Absolutely on Music: Conversations
One is a famous Japanese author whose books constantly get translated into English. The other is a famous conductor of symphonies around the world, including American ones. They are friends, and like all friends they like to talk about their common interests in music, and this time the conversations are recorded and transcribed for posterity. This book is a collection of those conversations over a period of many years. While not a true question-and-answer session, instead it is a free flow of two people talking about music, its impact, and individual pieces. There are breaks when Mr. Ozawa puts on a piece of music and then the two talk about it. It is as if we are a fly on the wall and we get to listen in to these two. This is the type of book for lovers and connoisseurs of music, especially classical music. Mr. Ozawa brings his decades of conducting and teaching to the forefront, while Mr. Murakami brings his passion. Together, we get a look into this friendship as well. This is a perfect gift for someone who enjoys classical music.
Haruki Murakami, Seiji Ozawa, Jay Rubin