B0203. KUTSCH & RIEMENS. Unvergängliche Stimmen - Sängerlexikon (Biographical Dictionary of Singers) [German Language Edition]. Bern, Fancke, 1982. 782pp. DJ. Excellent, sl. used copy. Final copy!
“At the time of its first publication, it was the only English language book to give the reader basic - one might say elemental - information on every famous artist who made recordings. What is elemental information? Who studied with whom, what they sang, where the sang it, and with whom- a huge circle of knowledge. Though one can now use sources like Wikipedia to find this kind of information, these databases aren't available in a form that makes for browsing- an important matter itself. This is good for the interested reader who can probably find a copy of this out-of-print book as inexpensively as I did. A CONCISE BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF SINGERS is a window into a wondrous world. Reading about these singers makes one want to listen to their recordings, and that is a real education.”
- Daniel James Shigo