This long-standing resource draws on more than 80 years of classical music reviews from Britain's Gramophone magazine, steering the collector toward the best recordings and also, thanks to the style and enthusiasm of its writers, describing each piece's character and recorded history. It provides more than 3,000 reviews of available CDs (with 400 recordings added this year); descriptions of concerts, operas, historical recordings, and documentaries on DVD; details of downloadable music with a guide to the best websites; a definitive rating system; detailed artist indexes; and biographies for a long list of composers.
"The authority of Gramophone's peerless list of reviewers is apparent on every page."—Daily Telegraph (London)
"From Adams to Zemlinsky, this is a fascinating guide and a must-have for the classical music enthusiast."—Music Books Plus
"It is both an excellent introduction to classical music and an invaluable reference work of essential (and some nonessential) repertoire for the beginner and seasoned collector."—Classic FM Magazine