I know almost nothing about Beethoven, except that I like the relatively few pieces I know. I know almost nothing about musical performance and nothing at all about musical interpretation. At least, I didn't until I heard this book.
This book is a glimpse into what it means to an expert pianist to study and play Beethoven's sonatas over the breadth of that pianist's career. Even with as little as I know about the subject, I found it fascinating.
I admit that part of my fascination was in learning just how completely ignorant I am about a subject that the author finds all-consuming. I found the material rather dry, but I suspect that musicians will not.
Chris Anderson of Wired Magazine and "The Long Tail" has written another insightful book about and emerging technological and societal phenomenon.
Three-D printing,small-batch internet based manufacturing, and the culture of shared creativity are changing the face of manufacturing and erasing the advantage of outsourcing jobs.
When Captain Picard of the Enterprise ordered a cup of hot tea from the replicator, it was fiction. Today, we can make the tea cup. It is not unimaginable that soon, we can fill the cup with tea, too.
Very well read, I enjoyed the cadence and timber of the narrator's voice. Some of the material gets a little dry and geeky, but the narration helped keep it from being boring.
The material in this book is fundamentally sound, but the specific references to information at various websites either does reference sites that no longer exist, or does not reference sites that are very important.
The reader did very well indeed. Very crisp enunciation with pleasant pace and quality.
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