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Classical Music Interviews - Transcribed

Conductor - Symphony

Conductor - Choral & Chamber Orchestra

Pianist

Piano Technician

  • Franz Mohr - [Steinway Chief Concert Technician, 1968-1992]

Violinist

Violist

Cellist

Recording Producer

 


Classical Music CD & Download Box Sets

Articles

Piano

  • Decca Piano Masterworks - 50 CD - Decca - Info
  • Great Pianists of the 20th Century: The Complete Edition - 200 CD - Philips - Info - review
  • Aldo Ciccolini - The Complete EMI Recordings 1950-1991 - 56 CD - EMI - Info
  • Alicia de Larrocha - The Art of Alicia de Larrocha - 7 CD - Decca - Amazon
  • Alicia de Larrocha: Icon - 8 CD - EMI - Info
  • Andras Schiff: Bach The Solo Keyboard Works - 12 CD - Decca - Amazon
  • Andras Schiff: Bach The Well-Tempered Clavier Book I - 2 CD - Decca - Amazon
  • Andras Schiff: Bach The Well-Tempered Clavier Book II - 2 CD - Decca - Amazon
  • Andras Schiff: Bach The Well-Tempered Clavier Books I & II - 4 CD - ECM - Amazon
  • Angela Hewitt: Bach - 16 CD - Hyperion - Amazon
  • Annie Fischer: Icon - 8 CD - EMI/Warner - Amazon
  • Annie Fischer: Beethoven Complete Piano Sonatas - 9 CD - Hungaraton - Amazon - review
  • Arthur Rubinstein: Complete Album Collection - 144 CD - Sony - Cover Art - Info - Amazon - ImportCDs
  • Arthur Rubinstein Plays Chopin - 10 CD - Sony - Amazon
  • Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli: Complete Recordings On DG - 10 CD - DG - Amazon
  • Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli: Debussy Preludes 1&2 / Images 1&2 - 2 CD - DG - Amazon
  • Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli: Complete Warner Recordings - 14 CD - Warner - Amazon
  • Clara Haskil Edition - 17 CD - Decca - Amazon
  • Claudio Arrau: Beethoven Complete Piano Sonatas - 12 CD - Decca - Amazon
  • Claudio Arrau: Virtuoso Philosopher of the Piano: Icon - 12 CD - EMI - Amazon
  • Dinu Lipatti: Icon: The Master Pianist - 7 CD - EMI - Amazon
  • Emil Gilels: The Complete Recordings On Deutsche Grammophon - 24 CD - Amazon
  • Emil Gilels: Beethoven Sonatas - 9 CD - DG - Amazon - (included in above)
  • Emil Gilels: The Complete RCA and Columbia Album Collection - 7 CD - Sony - Amazon
  • Garrick Ohlsson: Chopin - 16 CD - Hyperion - Amazon
  • Glenn Gould: Complete Bach Collection (2012) - 42 CD - Sony - Amazon
  • Glenn Gould: The Complete Original Jacket Collection (2007) - 80 CD - Sony - Amazon
  • Glenn Gould Remastered: Complete Columbia Album Collection (2015) - 81 CD - Sony - Amazon - (replaces both of the above)
  • Glenn Gould Remastered: Complete Columbia Album Collection - 44.1/24 Download - Sony - Qobuz
  • Glenn Gould Remastered: Complete Columbia Album Collection - 44.1/24 USB - Sony - Amazon.UK - Amazon.de
  • Ingrid Haebler: Mozart & Schubert, Sonatas & Concertos - 34 CD - Decca - Information & Detailed Repertoire Listing - Retailers: La Boite à Musique - Amazon - Amazon UK - Universal - 11st
