Patrick Kavanaugh - A Taste For The Classics

Tuesday 1st February 1994
Patrick Kavanaugh - A Taste For The Classics
Patrick Kavanaugh - A Taste For The Classics

RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
LABEL: Sparrow ISBN0850096316
FORMAT: Book General book

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

Don't let the publisher and Christian bookshop distribution fool you - there's no Christian overview in this guide to classical music. Nor is there an examination of the spiritual beliefs of the composers of the classics. (For that you will need the author's The Spiritual Lives Of Great Composers' - irritatingly plugged on the cover of 'A Taste For The Classics' despite being unpublished in Britain.) What you get here is very much an 'idiot's guide' (perfect for this particular reviewer who doesn't know Mendelssohn from Messiaen and who understands the average album review in Gramophone about as much as if it were written in Esperanto). If you're looking for a beginner's reference work which neither blinds you with technical jargon then this is it.

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