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Student Conductor af Robert Ford
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Student Conductor (original 2003; udgave 2004)

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"After eight years in professional exile, thirty-year-old Cooper Barrow returns to the orchestral world, bringing his untested talents to a Germany on the verge of reunification. He is to study with master teacher Karlheinz Ziegler, a conductor haunted by his days at a Nazi concentration camp, his prewar brilliance long since recast as cruelty. Barrow soon finds himself caught up in the rhythms of ruthless competition that dictate who plays, who conducts, and whose interpretation of the score reigns supreme." "When Barrow falls for the beautiful and seductive Petra Vogel - an oboist in Ziegler's orchestra and a recent East German defector - he is drawn below the surface of his own obsessive discipline into regions of guilt and betrayal he'd never imagined. As his affair with Petra and his lessons with Ziegler take one jarring turn after another, and as the mysteries of the past inevitably catch up with the present, Barrow must wrestle with shame and redemption in a country marked for all time."--BOOK JACKET.… (mere)
Medlem:candyharlot
Titel:Student Conductor
Forfattere:Robert Ford (Forfatter)
Info:Blue Hen Trade (2004), 304 pages
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I'm often very skeptical of novels with music as a centerpiece for their story line. I find the musical descriptions contrived and overwrought, as if the author is trying to convince the reader that he/she is an expert in all things musical. One of the benefits of this first novel by Robert Ford is that the author has the skills and experience to write convincingly about music without the pedantic, over-researched feel so present in other works.
Ford successfully creates vivid characters who are bound together not only by their relationship to music, but by their secrets. The author sensitively weaves historical elements (the fall of the Berlin Wall, for example) into a multi-layered narrative. The main protagonist, thirty-year-old American conductor Cooper Barrow, embarks on a quest to face his fears by studying with a master conductor in Germany. What he finds is a Germany built on secrets and fears, trying to demolish and rebuild at the same time. In the middle of it all is the enigmatic oboist Petra Vogel, whose own dark past comforts Barrow with its refreshing relativism.
These characters dance together to a soundtrack of Brahms, a composer who is subject to their idolatry, historicism, and emotional baggage. Ford unapologetically navigates through the conducting and orchestra worlds, framing the shades of the human soul with the best of its potential. ( )
  rebcamuse | Apr 9, 2009 |
This book is so immersed in the arcana of classical music performance that it's not going to appeal to a broad audience, but I was thoroughly engaged in the story of a young man who returns to studying conducting after a 10-year layoff due to an early failure. He works with an unpredictable, autocratic German maestro & falls in love with a talented oboist who defected from East Germany under broodingly mysterious circumstances not long before the fall of the Berlin Wall, which occurs at the height of the novel. Although I liked the book very much, the ending was baffling. ( )
  mbergman | Feb 18, 2007 |
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"After eight years in professional exile, thirty-year-old Cooper Barrow returns to the orchestral world, bringing his untested talents to a Germany on the verge of reunification. He is to study with master teacher Karlheinz Ziegler, a conductor haunted by his days at a Nazi concentration camp, his prewar brilliance long since recast as cruelty. Barrow soon finds himself caught up in the rhythms of ruthless competition that dictate who plays, who conducts, and whose interpretation of the score reigns supreme." "When Barrow falls for the beautiful and seductive Petra Vogel - an oboist in Ziegler's orchestra and a recent East German defector - he is drawn below the surface of his own obsessive discipline into regions of guilt and betrayal he'd never imagined. As his affair with Petra and his lessons with Ziegler take one jarring turn after another, and as the mysteries of the past inevitably catch up with the present, Barrow must wrestle with shame and redemption in a country marked for all time."--BOOK JACKET.

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