  • Lang Lang: Live in Vienna - 2 CD - Sony - Amazon
  • Lili Kraus plays Mozart Piano - 4 CD - Sony - Amazon
  • Maria Joao Pires: Chopin Nocturnes - 2 CD - DG - Amazon - (Also in DG 111 #1 & Complete DG)
  • Maria Joao Pires: Chopin - 2 CD - DG - Amazon (Also in Complete DG below)
  • Maria Joao Pires: Complete DG Solo Recordings - 20 CD - DG - Amazon
  • Maria Joao Pires: Complete Erato Recordings - 17 CD - Erato - Amazon
  • Martha Argerich: The Collection 2 - The Concerto Recordings - 7 CD - DG - Amazon
  • Martha Argerich Edition: Concertos - 4 CD - DG - Amazon
  • Martha Argerich - The Art of Martha Argerich - 3 CD - DG - Amazon
  • Martha Argerich: The Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon - 48 CD - DG - Amazon
  • Murray Perahia: The First 40 Years - 67 CD - Sony - Works Listing - Amazon - ImportCDs - ArkivMusic
  • Myra Hess: Great Pianists of the 20th Century, Vol. 45 - 2 CD - Philips - Amazon
  • Radu Lupu: Complete Recordings - 28 CD - Decca - Amazon
  • Rudolf Serkin plays Schubert - 5 CD - Sony - Amazon
  • Sergio Fiorentino: Fiorentino Edition Vol.1 - 10 CD - Piano Classics - Amazon
  • Solomon: Icon - 7 CD - EMI - Amazon
  • Stephen Kovacevich: Complete Philips Recordings - 25 CD - Decca - Amazon
  • Sviatoslav Richter: Complete Decca, Philips & DG Recordings - 51 CD - Decca - Amazon
  • Sviatoslav Richter: Pianist of the Century - 9 CD - DG - Amazon - (included in above 51 CD box)
  • Sviatoslav Richter: The Authorized Recordings - 21 CD - Philips - Amazon - (included in above 51 CD box)
  • Sviatoslav Richter: Solo Recordings - 33 CD - Decca - HMV.jp - Amazon.it - Amazon (in above 51 CD box)
  • Sviatoslav Richter: Complete Masterworks Album Collection - 18 CD - Sony - Amazon
  • Sviatoslav Richter - Icon: The Master Pianist - 14 CD - EMI - Info
  • Sviatoslav Richter: Eurodisc Recordings - 14 CD - Amazon
  • Sviatoslav Richter: Complete HMV & Teldec Recordings - 24 CD - Warner - Amazon
  • Sviatoslav Richter in Hungary (1954-1993) - 14 CD - BMC - Cover Art - Detailed Listing - Amazon - ImportCDs
  • Vladimir Ashkenazy 50 Years on Decca (Pianist/Conductor) - 50 CD - Decca - Amazon
  • Vladimir Ashkenazy: Beethoven Complete 32 Piano Sonatas - 10 CD - Decca - Amazon - Amazon
  • Vladimir Horowitz Complete Original Covers - 70 CD - Sony - Cover Art - Works Listing
  • Vladimir Horowitz Live At Carnegie Hall - 41 CD/1 DVD - Sony - Amazon - Review
  • Vladimir Horowitz: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon - 7 CD - DG - Amazon
  • Walter Gieseking: Poet of the Keyboard: Icon - 8 CD - EMI - Amazon
  • Walter Gieseking: Debussy: Complete Piano Works - 4 SACD/CD - EMI - Amazon
  • Wilhelm Kempff: Solo Piano Recordings - 35 CD - DG - Amazon
  • Wilhelm Kempff: Beethoven Complete Piano Sonatas (1951-56 mono) - 8 CD - DG - Amazon

