How the Jew in Gustav Mahler changed the music of the West
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.
Norman Lebrecht presents Radio 3’s Lebrecht.live and The Lebrecht Interview. His books include Mahler Remembered; The Maestro Myth: The Great Conductor in Pursuit of Power;When the Music Stops: Managers, Maestros and the Corporate Murder of Classical Music ; Covent Garden: The Untold Story: Dispatches from the English Culture War, 1945-2000 and Maestros, Masterpieces and Madness: The Secret Life and Shameful Death of the Classical Record Industry. His first novel, The Song of Names, won the Whitbread First Novel Award and he discussed his second one, The Game of Opposites, at JBW 2010.