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Music as Alchemy: Journeys with Great Conductors and their Orchestras [Hardcover]

Tom Service
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'Service's passion is evident from the opening page ... he blends in-depth musical understanding and analysis with an armchair conductor's enthusiasm and VIP access to rehearsals. The result is fascinating ...This book shows us how, through the efforts of this shamanic figure, live music can be simply good enough or, sometimes, utterly electrifying.' --New Statesman, July 2012

'With infectious and easily worn enthusiasm, a British radio presenter focuses on what exactly happens when a conductor raises his baton an offers some startling insights.' --The Economist Books of the Year

'Many a forest has been felled to produce unnecessary books on music, but that is most definitely not the case with this utterly fascinating volume ... It's difficult to know what to praise first ... But it is not just the star names which are illuminated by Service's lively prose - economical but vivid characterisation of everyone involved is the order of the day here. Also evoked with great skill, inter alia, is the experience of listening to great music, which is of course the raison d'etre of the journeys described.' --C D Choice, July 2012

'The sum is a book of great intelligence and vivacious reportage, easily enjoyed and digested.' --Literary Review, July 2012

Many a forest has been felled to produce unnecessary books on music, but that is most definitely not the case with this utterly fascinating volume ... It's difficult to know what to praise first ... But it is not just the star names which are illuminated by Service's lively prose - economical but vivid characterisation of everyone involved is the order of the day here. Also evoked with great skill, inter alia, is the experience of listening to great music, which is of course the raison d'etre of the journeys described --C D Choice, July 2012

The sum is a book of great intelligence and vivacious reportage, easily enjoyed and digested. --Literary Review, July 2012

Book Description

A journey into the deepest mystery of classical music: how do great conductors do it?

About the Author

Tom Service writes about music for the Guardian, where he was Chief Classical Music Critic, and broadcasts for BBC Radio 3. He has presented Radio 3's flagship magazine programme, Music Matters, since 2003. He was the inaugural recipient of the ICMP/CIEM Classical Music Critic of the Year Award, and was Guest Artistic Director of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. After years practising in the mirror, he once conducted Bruckner's Ninth Symphony.
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