Chamber Music

  • Odeon Trio: Schubert Piano Trios Nos. 1 & 2 / Linos Ensemble: Schubert Octet - 2 CD - Capriccio - Amazon
  • Heifetz-Piatigorsky Concerts: Album Collection - 23 CD - Sony - Amazon

String Quartet

  • Alban Berg Quartett: Beethoven Complete String Quartets - 7 CD - EMI/Warner - Amazon - Amazon
  • Alban Berg Quartett: Beethoven Late String Quartets (1989 Live) - 3 CD - EMI GROC - Amazon
  • Alban Berg Quartett: Beethoven String Quartets Vol. 1 (1989 Live) - 4 CD - EMI - Amazon
  • Alban Berg Quartett: Beethoven String Quartets Vol. 2 (1989 Live) - 4 CD - EMI - Amazon
  • Busch Quartet: Adolf Busch & The Busch Quartet Complete EMI Recordings - 16 CD - Warner - Amazon
  • Guarneri Quartet: Beethoven Complete String Quartets (1966-69) - 8 CD - RCA/Decca - Amazon - Amazon
  • Guarneri Quartet: Beethoven Complete String Quartets (1987) - 8 CD - Philips/Brilliant  - Amazon
  • Hungarian Quartet: Historical Recordings and Previously Unissued Public Performances, 1937-1968 - 8 CD - Music & Arts - Amazon
  • Hungarian Quartet: Beethoven Complete String Quartets (1953) - 7 CD - Amazon - Amazon
  • Hungarian Quartet: Beethoven Complete String Quartets (1966) - 8 CD - Amazon - (also available in 50 CD EMI Beethoven Edition)
  • Quartetto Italiano: Complete Philips & Decca Recordings - 37 CD - Decca - Amazon
  • Quartetto Italiano: Beethoven Complete String Quartets (1967-75) - 10 CD - Philips - Amazon (in above)
  • Tokyo Quartet: Complete RCA Beethoven String Quartets (1990-92) - 9 CD - Sony - Amazon
  • Tokyo Quartet: Complete Beethoven String Quartets (2006-10) - 8 CD - Harmonia Mundi - Amazon
  • Tokyo Quartet: Beethoven Early String Quartets (2007) - 2 CD - Harmonia Mundi - Amazon (in above)
  • Tokyo Quartet: Beethoven "Razumovsky" Op. 59 #1-3 Quartets (2006) - 2 CD - Harmonia Mundi - Amazon (in above)
  • Tokyo Quartet: Beethoven String Quartets Op. 74 & 95 (2009) - 1 CD - Harmonia Mundi - Amazon (in above)
  • Tokyo Quartet: Beethoven Late String Quartets (2010) - 3 CD - Harmonia Mundi - Amazon (in above)
  • Vegh Quartet: Beethoven Complete String Quartets (1970-72) - 8 CD - Naive - Amazon
  • Vegh Quartet: Beethoven Complete String Quartets (1952) - 7 CD - Music & Arts - Amazon
  • Vegh Quartet: The Art of - (Beethoven & Bartok Complete String Quartets, etc.) (1950's) - 14 CD - Scribendum - Amazon
  • Yale Quartet: Beethoven - The Late String Quartets - Amazon - Amazon - Amazon

Violin

  • David Oistrakh - 17 CD - EMI - Info
  • David Oistrach - Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, Philips, Westminster - 22 CD - DG - Amazon - JPC
  • Henryk Szeryng: Bach Sonatas & Partitas BWV 1001-1006 (mono 1954) - 2 CD - DG - Amazon
  • Henryk Szeryng: Bach Sonatas & Partitas BWV 1001-1006 (1968) - 2 CD - DG - Amazon
  • Jascha Heifetz - 6 CD - EMI - Info - Amazon
  • Jascha Heifetz Complete Original Covers - 103 CD - Sony - Cover Art - Works Listing
  • Jascha Heifetz: The Complete Stereo Collection Remastered - 24 CD - Sony - Amazon
  • Nathan Milstein - 8 CD - EMI - Info
  • Yehudi Menuhin - 51 CD - EMI - Info
  • Yehudi Menuhin: The Menuhin Century Luxury Edition - 91 CD - Warner - Amazon
  • Itzhak Perlman: Complete Deutsche Grammophon Recordings - 25 CD - DG - Amazon
  • Itzahk Perlman: The Complete Warner Recordings - 77 CD - Warner - Amazon
  • Itzahk Perlman: Complete Warner Recordings (1972-1980) - 96/24 Download - Warner - Qobuz - HDTracks
  • Anne-Sophie Mutter: The Complete Musician - 40 CD - DG - Amazon
  • Kyung Wha Chung: The Complete Decca Recordings - 19 CD/1 DVD - Decca - Amazon

