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Montserrat Caballe: Casta Diva Hardcover – January 25, 1995
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Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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For such an important singer, we have waited a long time for a biography. It might have been expected that she, like most singers, would have received a 'pop' version of a book, one that skated over the surface and which, once read,would be left to languish on the shelf pining for a more detailed and serious treatment to come along by someone with an historical perspective in which to place the artist's contribution to the great lyric tradition. What is impressive, however, is that the Spanish soprano has been fortunate to receive a worthy treatment in this, the very first major book about her.
In my opinion (and in the views of the several friends I have leant it to), Pullen and Taylor's biography manages to be both entertaining and packed with important detail.Read more ›
First it has to be said that if you are at all interested in Montserrat Caballe, this is the only book currently available. And it's not a bad one, either. It just has some flaws.
Primary of which is the pedantic writing style, especially in the early sections where the authors offer the results of their considerable research into the soprano's family history. Simple declarative sentences seem alien to them. There are pages of long, convoluted sentences - many thirty and forty words long - replete with modifiers and phraseology reminiscent of 1930's European writing. I literally lost count of how many times the phrase "in the event" occurred.
Like many biographers who have done extensive research on their subject, the authors seem determined to reveal everything they have learned, however unnecessary. The result is the familiar "and-then-she-sang" recitation of every performance the lady ever gave, regardless of whether it adds anything to an understanding of her as a person. To their credit, however, this is often accompanied by a great deal of interesting detail and even some delightful gossip.
When describing Caballe's personal experiences, the sentences flow naturally and the narrative takes on life. We see her grow from a largely passive young girl, very thin from years of malnutrition, to a strong, self assured woman often self-effacing and filled with humor, but never unaware of her own value. Caballe's rapidly increasing weight problem, which apparently began as a result of glucose injections intended to counteract her malnutrition, was eventually diagnosed as a glandular problem but is mentioned only in passing. It would have been interesting to have learned how (or whether) this affected her personally.Read more ›
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This book is included in your section "books in spanish" that I understood books writen in spanish not in english. Read morePublished on September 9, 2007 by pablo Federico Ricau
I am NOT a die hard Caballe fan but I greatly admire her and respect her. That said, this is a woefully constructed book! Read morePublished on June 9, 2004
A better editor perhaps would have helped streamline this extremely extensive biography of Caballe's carreer. Read morePublished on October 13, 2002 by W. Field
The authors of this book are worshipful, but that's about all. What a disappointment, especially as it's the only extant full-length biography of one of the colossal singers of... Read morePublished on August 30, 2000 by LuelCanyon