The Loves of Great Composers


Read by Peter Thomlinson

(4.8 stars; 2 reviews)

Gustav Kobbe was a German/US music critic who worked at the time of Liszt and Wagner in particular, and was clearly in the Wagnerian rather than the Brahms camp. His unusual style of writing and his strongly romantic take on the loves of these seven composers makes for entertaining listening, even though his facts and opinions may differ from more academic writers and biographers of these composers. Each composer occupies a section or chapter, with Wagner getting the fuller account in terms of length. In fact Gustav Kobbe claims he knew Liszt and Wagner as well as Cosima Wagner - so this must be quite original and authoritative. The 19C period and its atmosphere is conveyed by Kobbe's unusual sentence construction and reads more like story telling rather than a written work. ( Peter Thomlinson) (2 hr 49 min)

Chapters

Mozart and his Constance 21:07 Read by Peter Thomlinson
Beethoven and his "Immortal Beloved" 19:43 Read by Peter Thomlinson
Mendelssohn and his Cecile 23:36 Read by Peter Thomlinson
Chopin and the Countess Delphine Potocka 21:50 Read by Peter Thomlinson
The Schumanns:Robert and Clara 19:47 Read by Peter Thomlinson
Franz Liszt and his Carolyne 23:53 Read by Peter Thomlinson
Wagner and Cosima 39:20 Read by Peter Thomlinson