Cello

  • Jacqueline Du Pre: Complete EMI Recordings - 17 CD - EMI - Amazon
  • Janos Starker: Bach Complete Suites for Solo Cello - 2 CD - Mercury - Amazon - (Also in "Mercury Living Presence Vol. 1")
  • Mstislav Rostropovich: Icon - 26 CD - EMI - Info
  • Pablo Casals: The Complete Published EMI Recordings (1926-1955) - 9 CD - EMI - Amazon
  • Paul Tortelier: Icon - 20 CD - EMI - Info
  • Pierre Fournier: Aristocrat of the Cello - 6 CD - DG - Amazon
  • Pierre Fournier: Bach: 6 Cello Suites BWV 1007-1012 - 2 CD - DG - Amazon - Amazon - (Also in "DG 111: Collector's Edition 1")
  • Pierre Fournier & Friedrich Gulda: Beethoven Complete Cello Sonatas - 2 CD - DG - Amazon
  • Yo-Yo Ma: 30 Years Outside the Box - 90 CD - Sony - Amazon - ImportCDs

Classical Guitar

Oboe

  • Heinz Holliger Edition - 10 CD - Brilliant - Amazon

Trumpet

  • Eternel Maurice Andre - 13 CD - Warner - Amazon

Conductor

  • Great Conductors of the 20th Century Series: 40 x 2 CD (80 CD Total) - EMI - Info - Amazon
  • Abbado: Symphony Edition Collection - 41 CD - DG - Amazon
  • Abbado: The Complete RCA & Sony Album Collection - 39 CD - Amazon
  • Abbado: Conducts Tchaikovsky - 6 CD - Sony - Amazon (included in above)
  • Abbado: The Decca Years - 7 CD - Amazon
  • Barbirolli: The Great EMI Recordings - 10 CD - EMI - Info
  • Bernstein: The Symphony Edition - 60 CD - Sony - Cover Art - Works Listing - Amazon
  • Bernstein Edition: Concertos & Orchestral Works - 80 CD - Sony - Amazon
  • Bernstein Collection: Volume One - 59 CD/1 DVD - DG - Amazon
  • Bernstein Collection: Volume Two - 64 CD - DG - Amazon
  • Celibidache: Celibidache 4: Sacred Music & Opera Box - 11 CD - Warner - Amazon
  • Davis: The Symphonies - 54 CD - RCA/Decca - YesAsia
  • Davis: The Complete RCA Legacy - 51 CD - RCA - JPC - Amazon.it
  • Fricsay: Complete Recordings on DG Orchestral Works - 45 CD - Amazon
  • Furtwängler: The Complete RIAS Recordings Live (1947-54) - 12 CD - Audite - Amazon
  • Furtwängler: The Legacy - 107 CD - Membran - Amazon
  • Giulini: 1914-2005 - 64 CD - DG/Sony - YesAsia - HMV.co.jp
  • Haitink: Symphony Edition - 36 CD - Decca - Info - Amazon - ImportCDs
  • Haitink: The Philips Years - 20 CD - Decca - Amazon
  • Karajan: 1960s - 82 CD - DG - Amazon
  • Karajan: 1970s - 82 CD - DG - Amazon
  • Karajan: 1980s - 78 CD - DG - Amazon
  • Karajan: Complete Remastered Edition - 101 CD - Warner - Amazon
  • Karajan: Orchestral - 88 CD - EMI - Info - Detailed Listing
  • Karajan: 1938-1960 Collection - 117 CD - Membran - Amazon
  • Kleiber: Complete Orchestral Recordings on Deutsche Grammophone - 3 CD/1 Blu-ray Audio 2.0 LPCM 96/24 & 5.0 DTS HDMA 96/24 - DG - Amazon
  • Kleiber: Complete Deutsche Grammophon Recordings - 12 CD - DG - Amazon
  • Klemperer: Brahms: Symphonies; Overtures; Deutsches Requiem - 4 CD - Warner - Amazon
  • Kubelik: Symphony Edition - 23 CD - DG
  • Munch: Complete RCA Album Collection - 86 CD - Sony - Amazon - AmazonUK
  • Reiner: The Complete RCA Recordings Collection - 63 CD - Sony - Amazon
  • Rilling: J. S. Bach: Great Sacred Choral Works - 10 CD - Sony - Amazon
  • Sawallisch: Schumann 4 Symphonies - 2 CD - EMI - Amazon
  • Solti: Soltissimo1: Decca in Early Years - 43 CD - Decca - Amazon
  • Solti: Soltissimo2: Complete 1970's Decca Recordings - 53 CD/5 DVD - Decca - Info - Amazon
  • Szell: The Edition - 49 CD - Sony - Works Listing - Amazon - Amazon - Amazon
  • Toscanini: The Complete RCA Collection - 85 CD - Sony - Amazon
  • Walter: The Edition - 39 CD - Sony - Works Listing
  • Walter: Mozart The Last 6 Symphonies (stereo) - 2 CD - Sony - Amazon

