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MICHAEL NYMAN talks to John Leeman about his opera Man and Boy: Dada

Domenico SCARLATTI (1685-1757) This set is a pinnacle in the history of recorded music The Complete Keyboard Sonatas Scott Ross (harpsichord)[PCW] Ongoing Review Review updated 18 December 2005


THE PENGUIN GUIDE TO COMPACT DISCS & DVDs 2005/6 Edition: The Key Classical recordings on CD, DVD and SACD Reviews by: Ivan March; Edward Greenfield; Robert Layton Edited by Ivan March Assistant Editor: Paul Czajkowski Paperback 1520 pp. ISBN 0-141-02262-0

Beethoven: The Universal Composer by Edmund Morris. [In the series Eminent Lives] Harper Collins Publishers, New York. 2005. 5-1/2" x 7-3/8." 243 pages, including glossary of musical terms. No index. 1 B&W illustration. US$21.95.ISBN 13978-0-06-075974-2 and ISBN 10 0-06-07594-7.

The Cambridge Companion to Grand Opera David Charlton (editor) Published 2003 Cambridge University Press, 496 pages ISBN 0-521064683-9

The Cambridge Companion to the Concerto, Has the potential to be informative in the right hands ... serves as the springboard for further reading on this absorbing musical genre. edited by Simon P. Keefe Pub: Cambridge University Press, 2005 (1st ed.) 309 pp. Paperback: ISBN 052154257X £17.99 Hardback: ISBN 052183483X £45.00 [ED]



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