The Metropolitan Opera Guide to Recorded Opera
In this guide, a distinguished corps of musicians, critics and discophiles, supported by the world-renowned Metropolitan Opera, New York, evaluate ... Show synopsis In this guide, a distinguished corps of musicians, critics and discophiles, supported by the world-renowned Metropolitan Opera, New York, evaluate all the complete recordings of the most important and best loved operas in the repertoire. This information source gives the music lover authoritative advice on fine recordings. Employing the combined labours of some of the world's leading musicologists, "The Metropolitan Opera Guide to Recorded Opera" assesses every complete recording ever made of 150 operas fron "The Abduction from the Seraglio" to "Die Zauberflote" - by 72 composers - from Richard Wagner to Scott Joplin. The operas are arranged alphabetically by composer, and chronologically under each composer heading. An introduction to each opera entry details important issues such as textual differences between performances and cuts. The comparative reviews provide comments on sound quality, fidelity to the composer's intentions, and other fundamental points, and each entry ends by recommending one definitive rendition. As an added feature, directors of opera houses and celebrities have contributed their lists of "Ten Favourite Opera Recordings". Paul Gruber is Executive Director of Program Development for the Metropolitan Opera Guild, New York. He was Executive Editor of "The Metropolitan Opera Encyclopaedia" (with David Hamilton, 1987), also published by Thames and Hudson.