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`To My Best Friend': Correspondence between Tchaikovsky and Nadezhda von Meck, 1876-1878 Hardcover – Dec 1 1974


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The other "review" of this book (as of 5-7-2013) should be removed immediately. May 7 2013
By Bon Vivant (life's too short for mediocrity) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The other "reviewer" of this book admits to not having read this extraordinary book. She instead slams the price of the book and gives it a one-star "review" based solely on her apparent inability to purchase the book, and to therefore, give it a review BASED UPON THE BOOK ITSELF, even though having "heard" the letters are "terrific." I'm dumbstruck by the incredible stupidity of that approach to a review of this book and so, will instead review the BOOK itself, which I have in hand, and which - unlike the other commenter, I've actually read. I would also urge Amazon to not only take down such ridiculous "reviews," but to try to make sure comments pertain to the actual content such products, and not ignorance of the item being critiqued.

That said: this is a remarkable volume. For readers/scholars of Tchaikovsky's correspondence with his patroness Nadezhda von Meck, this volume is actually a new revelation: translated from the originals by NvM's granddaughter Galina von Meck (who was also Tchaikovsky's great-niece) and covering the (perhaps) most critical years of his professional and personal life, reading these new translations is the next best thing to sitting down for a chat with Tchaikovsky. For the scholar, for the casually-interested music lover: this volume certainly has supplanted the Barbara von Meck/Catherine Drinker Bowen "Beloved Friend" (long out of print) on my bookshelf and is a wonderful companion book to the (misleadingly-titled, but still-) PHENOMENAL "Letters to this Family: an Autobiography of Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky." Taken together, they're a remarkable microscope into the mind, emotions, creative process and joyous, tortured soul of the man many people consider to be the greatest composer who ever lived.

My last thought: find the book, READ it, and then consider yourself qualified to review it. But until then, ignore the thoughts and comments of someone who clearly is in need of a long, long rest on another planet...unless that's from where she most recently returned.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Must have book! Nov. 11 2013
By Michael Britz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is a must have for any classical music lover, especially of Tchaikovsky. These personal letters between Tchaikovsky and Ms. Von Meck are truly invaluable and a wonderful read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
An amazing friendship Nov. 1 2013
By Dr Mum - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This story of the correspondence between Tchaikovsky and his longtime patron and best friend, is in many ways tragic, but at the same time revealing, not only about his compositional style, but also about the emotional highs and lows that fueled this composer's prolific work. This book is meaningful: I shall never listen to Tchaikovsky's compositions in the same way again.
0 of 6 people found the following review helpful
TERRIFIC BUT EXPENSIVE Oct. 21 2012
By Suzanne K. Walther - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
HOW CAN ANYONE REVIEW A BOOK THEY CAN'T AFFORD TO BUY SO THEY CAN NOT READ? FROM WHAT I HEARD AND FROM OTHER BOOKS I READ I GATHER THE LETTERS ARE TERRIFIC!


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