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by Jim Svejda

Category: Music
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Author: Jim Svejda
ISBN: 0761517111
ISBN13: 978-0761517115
Language: English
Publisher: Prima Lifestyles; Revised, Subsequent edition (February 24, 1999)
Pages: 864
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The Classic Guide to Classical Music. of thousands of loyal listeners throughout the United States, Jim Svejda's weekly radio program The Record Shelf is not to be missed. Now, this amusing and irreverent guide captures the special flavor of Svejda's unique program. If you are looking for a comprehensive guide to classical music, Penguin or Gramophone make a better choice because this guide generally only recommends one "best" version of a work. Nevertheless the Insider's Guide is a highly valuable and entertaining addition to the group of classical music guides.

For hundreds of thousands of loyal listeners throughout the United States, Jim Svejda's weekly radio program The Record Shelf is not to be missed.

Details (if other): Cancel. Thanks for telling us about the problem. For hundreds of thousands of loyal listeners throughout the United States, Jim Svejda's weekly radio program The Record Shelf is not to be missed.

The Record Shelf Guide. Details (if other): Cancel. Merciless with those Svejda considers charlatans and rhapsodic about those he champions.

Since 1983 he has hosted the weekly syndicated classical music program The Record Shelf, and currently hosts the station's local nightly classical series The Evening Program.

the United States, Jim Svejda's weekly radio program The Record Shelf is not to be missed. Shelf, a Highly Opinionated, Irreverent and Selective Guide to What's G. The Insider's Guide to Classical Recordings : From the Host of the Record Shelf, a Highly Opinionated, Irreverent and Selective Guide to What's G. by Jim Svejda.

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Svejda is also the author of, what he calls, "an irreverent, selective and highly opinionated recordings guide of the best classical CD's and audiocassettes," The Insider's Guide to Classical Recordings. Эта программа будет доступна сегодня, 02:00. Спорт, музыка, новости и подкасты.

In his published Record Shelf Guide, Svejda himself describes the book as "an irreverent, selective and .

In his published Record Shelf Guide, Svejda himself describes the book as "an irreverent, selective and highly opinionated recordings guide of the best classical CDs and audiocassettes  .

This highly idiosyncratic book is a wonderful resource in finding great recordings of classical masterworks. I've followed the author's recommendations in my purchases, and have never been disappointed. Work-to-work relationships. You'll enjoy reading this wryly humorous and candid collection time and time again.

Jim Svejda, host of the radio program The Record Shelf, and author of The Insider's GUIDE to CLASSICAL RECORDINGS: a Highly Opinionated, Irreverent, and Selective Guide to What's Good and What's No. .

Midway through the first movement, the "late" Dr. Hanson phoned the station and proceeded to point out, in the most unimaginably charming way, that my information was not entirely accurate.

