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Absolutely on Music Conversations with Seiji OzawaWritten by Harumi Murakami
In his conversations with the esteemed conductor Seiji Ozawa, celebrated writer Haruki Murakami describes his delight at finding a mutual resonance. I'm excited to invite our audience to explore what delightful resonance they might discover themselves in this first title of our Books of Note series.
In Absolutely on Music, internationally renowned Haruki Murakami sits down with his friend Seiji Ozawa, the revered former conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, for a series of conversations on their shared passion: music. Over the course of two years, Murakami and Ozawa discuss everything from Brahms to Beethoven, from Leonard Bernstein to Glenn Gould, from Bartók to Mahler, and from pop-up orchestras to opera. They listen to and dissect recordings of some of their favorite performances, and Murakami questions Ozawa about his career conducting orchestras around the world. Culminating in Murakami’s ten-day visit to the banks of Lake Geneva to observe Ozawa’s retreat for young musicians, the book is interspersed with ruminations on record collecting, jazz clubs, orchestra halls, film scores, and much more. A deep reflection on the essential nature of both music and writing, Absolutely on Music is an unprecedented glimpse into the minds of two maestros.
December 7, 2020
Picked by Mia Laity, violin