The Complete Piano Works
Described by Borodin as ‘an elegant piano-playing dilettante’, Mussorgsky (1839–81) was a prodigy who performed a concerto at the age of nine and later became one of ‘The Mighty Handful’ of Russian composers. His famous Pictures at an Exhibition is included in this compilation of piano music, together with a further 18 pieces, four of which are presented in both their first and second versions.
Poets on Composers from Thomas Tallis to Arvo Pärt
This anthology brings together poetic responses to 80 great composers, from the Renaissance to the 21st century. The texts include John Dryden’s ode on the death of Purcell, Elizabeth Jennings’ poem on Mozart’s Horn Concertos and Michael Longley on Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder.
History in Mighty Sounds
Musical Constructions of German National Identity 1848–1914
Highlighting connections between 19th-century German music and nationalism, this study focuses on works based on popular, mythologized versions of historical subject-matter, in particular the life of Barbarossa and the Roman legions’ annihilation at the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest. It explores how compositions in many musical genres participated in a project of shaping the nation’s future and how composers such as Max Bruch and Carl Reinecke responded to contemporary notions of gender, landscape and religion.
The Complete Opera Plus Bonus Introduction CD
Written in 1871 for the opening of the Cairo opera house, Verdi’s majestic opera dramatizes the forbidden love between Radames, an Egyptian general, and Aida, an Ethiopian slave. Maria Dragoni and Kristjan Johannsson excel as the doomed lovers, while the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland delivers the famous triumphal march with power and panache.
The Story of British Classical Music
Anthony Burton’s extended essay surveys a millennium of British music, illustrating its distinctive features through the pieces assembled on the accompanying pair of CDs. These 47 tracks range from an anonymous motet honouring St Thomas of Canterbury (c.1300), via such composers including Boyce, Bax and Britten, to Colin Matthews’ Pluto, the Renewer, written in 2000 to complement Holst’s The Planets.
A Celebration of Christmas
This selection of Christmas music by Roderick Elms represents some of his most popular works, together with a few new ones such as the Wassail Down the Winds suite for organ and orchestra. The pieces are performed by Mark Wilde (tenor), Stuart Nicholson (organ), the Joyful Company of Singers under Peter Broadbent, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Stephen Bell. One CD; playing time 62 mins.
The A–Z of Opera
This compact guide is an informative resource for everyone seeking to discover more about opera. An introduction charting the development of the genre from 1600 to the present is followed by an alphabetical guide to the characters, plots and theatrical history of hundreds of operas from Monteverdi’s Coronation of Poppaea to John Adams’s Nixon in China, composer biographies and a glossary of operatic terms. This expanded second edition includes access to 130 tracks online.
The Complete Lyrics
One of the wittiest and most versatile songwriters of the 20th century, Noël Coward's lyrics were first collected into a single volume in 1965, but this highly illustrated version also includes over 200 previously unknown songs, the result of researches into Coward's personal archives. Including numbers from unfinished musicals and an abortive collaboration with Jerome Kern as well as all The Master’s famous songs, the lyrics are accompanied by production photographs, publicity material and excerpts from Coward's own manuscripts.
Children of the Stone
The Power of Music in a Hard Land
Ramzi Hussein Aburedwan was a child in a Palestinian refugee camp during the First Intifada (1987–93) and now uses music to help transform young people’s lives amid the military checkpoints of the war-torn territories. This book tells his story, describing how he first learned to play the viola, then founded a school and inspired musicians from around the world to join him in a project which Daniel Barenboim says has shown Palestinian children ‘the beauty of life’.
Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Rock
Now in their sixth decade, the Rolling Stones remain the standard by which all rock ’n’ roll bands are measured. Lavishly illustrated with stunning live, studio and backstage photographs, this big, glamorous book charts the group’s history from 1962 to the 21st century. It records the creation and impact of seminal albums such as Beggars Banquet and Exile on Main Street, the changes in line-up over the years, and the punishing live schedule maintained to the present.
The Metropolitan Opera Presents: Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte:
The Complete Libretto
One of three ‘jocular dramas’ which Mozart created with librettist Da Ponte, Cosí fan tutte used to be considered implausible and scandalous, since two sisters marry strangers who are really their disguised fiancés – but its unsettling paradoxes now make it feel a very modern comedy.
The Metropolitan Opera Presents: Puccini's La Bohème: The Complete Libretto
The Met has staged Puccini’s passionate tale of tenderness and tragedy more than any other opera. The short essays complementing this libretto explain why it is so loved, why its Parisian setting is important and how it reveals the emotional significance of everyday things.è