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  • The Song of Namesby Norman Lebrecht

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 14.95

    Martin Simmonds? father tells him, ?Never trust a musician when he speaks about love.? The advice comes too late. Martin already loves Dovidl Rapoport, an eerily gifted Polish violin prodigy whose parents left him in the Simmonds?s care before they perished in the Holocaust. For a time the two boys are closer than brothers. But on the day he is to... more...

  • The Game of Oppositesby Norman Lebrecht

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2009; US$ 15.95

    In an unnamed country at the end of a world war, Paul Miller escapes from a labor camp, collapsing after a few hundred feet. Taken in by a young woman he learns to love, Paul decides to stay where he is, and, as the war ends, he marries, starts a family, and helps to rebuild the village. But Paul is inescapably haunted by his life before the war, by... more...

  • The Life and Death of Classical Musicby Norman Lebrecht

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2008; US$ 16.00

    In this compulsively readable, fascinating, and provocative guide to classical music, Norman Lebrecht, one of the world?s most widely read cultural commentators tells the story of the rise of the classical recording industry from Caruso?s first notes to the heyday of Bernstein, Glenn Gould, Callas, and von Karajan. Lebrecht compellingly demonstrates... more...

  • Why Mahler?by Norman Lebrecht

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 16.00

    Although Gustav Mahler was a famous conductor in Vienna and New York, the music that he wrote was condemned during his lifetime and for many years after his death in 1911. ?Pages of dreary emptiness,? sniffed a leading American conductor. Yet today, almost one hundred years later, Mahler has displaced Beethoven as a box-office draw and exerts a unique... more...

  • Mahler Rememberedby Norman Lebrecht

    Faber & Faber 2010; US$ 21.86

    Gustav Mahler is the most influential symphonist of the twentieth century. In this pioneering study, Norman Lebrecht reveals the man and musician through the words of his contemporaries. Using many previously unpublished documents, he constructs a profile of Mahler even more complex and compelling than that familiar from his letters and the often... more...

  • Why Mahler?by Norman Lebrecht

    Faber & Faber 2010; US$ 13.11

    A fascinating and lively history of one of the most enduringly popular of classical composers. more...

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