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THE REST IS NOISE Listening to the Twentieth Century

by | Read by Grover Gardner

History • 23 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2007

Twentieth-century classical music can be intimidating and alienating— indeed, some composers intended it to be exactly that. Neither of these adjectives applies to THE REST IS NOISE, by longtime NEW YORKER music critic Alex Ross. This history of the century as seen—or heard—through its music is lucid and unpretentious. It begins in fin-de-siècle Vienna, moves through fascinating chapters on music's place in the regimes of Stalin and Hitler, and continues right up to the present day. At 23 hours, this is a long listen, and some sections inevitably drag. But Grover Gardner's delivery is as welcoming as Ross's writing, and the performance as a whole is a masterwork. D.B. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine [Published: APR/ MAY 08]

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Formats

Trade Ed. • Blackstone Audio • 2007

CS ISBN 978-1-4332-0792-1 $34.95 • Fifteen cassettes

CD ISBN 978-1-4332-0793-8 $34.95 • Seventeen CDs

MP3-CD ISBN • MP3-CDs

DD ISBN $34.96

 

Library Ed. • Blackstone Audio • 2007

CS ISBN 978-1-4332-0795-2 $95.95 • Fifteen cassettes

CD ISBN 978-1-4332-0796-9 $120.00 • Seventeen CDs

MP3-CD ISBN 978-1-4332-0794-5 $44.95 • Two MP3-CDs

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