A selection of the finest in Yule- and Hanukkah-tide shopping options for the procrastinator.

James Levine: Celebrating 40 Years at the Met (DVD & CD box sets)

Saturday, December 18, 2010

As the opera fanatic on your list knows, the Metropolitan Opera loves anniversaries and it loves its James Levine. This year the company marked his 40th year working at the Met with James Levine: Celebrating 40 Years at the Met, two boxed sets, one on video and another on audio drawn from radio and TV transmissions, each with 11 live operas. 

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Listen to This by Alex Ross

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Incurable brainiacs and the plain curious will find much to absorb in Listen to This, an anthology of writings by the New Yorker music critic Alex Ross. Particularly fascinating is how Ross connects the dots from Bach to Bjork, Schubert to Sinatra .

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Arvo Pärt: Tabula Rasa [Deluxe Re-issue]

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Arvo Pärt's music is immediately recognizable for its quiet, compelling sense of gravitas. Yet its apparent simplicity was achieved through multiple, painstaking revisions. A reissue of Tabula Rasa, the Estonian composer’s 1984 minimalist classic, is just out in a deluxe edition marking his 75th birthday.

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My Nine Lives by Leon Fleisher and Anne Midgette

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Leon Fleisher's recovery from a debilitating focal dystonia in his right hand -- and the thirty-year search for a cure -- is detailed in My Nine Lives, a new memoir co-written with Washington Post classical music critic Anne Midgette.

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