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The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs 2002/3: Completely Revised and Updated

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A fully updated edition of the guide to CDs is hailed as "more valuable than ever to any serious collector of classical music" ("The Wall Street ... Show synopsis

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Leonard S

For sophisticated classical music lovers

by Leonard S on Sep 20, 2013

All of these books from the early 1970's to 2010, when they stopped producing them, give very detailed descriptions of the various classical music options for individual pieces of music. While 2002-2003 seems old, it still has many of the most famous recordings compared with the more recent recordings. The authors are famous critics of the Grammophone, a British enterprise and they are superb. There is some leaning towards the British artists, but still their reviews are very helpful for those interested in the great classical works available, and they are `the' experts in the field. One who is experienced may not always agree with them, but what they say is still very accurate and very helpful. There are approximately a dozen full books, plus smaller updates. The full books are the important ones. They all will comment on the old versions with the new and comment on the sound quality of the latest remasterings of older, famous recordings. Sound quality is commented on, but it is not the main issue, the artistry is by far the most important aspect.

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