The Life and Death of Classical Music

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The Life and Death of Classical Music: Featuring the 100 Best and 20 Worst Recordings Ever Made
By Norman Lebrecht

Norman Lebrecht, one of the world’s most widely read cultural commentators, presents a fascinating guide to classical music and the rise of the classical recording industry from Caruso to the era of Bernstein, Callas, and von Karajan. He tells of memorable personalities, such as Goddard Lieberson, head of CBS Masterworks who signed his letters as God, and has written a captivating insider’s guide to appreciating classical music. The book ends with the author’s selection of the 100 most important recordings - and the 20 most appalling.

“His dishy, personality-driven prose features both intelligence and point of view…In its arguments and attitudes, this is a lively approach to this art form.”
- Publisher’s Weekly

“A remarkably concise and thorough compendium of the larger events and milestones in the rise and fall of the classical music recording industry, for die-hard record collectors and the more casually interested alike.”
- Booklist

  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor (April 10, 2007)
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x .8 inches

About the Author:
Norman Lebrecht, assistant editor of the Evening Standard in London is a prolific writer on music and cultural affairs. He has writtennumerous books about music, and is also author of the novel The Song of Names, which won the Whitbread First Novel Award in 2003.


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