The Life and Death of Classical Music

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 that classical recordiIn 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 that classical recording has reached its end point, but this is not simply an expos of decline and fall It is, for the first time, the full story of a minor art form, analyzing the cultural revolution wrought by Schnabel, Toscanini, Callas, Rattle, the Three Tenors, and Charlotte Church It is the story of how stars were made and broken by the record business how a war criminal conspired with a concentration camp victim to create a record empire and how advancing technology, boardroom wars, public credulity and unscrupulous exploitation shaped the musical backdrop to our modern lives The book ends with a suitable shrine to classical recording the author s critical selection of the 100 most important recordings, and the 20 most appalling.Filled with memorable incidents and unforgettable personalities, from Goddard Lieberson, legendary head of CBS Masterworks who signed his letters as God to Georg Solti, who turned the Chicago Symphony into the loudest symphony on earth this is at once the captivating story of the life and death of classical recording and an opinionated, insider s guide to appreciating the genre, now and for years to come.
The Life and Death of Classical Music 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 cla

  • Title: The Life and Death of Classical Music
  • Author: Norman Lebrecht
  • ISBN: 9781400096589
  • Page: 385
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Life and Death of Classical Music”

    1. Norman Lebrecht is a curmudgeon of British extraction. Some find the music critic lovable, others hatable. I had heard his name whispered through the library stacks for years until somehow stumbling across his blog, Slippedisc (dot com), whose multiple daily posts covering the world of classical music are, over the course of a week, dull, businesslike, informative, humorous (mostly in the comments), clickbaitish, typo-filled. Lebrecht doesn’t hesitate to descend himself into the comments in or [...]

    2. Can this straightforward, reasonable book really be by the nasty author of The Maestro Myth? I suppose Lebrecht has mellowed over the years––not enough for the founder of Naxos, mind you, who brought legal pressure to bear and prevented the book's release in Britain, claiming that the section dealing with his company is full of egregious errors. Lebrcht must rue the day when he stopped maligning the safely unlitigious dead.But really, having been so repelled by his earlier work, I am amazed [...]

    3. Witty history of the rise and fall of classical music, and how its fortunes were affected by the times, as well as the cast of personalities involved.

    4. A fascinating, but marred history of classical music recording. As such, it is glaringly misnamed, for it is neither a history of classical music, as such, nor of the attendance and financial plight of many orchestras. It is about recording, and as such is a very interesting account. But it has its flaws. Norman Lebrecht is a British cultural critic who sometimes runs so close to gossip that he might be thought of as the Hedda Hopper of classical music. This book was first published under the ti [...]

    5. A delightfully bitchy history of recorded classical music, from Caruso to Church. Coming to this material as a complete novice, I found that Lebrecht bounced around between events a bit too unevenly for my liking, and the story he tells rarely feels like a well-constructed timeline. However, I'm willing to look past that because his writing is full of personality and I felt like I got to know the characters presented in this story. The history is great, and just as good is his list at the end of [...]

    6. I've enjoyed Norman Lebrecht in his earlier books-- "Discord," "The Maestro Myth"-- where he's consistently been witty, engaging, cynical, informed, opinionated and quirky. He carries through in this telescoped history of classical music recording. It can get a little confusing, what with so many characters and events being rattled off at breakneck speed, and there's seldom a question of how he really feels about any of the artists or executives included. Lebrecht means "death" in a quite litera [...]

    7. This book would have been better (for me) if it concentrated on the best 10 or 20 classical recordings - and went into much more detail -than a paragraph or 2. I found the political history and how it affected not only composers, conductors and other musicians but recording companies as well, really interesting. I quite enjoy Mr Lebrecht's writing style - I just wish that he went into way more detail on why the recordings were chosen,

    8. An interesting read which seeks to pull the curtain back on the world of classical music recording and expose the politics and characters behind them. This book would have the most relevance to those with knowledge of classical music. The (necessarily subjective) best and worse recordings list is interesting, if not always agreed.

    9. Lebrecht has real flaws -- he's smug, overly opinionated, and far too prone to talking in superlatives. However, he also clearly loves this music, and knows it better than almost anyone else alive. His recounting of the back-room machinations behind classical recording is fascinating, and I enjoyed the list of great recordings to check out.

    10. Behind the scenes history of the twentieth century recording industry heard through the ears of classical music.Reminded me why I don't own some of these masterpieces, and made me want to get them.

    11. A not very exciting history of the classical record/CD industry. I was interested in the topic, but this is short on details when it should have them, long on catty insider stories when they aren't that interesting. I'd pass.

    12. A shimmering whistle-stop tour of a century of culture-defining recorded classical music. How it came about and why it finally killed itself. Essential reading for classical music lovers.

    13. Interesting to see the author's take on the death of classical music and his "best" recordings. I have a few of them.

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