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Irish Classical Recordings

A Discography of Irish Art Music

by Axel Klein

 

Attempts to document a largely unknown aspect of Irish culture by providing the very first catalogue of Irish classical music.

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September 2001

Greenwood

Pages 288
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Popular Culture/Music and Performing Arts

Though the term Irish music typically evokes images of fiddles, flutes, and Riverdance, Ireland and its culture have also given rise to a wealth of orchestral music, including compositions ranging from string quartets to operas. In this important new work, author Axel Klein provides much more than a mere discography: he documents and promotes a largely unknown aspect of Irish culture in a unique combination of discographical and biographical information.

Featuring ninety-three recorded Irish composers and forty-three international composers influenced by Irish music, the volume offers the means for scholars and general readers alike to familiarize themselves with a subject to which most of the world, until now, has not been exposed. As most of the music described is currently available on compact disc, Klein's compilation serves as an invaluable resource guide for both academics and amateur enthusiasts.

Topic Centers

Introduction
Abbreviations
Recorded Music by Irish Composers
Recorded "Irish" Music by Non-Irish Composers
Index

Reviews/Endorsements

Reviews

Most appropriate for comprehensive music libraries and collections.—Choice

[a] book that will certainly broaden the perspectives of even those with an extensive familiarity with Irish art music of both the past and the present.—Music and Letters

Books on Irish classical music are so rare that the appearance of a volume such as this is a cause for celebration. And if champagne is to be opened then we might indulge in a magnum to reward Mr. Klein's diligence in creating such a comprehensive list of recordings.—The Journal of Music in Ireland

This book is a welcome addition to any music library.—American Reference Books Annual

[T]he book offers the means for scholars and general readers alike to familiarize themselves with a subject to which most of the world, until now, has not been exposed. As most of the music described is currently available on compact disc, Klein's compilation serves as an invaluable resource guide for both academic and amateur enthusiasts.—BBC Radio

[T]his valuable book lists CDs, LPs and cassettes on which have been recorded works from the earliest composers recognized as `Irish' (such as John Field) right through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to today's most active and innovative figures.—New Music News

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