Leonard Bernstein

Humphrey Burton CBE
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ISBN 9780571173686 Format Paperback
Published 08/10/2001 Length 608 pages

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'You will not find a more devoted, thorough, loving and surprising book on the life of Leonard Bernstein - the most extraordinary man of extraordinary talents. Read it.' Lauren Bacall

''Humphrey Burton has written a very detailed and candid account of his friend . . . The mass of material is superbly handled . . . [Bernstein] was a music genius and he deserves this measured and meticulous biography.' Michael Kennedy, Sunday Telegraph

'Burton's style is spare and unobtrusive: the picture he paints is a vivid one. So much energy. So much intelligence . . . Burton also demonstrates that behind Leonard Bernstein's flamboyance (and the increasingly embarrassing public behaviour) there remained honesty of purpose and generosity of spirit. This biography is imbued with the same virtues. It is a book of exceptional quality.' The Times

  • About Humphrey Burton CBE

    Humphrey Burton read Music and History at Cambridge University and entered the BBC as a sound studio manager in 1955. In 1958 he joined the ground-breaking TV arts magazine, 'Monitor'. He has won many international awards, including three from the British Academy, four Emmies and the Italia Prize (for The Making of West Side Story).

    Twice in charge of Music and Arts for BBC Television, Burton was also a founder member of London Weekend Television, where he edited and presented the ITV arts series 'Aquarius'. He is still active in the fields of radio and television.

    To celebrate his seventieth birthday in March 2001 he conducted a charity gala performance of Verdi's 'Requiem' at the Royal Albert Hall in aid of prostate cancer.

    Burton worked with Yehudi Menuhin on many radio and television programmes, including a 20-part radio series for Classic FM. He was also a frequent collaborator with Leonard Bernstein, and later wrote his biography, also published by Faber. He was awarded a CBE in the Millennium honours.

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