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The History of Classical Music (Non Fiction) Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 Aug 1997
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Of particular poignancy is the way in which the author plots evolving trends in music to wider political and cultural contexts - thus adding to the listener's sense of chronology and development. I especially appreciated the potted biographies of key composers which provided a real sense of their respective influences.
I'm guessing this would appeal to those of the "I don't know much but I know what I like" brigade, some of the theory is still a little obscure to my untutuored brain but the presentation as a whole is definitely one I intend to return to again and again - as well as inspiring purchases of music I wouldn't normally access.
All in all a sensitively delivered programme (interspersed, of course, with excerts of the music itself) perfect for a bit of cultural stimulation during a boring drive.
Overall, this production deserves to lose one star because the excerpts are too short and there are too few of them, especially where important musicological terms are introduced whose scope cannot be grasped without belabouring the point with examples. Of course the lives of composers are mightily interesting and - for laymen like myself - easy to follow. But biography takes up space and time that could've been put to better use to bring home important musical technicalities, like what are the modal (tonal, atonal) scales. These technicalities are merely glossed over. Finally, this review wouldn't be complete without mentioning the narrator's superb diction and clarity of expression.
P.S.: The low recording level is problematic for those who listen while commuting. This seems to be a problem with other Naxos CDs, not just musical ones. It could be a ploy to discourage conversion to mp3. This could backfire because this is the age of podcasts, not the age of sitting down to a dining-room CD player. Not to mention that some infotainment systems in cars have don't handle the WAV format well and require prior transfer to mp3 anyway.
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