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Absolutely on Music - Conversations with Seiji Ozawa

Absolutely on Music - Conversations with Seiji Ozawa

Author: Haruki Murakami; Seiji Ozawa; Jay Rubin (Translator)
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A deeply personal, intimate conversation about music and writing between the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author and the former conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

In Absolutely on Music, internationally Haruki Murakami sits down with his friend Seiji Ozawa, the revered former conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, for a series of conversations on their shared passion: music. Over the course of two years, Murakami and Ozawa discuss everything from Brahms to Beethoven, from Leonard Bernstein to Glenn Gould, from Bartók to Mahler, and from pop-up orchestras to opera. They listen to and dissect recordings of some of their favorite performances, and Murakami questions Ozawa about his career conducting orchestras around the world. Culminating in Murakami's ten-day visit to the banks of Lake Geneva to observe Ozawa's retreat for young musicians, the book is interspersed with ruminations on record collecting, jazz clubs, orchestra halls, film scores, and much more. A deep reflection on the essential nature of both music and writing, Absolutely on Music is an unprecedented glimpse into the minds of two maestros.
Reviews

"Absolutely on Music is an unprecedented treasure... Talking about music is like dancing about architecture, it's often said, but what joy to watch these two friends dance." * Guardian * "Hardly a soul writes of the listening and playing of music with such insight and tenderness" -- Patti Smith * New York Times Book Review * "Their words tessellate perfectly, forcing the neurons in your brain into a brave new quest for artistic divinity... A book for people transfixed by the minutia of creativity." * Shortlist * "High Fidelity for classical music fans." * Publishers Weekly * "These dialogues...add up to a sprawling feast of Mahler-style "polytonality" - or, alternatively, the sort of protean jam-session that Monk and Parker relished." -- Boyd Tonkin * Arts Desk *

Author description

Haruki Murakami (Author) Haruki Murakami is the author of many novels as well as short stories and non-fiction. His books include Norwegian Wood, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Kafka on the Shore, 1Q84, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, The Strange Library and Wind/Pinball. His work has been translated into more than 50 languages, and the most recent of his many international honours are the Jerusalem Prize and Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award. Seiji Ozawa (Author) Seiji Ozawa served as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for twenty-nine years, and was music director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Ravinia Festival, and Wiener Staatsoper. With Kazuyoshi Akiyama, he formed the Saito Kinen Orchestra and is the director of the Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival. Ozawa has been deeply involved in musical education through his work with Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, the Ozawa International Chamber Music Academy Okushiga, Seiji Ozawa International Academy Switzerland and as founder of the Seiji Ozawa Music Academy Opera Project, organizations which provide opportunities to outstanding students in Asia and Europe. Among his many honours, Ozawa has been awarded the Officier de la Legion d'Honneur in France, the Japanese Order of Culture, the Kennedy Center Honors, and a Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording.

Stock Information

General Fields

  • : 9781784700140
  • : Random House
  • : Vintage
  • : November 2017
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Haruki Murakami; Seiji Ozawa; Jay Rubin (Translator)
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 352