Norman Lebrecht is a prolific cultural commentator and an award-winning novelist.
He has written twelve books about music, which have been translated into 18 languages. The latest is Why Mahler?, a radical interpretation of the most influential composer of modern times. He also writes the blog "Slipped Disc" at Artsjournal.com. Norman Lebrecht’s first novel The Song of Names won a Whitbread Award in 2003 and is scheduled to me made into a major motion picture. His second, The Game of Opposites, was published in the US by Pantheon Books. A third is in preparation.
A collection of Lebrecht columns will be published this year in China, the first such anthology by any western cultural writer. A Lebrecht conversation appears monthly in The Strad, magazine of the strings profession. The Lebrecht Interview will return in July 2011 on BBC Radio 3. The Lebrecht blog, slipped disc, is the most heavily visited musical commentary in the UK.
The best summer festivals are outlets of escape from the rituals and formality of city life, writes Norman Lebrecht. But there is hardly a festival on earth that is not thinking about redefining what festivals ought to be in the 21st century.
Gustav Mahler’s role as an influential composer is indisputable today, but in fact, his music was largely dismissed in his lifetime. Author and music critic Norman Lebrecht joins us today on Soundcheck to discuss his new book, Why Mahler? -- and to explore the evolution of Mahler’s career and the powerful way that his music affects us.
As Wagner's "Ring Cycle" arrives at the Metropolitan Opera this week critics contend that it's the ultimate in long, boring and bombastic music drama. But Wagner fans (or "Ringheads") argue that few composers pack in more thrilling songs, glorious orchestral passages, and big ideas -- and the rewards for the ...
The powerful conductor Herbert Von Karajan ruled over major orchestras and released more than 800 recordings. Once a member of the Nazi party, he also possessed a dangerous ego and ambition like no other artist. British music critic Norman Lebrecht and Pulitzer Prize-winning classical music critic Tim Page engage in ...