The Musically Speaking Conductor's Guides are your link to an appreciation of the greatest classical music ever performed. Let Maestro Gerard Schwarz enrich your classical music listening enjoyment by illuminating the great works of the Masters with revealing commentary and educational insight.
If you love the symphony, this hour of delightful entertainment and fascinating information will enrich your symphony experience like nothing else. See the entire Musically Speaking Collection
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I found this very educational and entertaining. My only complaint was that much of Debussy's music was too faint to hear without cranking the volume up all the way, which means that when the narrator conductor comes back, his voice blasted in my ears.
This complaint may not be relevant if you're listening in a very quiet environment, but I listened to this on my iPod througy my car stereo (constantly adjusting the stereo volumn knob) and through iPod earphones while commuting to work via train.
I had heard an excerpt from a different title in this series, which didn't suffer from the volume problem.
All in all, though, it was educational. As a novice to music in general, I'm in no position to judge the accuracy of the information or the depth of the conductor's interpretation, but as a beginner, I did not feel that the narrator was going over my head.
I agree with William about the unevenness of the sound levels but I won't let it detract from my rating for the quality of the lecture. As a non-musician seeking to better understand what makes Debussy's music so distinctive, it was very illuminating. When the lecture finished I was eager to listen to the pieces in their entirety. Alas, Audible does not include the second disc of the set, the one with the music on it. How disappointing.
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