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This second edition of the A-Z of Opera has been expanded to include even more composers, operas and listening resources. Central to the compendium is a 1,096-page book detailing the lives of hundreds of opera composers and highlighting the extraordinary breadth of both the art form and those who wrote for it across the centuries. With 2 CDs containing more than two hours of music, a Bonus Area of 130 tracks for streaming and a further 25 to download, plus a glossary of operatic terms, this new edition is a must-have for all opera fans.


A TO Z OF OPERA (The) (2nd expanded edition)*
Keith Anderson

Naxos 8.558216-17 • 2CDs
Playing Time: 02:27:03
ISBN: 978-1-84379-304-5

Key Features:

  • 2 CDs: Over 2 hours of music
  • Booklet of 1,096 pages, with photographs
  • Synopsis included for each of the 950 works listed
  • Glossary of operatic terms
  • Bonus Area: 130 tracks to stream, 25 tracks to download – over 9 hours of music!

*This publication will be available for sale in the United States in January, 2015



Listen to Miriam Gauci performing an extract from Catalani's
La Wally: Ebben? Ne andrò lontana.



Listen to Chen-Ye Yuan performing an extract from John Adams' Nixon in China: I am old and cannot sleep





Also available in the A-Z series


Naxos 8.558087-90 • 4 CDs
Playing Time: 05:07:07
ISBN: 978-1-84379-071-6
A-Z of Conductors
David Patmore

Key Features:

  • Biographies of 300 great conductors
  • Booklet of 960 pages, with photographs
  • 4 CDs of illustrative historical recordings
  • Includes access to a dedicated website with over 200 hours of music

Artists include Arturo Toscanini, Wilhelm Furtwängler,
Leopold Stokowski, Thomas Beecham, Willem Mengelberg, Herbert von Karajan, Leonard Bernstein

Naxos 8.558107-10 • 4 CDs
Playing Time: 05:11:21
ISBN: 978-1-84379-073-0
A-Z of Pianists
Jonathan Summers

Key Features:

  • Biographies of 300 great pianists
  • Booklet of 870 pages, with photographs
  • 4 CDs of illustrative historical recordings
  • Includes access to a dedicated website with further recordings by 67 of the pianists featured

Artists include Vladimir Horowitz, Ferruccio Busoni,
Sergei Rachmaninov, Josef Lhévinne, Ignacy Paderewski, Clara Haskil

Naxos 8.558081-84 • 4 CDs
Playing Time: 04:57:50
ISBN: 978-1-84379-810-1
A-Z of String Players
David Milsom

Key Features:

  • 4 CDs containing almost 5 hours of music
  • Over 300 biographies and selected recordings
  • Booklet of over 660 pages, with photographs
  • Bonus Area with further recordings by artists from Ayo to Zimmermann

The above publications are not available in the United States due to possible copyright restrictions


Naxos 8.555319-20 • 2 CDs
Playing time: 02:31:21
ISBN: 9-6263-4210-2
A TO Z OF CLASSICAL MUSIC (The)
(2nd Expanded Edition, 2000)

Key Features:

  • 2 CDs containing 2.5 hours of music
  • 526-page illustrated booklet
  • Contains extensive glossary of musical terms
  • Unique guide to classical music in acclaimed films also included


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