Discover Music of the Romantic Era

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Amidst a background of wars and revolution, the nineteenth century produced many of the world s best-loved composers. Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin and Tchaikovsky are just some of the many familiar names whose music was shaped by the events of period: Discover Music of the Romantic Era charts the course of music through these turbulent but exhilarating times. Light-hearted but authoritative, it tells the fascinating, often scandalous life-stories of the nineteenth century s greatest composers and describes how they created musical history. Their many different styles are illustrated by 2½ hours of carefully chosen music on a dedicated website.

The book is peppered with quotations, pictures and helpful tips on what to listen for.

An ideal musical introduction for readers of all ages.

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For some of the eighteenth and twentieth centuries and most of the nineteenth, "romantic" music dominated the concert halls of Europe and America. Ever expanding the scope of musical grammar, it sought to express deeply felt emotional states, tell rousing stories, and evoke beautiful pictures. The works of its composers remain among the most universally enjoyed in the classical repertoire. While Naxos's critical history of the era is cursory, on the plus side, the recording contains spirited musical illustrations. Critical analyses of individual compositions are clearly stated and illuminating. Narrator Jeremy Siepmann has a pleasant, mature British sound. He employs it in a documentary style that is placid but never dull. Y.R. AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine

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Best of all, the text is punctuated with glorious bursts of famous and less well-known sonatas, cantatas, partitas, fugues, concertos and oratorios. Why have I never heard the wonderful aria "Leave Me to Weep" from Handel's opera Rinaldo before? A must for every serious music lover, baroque or otherwise. - Sue Arnold, The Guardian With 40 tracks illustrating the glory of baroque music, and a narration as lively as Vivaldi's Spring, this is a delight. As well as providing details of the composers' lives, this 2-CD set brings home what it must have been like to hear the music when it was first performed. - Rachel Redford, The Observer

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