This new completely revised edition of the Penguin Guide surveys the major classical recordings issued and reissued over the past five decades, many of which have dominated the catalogue because of their sheer excellence, irrespective of their recording dates. More thorough than ever before, it indicates key recordings on CD, as well as on DVD, with their extra video dimension, and enhanced SACD, including those in surround sound.
If you want the finest available version of any major classical work (including DVDs of opera and ballet) you will find it listed and acutely assessed in these pages.
THE PENGUIN GUIDE TO RECORDED CLASSICAL MUSIC OFFERS:
The pick of the latest releases, as well as all key established recordings
The greatest historic recordings, many in outstanding new transfers (including the very first recording of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony)
An in-depth survey of the best of the budget-priced CDs, including countless new issues
A comprehensive new collection of 'Portraits' of the major artists - singers, conductors and instrumentalists