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This charming compilation is cheerfully hosted by the clear and friendly voice of Marin Alsop, who walks young (and curious adult) listeners through an engaging history of classical music. Alsop's commentary leads and follows ear-pleasing segments of great classical music, briskly recorded masterworks punctuating short biographies and observations. The language is clear and chatty. A wonderful way to learn about the great names and histories of the world's great composers and musical movements.

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The lives and music of the great composers of classical music unfold in this entertaining account, introduced by singer and presenter Aled Jones. In 1200 years, classical music grew from the chanting of medieval monks through the symphonies of Beethoven and the grand operas of Wagner to the huge orchestral sound-world of the 21st century, with its electronics and its film music. In his easy-going style, Aled Jones paints vivid portraits of over 80 composers, each one illustrated with some of his, or her, most famous music. This all-encompassing introduction to classical music also includes a wealth of biographical and instrumental information on the CD-ROM element: put CD 4 into the computer and up will come pictures, articles, sheet music, quizzes and more, which will inform and fascinate the whole family.

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  • Julesmaddan
  • 03-26-15

history of music

Would you consider the audio edition of The Story of Classical Music to be better than the print version?

great way to understand how music has developed. Aled is easy to listen to and the music inserts are fun.

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  • Richard
  • 07-21-17

Brilliant! Great for adults and children alike

Covering some 1500 years of music in just over 4 hours is an ambitious feat, but this overview of classical music is a fun narrative that captivates to the end! Young listeners will be introduced to significant composers and the broad changes in style over time, while older listeners will appreciate having familiar works and composers put in their historical context.