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Notes from the Piano Bench by Boris Berman
Paperback - 240 pages (March 1, 2002)
Yale Univ Pr; ISBN: 0300093985 ; Size (in inches): 0.61 x 8.92 x 6.56
  ( Also in hardcover )

"...neither too elementary nor too advanced for any pianist, piano teacher or piano lover. It is informative, inspiring, and entertaining." —Claude Frank
"A very instructive, imaginative, and stimulating book." —Radu Lupu

Richter: Notebooks and Conversations Sviatoslav Richter: Notebooks and Conversations by Bruno Monsaingeon, Stewart Spencer (Translator)
Hardcover - 467 pages (March 1, 2001) Princeton Univ Pr; ISBN: 0691074380 ; Size (in inches): 1.24 x 9.52 x 6.39

"...Richter's distinctive voice, unpretentious, ironic, at times defensive, humorous, convincingly sincere, as brutally candid about his foibles, his performances, and his preferences as about the strengths and failings of his colleagues —Beth Archer Brombert

Great Pianists on Piano Playing : Godowsky, Hofman, Lhevinne, Paderewski and 24 Other Legendary Performers by James F. Cooke (Editor)
Paperback - 448 pages (December 1999) Dover Pubns; ISBN: 0486408450 ; Size (in inches): 0.83 x 8.39 x 8.39
Musical Prodigies : Perilous Journeys, Remarkable Lives by Claude Kenneson, Contribution by Bejun Mehta, Foreword by Van Cliburn
Hardcover - 386 pages (April 1999)
Amadeus Pr; Size (in inches): 1.33 x 9.38 x 6.43

"Intriguing and informative for musicians, teachers, and music lovers. Highly recommended" - Library Journal

Alfred Brendel on Music: Collected Essays by Alfred Brendel
Paperback - 432 pages (November 2000)
A Cappella Books; ISBN: 1556524080 ; Size (in inches): 0.84 x 8.94 x 5.96

"The mix of thoughtfulness and brilliance that irradiates [Brendel's] performances infuses these spirited essays." - Susan Sontag

One Finger Too Many by Alfred Brendel and Richard Stokes (Translator)
Hardcover (May 1999)
Random House; ISBN: 0375502939

"... sneaky and surreal sense of humor ... written to amuse, edify, and tickle the reader's sensibility..." - James Marcus
* And definitely see the excellent Kirkus review *

Glenn Gould : The Performer in the Work : A Study in Performance Practice by Kevin Bazzana - Includes CD with excerpts that are analyzed.
Hardcover (January 1998)
Clarendon Pr; ISBN: 0198166567 ; Size (in inches): 0.95 x 9.55 x 6.43

"...a detailed critical study of Gould, the musical interpreter ... Examining recorded performances occasionally note by note [with CD], the author analyzes Gould's interpretations ..." - Library Journal

The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection : The 350 Essential Works by Ted Libbey
Paperback - 528 pages 2nd Rev&up edition (September 1999)
Workman Publishing Company; Size (in inches): 1.42 x 8.88 x 5.93

"...we readers are lucky that Ted Libbey has provided this guide to the complex and magnificent realm of music." - Mstislav Rostropovich

Inside Early Music : Conversations with Performers by Bernard D. Sherman
Hardcover - 384 pages (July 1997)
Oxford Univ Pr (Trade); Size ( in inches): 1.38 x 9.77 x 6.43

“I can’t imagine a better book of its kind.” - Richard Taruskin, UC;
"... in-depth examinations of a wide range of issues ... truly compelling reading." - Fanfare;   "... invaluable resource... filled with revelations" - Joseph Spencer, Musical Offering

The Four and the One : In Praise of String Quartets by David Rounds
Paperback - 208 pages (March 1999)
Lost Coast Press;  Size (in inches): 0.62 x 8.52 x 5.55

The four as one ... a look at one string quartet's personal histories, working life, and their rehearsals for a recording, with a look at the history of the quartet form, technical aspects of performance, and analyses of other quartet group 'personalities.' Gets high ratings from early readers.

Callas at Juilliard : The Master Classes by Maria Callas, John Ardoin
Paperback - 950 pages (September 1998)
Amadeus Pr;  Size (in inches): 0.91 x 10.40 x 7.42

"... richly illustrated by musical examples not as they appear in the score, but as Callas suggested they be interpreted. Highly recommended for all voice students and as a manual of performance practice" - Library Journal

Jacqueline Du Pre : Her Life, Her Music, Her Legend by Elizabeth Wilson
Hardcover - 480 pages (April 1999)
Arcade Pub;  Size (in inches): 1.55 x 9.57 x 6.55

Emphasis is on Du Pre the musician. "...definitive" - Publishers Weekly;  "...satisfying and invaluable" - NY Times Book Review

Diva : The New Generation : The Sopranos and Mezzos of the Decade Discuss Their Roles (1st Ed) by Helena Matheopoulos
Hardcover - 336 pages (November 1998)
Northeastern Univ Pr;  Size (in inches): 1.38 x 9.46 x 6.29

21 Interviews, with Malfitano, Matilla, Bartoli, Swenson, Fleming, Eaglen, Zajic, Graves, Gheorghiu, and 12 others

The Beethoven Compendium: A Guide to Beethoven's Life and Music by Anne-Louise Coldicott , Barry Cooper (Editor), William Drabkin, Nicholas Marston
Paperback - (August 1997 -- Older but comprehensive - a rich source)
Thames & Hudson;  Size (in inches): 1.33 x 9.94 x 7.04