Composer

  • Composers in Person - 22 CD - EMI - Amazon
  • Bach Complete Works (Cantatas: Rilling) - 172 CD - Hanssler - Info & Detailed Listing
  • Bach: The Complete Cantatas - Rilling - 72 CD - Hanssler - Amazon [Note: included in above]
  • Bach: Great Sacred Choral Works - Rilling (pre-Hanssler) - 10 CD - Sony - Amazon
  • Bach Sacred Masterpieces & Cantatas: John Eliot Gardiner - 22 CD - DG - Amazon
  • Bach Cantatas: Complete Box Set - John Eliot Gardiner/Monteverdi Choir - 56 CD - SDG - Amazon.UK - Amazon
  • Bach Complete Cantatas: Ton Koopman - 67 CD - Challenge - Amazon
  • Bach Complete Sacred Cantatas - Suzuki/Bach Collegium Japan - 55 SACD - Amazon - ArkivMusic
  • Bach: The Sacred Cantatas: Complete, Nos. 1-199 - Nikolaus Harnoncourt - 60 CD - Warner - Amazon
  • Bach: The Complete Edition 2014 (Cantatas: Leusink) - 142 CD - Brilliant - Amazon - Liner Notes/Sung Texts
  • Bach: Cantatas - Karl Richter - 26 CD - Arkiv - Amazon
  • Book: The Cantatas of J. S. Bach with Their Librettos in German-English Parallel Text - Dürr - 984 pages - Amazon
  • Bach: The Great Choral Works - 11 CD - EMI - Amazon - AmazonUK - CDandLP
  • Bach: Great Choral Masterpieces - 12 CD - Decca - Amazon
  • Bach: Solo Concertos - 3 CD - Phoenix - Amazon
  • Bach: Edition Bach Leipzig - 10 CD - Amazon - AmazonUK
  • Bach: The Art of Fugue / Musical Offering - 2 CD - Decca - Amazon
  • Beethoven: The Collector's Edition - 50 CD - EMI - Amazon - Amazon
  • Chopin Complete Edition - 17 CD - DG - Amazon
  • Delius: 150th Anniversary Edition - 18 CD - EMI - Amazon
  • Handel Masterworks - 30 CD - Decca - Amazon
  • Handel Edition - 65 CD - Brilliant Classics - Liner Notes & Sung Texts - Amazon
  • Handel: Chandos Anthems (Complete) - Harry Christophers; The Sixteen - 4 CD - Chandos - Amazon
  • Haydn Complete Symphonies: Dorati - 33 CD - Decca - Amazon
  • Mahler Complete Symphonies: Bernstein (1960's Columbia recordings) - 12 CD - Sony - Amazon
  • Mahler - 16 CD - EMI - Info
  • Mozart Complete Edition - 180 CD - Philips - Amazon
  • Mozart 111 Masterworks - 55 CD - DG - Amazon
  • Mozart 225: The Complete New Edition - 200 CD - DG - JPC
  • Nielsen - 7 CD - EMI - AllMusic
  • Poulenc: OEuvres complètes - 20 CD - EMI - Amazon
  • Strauss, Richard - Orchestral Works: Rudolf Kempe - 9 CD - EMI - Amazon
  • Vaughan Williams - 30 CD - EMI - Info
  • Vivaldi Recordings: Christopher Hogwood - 20 CD - Decca - ArkivMusic - Presto - Amazon
  • Vivaldi: Concertos & Sonatas Opp. 1-12 Complete: I Musici - 19 CD - Newton Classics - Amazon

