B0219. ALAN BLYTH. SONG ON RECORD – Lieder, Vol. I. Cambridge University Press, 1986. 357pp. Index; DJ. Final copy! - 9780521268448
"This first volume of SONG ON RECORD, devoted to Lieder, provides a critical guide to performance on record from the early days of the gramophone to the present day. Alan Blyth, with a team of distinguished writers and critics, has covered comprehensively the main strands of each composer's output in the field, from Haydn and Mozart to Schoenberg and Berg, together with illuminating and entertaining discussion of the differing interpretations found on the selected recordings. The book is thus as much a history of the Lied and its interpretation as a guide to available recordings and will be of interest to musicologists and performers as well as to music lovers and record collectors."
- Cambridge University Press
"Alan Blyth wrote regularly for more than 40 years, for Gramophone beginning what proved to be the major strand of his critical writing - the recorded voice. His Fleet Street journalism later included reviews for the Financial Times and the Daily Telegraph, where he was a staff music critic from 1976 until 1991. In recent years he contributed elegant obituaries to the Guardian, his last of the singer Teresa Stich-Randall on July 27.
A sure judge of the human voice, Blyth was supremely qualified to write and edit several major publications concerned with the recorded voice. The first of these was Opera on Record (1979), the favourable reviews of which led to two further volumes covering less well-known operatic repertory, and two volumes of Song on Record and Choral Music on Record. These were edited meticulously, with Blyth himself contributing essays on Verdi, Wagner, and the songs of Schubert, Wolf and Duparc. Among his other publications were guides to opera on CD and video, a layman's introduction to Wagner's Ring cycle, and 'Remembering Britten'(1981)."
- Philip Reed, THE GUARDIAN, 15 Aug., 2007