The New York Times Essential Library by Allan Kozinn
Classical Music: A Critic's Guide to the 100 Most Important Recordings

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A dazzling appraisal of the definitive classical music performances available today

For classical music lovers, there is nothing more beguiling and exciting than the range of technique and emotion that can capture or transform the great works in the hands of a conductor and musicians. But with hundreds of recordings released every year, discovering the jewels is a challenge, for newcomers as well as for connoisseurs.
New York Times classical music critic Allan Kozinn offers the ultimate collector's guide, packed with a rich history of the composers and performers who stir our souls. From Bach's eloquent Goldberg Variations performed by master pianist Glenn Gould at the beginning and end of his career in startlingly different interpretations, to a lyrical performance of Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherezade conducted by Kiril Kondrashin shortly after his defection from the Soviet Union, Kozinn places each work in the greater context of musical development and stretches the listener's understanding of each pivotal composition. These original essays on the one hundred greatest recorded classical works provide both practical guidance for building a library and deep insight into the transcendent power of music itself.


About Allan Kozinn

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Allan Kozinn is a classical music critic for The New York Times. Before joining the staff of the Times in 1991, he was a contributing editor for the classical music magazines High Fidelity, Opus, and Keynote, and he was the music critic for The New York Observer. He lives in New York City.
Published August 2, 2004 by Times Books. 384 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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In a group of sentimental songs (including “Torna a Surriento”), as well as “Mamma, quell vino è generoso” from Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana,” Mr. Hymel sounded entirely at home, delivering both the subtle decoration and the heart-on-the-sleeve emotion that drives the Italian style.

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