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I enjoyed this production so much and learned so much. Naughtie takes the listener through the history of music from the very beginning right up to date, and he illustrates it with excepts of the music he is talking about, so unlike a book you actually get to hear the music. I really enjoyed this history, and the music extracts, and made notes of the music that I wanted to hear more of. I especially enjoyed his analysis of the development of music in the twentieth century. The series was originally on Radio 4 in the UK.
This is simply extraordinary for the simple, clear way that James Naughtie covers the history of music. He ties music to historical, social and political developments, as well as to musical personalities and other influences of each age. This is all done in about 15 minute segments, which makes sense since it was a BBC series originally. Highly recommended and it is something that may just live on my iPod for occasional listening.