Collections

Soprano

  • Arleen Augér - American Soprano - 2 CD - Delos - Amazon
  • Elly Ameling - Icon: The Dutch Nightingale - 8 CD - EMI - Amazon
  • Elly Ameling - The Artistry of Elly Ameling - 5 CD - Philips - Amazon
  • Lucia Popp - Icon: Queen of Night, Maiden of Light - 7 CD - EMI - Amazon

Choral

  • Harmonia Mundi - Sacred Music - 30 CD - Amazon
  • DG - Magnificat: 500 Years of Choral Masterworks - 50 CD - Detailed Listing - Amazon
  • David Willcocks/Choir of King's College Cambridge - Complete Argo Recordings 1957-1973 - 29 CD - Amazon
  • Sony - Great Choral Works - 30 CD - Amazon

Oratorio

  • Handel: Messiah / Pinnock, Auger, Von Otter, Chance, Crook - 2 CD - DG - Amazon - Amazon - ArkivMusic - (Also in "The All Baroque Box")

Opera


Classical Music CD's - (some that might be of interest)

  • Bach - The Well-Tempered Clavier - info on various recordings by Sviatoslav Richter & Tatiana Nikolayeva
  • Bach - The Goldberg Variations - info on various recordings by Tatiana Nikolayeva
  • DG - Abbado: Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem) - Amazon
  • EMI - Great Recordings of the Century - (reissues)
  • Harmonia Mundi - Melos Quartet, Wolfgang Boettcher: Schubert Cello Quintet D.956 - Amazon
  • Harmonia Mundi - Herreweghe: Faure Requiem (1901 orchestral version) - Amazon
  • Harmonia Mundi - Herreweghe: Faure Requiem (1893 chamber version) - Amazon
  • Hyperion - Tatiana Nikolayeva: Bach The Art of the Fugue / A Musical Offering / Four Duettos - Amazon
  • Naxos - Historical Series - (remastered reissues) - review
  • Sony - Thomas Schippers, New York Philharmonic: Barber Adagio for Strings, etc. - Amazon - (Note: This is also contained in the "Masterworks Heritage Collection" box set listed under "Collections" above.)

Major Classical Labels

The three major record companies now own the most recognized classical labels as follows:

Universal Music Group: owns Decca, Deutsche Grammophon (DG or DGG), Philips, Archiv Produktion, Westminster, L'Oiseau-Lyre, and Mercury Living Presence

Warner Classics: owns EMI Classical, Teldec, Erato, and Das Alte Werk

Sony Music Entertainment: owns Sony Classical, RCA, and various Columbia Records labels.


Classical Music Blu-ray - (some that might be of interest)

  • Collector's Edition - Great Pianists of the 20th Century - NTSC - Aspect Ratio: 1.33 - Amazon
  • Classic Archive: Collectors Edition, Vol. 2 - NTSC - Aspect Ratio: 1.33 - Amazon

Classical Music Blu-ray Audio - (some that might be of interest)

  • Kleiber/Vienna - Beethoven Symphony Nos. 5&7 - 96 kHz/24 bit - Amazon
  • Fricsay/Berlin - Dvorak Symphony No.9; Smetana The Moldau; Liszt Les Préludes - 96 kHz/24 bit - Amazon
  • Vivaldi Four Seasons - Janine Jansen/Thompson/Rubingh/Rachli - 96 kHz/24 bit - Amazon

 


Jazz Recordings - Where to Buy


Jazz CD Box Sets - (some that might be of interest)


Jazz Vocals - (some that might be of interest)


Jazz Reissues

For the great classic jazz recordings there are any number of releases, remasterings, and formats. For instance Analogue Productions has remastered many great titles in various formats including: 45 RPM Vinyl, SACD/CD, Blu-Ray Audio, PCM Downloads, or DSD Downloads. PCM downloads can be in the following sampling rates: 44.1 or 48 or 88.2 or 96 or 176.4 or 192/24--and can be either 16, 20, or 24 bit. PCM file types include: WAV, AIFF, and FLAC. Also Music Matters has some really high quality vinyl Blue Note reissues! Here are some examples of a few classic titles:

FYI: Seventeen Artists' Top 5 John Coltrane albums


Indian Classical CD's


Bibliography of Recommended Reading

 

High End Audio

Stereophile
Audiophile-oriented magazine.
 
