By Jonathan Cott
In November 1989, only a yr sooner than his loss of life, Bernstein invited author Jonathan Cott to his kingdom domestic in Fairfield, Connecticut for what became out to be his final significant interview--an unheard of and astonishingly frank twelve-hour dialog. Now, in Dinner with Lenny, Cott offers a whole account of this amazing discussion during which Bernstein discourses with disarming frankness, humor, and depth on issues musical, pedagogical, political, mental, religious, and the unabashedly own. Bernstein comes alive back, with vodka glass in hand, making a song, buzzing, and making pointed reviews on a wide range of subject matters, from renowned track ("the Beatles have been the simplest songwriters seeing that Gershwin"), to nice composers ("Wagner used to be constantly in a psychotic frenzy. He used to be a madman, a megalomaniac"), and politics (lamenting "the brainlessness, the mindlessness, the carelessness, and the heedlessness of the Reagans of the world"). and naturally, Bernstein talks of undertaking, advising scholars "to examine the rating and make it come alive as though they have been the composer. in case you can do this, you are a conductorand if you cannot, you are not. If i do not become Brahms or Tchaikovsky or Stravinsky while i am undertaking their works, then it will not be a superb performance."
After Rolling Stone journal released an abridged model of the dialog in 1990, the Chicago Tribune praised it as "an awesome interview" packed with "passion, wit, and acute analysis." Studs Terkel referred to as the interview "astonishing and revelatory." Now, this full-length model offers the reader with a distinct, you-are-there standpoint on what it was once prefer to speak with this gregarious, witty, candid, and encouraging American dynamo.
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