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The Penguin Guide to the 1000 Finest Classical Recordings: The Must-Have CDs and DVDs [Format Kindle]

Edward Greenfield , Ivan March , Paul Czajkowski , Robert Layton

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The best, the biggest and the most comprehensive [on Penguin Guide to Recorded Classical Music 2010] (Independent)

An indispensable and comprehensive survey. Anyone who wants to make sense of all the rival versions of classical music available on CD will find a great deal of illumination [on Penguin Guide to Recorded Classical Music 2010] (The Times)

This is the bible for the discriminating record collector [on Penguin Guide to Recorded Classical Music 2010] (Sunday Telegraph)

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This completely new edition of the Penguin Guide reviews the 1000 best classical albums issued and reissued over the past five decades, many of which dominate the catalogue because of their sheer excellence, irrespective of recording dates. More comprehensive than ever before, it indicates key recordings on CD, DVD and enhanced SACD, including those in surround sound. If you want the finest available version of any major classical album you will find it listed and assessed in these pages.

Ranging from long-established albums to the newest releases, the latest edition represents the cream of the international repertoire and has all the information you need to select the finest classical music available.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 4803 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 615 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0241955947
  • Editeur : Penguin (29 septembre 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B005HHSXN2
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 The Penguin has gone the way of the Dodo 24 octobre 2011
Par musicisitnatch - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Folks, it's all over. It's the end of an era. What we used to know as "The Penguin Guide to Recorded Classical Music" (last edition was 2010), has gone from approx. 1500 pages down to a mere 400 pages. Truth be told, the writing had been on the wall for some time. Those of us waiting for the 2011 edition knew something was afoot. Why the delay? Basically, Penguin has thrown in the towel. In their Introduction to this edition they state the the guide "had reached it's maximum capacity" and that their "chosen answer is to plan a more compact survey centering on 1,000 of the very finest issues". No apologies. Just that. THEIR chosen path. What about the buying Penguin Guide public?

I, for one, am bitterly disappointed in this decision. As we all know, there's a deluge of issues/reissues of great classical/historical performances these days, and a major factor must have been: How to keep up?
But surely, Penguin, with all of their resources, could have gone another route? One would have been to continue the "by composer" approach of the original guide, and then (somewhat like their earlier Year Books), published a "by artist" guide separately. They could have introduced a "by conductor" guide also. Maybe have opera spun off etc.etc.

Instead of that we now get (mostly), one pick of various repertoire, still organized by composer. And now, unlike the original format, we now don't even get the entire repertoire of a composer. Basically a "greatest hits" compilation. And if making the guide more compact was the priority why does Percy Grainger get 5 pages. (Brahms gets just over 3). Under Schumann, you won't find listed Furtwangler's 4th with the Berlin Philharmonic. It's not much more than a glorified version of what they did in the back pages of the 2003/4 Penguin Guide Edition.

One of the primary beauties of the old Penguin Guide was that one did read discussions of various interpretations.

This book will have some interest inasmuch as newer issues have come out since the 2010 Guide. (Example: The 21 CD Box Set: Furtwangler - The Great EMI Recordings"). But outside of that it is a bitter disappointment to see this guide reduced to a shell of what it once was. It could serve a function to someone who is virtually entirely new to the classical music arena. But outside of that I can only say that the Penguin Guide has gone the way of the brick and mortar record stores.

At the begining of the afore-mentioned 2003/4 Penguin Guide they stated that they "seek to provide a comprehensive, yet selective coverage of this vast repertoire", and "is in itself of fascinating documentary value".

Sadly, it's much, much more selective, no longer comprehensive, and as a result, not only has it lost it's documentary value, but has also lost it's heart. I will miss the eager anticipation that came with browsing the latest edition of this guide.
30 internautes sur 32 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
1.0 étoiles sur 5 shameful 22 octobre 2011
Par dave p. - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I could not find one redeeming thing of interest to me in this new Penguin Guide. It is simply a severely reduced version of past issues going back from the 2010 edition. I gave it one star because it might be helpful to someone just starting a collection and looking for acceptable versions of the works covered.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 The end of the road 25 octobre 2011
Par AndrewCF - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I agree with the other reviewers who have found this slim volume disappointing, to say the least. In years past, we've had to put up with their favoritism for English composers, and this issue is no exception. But really, the mediocre composer Coleridge-Taylor gets three entries and Albeniz gets one? The authors have had two years to prepare this book, but there are no 2011 entries, as there are in the Gramophone Guide. The bias towards Solti, Alsop (the most overrated conductor of the last decade), and Pollini seems counter to their previous four-star Rosette ratings for newer releases. This book is chock-full of multi-CD sets of items some of us own individually; these sets are expensive and room-consuming. Those new to Classical music should not go here, and those looking for undiscovered or unappreciated composers are wasting their time.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Great Expectations, Big Frustration 30 décembre 2011
Par João Evolução - Publié sur Amazon.com
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As soon as I've pre-ordered this guide I remained curious and anxious until the item was delivered to my home some months later. However, after receiving it, I could not believe in what I was reading: a very British centered guide. Just some examples among the finest classical recordings listed: 15 entries for Elgar; 15 for Britten; 14 for Walton; 8 for Vaughan Williams; 8 for Bridge; 5 for Rutter; 4 for Holst; 4 for Bowen; 4 for Bliss; 4 for Rawsthorne; 4 for Tippet; 3 for Bax; 3 for Dyson; were also mentioned recordings from Alwyn, Ferguson, Butterworth, Mathias, as well as from many many other british composers that I will not list here. And believe it of not: 5 pages dedicated to Percy Graine with dozen of recordings suggested (more pages than even Schumann recordings have received!). But this is absolutely not the major problem... The big issue is that the following non-british composers, to name a few, did not deserve a single entry: Machaut, Delalande, Granados, Glass, Reich, Agricola, Berio, Ligeti, Feldman, Carter, Dufay, Gabrieli, Gubaidulina, Janequin, Kagel, Lassus, Mascagni, Nono, Rodrigo, Saariaho. Santoro, Schnittke, Takemitsu, Weiss, etc. An additional sad note: none of Glenn Gould's Goldberg Variation recordings deserved an entry... Briefly, the problem of this guide is the following: a "martian" reading it would conclude that, after the invencible Germans geniuses, the British composers are by far the most important ones in the history of the classical music... Shame on You, Penguin!
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 The Penguin Guide is History 2 janvier 2012
Par From Oakland - Publié sur Amazon.com
I largely agree with the highly negative reviews for this item. More on Grainger than on Schumann or Brahms? Well, the old guides were always far too Brit-centric but this is a parody of insularity. Bowen, Bax, and Bliss, but nothing on Machaut, Schuetz, Lassus, Carter, Feldman, or Berio? Come on! My advice is to keep or get the 2010 guide for occasional reference and find other sources to update that guide or make up for its gaps. For all its faults, the old guide did serve an important purpose and it's a great loss. They should have established a comprehensive, searchable electronic version years ago. The closest thing I'm aware of, the Gramophone archive, is such a mess, filled with wrong text, time-consuming and cumbersome to search, and very limited and spotty for comparing performances. And the Gramophone's yearbook is also very limited. What a shame.
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