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VINE VOICEon 10 June 2011
To add my own two penn'orth to the positives from the previous reviews:

In considering Handel's works, each entry gives one or two, sometimes more, sample recordings. Unfortunately even though this book is only a couple of years old at the time of writing, such becomes quickly out of date as many new excellent recordings have been published in the meantime. Furthermore many of the recordings listed are hard to find or even deleted and thus only available in expensive second hand copies. The book also generally declines to offer much to the reader in terms of relative merits of the listed editions where more than one are given.

In the section on operatic works, much text on each opera is given over to numerous one line descriptions of the arias taken from the near contemporary writings of the music historian Burney, which can get a little tedious. The text of the entries to Handel's other works, oratorios and so on, is much more entertaining with more background information and anecdote.

Don't get me wrong - this is a useful low cost guide for the amateur such as myself, but just be aware of its drawbacks.

The Kindle edition is well formatted. Unlike some publishers, Faber here have clearly put some thought into the Kindle edition as the index has been converted to replace page numbers with numbered hyperlinks to the references, though with the Kindle search facility you are probably unlikely to use this method anyway.
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