The Absolute Sound
Audiophile-oriented magazine.
 
The Complete Guide to High-End Audio
by Robert Harley

Acoustics

The Master Handbook of Acoustics 3rd Edition
by F. Alton Everest
 
Concert and Opera Halls: How They Sound
by Leo Beranek
 
Acoustics
by Leo Beranek
 
Sound System Engineering
by Don Davis & Carolyn Davis
 

Click here for links to other on-line research.


Recording

A Century of Recorded Music: Listening to Musical History (Note: the focus is on classical music)
by Timothy Day
Temples of Sound: Inside the Great Recording Studios
by William Clark & Jim Cogan - (Forward by Quincy Jones)
Inside the Hits: The Seduction of a Rock and Roll Generation
by Wayne Wadhams
Sound Advice: The Musicians Guide to the Recording Studio
by Wayne Wadhams

Classical Music - Producers & Recording Engineers

Putting the Record Straight: The Autobiography of John Culshaw
by John Culshaw - (Producer 1946-1967, Decca Records)
 
Ring Resounding: The stirring account of how Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen was recorded for the first time
by John Culshaw
The Other Side of the Record
by Charles O'Connell - (Musical Director RCA Victor; Producer 1930-1944 RCA Victor Red Seal Records)
On and Off the Record : A Memoir of Walter Legge, the Most Influential Man in Twentieth Century Classical Music
by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf - (soprano & Walter Legge's wife) - (Walter Legge, Producer 1927-1964, HMV / EMI & founder of the Philharmonia Orchestra)
Walter Legge: Words and Music
by Alan Sanders
The Music Goes Round
by Fred Gaisberg - (Producer 1898-1939, HMV / EMI)

Classical Music

What to Listen For in Music
by Aaron Copland
The Classical Style: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven
by Charles Rosen
First and Last Love: An Autobiography of His Life in Music
by Vincent Sheehan

Classical Music - Repertoire & Recording Guides

The Penguin Guide to Recorded Classical Music 2010
by Ivan March, Edward Greenfield, Robert Layton; Paul Czajkowski (Editor)
Classical Music: Third Ear: The Essential Listening Companion
by Alexander Morin
The Billboard Encyclopedia of Classical Music
by Stanley Sadie
 
The Essential Canon of Classical Music
by David Dubal
 
Gramophone Classical Music Guide 2012
by James Jolly
 
The Insider's Guide to Classical Recordings, From the Host of The Record Shelf, a Highly Opinionated, Irreverent, and Selective Guide to What's Good and What's Not
by Jim Svejda

The Rough Guide to Classical Music
          by Joe Staines

Classical Music: The 50 Greatest Composers and Their 1000 Greatest Works
          by Phil G. Goulding

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

The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians: 29 volumes with index
        
 by Stanley Sadie and John Tyrrell

The Norton/Grove Concise Encyclopedia of Music
by Stanley Sadie; Alison Latham (Editor)

Classical Music - Conductor

A Mingled Chime: An Autobiography
by Sir Thomas Beecham
Memoirs
by George Solti
Two Worlds of Music - (British Title: The Baton and the Jackboot)  (autobiography)
by Berta Geissmar (secretary - first to Furtwangler, then to Beecham)
Theme And Variations - An Autobiography
by Bruno Walter
Of Music and Music-Making  (a continuation of his autobiography)
by Bruno Walter
Bruno Walter: A World Elsewhere  (biography)
by Erik Ryding
 
The Leonard Bernstein Letters
by Nigel Simeone (Editor)
 
Arturo Toscanini: Contemporary Recollections of the Maestro [contains Conversations with Toscanini (1959) and Toscanini Musicians Knew (1967)]
by B. H. Haggin
No Minor Chords: My Days in Hollywood  (autobiography)
by Andre Previn

