Classical music has a unique ability to stir our emotions, and everyone has a favourite piece – whether it’s the haunting melodies of Górecki’s Symphony of Sorrowful Songs; the rousing sounds of Elgar’s Coronation Ode; the passionately charged opening bars of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5; beautiful ballet scores from Tchaikovsky; the majestic soundtrack to Jurassic Park by John Williams; or even Uematsu’s Final Fantasy theme from the increasingly popular realm of videogame music.
The Ultimate Classic FM Hall of Fame celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the nation’s favourite classical music countdown.Originally published in 2011, this revised edition includes a fully updated chart of the top 300 works, based on votes cast by millions of listeners over the past twenty years, with a new introduction and beautiful new illustrations. This definitive collection encompasses a rich variety of classical greats, contemporary masters, lesser-known treasures and great British composers to provide a fascinating insight into our relationship with the music we love.
“A real treat … stunning; it’s one that would grace any coffee table with ease, the glossy sumptuousness of the book’s pages are made to be appreciated. However, the book is not just good to look at, it’s also a fascinating and informative read and forms a good introduction to classical music in an easy to understand style, which neither patronises nor over complicates.” The Guardian.com