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This review is from: The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs, Yearbook 1997-1998 (Penguin Guide to Compact Discs and DVDs Yearbook) (Paperback)
Busloads of classical CDs have been issued - some
would say dumped - on the market in the last decade.
No one publication can assess them all, but
these writers, all contributors to Gramophone,
Britain's oldest magazine about classical recorded
music, have a better hope than most. They are
particularly good at pointing out interesting,
underpublicised reissues or bargain releases that
the conventional press have overlooked. They are
less good on releases from really small companies,
or those aimed at non-English speaking markets.
Their overview is careful and a bit too conservative:
if a performance is eccentric but inspired, they will
sooner dismiss it as eccentric than praise it as
exciting. But you will soon get used to their critical
stance, accommodate it and learn to read between
the lines. As a source of information about new
CDs this guide is easy to use and hard to better.
The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs, Yearbook 1997-1998 (Penguin Guide to Compact Discs and DVDs Yearbook)(2 customer reviews)