The Maestro Myth: Great Conductors in Pursuit of Power

The Maestro Myth: Great Conductors in Pursuit of Power

by Norman Lebrecht

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ISBN-13: 9780806520889
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 01/28/2001
Edition description: REVISED
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 8.86(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Making of a Myth1
1The Tears of a Clown12
The composer as conductor
The personal tragedy of Hans von Bulow
2Honest Hans and the Magician30
Nikisch and Richter
3Masters of the House43
Mahler and Strauss
Walter, Klemperer and Krauss
4Facing the Dictators66
Toscanini v Furtwangler
Szell, Reiner and the Soviet system
5The Karajan Case98
Karajan, Knappertsbusch and Bohm
6'A Starving Population and an Absentee Aristocracy'131
Koussevitsky to Ozawa
Stokowski, showbiz and Previn
7The Gremlin in the Garden152
Beecham v Barbirolli
Kubelik
Solti, Colin Davis and Haitink
8Collapse of the Conducting Composer175
Bernstein and Boulez
9Strange Tales from the Vienna Woods191
Bernstein, Maazel and Levine
10Formula Uno211
Abbado, Muti and Sinopoli, Chailly
11The Mavericks229
Horenstein, Celibidache, two Kleibers and Tennstedt
12Insider Dealing241
Mehta, Barenboim and the Kosher nostra
13Left Outside256
Gays, women, blacks
14The Search for a Semi-Conductor270
Marriner, Munrow, Hogwood and early music
15Where Have All the Conductors Gone?284
The bare future: Rattle, Salonen and Welser-Most
16The Master of Them All?304
Ronald Wilord and the millionaire conductor
17Diminuendo328
18The State of Conducting, 2000331
AppendixConductors and Their Careers338
Notes352
Acknowledgements367
Source List and Bibliography369
Index379

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