"Certainly the best study of its kind." - The Independent;
"Brilliant" - The Guardian;
"Indispensible for students and music lovers" - The Musical Times;
"Concise, accurate, and up-to-date" - The Times

Indivisible by Four : A String Quartet in Pursuit Of Harmony (3rd Ed.) by the Guarneri String Quartet's first violinist, Arnold Steinhardt
Hardcover - 308 pages 1 Ed edition (October 1998)
Farrar Straus & Giroux;  Size (in inches): 1.04 x 8.50 x 5.79

"... a charm that other, more hardened, accounts might lack." - NY Times Book Review;
"... readable, fast-moving...a flood of often delightful anecdotes about classical music's luminaries" - Business Week

The Compleat Brahms : A Guide to the Musical Works of Johannes Brahms by Leon Botstein (Preface)
Hardcover - 448 pages 1 Ed edition (March 1999)
W.W. Norton & Company;  Size (in inches): 1.61 x 9.56 x 6.51

"... user-friendly compendium....The book's writers are all Brahms enthusiasts, and their excitement is infectious." - Publishers Weekly

Johannes Brahms : Life and Letters by Johannes Brahms, Josef Eisinger (Translator), Styra Avins (Editor), st Avins
Hundreds of previously untranslated letters from Brahms, 48 rare photos
Hardcover - 858 pages (February 1998)
Oxford Univ Press;  Size (in inches): 1.94 x 9.53 x 6.50

"Richly informative ... changes perceptions" - Sunday Times, UK;
"Little short of a bombshell ... " - NY Times;

1791, Mozart's Last Year by H. C. Robbins Landon
Paperback - 242 pages (May 1999)
Thames & Hudson; Size ( in inches): 0.89 x 9.01 x 5.99

"A poignant, stimulating book ... rich in insights." - Classical Music

The Chronicle of Opera by Michael Raeburn
Hardcover - 256 pages (October 1998)
Thames & Hudson;  Size (in inches): 0.97 x 11.30 x 8.89

"Every opera fan needs this book....The sidebars, citing important world events, and the succulent visuals make this book one to keep." - San Francisco Examiner

Cinderella & Company : Backstage at the Opera With Cecilia Bartoli by Manuela Hoelterhoff
Hardcover - 288 pages 1 Ed edition (September 1998)
Random House;  Size (in inches): 1.26 x 9.99 x 7.00

"... a naughtily witty tell-almost-all book... " - NY Times Bk Rev.;
"...the most perceptive and hilariously honest book on the making and marketing of opera to come along in some time." - NY Times;
"...a hilarious, revealing, and sometimes malicious book about operatic intrigue on and off the stage." - The Boston Globe
(Some readers find the book nasty and shallow.)

Chopin : Pianist and Teacher : As Seen by His Pupils by Jean-Jacques Eigeldinger, Roy Howat (Editor), Krysia Osostowicz (Translator)
Paperback (December 1989 -- [ New, and intriguing, to me ]
Cambridge Univ Pr (Pap Txt);  Size (in inches): 0.77 x 8.97 x 6.00

Translated accounts of Chopin's pupils, acquaintances and contemporaries, as well as his own writings.

Chopin : The Piano Concertos by John Rink
(Hardcover version is available also, here, at a heftier price.
Paperback - 128 pages (March 1998)
  Cambridge Univ Pr (Pap Txt);  Size (in inches): 0.31 x 8.50 x 5.45
Hardcover (December 1997)   -   Cambridge Univ Pr (Short)

Their genesis, Chopin's performances, his use of these as a teacher, plus critical/performance history-analysis, and an investigation of his "enigmatic 'third concerto,' the Allegro de concert."

Franz Liszt : The Final Years, 1861-1886 (1st Ed) by Alan Walker
Paperback - 624 pages Reprint edition Vol 3 (December 1997)
Cornell Univ Pr;  Size (in inches): 1.44 x 9.28 x 6.02

"Liszt's final years are remarkably similar to those of the eccentric twentieth-century pianist Glenn Gould." - Booklist;
"... painstaking scholarship ... the first fully reliable account of Liszt's amazingly eventful life." - Commentary Magazine

The Insider's Guide to Classical Recordings : From the Host of The Record Shelf, a Highly Opinionated, Irreverent, and Selective Guide to What's Good and What's Not by Jim Svejda, Mitch Miller
Paperback - 849 pages 6th Rep edition (February 24, 1999)
Prima Publishing;  Size (in inches): 1.98 x 9.24 x 7.49

The sub-title (in italics) says it all.

Random House Encyclopedic Dictionary of Classical Music by David Cummings
Hardcover - 800 pages (May 1997)
Random House;  Size (in inches): 1.91 x 10.01 x 7.84

"Unique in its coverage..." - Times Educational Supplement;
"The most reliable single-volume reference work." - Sunday Times

The Concerto : A Listener's Guide by Michael Steinberg
Hardcover - 608 pages (October 1998)
Oxford Univ Pr (Trade); Size (in inches): 1.57 x 9.47 x 6.42

"Steinberg ... gives us essays on music that are love letters, overflowing with passion and intimate detail. - Garrick Ohlsson

Arrau on Music and Performance by by Joseph Horowitz, Claudio Arrau  
Paperback - 322 pages (September 1999)
Dover Pubns; ISBN: 0486408469 ; Size (in inches): 0.65 x 8.37 x 5.39
    Unabridged and slightly altered republication of Conversations With Arrau
    2nd edition

"One of the best books about a performing artist ever written..." —Andrew Porter, The New Yorker.


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