In each 'Notes On...' volume, Wilson selects 20 crucial works of a given composer, discusses each masterpiece with insight, wit and verve and tells us why these works are fundamental to understanding the composer.
Brahms was every inch the romantic who played the piano with fire. He was a summer composer inspired by sunshine and lakeside resorts, where he said that the air was so full of melodies that you had to take care not to tread on them.
Conrad Wilsons blend of erudition, wit and scrupulous accuracy, laced with racy anecdotal evidence, makes his writing approachable, whichever level of engagement the reader has with classical music. These volumes will be invaluable.
I hugely admire Conrad Wilsons writing, and he ably achieves his aim of widening the audience for classical music.