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Lebrecht, Norman 1948-

Works: 69 works in 372 publications in 13 languages and 9,123 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Fiction  Psychological fiction  Anecdotes  Encyclopedias  Bio-bibliography  Biographies  Reviews  Music 
Roles: Author, Interviewee, Editor, Librettist, Creator, wpr
Classifications: ML410.M23, B
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Norman Lebrecht
The maestro myth : great conductors in pursuit of power by Norman Lebrecht( Book )

53 editions published between 1991 and 2007 in 9 languages and held by 1,194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"There is no profession which an imposter could enter more easily," wrote the violinist Carl Flesch of conducting. The truth may be that "great conductors" exist primarily because we demand mythical heroes, visible leaders, cultural icons. In this vigorous anatomy of power on the podium, Norman Lebrecht argues that the great conductor's musical purpose is secondary to his commercial necessity. Lebrecht traces the rise of the orchestra conductor from Bulow, Richter and Nikisch in the nineteenth century, when composers abdicated responsibility for directing their increasingly unwieldy scores, to the stars of today, masters of the musical world and the media. Lebrecht contends that the supreme example of the omnipotent conductor was Herbert von Karajan, the richest musician in history. With the aid of previously inaccessible material, he exposes the roots of Karajan's career in the Third Reich and on New York's 57th Street. He reassesses the mercurial Arturo Toscanini, looks behind Sir Thomas Beecham's wit and patrician charm, dissects the myriad legends surrounding Leonard Bernstein and examines the fierce professional rivalry between Riccardo Muti and Claudio Abbado. Portrayed here, too, are the obstacles faced by black, female or openly gay conductors. The author also highlights the phenomenon of the "semi-conductor" in the newly fashionable world of "early music" and lays bare the mounting crisis in a profession where real talent grows ever scarcer--with rare exceptions like Simon Rattle. Finally, he probes the awesome power of Ronald Wilford, who singlehandedly masterminds the careers and fortunes of the world's top conductors through the largest classical music agency, Columbia Artists Management Inc. A lively chronicle of individual ambition and achievement, The Maestro Myth delves into conducting's social, psychological, political and economic dynamics. For music lovers who enjoy having their opinions and prejudices challenged, here is a refreshing iconoclastic history of a profession which has too often been the object of sycophantic reverence [Publisher description]
Mahler remembered by Norman Lebrecht( Book )

42 editions published between 1987 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 950 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beeld van de Oostenrijkse componist (1860-1911) en zijn werk d.m.v. opmerkingen en herinneringen van zijn tijdgenoten
The song of names : a novel by Norman Lebrecht( Book )

27 editions published between 2002 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 832 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The close friendship between Martin Simmonds and violin prodigy Dovidl Rappoport, two Jewish boys living in London between the 1930s and the end of World War II, is threatened by the unexpected disappearance of Dovidl on the eve of his debut performance
Why Mahler? : how one man and ten symphonies changed our world by Norman Lebrecht( Book )

11 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 775 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why Mahler? Why does his music affect us in the way it does? Norman Lebrecht, one of the world's most widely read cultural commentators, has been wrestling obsessively with Mahler for half his life. Pacing out his every footstep from birthplace to grave, scrutinizing his manuscripts, talking to those who knew him, Lebrecht constructs a compelling new portrait of Mahler as a man who lived determinedly outside his own times. Mahler was--along with Picasso, Einstein, Freud, Kafka, and Joyce--a maker of our modern world.--Book jacket
The companion to 20th-century music by Norman Lebrecht( Book )

22 editions published between 1992 and 1997 in English and Danish and held by 706 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Same time analyzing the contributions of jazz and rock in recent musical evolution. With more than 2,500 entries, the book is comprehensive in scope and factual in detail. But this book differs from other reference works in important ways. It expresses opinions and takes sides; in other words, it has a point of view. It celebrates diversity and pluralism, and prefers art to ideology or schools of thought. It assesses musicians according to individual ability rather than
Who killed classical music? : maestros, managers, and corporate politics by Norman Lebrecht( Book )

15 editions published between 1996 and 2007 in English and Chinese and held by 695 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Here is the start-to-finish history of the classical music business: its heroes, villains, lions, and legends. Controversial, polemical, and rich with inside information, this is a successor to Lebrecht's widely acclaimed The Maestro Myth, in which the author illuminated the hidden crisis in the conducting profession. In unfolding this current tale, the author has tracked down the first concert agent and the man who invented hype. He highlights the forces behind the
The life and death of classical music : featuring the 100 best and 20 worst recordings ever made by Norman Lebrecht( Book )

7 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 631 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the rise of the classical recording industry from Caruso, Bernstein, Glenn Gould, Callas, and von Karajan to its decline in modern years; and provides a selection of the 100 most important recordings as well as the twenty worst recordings of all times
The Book of musical anecdotes by Norman Lebrecht( Book )

