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by Carl Vigeland

  • ISBN: 0870237632
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  • Author: Carl Vigeland
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Pr (September 1, 1991)
  • Pages: 270 pages
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  • Rating: 4.1
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In Concert by Carl A. Vigeland. Although this book details the inner working of the BSO - Boston Symphony Orchestra - the life of conductor Seiji Ozawa - the concert season 1986-87 - the recording and playing of Mahler's 2nd symphony - it is nonetheless a useful book for interested readers over twenty-five years after the fact. For this reader - visitor to Boston's Symphony Hall on many occasions - admirer of Mahler - not a musician - I was exposed to the incredible complex and tension filled life of a Symphony Orchestra

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His second book, In Concert: Onstage and Offstage with the Boston Symphony Orchestra was published by William Morrow and Company in 1989. The book chronicles music director Seiji Ozawa, trumpeter Charlie Schlueter and the entire BSO throughout the 1986-1987 season. Publishers Weekly lauded the book for "demystifying and humanizing the august Boston Symphony Orchestra" and noted that "Vigeland is at his best in conveying the emotive power of music, making palpable the feelings of the musicians when a concert goes well and they are overwhelmed at the sound they have made.

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Carl Vigeland Among Carl Vigeland’s other books are The Breathless Present: A Memoir in Four Movements, The Mostly Mozart Guide to Mozart.

The musicians here are members of the fabled Boston Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Seiji Ozawa, during a season highlighted by Mahler’s Second Symphony, The Resurrection. Among Carl Vigeland’s other books are The Breathless Present: A Memoir in Four Movements, The Mostly Mozart Guide to Mozart, Jazz in the Bittersweet Blues of Life (with Wynton Marsalis), and The Great Romance. Vigeland has also written for a wide variety of magazines, including The Atlantic, DoubleTake, Downbeat, TheNew York Times Magazine, Playboy, and Sports Illustrated.

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A portrait of the Boston Symphony Orchestra during the 1986-1987 season, exploring the motives, emotions and illusions that govern the actions of musicians, conductors and administrators. The reader learns about union problems, sits in on auditions and witnesses the intensity of rehearsals.
Reviews about In Concert: Onstage and Offstage With the Boston Symphony Orchestra (7):
Trash
Finally, I found a book on the subject of an American symphony orchestra which is written by a real, competent and endlessly insightful author!

This book is detailed and truthful. It's not careful or "politically correct" like some I've read (Slatkin's, for example, is the worst offender of writing page after page about absolutely nothing substantive), nor is it dumbed-down to please little old ladies who attend the Sunday matinees. No, this is writing of real substance. By a real talent.

I absolutely love how the first two chapters read almost like a novel. We encounter fully developed characters who we instantly care about, (namely Charlie, the principal trumpet player). And eagerly discover how Charlie's anxiety in preparing for the Mahler 2nd Symphony is borne out and thus justified in that first rehearsal with Ozawa, where the author tells us: It's the first 15 minutes of rehearsal and Ozawa is already not pleased. With the trumpets! All through the book Mr. Vigeland follows Charlie's up and down struggles during his practice time, rehearsals, concerts and recording sessions.

Mr. Vigeland meticulously takes us through the intensity of 3 rehearsals before an opening night performance of the Mahler Two. And then again through preparations for the concert on the road in Carnegie Hall (with it's newly "improved" acoustics), and once again in preparing for a Philips recording session. We get REAL insight into Ozawa's rehearsal process, conducting techniques, interpretive style and his way of handing personnel issues. And if one comes away liking Ozawa a little less than before, well, we have learned the truth - the good and the bad of a conductor dealing with union rules, at least during the mid 80s era.

In addition, the detail in which the author describes issues surrounding acoustics, and player positions, and chorus auditions, etc., is amazing. As is the tedious, frustrating recording process. How a recording ever comes out sounding like music, with all the stops and starts, and retakes, and splicing, is beyond me. Mr. Vigeland describes it all in a way which gives truth to the adage that recordings are often more a commercial product rather than a true musical performance.

One factor which helped this author bring this topic to life as few others have, is his depth of knowledge of the music itself. He obviously followed the score of Mahler's symphony during these sessions and took copious notes. Thus, we learn almost as much about Mahler's music as we do about the musicians playing it.

I found the entire book to be a page turner, which is not what one typically expects from a non-fiction about classical music. And indeed many books on this subject are just the opposite of this one - rather boring and endlessly ho-hum. But this author is such an accomplished writer and so passionate about his subject, that he draws the reader in like the very best novel. Hugely enjoyable and highly recommended.
anneli
This book is closer to a study of one particular member's year in the BSO (the principal trumpet player) than it is to an overall study of the whole orchestra's year. Nevertheless, Mr. Vigeland had extraordinary access to the goings-on that year, and his book adds significant dimensions to what the public sees and hears from and about a great symphony orchestra.
Blackseeker
For anyone that wants a backstage look at the Boston Symphony Orchestra when Seiji Ozawa was conducting, this is a terrific opportunity. Vigeland interviews members of the orchestra, travels with them and describes the process as the orchestra does a recording.
Bloodhammer
Vigeland's work is an exceptional picture of the professional musician's life. It is essential reading for any student seeking a career in classical music. More, it is a picture of how 'work' and 'life' weave together in positive and negative ways. Because of that, it is a worthwhile 'read' for anyone whose work and life are closely related.
Gavinranara
QUALITY GOOD. TOPICAL. EXCELLENT INTO ORCHESTRAL POLITICS
Ballardana
In Concert by Carl A. Vigeland

Although this book details the inner working of the BSO - Boston Symphony Orchestra - the life of conductor Seiji Ozawa - the concert season 1986-87 - the recording and playing of Mahler's 2nd symphony - it is nonetheless a useful book for interested readers over twenty-five years after the fact.

For this reader - visitor to Boston's Symphony Hall on many occasions - admirer of Mahler - not a musician - I was exposed to the incredible complex and tension filled life of a Symphony Orchestra.

Readers with an interest in classical music will find this, I believe, a useful book. The author writes for the curious adult not the music scholar. The conflicts between the conductor and his principal trumpet player give the story a narrative tensions that propelled this reader to the last page of this recommended book.
Agalen
THIS BOOK PROVED TO BE QUITE A BORE AS I STRUGGLED THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF THE STORY. YET, I FOUND MYSELF DRAWN INTO THE STORY. I WAS ABLE TO RELATE TO EVERYONE INVOLVED IN THE STORY AND I BEGAN TO FEEL THAT DREAMS AND FEARS WERE MY OWN. THE AUTHOR DID GOOD JOB TELLING THE STORY EVEN THOUGH IN PARTS THERE WASN'T MUCH TO TELL
I am not a musician but I bought it for my son who is. I picked it up and couldn't put it down. I never knew what a big time symphony is really like. This author does a great job. I have to find other books by him. Whether or not you are a musician or not you will find this story fascinating. This is a must read for anyone who ever thought about playing in a big time symphony.

Gary

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