Classical Music - Piano

Great Contemporary Pianists Speak for Themselves
by Elyse Mach
Piano Notes: The World of the Pianist
by Charles Rosen
Arthur Rubinstein: My Young Years  (autobiography)
by Arthur Rubinstein
Arthur Rubinstein: My Many Years  (autobiography)
by Arthur Rubinstein
Rubinstein: A Life in Music  (biography)
by Harvey Sachs
Horowitz: A Biography of Vladimir Horowitz
by Glenn Plaskin
 
Chopin and Beyond: My Extraordinary Life in Music and the Paranormal  (autobiography)
by Byron Janis
I Really Should Be Practicing. Reflections on the Pleasures and Perils of Playing Piano in Public. (autobiography)
by Gary Graffman
 
My Husband: Gabrilowitsch  (biography)
by Clara Clemens (Mark Twain's daughter)
Daniel Barenboim: A Life in Music  (autobiography)
by Daniel Barenboim
 
The Great Pianists: From Mozart to the Present
by Harold C. Schonberg


Classical Music - Violin

Unfinished Journey: Twenty Years Later  (autobiography)
by Yehudi Menuhin
Yehudi Menuhin: A Life   (biography)
by Humphrey Burton
 
Fiddlers Moll: Life With Yehudi  (biography)
by Diana Menuhin
Heifetz As I Knew Him  (biography)
by Ayke Agus
Jascha Heifetz Through My Eyes  (biography)
by Sherry Kloss
 
From Russia to the West: The Musical Memoirs and Reminiscences of Nathan Milstein   (autobiography)
by Nathan Milstein
 
My First 79 Years: Isaac Stern  (autobiography)
by Isaac Stern
Violin Dreams   (autobiography)
by Arnold Steinhardt
Efrem Zimbalist: A Life  (biography)
by Roy Malan
 
With Strings Attached - Reminiscences and Reflections  (autobiography)
by Joseph Szigeti

Classical Music - Cello

Cellist (autobiography)
by Gregor Piatigorsky
 
Joys and Sorrows: Reflections by Pablo Casals
by Albert Kahn

Classical Music - String Quartet

Indivisible by Four: A String Quartet in Pursuit of Harmony
by Arnold Steinhardt

Classical Music - Singer

My Life  (autobiography)
by Emma Calvé
Such Sweet Compulsion: The Autobiography of Geraldine Farrar  (autobiography)
by Geraldine Farrar
 
The Inner Voice: The Making of a Singer  (autobiography)
by Renee Fleming
The Sibyl Sanderson Story: Requiem for a Diva  (biography)
by Jack Winsor Hansen

Classical Music - Piano Accompanist

Am I Too Loud? A Musical Autobiography
by Gerald Moore
Farewell Recital: Further Memoirs
by Gerald Moore

Classical Music - Oboe

Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music  (memoir)
by Blair Tindall

Classical Music - J. S. Bach

Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven
by John Eliot Gardiner
The Cantatas of J. S. Bach with Their Librettos in German-English Parallel Text
by Alfred Dürr

Classical Music - Opera

A Passion for Opera: Learning to Love It: The Greatest Masters, Their Greatest Music
by Peter Fox Smith
Opera 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Opera
by Fred Plotkin
 
5000 Nights at the Opera: The Memoirs of Sir Rudolf Bing
by Sir Rudolf Bing
The Toughest Show on Earth: My Rise and Reign at the Metropolitan Opera
by Joseph Volpe

Classical Music Websites

AllMusic.com - Classical (Note: click the 'works' tab on a composer's page for 'highlights' of their oeuvre)

MusicWeb International (reviews of classical CDs)

Classical.net (another good source for basic repertoire)

Gramophone (reviews of classical CDs)

Andante


Indian Classical Music

Raga Mala: The Autobiography of Ravi Shankar
by Ravi Shankar
My Music, My Life
by Ravi Shankar
Classical Music of North India: the First Years of Study: The Music of the Baba Allauddin Gharana As Taught by Ali Akbar Khan at the Ali Akbar College of Music
by Ali Akbar Khan and George Ruckert
 

Indian Classical Music - Web Links

Ali Akbar College of Music

Indian Classical CD's


Music Websites - Multiple Genres

AllMusic.com  

SmithsonianGlobalSound

 

   
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