Yesterday saw the publication of Classic FM's collectable new series of guides to various aspects of classical music. Called the Handy Guides, the first six are out now and there's something for everyone. The Handy Guide to Opera has everything from the best operas and composers of operas to the best place to see them live and the best arias to listen to. Similarly, the Handy Guide to Ballet looks at the history of ballet and the greatest ballets to go and see.
Bringing classical music right into the 21st century, the Handy Guide to Video Game Music examines the history of music in gaming, the top composers in the industry, many of whom have made the transition to film composing or general classical composing, and the best examples of computer game scores - including the ones that have made it into the Classic FM Hall of Fame. The Handy Guide to Film Music does for film what its companion does for gaming, looking at the most influential film composers and the top themes from throughout the decades.
The Handy Guide to the Orchestra is your go-to guide to both the development and make up of the orchestra in general, and the top orchestras in Britain and worldwide, as well as why orchestras play the sort of music they do. Finally the Handy Guide to Classical Recordings is Classic FM Managing Editor Sam Jackson's definitive list of the top 100 recordings of some of the world's favourite music. Whether you're starting to build a collection of the greatest classical music or looking for a gem you might have missed, this is the book to turn to.
With such a diverse range of titles in the series, there really is something for everyone, and by collecting the series, you can build up a comprehensive knowledge of every aspect to classical music. Start your collection today!