14 editions published between 1985 and 2007 in English and Chinese and held by 600 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of anecdotes about great composers and performers, as told by themselves, their friends and loved ones, and their colleagues; arranged chronologically by date of birth, from approximately 991 to 1928
The game of opposites by Norman Lebrecht( Book )

7 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 529 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the author of the award-winning "The Song of Names" comes a powerful new work that explores the reverberations of both love and hate in the story of one man's unlikely survival
Covent Garden : the untold story : dispatches from the English culture war, 1945-2000 by Norman Lebrecht( Book )

17 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 440 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From 1732 until World War II, London's privately owned and operated Royal Opera House (ROH) at Covent Garden was reflective of the country it served - the rich and noble enjoyed performances in the luxury of the theatre and concert hall while the rest of the classes viewed the shows from the dimly lit top gallery. In 1945, with Britain in financial crisis, its cities in ruins, and its citizens living on strict food and fuel rations, Covent Garden was reborn as a public company after the economist Maynard Keynes called for state money to support an Arts Council and Royal Opera House, under his own chairmanship, that would resurrect the nation's fortunes and spirit through the preservation of English culture and performing arts
Discord : conflict and the making of music by Norman Lebrecht( Book )

10 editions published between 1982 and 1983 in English and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why Mahler? : how one man and ten symphonies changed the world by Norman Lebrecht( Book )

7 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A century after his death, Gustav Mahler is the most important composer of modern times. Displacing Beethoven as a box-office draw, his music offers more than the usual listening satisfactions. Many believe it has the power to heal emotional wounds and ease the pain of death
When the music stops-- : managers, maestros and the corporate murder of classical music by Norman Lebrecht( Book )

16 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kritische analyse van commerciële tendenzen in de wereld van de klassieke muziek
Maestros, masterpieces and madness : the secret life and shameful death of the classical record industry by Norman Lebrecht( Book )

6 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For the vast majority of its fans around the world, the experience of listening to classical music has been through recording. Indeed, one of the striking aspects of the past century has been the overwhelming popularization of a form of music previously restricted to particular places and people of wealth. "Maestros, Masterpieces and Madness" is an extraordinarily enjoyable, original and revealing account of how a random alliance of engineers, entrepreneurs, conductors and fixers invented a new medium containing the entire back catalogue of Western civilization. The huge array of masterpieces they recorded, now safely digitalized, will last forever. But they also created a mountain of schlock, schmaltz, ego-trips and inconceivably misguided projects. This century of productivity that shaped the minds of millions of people came to an end when the dawn of the internet and the onset of corporate insanity conspired substantially to shut down the industry. Norman Lebrecht compellingly demonstrates that classical recording has reached its end point, but this is not just an expose of decline and fall. It is for the first time, the full story of a minor art form, celebrating the genius of Schnabel, Toscanini, Karajan, Callas, Rattle, Pavarotti and others and the ways that their work has enriched our lives. For the dazzling legacy lives on, even if the means of production has gone. The book ends with a suitable shrine to classical recording: the author's critical selection of the one hundred most important recordings - and the twenty most appalling
The complete companion to 20th century music by Norman Lebrecht( Book )

7 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hush! Handel's in a passion : tales of Bach, Handel, and their contemporaries( Book )

3 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

We want the light by Christopher Nupen( Visual )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This 2-DVD set is divided into three parts. Part one is a one hour film, We want the light, the title taken from a poem written by 12-year-old Eva Pickova, interned in the Theresienstadt concentration camp. It is about the complex relationship between Jews and German music, and about survival and the place of music in the concentration camps of Nazi Germany. The second part of the DVD continues with nearly all the music from the film, not as background music as in the film, but in vision, shot in such a way so as to make it a reflection of the themes touched upon in the film, but this time without words. The third section includes interviews with musicians and three Holocaust survivors followed by Evgeniĭ Kisin's rendition of the slow movement of Brahm's F minor piano sonata
Music in London : a history and handbook by Norman Lebrecht( Book )

5 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A musical book of days by Norman Lebrecht( Book )

7 editions published between 1987 and 1989 in English and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Musical Book of Days celebrates this harmless obsession with a kaleidoscope of compositional events, experiences expletives for every day of the year
Ausgespielt : Aufstieg und Fall der Klassikindustrie by Norman Lebrecht( Book )

3 editions published in 2007 in German and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The maestro myth : great conductors in pursuit of power
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Norman Lebrecht Brits journalist

Norman Lebrecht critique musical au journal "The Independent"

Norman Lebrecht englischer Schriftsteller und Kommentator in der Musik- und Kulturszene

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Лебрехт, Норман 1948-

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Mahler rememberedThe song of names : a novelWhy Mahler? : how one man and ten symphonies changed our worldThe companion to 20th-century musicWho killed classical music? : maestros, managers, and corporate politicsThe life and death of classical music : featuring the 100 best and 20 worst recordings ever madeThe Book of musical anecdotesThe game of opposites