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John Mauceri’s distinguished and extraordinary career has brought him not only to the world’s greatest opera companies and symphony orchestras, but also to the musical stages of Broadway and Hollywood, as well as the most prestigious halls of academia. Regarded as the world’s leading performer of the music of Hollywood’s émigré composers, he has taken the lead in the preservation and performance of many kinds of music and has supervised/conducted premieres by composers as diverse as Debussy, Stockhausen, Korngold, Bernstein, Hindemith, Elfman, Ives, and Shore. As an accomplished recording artist, John Mauceri has over 70 albums to his name, and is the recipient of Grammy, Tony, Olivier, Drama Desk, Edison, Cannes Classique, Billboard, two Diapasons d’Or, three Emmys, and four Deutsche Schallplatten Awards.

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Cover of Italian version of Maestros and Their Music

Posted December 2nd, 2017

Here is a preview of the upcoming Italian release of Maestros and Their Music, expected April 2018.

AudioFile review of Maestros and Their Music

Posted December 1st, 2017

From AudioFile

In 18 years of working with conductor/composer Leonard Bernstein— and having a career as a respected conductor in his own right—John Mauceri seems to have learned a great deal about communicating the subtleties of music to the public. Writing and reading this audiobook, he clarifies many of the mysteries of the conductor’s art. While the book is dotted with famous names such as Bernstein, Birgit Nilsson, Gian Carlo Menotti, and more, Mauceri remains modest. His delivery suggests that these were merely people he met through his work, and their stories are there to illustrate his points. He is a fine interpreter of his own text, and there is so much information that classical music fans may want to listen to this more than once.

—D.M.H. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine

WQXR’s Gift Guide For the Classical Music Lover

Posted November 30th, 2017

If you’re making a list and checking it twice, the WQXR staff has put together a can’t-miss gift guide for those who have a classical music lover, or several, on their list this holiday season.

Maestros and Their Music: The Art and Alchemy of Conducting by John Mauceri has been included along with any other fantastic gifts in WQXR’s annual holiday gift giving guide. View the full list at WQXR.

Maestros and Their Music: The Art and Alchemy of Conducting
Conductor, writer and teacher John Mauceri has conducted everything from Broadway to the great orchestras of the world and worked with everybody from Leonard Bernstein to Danny Elfman. His book is full of tales and wisdom.

 

John Mauceri on Bernstein and Beyond

Posted November 29th, 2017

From Richard S. Ginell’s interview of John for San Francisco Classical Voice.

John Mauceri has been a busy Renaissance man of the podium ever since the early 1970s when he became Leonard Bernstein’s go-to guy for conducting and making new editions of his music. We have Mauceri to thank for making Candide a viable fixture on international stages through editions culminating with the Scottish Opera version that Bernstein eventually recorded in 1989. He also came up with the idea of folding Trouble in Tahiti within its sequel A Quiet Place as a flashback, which went a long way toward making the latter work stageworthy.

Since his mentor, colleague, and friend’s death in 1990, Mauceri has continued to develop a multifaceted identity — captaining the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra that had been created for him for 16 summers; playing a big part in Decca’s indispensable Entartete Musik project that revived many works from composers persecuted by the Nazis; conducting operas, symphonic music, Broadway musicals, film music, and many world premieres. And at 72, he has been working on three books — the first of which, Maestros And Their Music, a page-turning look inside the profession loaded with juicy anecdotes, was just published by Alfred A. Knopf last week. (The second is on the effect of the three 20th-century global wars — World War I, World War II, and the Cold War — on classical music, and the third is on the central repertory of classical music — why it matters, what it means).

Read the full interview at San Francisco Classical Voice.