For classical, try The Symphony, For the Love of Music, and The Concerto, all by Michael Steinberg. The NPR Listener’s Encyclopedia is a huge, but handy guide with recommended recordings. The encyclopedia of Jazz and Blues is a bit out of date due to artists dying off, but aside from that, the info is accurate and it is excellent. You can usually these used on Amazon and other book sites. Hope this helps, I’d love to hear other folks chime in on this.
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