Life and Death of Classical Music by Norman Lebrecht

In Books, History & Culture on September 9, 2010 at 11:20 am

The Life! The Death. Norman Lebrecht analyzes classical music’s maestros in eight chapters of Ms: Matinee, Middlemen, Midpoint, Millionaires, Miracles on Miracles, Madness, Melton and Post Mortem.

Norman’s book dedication ~

In memory of

Klaus Tennstedt (1926 – 1998)

a studio nightmare

Norman Lebrecht co-authored Klaus’s obituary.

Klaus Tennstedt achieved fame all over Europe conducting and interpreting classical music. In 1971, he broke out of East Germany thanks to an error in his exit visa. Klaus then enjoyed a new career conducting in New York, Toronto, Boston and London before his death from cancer in 1998.

According to Norman’s obituary, the sudden fame overwhelmed Tennstedt:

Whirling around the hemisphere of world-class orchestras, he was ravaged by self-doubt: who am I to direct musicians accustomed only to the greatest? At his first rehearsal in Philadelphia he related, tears coursing down his cheeks, how in the Hitler era he had crawled with his gramophone beneath an eiderdown to listen reverently to their forbidden recordings with Stokowoski.

Read more about him in Norman Lebrecht’s other books >>

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