For hundreds of thousands of loyal listeners throughout the United States, Jim Svejda's weekly radio program The Record Shelf is not to be missed. Now, this amusing and irreverent guide captures the special flavor of Svejda's unique program. Without fear or favor, he recommends his choices of CDs and cassettes for hundreds of compositions from the standard, and not-so-standard, fare. You'll enjoy reading this wryly humorous and candid collection time and time again."No one on the air treats both composers and performers with such personal devotion or has such a fine ear for differences in inflections and interpretations."—New York Times"The best, most searching and fascinating review of music around."—Dudley Moore"If you want to expand or enrich your musical horizons, this book is indispensable. No matter how sophisticated you may be about the world of classical music, Jim Svejda's book will introduce you to new performances and perspectives."—Michael Medved, PBS's Sneak Preview"Great fun to read."—Sir André Preven
Comments to eBook 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
Marelyne
KUSC's Jim Svejda created an excellent resource for evaluations of recorded classical music. He offers insightful observations and points of view that help in choosing music recordings. This audiophile may not agree with all of them but Svejda's remarks have helped in purchasing one recording over another. The book's only negative, it has been a while since the last edition and a lot of recorded classical music has come on scene since. Here's hoping Mr. Svejda does an update - either in print or on line.
Nuadabandis
I'm a long-term Svejda fan, starting years before he wrote the first of these books. I've bought and loved every edition of this book, and encourage every lover of classical music to do the same. Do I agree with Jim on every point? Of course not! I don't even think he'd want that--he thinks for himself, and I believe he wants everyone else to do the same. He is, at least, honest enough to admit that a book of his opinions is highly opinionated. I have found him to be a remarkably educated and perceptive critic of classical music, and I always turn to him before I turn to any bland, confirm-the-popular-taste, ruffle-no-feathers, milk-toast of a critic. In most cases I find his opinions to be accurate; in other cases I see his point, but beg to differ. But he is always witty, erudite, and honest. You can't buy a book that will infallibly tell you which recordings you are going to like the best; any author who claims that is dishonest or delusional. But if you want an illuminating, thought-provoking guide to recordings that you should, at least, consider for your collection, this is the place to turn!
Ber
I enjoy listening to Mr. Svejda on KUSC and enjoy his enthusiasm, immense knowledge, and many opinions. Almost without exception, I can refer to this book after hearing even an obscure piece for the first time and find a thoughtful discussion of it and its composer.
My complaint with his reviews is his lack of concern for recording quality to which he openly admits. He has a tin ear when it comes to good recording engineering. Even the recordings he describes as well recorded are often duds in terms of sound quality. For me, there is little enjoyment hearing a fine performance that sounds as if it were recorded in a freight elevator through a fluffy blanket.
Those like me who, while not minding less than audiophile grade recordings of the musical giants who preceeeded high fidelity, find little excuse for the inexcusably poor recording quality of so much classical work by contemporary artists and ensembles, should take his recommendations with a grain of salt. Several times, I've bought cds recommended in this book only to be dismally disappointed by a poorly executed recording.
Jazu
Jim Svejda is a comic genius; that he also knows more about classical music than most of the world put together is just a bonus. Where else can you read about the harpsichord sounding like "two skeletons copulating on a tin roof?" That he is not particularly fond of baroque music (outside of Handel) is the only major flaw in his reviewing; I too was somewhat disappointed in his slighting of Bach's cantatas, and his handling of Bach in general. Fortunately, the latest edition redresses that fact somewhat. But I happen to agree with Svjeda that Harnoncourt and Leonhardt have largely butchered the cantatas, as well as practically every other piece of music they've ever recorded. Svjeda does have his musical obsessions: besides Handel and Mozart, he is truly obsessed with Fritz Reiner and other composers who take a Romantic slant on whatever they're recording. But having bought nearly a hundred recordings based on Svejda's recommendations alone, I can honestly say that I've never been disappointed, and I've often been delighted. The book is worth every penny; I've read the last three editions from cover to cover, and I use it to keep track of my recordings. Since I have over a thousand cds, it's become increasingly hard to keep from buying a duplicate copy of something I don't listen to regularly. Long live Jim Svejda!
Zbr
I wish there were more people like Jim Svejda in classical music with their ecletic and unstuffy approach. I don't agree with everything the guy says; I think his exclusion of Boulez among the composers is simply unacceptable. I'm sure there are others who should be in there. On the other hand, he doesn't mind singing the praises of the old-school conductors like Szell and Walter or the new-school record companies like Naxos or the unsung 20th century composers such as Syzmanowski and Henze. I also like his selection of American composers. You can't say enough about all of those people and Naxos, especially in the area of chamber music. I believe most of Svejda's personalized ancedotes are highly amusing. And anybody who thinks so highly of Schoenberg and late Stravinsky as he does is certainly not reactionary as one reviewer put it. I think it's neat that someone like Svejda was forthright enough to put his opinions in print. I wouldn't make this my ONLY choice for classical music reviews. But along with the Penguin Guide and the Gramophone Guide (and yes, even the reviews in amazon.com), this can be a great addition to your library and a way to weed out choices for your hard-earned dollar.
Yellow Judge
If you are looking for a comprehensive guide to classical music, Penguin or Gramophone make a better choice because this guide generally only recommends one "best" version of a work. Nevertheless the Insider's Guide is a highly valuable and entertaining addition to the group of classical music guides. The author is not afraid to bash icons such as von Karajan, or to praise older recordings that have fallen out of favor, all while acknowledging that ultimately taste is a matter of subjectivity. Also, given the format, this guide tends to devote more discussion to each recording than the other guides, which is highly useful in terms of knowledge of the piece itself. An excellent complement to either of the two more comprehensive guides, and fun reading too.
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