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Norman Lebrecht

Autor/a de The Song of Names

19 obres 1,327 Membres 35 Ressenyes

Sobre l'autor

Norman Lebrecht is the author of nine books on music, including The Maestro Myth and The Companion to Twentieth-Century Music. He lives in London with his family. (Bowker Author Biography)

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Data de naixement
1948-07-11
Gènere
male
Nacionalitat
UK
Lloc de naixement
London, England, UK
Llocs de residència
London, England, UK
Professions
cultural commentator
music historian
novelist

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The book gives short analyses of the impact of notable Jews in the hundred years of 1847-1947 on music, culture and the arts, politics, and literature. Many are familiar to us, but some are not widely known. It makes for interesting reading.
 
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stevesmits | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Jul 21, 2023 |
Quite entertaining collection of musical anecdotes, some of which might be true. Recommended by Robert Greenberg in the bibliography for the course, "The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works". My favorite, that I hadn't heard, is that when Rossini was asked, after seeing The Ring performed, what he thought of Wagner's music, he replied that he thought it would require many listenings to fully appreciate, and he would not be back.
[Note added later: I don't think Rossini could have seen The Ring performed in its entirety since it was completed years after his death. However, another similar frequently cited quote of Rossini's is,
"Wagner's music has wonderful moments and dreadful quarters of an hour."]
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markm2315 | Hi ha 2 ressenyes més | Jul 1, 2023 |
Lebrecht's overview of Mahler's life is educational, eye-opening, and for a Mahler-nerd, could probably be considered a must-read. This being said, the author's tendency to jump around in timelines and his propensity to name-drop makes it a difficult read at times. Truly the nerdiest and most challenging section to read is the end where he goes through an exhausting list of recordings, categorized by piece, and gives every single reason why each is good, bad, sub-standard, past-prime, wonderful, or just is. It's a whirlwind of names and run-on sentences that the nerd in me wanted to be able to experience but found truly exhausting. I was very happy, though, to be able to weed through the jungle of recordings to find many of the ones that I own and found that the author's love or hate matched my own feelings and for the same reasons. The redeemable takeaway from this Mahler-esqe section was seeing the different, but consistent, approaches certain conductors take when taking up Mahler (e.g., Walter, Klemperer, and Bernstein) which will most definitely impact my purchasing decisions in the future.… (més)
 
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tnechodomu | Hi ha 9 ressenyes més | Feb 22, 2023 |

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19
Membres
1,327
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Valoració
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Ressenyes
35
ISBN
90
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