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Norman Lebrecht

Contributors

Norman Lebrecht is the author of many books, including The Maestro Myth(1997) and Covent Garden: the Untold Story (2000). He writes a weekly column for the Evening Standard, and hosts Lebrecht Live on BBC Radio 3. His recent novel The Song of Names won the 2003 Whitbread First Novel Award.

Upcoming Events

Past Events

2011

Sunday, 27 February 2011

Norman Lebrecht's best-selling book Why Mahler? examines how a composer, scorned and rejected for decades, has come to replace Beethoven at the centre of symphonic culture. Here, especially for Jewish Book Week, Norman Lebrecht explained how Mahler's major innovations in music stem directly from his Jewish heritage and the trauma of exile and shares his passion for the great composer with us.

2007

Wednesday, 28 February 2007

The role of Jews in creating the popular music industry has been widely documented. Less known is the part played by a handful of Jews in the making of classical legends.

Norman Lebrecht, in his new book, introduces the concentration-camp victim who, together with a war criminal, fashioned the foremost classical label; the Orthodox magnate who financed a gay record label; and the man who signed himself God.

At last, the faces behind the record were revealed.

2003

Sunday, 9 March 2003

In a lively and good-natured session, Norman Lebrecht, novelist and one of Britain's best known commentators on classical music, discussed with Steven Isserlis, renowned concert cellist and composer, the elusive relationship between the experience of music and the language employed to write about it.

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Video

 
Jonathan Safran Foer discussing his novel Here I Am with Hephzibah Anderson at an out-of-festival event.