This new work lists over 1,200 classical and operatic recordings in the compact disc format in a system whereby the individual titles are graded for their appropriateness to specific types and sizes of libraries. The preface describes the care and handling of compact discs and differentiates between this medium and those recordings made in the old, analog, fashion. The introduction contains a precis on criticism but is largely devoted to evaluating numerous recording soloists, ensembles, and singers. The main portion of the volume covers over 160 composers whose works are important in constituting a nuclear library collection of 'serious' music.
Kenyon C. Rosenberg (AB, English, UCLA; MS, library science, University of Southern California; doctoral work in English literature, Sorbonne, Paris) was Associate Director, National Technical Information Service, U.S. Department of Commerce. He has had extensive private and academic musical training and was for several years Classical Recordings Editor for both Library Journal and Previews magazine. He has written over 6,000 recordings reviews for newspapers and journals and is a frequent contributor to library professional journals on the subject of recorded performance and recording technology. He has taught music appreciation at Kent State University and has published Dictionary of Library and Educational Technology (3rd ed., 1989)