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Otto Klemperer: Volume 2, 1933 1973: His Life and Times

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Otto Klemperer was one of the great conductors of the century. This second volume of Peter Heyworth's celebrated biography follows the conductor's fortunes from his frustrating and unhappy time as an emigre in the United States to his final years with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London. Bedevilled by manic depression, his euphoric moods led to wild escapades, but finally ...more
Hardcover, 500 pages
Published February 23rd 1996 by Cambridge University Press (first published January 1st 1984)
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Tom Brannigan
Oct 01, 2009 Tom Brannigan rated it it was amazing
Klemperer continues to amaze me....as a conductor, a terrible composer, and the human conduit through which countless people from all walks of life flow. His career was continuously threatened by erratic behavior brought on by manic depression. Through it all, people described him as a force of nature, who by his overwhelming authority, could draw out of musicians the best performances of there lifetimes.

I read this definitive two volume biography every two or three years.
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