer a list of equally interesting and worthy alternatives.
The book weighs a ton, but a heavy read it is certainly not. It is not the last word -- no book could ever be that -- but it is a steal at the price, and I recommend it wholeheartedly.