Norman Lebrecht is in town for MahlerFest with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and he was Michael Wolch's guest on Morning Light.

Norman Lebrecht is a prolific cultural commentator and an award-winning novelist.

He's written 12 books about music, which have been translated into 17 languages. The latest is Why Mahler?, a radical reinterpretation of the most influential composer of modern times. Also back in print is Mahler Remembered (Faber, 1987), a ground-breaking biographical compilation.

If you're not a fan of Mahler, on the fence, or have never heard of the Austrian composer, after watching Michael's interview with Mr. Lebrecht, you will be hooked! Don't say we didn't warn you!

And what better person to introduce this weekend's final Mahlerfest event---Mahler's 10th Symphony performed by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Friday (Oct 30) and Saturday (Oct 31) night.



What did we tell you? If you would like to hear more from Norman Lebrecht his blog Slipped Disc, has become the world's most-read cultural news and views site in English, drawing well over one million readers every month.

A collection of Lebrecht columns was published in China in 2012, the first such anthology by any western cultural writer. A Lebrecht essay appears monthly in Standpoint, the cultural and intellectual magazine.

When he's not busy writing about classical music, Mr. Lebrecht is being asked to lecture at cultural institutions and leading universities. His other works in progress also include a stage play, a radio series and television documentaries.

In fact, his first novel The Song of Names won a Whitbread Award in 2003 and is presently being cast as a major feature film. His second novel, The Game of Opposites,was published in the US by Pantheon Books. A third is in preparation.