“A brisk, engaging journey through the life of a fascinating and enormously influential artist.”
—Kansas City Star
“Very enjoyable to read, gossipy as well as learned, and it makes the man come to life.”
“Lebrecht’s book brings Mahler scholarship into to the present by including interviews with conductors, visits to sites with Mahler connections and an excellent annotated discography.”
“Readers of Why Mahler? will be grateful to Lebrecht for his enthusiasm and for his highly personal cultural history.”
—The Wall Street Journal
“As a short introduction to the meaning of Mahler, this sympathetic biography will do very well.”
—The Times (London)
“We could not put the book down. Mahler is boss.”
Not, perhaps, surprising from an author who just had a recent book retracted by the publisher due to it's many factual errors.
With the exception of the outer movements of the Ninth and the last movevment of the Tenth, I have no affinity with Mahler whatsoever.
All in all, I found the book pretty gossipy and not much more than personal opinion, which is fine, but, well, "Don't quote me!"
Norman has made himself a name: Non-sense, Drudge Reporter of classical music, garbage journalism that you buy at supermarket checkouts. My expectation is already very low. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lilian Love
Mostly garbage. There are very good books about Mahler available, foremost those by de La Grange whom this hack is poormouthing.Published 14 months ago by Dikigoros
This must be the worst music book I ever read. Even if Mahler wasn't, Lebrecht is totally focused on Mahler being Jewish, and twists the narrative repeatedly to bring in some... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Hegelian
This is one of the most complete and totally satisfying books on Gustav Mahler I have read. It was tersely written and contained a plethora of information about the man and the... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Jere Rhine
This is not a good book. It is far too much about the sensibility of the writer to tell us much that is interesting or useful about Mahler, and although (I assume) the writer is... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Stanley Crowe
Magnificent, It made Mahler feel as immediate as last week's news. I might quibble with his choice of some recordings but that would be thankless and mean spirited. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Gaelin
So, I bought the book needing a Mahler fix. I was about to travel into the desert for some much needed R & R and needed something to read. Read morePublished on May 1, 2012 by Robert M. Burns
This book is one of the most beautiful tributes to Gustav Mahler. The Lebrecht snsitivity is exquisite and can be a good incentive to learn and love the music of this great... Read morePublished on April 21, 2012 by Alberto Guzmán Naranjo
Why Mahler?- a Review
To most, the name Gustav Mahler is the name of a composer which has certain mysteriousness surrounding it. Read more