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"Talk about a baptism in fire. Levine is witty as he tells of his observations of Communist Poland, the intricacies of the Catholic Church, and his first glimpses of the Vatican… He strikes a dreamlike tone as he tells of how he and Pope John Paul II became friends." (The Buffalo News.com, March 20, 2011, by Mary Kunz Goldman)
Maestro Levine created and conducted a series of ground-breaking, internationally broadcast concerts that brought artistic form to Pope John Paul II’s fervent wish to forge an historic bridge first between the Roman Catholic Church and the Jewish people, and then, after 9/11, with the Muslim world as well. These efforts culminated in the Papal Concert to Commemorate the Holocaust in 1994 and the Papal Concert of Reconciliation in 2004.
During his years as music director [stet caps for Sir G’s preference] of the Kraków Philharmonic, Sir Gilbert had an insider’s view of Eastern Europe’s inexorable journey from Communism to freedom. And in the years following, he experienced the world of Pope John Paul in a way few lay people, and even fewer Jews, have ever been honored to do. That work, paradoxically enough, deepened Sir Gilbert’s own Jewish belief and practice .
The Pope’s Maestro tells the story of the compelling musical and spiritual journey of two men of different faiths who found in music the power to foster peace and unity in a profoundly divided world.
Simply Wonderful combination of Spirituaity and Musicality...all delivered from a most Human viewpoint. Am busy re-reading it
for the 2nd time.....Easy to relate to..... Read more
Very interesting and a wonderful read. I enjoyed the historical aspect of the book. What a thrill to be in the Pope's company.Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
Well written, fascinating insight into John Paull II, and very moving. The historical, musical and religious aspects make for extremely interesting reading.Published on February 25, 2013 by Marcia Maull
The Pope's Maestro by Sir Gilbert Levine was an adventure in the Catholic Polish culture through the eyes of a Jewish conductor. Read morePublished on February 13, 2013 by Elizabeth J. Jans
This is a fascinating account of two people from entirely different backgrounds and religions that came together to do some pretty powerful things. Very interesting read.Published on January 29, 2013 by Mary Clare Barker
Being a Catholic, I am amazed how many new things I have learned about my religion's customs and the workings of the Vatican. Read morePublished on September 30, 2012 by Elizabeth
A Jew meets a Gentile and... This could have been the start of an anecdote, but instead this book is a great narrative of a very special friendship creating a bridge over a... Read morePublished on April 9, 2012 by Malkiel Jonas
I was unable to put this book down. This is one of the best books I have ever read.
Sir Gilbert's recollections of his realtionship with the Pope were heartfelt and poignant. Read more
This book was a journey of friendship with two unlikly people. Music was the glue to their relationship.
It was a worthwhile read.