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Enjoyable intro to the ol' maestros,
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This review is from: Why Beethoven Threw the Stew: And Lots More Stories About the Lives of Great Composers (Paperback)It's the anecdotes and the way in which the old masters are portrayed as human beings of flesh and blood that are the book's main attraction, although I personally find that at times Isserlis can be a little condescending to the reader (even considering that the book is aimed at children rather than at grown-ups) and longwinded in trying to come to a (humorous) point.
Also the choice of composers Schumann and Stravinski is slightly odd (Schubert and Wagner come to mind as more obvious alternatives), but of course based on personal preference. Perhaps it's just as well not always to go for the obvious.
It would be a good idea if Isserlis were to write a book along the same lines for grown-ups; it might win over quite many who think of classical music as only for the high brow.