“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!"
Mahler's symphonies inspire everything from condemnation to adoration. This book attempts to explore why that should be - much more so than any other late 19th/early 20th century... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jonathan R. Smith
I used to read Lebrecht's review's, not any more !. The whole work comes across as though it were written by a nauseating sycophant.Published 6 months ago by Andrew Borg-Ruggier
Extremely good book--thoughtful, gives information not previously know. came well packaged and on time.Published 7 months ago by Ms. Lady
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 14 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 21 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 21 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 on December 15, 2012 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 on December 4, 2012 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 on December 2, 2012 by Gaelin