The Ultimate Classic FM Hall of Fame: The Greatest Classical Music of All Time
The Ultimate Classic FM Hall of Fame celebrates classical music’s unique ability to stir the emotions of a listener – whether it’s the haunting melodies of Górecki’s Symphony of Sorrowful Songs or Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas; the passionately charged opening bars of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5; dramatic operas such as Puccini’s La bohème; the moving sounds of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto; beautiful ballet scores from Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky; or blockbuster film soundtracks composed by John Williams and Howard Shore.
This new edition of the Sunday Times bestseller celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the Classic FM Hall of Fame. With a fully updated chart of the nation’s 300 favourite works, based on votes cast by millions of listeners over the past twenty years, a revised introduction and beautiful new illustrations, this definitive collection encompasses a rich variety of classical greats, contemporary masters, lesser-known treasures and outstanding British composers to provide a fascinating insight into our relationship with the music we love.
Darren Henley, Sam Jackson and Tim Lihoreau guide us through the world of classical music and the people responsible for creating and performing it. Combining fascinating histories and biographies, recommended recordings and the ranking of the 300 pieces themselves, this book is as relevant to a new listener discovering the joys of classical music as it is to long-time lovers of the genre. The Ultimate Classic FM Hall of Fame is a beautifully illustrated testament to the enduring power of classical music to inspire, entertain, relax and invigorate us.
Praise for The Classic FM Hall of Fame 2011 edition
We all need classical music. There's something here for every fan, from the casual listener to the serious aficionado. --Sir Simon Rattle
Classic FM listeners will find the stories behind their favourite pieces and the composers who wrote them fascinating; a superb introduction to the UK's best loved classical works. --Nicola Benedetti
The Classic FM Hall of Fame has undoubtedly caught the imagination, passion and enthusiasm of its listeners. This book is full of delightful stories, recommended recordings and hidden treasures. A must for the Hall of Fame aficionado. --Bryn Terfel