Absolutely on Music - Conversations
|Verlag||Penguin Random House|
|Format||13,4 x 20,3 x 1,7 cm|
A deeply personal, intimate conversation about music and writing between the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author and the former conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
In Absolutely on Music, internationally Haruki Murakami sits down with his friend Seiji Ozawa, the revered former conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, for a series of conversations on their shared passion: music. Over the course of two years, Murakami and Ozawa discuss everything from Brahms to Beethoven, from Leonard Bernstein to Glenn Gould, from Bartók to Mahler, and from pop-up orchestras to opera. They listen to and dissect recordings of some of their favorite performances, and Murakami questions Ozawa about his career conducting orchestras around the world.
Culminating in Murakami s ten-day visit to the banks of Lake Geneva to observe Ozawa s retreat for young musicians, the book is interspersed with ruminations on record collecting, jazz clubs, orchestra halls, film score s, and much more. A deep reflection on the essential nature of both music and writing, Absolutely on Music is an unprecedented glimpse into the minds of two maestros.
A fascinating collection of conversations. . . . The unpretentious and engaging dialogues between passionate artists the bewitching writer in whose novels music plays a prominent part and the indefatigable, amiable conductor make the pages fly. The New York Times
Highly entertaining. . . . A book that opens a new side of [Murakami s] authorial persona. San Francisco Chronicle
Absolutely on Music is an unprecedented treasure. . . . Talking about music is like dancing about architecture, it s often said, but what joy to watch these two friends dance. The Guardian
Enthralling. . . . What comes through in these conversations is the devotion both men feel for music; the degree to which every detail of a work matters to them. The Seattle Times
Fascinating. . . . [Murakami s] preparation and curiosity draw out Mr. Ozawa wonderfully. The Wall Street Journal
An enviable word picture of the artistic life of two men at the top of their pro fessional games. . . . [Absolutely on Music] offers so much that bears re-reading and considering. The Washington Times
Irresistibly seductive. Evening Standard
Refreshingly honest and enthusiastic, a mental sampler from both the writer and the musician. The Buffalo News
The book shines as a deep exploration into how a conductor does his job and how performer personalities, logistical factors, and mundane bureaucracies can change an orchestra s sound. The New Republic
Intriguing insights about the nature of music. . . . In some ways, these conversations are High Fidelity for classical music fans. Publishers Weekly
A strange and delightful book. . . . [Murakami] describes music with rich and suggestive metaphors and images that capture something essential about the spirit of the music. The Christian Science Monitor