Author(s): Matthew Rye
1001 Classical Recordings You Must Hear Before You Die answers the need for more accessible information about the greats of classical music: it is the definitive insider's guide to the best recordings of 1001 outstanding classical and operatic works. From the great and inspiring Masses, choral works, symphonies, concertos, and operas, to the intimacies and subtleties of chamber music and pieces written for small ensembles and soloists, this comprehensive volume provides insightful reviews of more than 700 years of musical endeavour.
Matthew Rye is a writer and journalist who worked for many years on the staff of BBC Music Magazine and more recently at The Strand Magazine, where he is currently working freelance as a reviews editor. He is a music critic for the Daily Telegraph, writing regular reviews of CDs and concerts, and he has also contributed to a wide variety of other titles on classical music. His publications include a chapter on twentieth-century opera for the Blackwell History of Music in Britain and contributions to the Rough Guides to Classical Music and to Opera.