'A near-ideal introduction to the composer.' (Gramophone) 'one's only regret about [Michael Oliver's] two books is that they are not longer.' (Classic CD)'As a series, Phaidon's 20th Century Composers has brought remarkable variety and a welter of information, both necessary and delightfully trivial. Intended both for the general reader and for the more enthusiatically musical...' (The Scotsman)
Michael Oliver, who sadly died in 2002, was an acclaimed writer and broadcaster, having compiled numerous programmes for BBC Radio 3 and written regularly for Gramophone and other magazines for over 20 years. He was also the author of Benjamin Britten in the 20th-Century Composers series.