The glorious ones : classical music's legendary performers /

Anecdotal accounts of the lives and times of thirty-nine musical superstars since the eighteenth century.

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Main Author: Schonberg, Harold C., (Author)
Format: Book
Published:New York : Times Books, [1985]
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Table of Contents:
  • The castrati : lungs of men, voices of women
  • Angelica Catalani : pyrotechnics and greed
  • A digression on travel, the industrial revolution, and related matters
  • Giuditta Pasta, Maria Malibran, Henrietta Sontag, and Giulia Grisi : bel canto
  • Giovanni-Battista Rubini, Mario, and Luigi Lablache : Bengal rockets, sweetness, and cannonades
  • A digression on money
  • Nicolò Paganini : spawn of the devil
  • Franz Liszt : the eagle of the piano
  • Jenny Lind : the moral lady
  • Joseph Joachim : the incorruptable
  • Anton Rubinstein : Russian elemental
  • Adelina Patti : the queen of song
  • Jean and Edouard de Reszke : the singing brothers
  • Ignaz Paderewski : the aureoled Pole
  • Pablo de Sarasate, Eugène Ysaÿe, Jan Kubelik, and Fritz Kreisler : a quartet of violinists
  • Nellie Melba : the singing machine
  • Enrico Caruso : the tenor of tenors
  • Josef Hofmann : the Polish keyboard master
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff : the Russian master
  • John McCormack : Irish gold
  • Feodor Chaliapin : bass from Mother Russia
  • Arturo Toscanini : the maestro
  • Jascha Heifetz : unruffled perfection
  • Kirsten Flagstad and Lauritz Melchior : the two Wagnerians
  • Arthur Rubinstein : joie de vivre
  • Vladimir Horowitz : electrical energy
  • Maria Callas : the will to succeed
  • Leonard Bernstein, Herbert von Karajan, and Georg Solti : timebeaters three
  • Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo : mano a mano.