by Sukey HowardFebruary, 2005
On a very different note
Classical music is one of the joys of life, a wonderful part of our civilization that none should miss. Now there's a lively, enlightening introduction for the whole family to share. The Story of Classical Music, written by Darren Henley and narrated by the effervescent Marin Alsop, a leading American conductor, spans 1,200 years of musical development from medieval chants through the glories of Beethoven symphonies and Wagnerian operas to the new sounds of the 21st century. There are portraits of more than 90 composers accompanied by their most famous music, and fascinating accounts of technical and stylistic changes. An interactive CD-ROM demonstrates orchestral instruments, how music is written and much more. Truly a learn-while-you-listen experience.