Good Reading : November 2009
Caught Reading is brought to you by Best Western Hotels www.bestwestern.com.au caught reading This month we ventured into the offices of Musica Viva, and found out what the musicians, the Artistic Director and the CEO are reading. readers' life 1 Kyril Zlotnikov, Cellist, Jerusalem Quartet What are you reading? Music Quickens Time by Daniel Barenboim. Why that book? In this case the question should be not 'Why that book?' but 'Why that author?' Daniel Barenboim is really a genius in music of our time, and for me, as a musician, it is absolutely fascinating to know his personal thoughts about all aspects of music and life. What’s it about? In this powerful book, Daniel Barenboim speaks about connections between music and life. Where did you obtain it? It was a gift from Daniel Barenboim. Has it lived up to your expectations? Yes. It's a fantastic book! Would you recommend it to others? Absolutely! Alexander Pavlovsky, First Violinist, Jerusalem Quartet What are you reading? Unfinished journeys:Twenty Years Later by Yehudi Menuhin. Why that book? Yehudi Menuhin's personality always inspired me, not only because he is one of the greatest violinists ever, but also by richness of his life experiences -- instrumentalist and conductor, philanthropist and revered educator -- founder of several schools as well as an international foundation. What’s it about? It is an autobiography and I am very much moved by his knowledge and writing style. Where did you obtain it? It was my birthday present. Has it lived up to your expectations? Definitely -- although I am still reading it. Would you recommend it? I would recommend this book to everyone, not only to musicians. Mary Jo Capps, Chief Executive Officer, Musica Viva What are you reading? Ransom by David Malouf. Why that book? I love Malouf 's writing, the economy and musicality of his language is an absolute delight. He has a way of observing the most minute detail and illuminating it in a completely new way. What’s it about? On one level, it is about the Trojan War, and the retrieval of Hector's body by his father, Priam, from Achilles in the Greek camp. Beyond that, it's about being a parent, about the way one's status in life can affect reactions to everything, about the incredible blend of hor ror and humanity in war, and about storytelling. Are you enjoying it? Love it. Where did you obtain it? From Shelly's Bookshop in Gordon, a shop staffed by true book lovers, who effortlessly recommend books as soon as they understand what you like. They're like a human version of the 'Recommended Reading' function on Amazon.com only better, because they've actually read the books! Would you recommend it? Absolutely. Carl Vine, Artistic Director, Musica Viva What are you reading? The Mindful Brain by Daniel Siegel. Why that book? It promises an increased awareness of how one's mind works. I need all the help I can get. What’s it about? Becoming more attuned to every moment n life through a combination of anatomical awareness and a scientific approach to meditation techniques. Are you enjoying it? It's a tough read, and in parts extremely technical, but I've found it incredibly revealing and at times quite helpful. Where did you obtain it? Not an easy find in Australia, so unfortunately needed sourcing from Amazon. (Ed's note: it is published by Wiley in Australia). Would you recommend it? Absolutely -- but with the full caveat of its inherent technicality and infor mation density!
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