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Kenneth

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  • The History of Classical Music

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Richard Fawkes
    • Narrated By Robert Powell
    Overall
    (168)
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    (44)
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    (46)

    From Gregorian Chant to Henryk Gorecki, the first living classical composer to get into the pop album charts, here is the fascinating story of over a thousand years of Western classical music and the composers who have sought to express in music the deepest of human feelings and emotions. Also available: The History of Opera.

    Walter says: "highly recommend"
    "Great Introduction with well-placed sample clips"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The History of Classical Music to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because the audio edition has the distinct advantage of inline samples from important pieces being discussed, which makes it interactive in a way that a print version (even one that includes a CD with samples) cannot be.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Since this was a historical survey, it's hard to choose a favorite character! But I did enjoy learning about the Red Priest, Giuseppe Verdi.


    What does Robert Powell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Experience pronouncing the sometimes difficult foreign words.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I enjoyed the episodic nature, though I found some of the chapters to be rather long (upwards of an hour), which made it difficult to put down when I needed to do something else!


    Any additional comments?

    I'd make sure to download this in High Quality, since it includes orchestral samples that would be less satisfying in a more muffled/lower-quality setting.

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