With over 1,400 pages of reviews, The Gramophone Classical Music Guide 2012 is the ultimate companion for classical music enthusiasts. Drawn from Gramophone magazine's panel of unrivaled critics, the book arms the reader with reviews of 3,000 recommended classical recordings to suit any taste. Also features an essay on the 1,000 year history of classical music, a guide to downloading, 100 brand new recommended recordings, a suggested basic library and a list of Gramophone's recordings of the year.
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I've been using the Gramophone music guides since the early 1990's as one of my primary references when I want to purchase something for my classical music collection and am looking for guidance on which recording to select. They have been issued annually since 1988 (Good CD Guide).
In the beginning, I used the Gramophone guides almost exclusively, and then later as I gained more experience and found more resources, I began to consult with other guides in addition to the one Gramophone has published.
There have always been differences of opinion among those who use these guides - some believing that the Penguin guides, in their various editions, are better. Other guides (AllMusic, NPR) have appeared at various times, and each has its merits. Penguin finally decided to take a different approach, and instead of providing a fairly...
The reviews are the thoughtful, intelligent and insightful reviews Gramophone is justly famous for (although the tendency to overrate English artists is still here). But, especially compared to the Penguin guide, there are far too many glaring gaps in the coverage. Ridiculous to have hardly any reviews of Mozart's chamber music. Not worth the money.
I probably prefer the Penguin Classical Music guides. I spent a lot of time comparing the the latest Penguin and the Gramophone volume. The Penguin volume had comments on a much larger proportion of my collection than the Gramophone notes
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