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Serving Genius: Carlo Maria Giulini Hardcover – January 27, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press; 1st Edition edition (January 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 025203502X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252035029
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,747,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Highly readable and musically substantive.  Strongly recommended."--Classical.Net

"It was wonderful to get to know the man we have met so often in his music-making."--American Record Guide


 

"A thorough, balanced and illuminating portrait of the charismatic Italian as man and maestro."--Chicago Tribune


 
 

 

"A fascinating full account of the ... conductor's unlikely path to his house in the Hollywood Hills."--Los Angeles Times


"This engaging and extensive biography shows why Carlo Maria Giulini stood apart from other maestri, and above the fray: because of his gentle humanity, his spiritual resonance with music, and his uncompromising seriousness of purpose. This is certainly a book I will recommend to all the conductors I encounter, as well as others because it captures the essence of an uncommonly inspired and inspiring human being."--Kenneth Kiesler, conductor, director of orchestras at the University of Michigan, and director of the Conductors Retreat at Medomak and Conductors Programme at the National Arts Centre of Canada

About the Author

Thomas D. Saler is a conservatory trained musician and was a longtime member of the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus. A freelance financial writer, Saler is the author of several books on personal finance, including All About Global Investing.


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mogulmeister on January 20, 2011
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FANTASTIC book! If Carlo Maria Giulini interests you, don't hesitate to buy this book. I really didn't want it to end. A lot of times, conductor biographies become an exercise in, he did this work here and that work there, and played this work a total of X times in his career, etc. While there is some of that (appropriately), what the book does tremendously well is give a sense as to the "hows" and "whys" of Giulini's unique style and approach. It is a very well researched book, and provides a lot of insight into Giulini the person, not just Giulini the conductor. This is really well done and highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Wasik on February 7, 2012
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Having heard Maestro Giulini conduct the Chicago Symphony some time ago, I can tell you he was an amazing talent. He conducted a Schubert mass that was among the most memorable performances I've ever attended in my more than 50 years of listening and loving all kinds of music. Saler presents a nuanced portrait of the great conductor and one worthy of his remarkable ability to connect with audiences. Even if you've never heard Giulini make music (please sample his recordings), this is a unique insight into a master of the baton.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By j th witvliet on January 16, 2011
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Conductors as Karajan and Bernstein knew how to use publicity. Carlo Maria Giulini didn't care, but he was just as good a conductor, if not better. As a human being and a musician he was highly esteemed by those who worked with him. He well deserved this accurate biography.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Victoria on April 22, 2013
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Overall, the book is well written, if somewhat dry, and covers his life from early school days, the difficult war years and into his most famous collaborations, with LaScala, Covent Garden, CSO and other orchestras. There are some black & white photos from youth to old age. Opera buffs hoping to find any insights into his opera career will be disappointed. I find it odd, that from his opera days, there are only a few interviews listed. Come on, one of the greatest opera conductors and all the author could come up with is Lord Harewood & Sir John Tooley (Covent Garden). Franco Zeffirelli could have provided much insight into the famous Callas/Visconti Traviata at LaScala. As to singers, only Robert Tear & Carol Neblett are listed. What??? I would have liked to hear from some of the singers Giulini worked with on his now classic albums, including: "Don Carlos", EMI Classics (Domingo, Cabballe, Verrett & Milnes, most of whom are still around); "Marriage of Figaro", EMI Classics (Taddei, Schwarzkopf, Moffo, Cossotto, Wachter & Cappuccilli -- Cossotto could have been interviewed; the "Verdi Requium", EMI Classics (Ludwig, Schwarzkopf, Baker & Gedda -- Ludwig, Baker & Gedda who are still alive could have been interviewed; "Il Trovatore", Deutsche Grammophon (Domingo, Plowright, Fassbaender, Zancanaro, Nesterenko -- Plowright, Fassbaender & Zancanaro could have interviewed; & finally Verdi's "Falstaff" (Bruson, Ricciarelli, Nucci, Hendricks, Gonzalez, Valentini-Terrani, all of whom could have been interviewed). Also, Lady Valeri Solti could have interviewed for insights into Giulini's relationship with Solti during the CSO years. The illness of Giulini's wife, Marcella, is treated sensitively & confirms what we already knew -- that he was deeply devoted to her.Read more ›
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