The Rough Guide to Classical Music Paperback – 3 May 2010
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...bursting with essential facts, neat asides and useful specialist features (Classic FM Magazine)
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it is very pleasantly written, not patronising or dogmatic, but as the irish say, if i was going where i had hoped i was going i wouldn't have set off from here, sorry !
update - two months on i have found this book far more useful than my snide first reaction above justified. the book is very easy to use, large and floppy (like me !) it has the composer's names printed on the side of the page instead of at the top. by holding the spine of the book i can easily skim through the entire list like scrolling my contacts on my mobile. try that with a telephone directory. the contents are sympathetic and enlightening and have led me to lateral reading that has opened me up to, for instance, stravinsky beyond 'rites of spring' and and prokofiev beyond ' romeo and juliet'. so, to rephrase my closing remark above, as a novice in classical disc collecting i would 'start out from here '. another sorry !
In general, too much space is devoted to 'early music' by composers who wrote comparatively little music, at the expense of 20th century composers who made genuinely important contributions to the development of classical music. In some cases, this is understandable - it would be odd, for example, if a book of this kind did not cover a figure as historically important as Hildegard von Bingen. But the pre-occupation with early music is over-done, and the omission of composers as important and prolific as John Ireland and Herbert Howells, for example, is completely inexplicable. It's a missed opportunity, because anyone who enjoys Ravel and Debussy, for example, is almost certainly going to enjoy Ireland's superb repertoire of piano music (if its existence is brought to their attention). Likewise, anyone who enjoys Vaughan Williams is likely to enjoy Howells' elegaic orchestral music. This is not special pleading by someone with very specialist tastes. These British composers, and others like Finzi and Rubbra, were really substantial figures whose music was celebrated by leading conductors of the day such as Barbirolli. Moreover, there are numerous excellent modern recordings of their work on labels such as Naxos and Chandos. To find them written out of history in this way is simply inexcusable.
In short, if you already have an earlier edition of this book, there is no point in buying a later edition until the editors get their act together and correct these oversights.