Good Reading : May 2006
46 goodreading ı MAY 2006 sound tracks If you’re heading for the norther n hemisphere and love classical music, this lavishly illustrated tome will help make your trip all the more enjoyable. It will point you in the direction of all manner of fascinating places associ- ated with the great composers as it combines the history and geography of classical music. Waltz your way across Austria, Scandinavia, Finland, Russia, Italy, Ger many and Czechoslovakia; visit the Venice of Vivaldi, the Salzburg of Mozart, the Vienna of Beethoven; accompany Bach through the towns of central Ger many and tour St Petersburg as Tchaikovsky knew it. The book is an accompaniment to the 13-part TV series presented by Simon Callow and Matt Wills and directed by Peter Beveridge, recently seen here on SBS. All the photographs in the book were taken by Sydney photographer Wendy McDougall, whose work is included in the collections of the National Library of Australia, the NSW State Library, the Museum of Sydney and the Powerhouse Museum. And if you’re content to stay home this winter,Classical Destinations is, as its subtitle suggests, the ideal companion for the armchair traveller. A detail of the monument in Helsinki’s Sibelius Park, which is dedicated to Finland’s most famous classical composer. The monument to Mozart in St Marx Cemetery, Vienna, where it’s thought the composer was buried. As Mozart died a pauper he was buried in a mass grave and the exact whereabouts of his body isn’t known. The Mansion Tower of the 13th-century castle rises above the narrow, cobblestoned streets of the well-preserved medieval Czechoslovakian town of Cesky Krumlov.