Best books of the year, with an eye toward Christmas gifts

by on November 27, 2009 at 7:13 am in Books, Music | Permalink

This year my three favorite books were:

1. The new Gabriel García Márquez biography.

2. Chris Wickham's The Inheritance of Rome, and

3. Orhan Pamuk, The Museum of Innocence, read it slowly in small bits.

A very good gift book is Eric Siblin's new The Cello Suites: J.S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the Search for a Baroque Masterpiece.  It signals the sophistication of both the giver and receiver and yet it is short and entertaining enough to actually read.  Package it with the recent Queyras recording of the Suites, if need be.

My favorite classical recording this year was Alexandre Tharaud playing Satie for piano.

1 luke g November 27, 2009 at 10:30 am

Thank you! Now I can complete my Christmas wish list.

2 Sol November 27, 2009 at 3:13 pm

What is the DVD of in the Queyras 2CD+DVD set? Amazon doesn’t seem to mention anything other than its existence.

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