am 28. März 1999
Steinway & Sons is a rich, absorbing history of a business dynasty that stayed vital over six generations. Lieberman astutely analyzes the twin forces of creativity and hard-nosed business sense that made and sustained Steinway's preeminence as the concert piano of choice. This richly anecdotal book does not shy away from the dark side of the family's history-- its contempt for the piano workers, its unthinking patriarchy, even its active cultivation of the Nazis in Germany during World War II. (In America Steinway emphasized its patriotism by draping its conert hall with American flags and publicizing the Steinway sons who were serving in the American armed forces.) In this balanced account, Lieberman takes pains to catalogue the family's numerous contributions to the conert piano's evolution, as well as its unceasing promotion of the finest artists. The Steinways' mixture of creative technical innovation, fine musical taste and ruthless business practices makes them a family of particular fascination. Lieberman brings the various figures, strong and weak and flawed, to vibrant life.
am 27. Februar 2015
The book is definitely well researched and very educational to read. It covers historical developments not only of the piano building business, but of the evolution of the workers' rights starting from a time where there were none, it portraits the birth of many famous pianists like Horowitz, Paderewski, Rachmaninoff and others. Surprisingly there is no mention whatsoever of Glenn Gould, who nevertheless is associated with the name of Steinway & Sons, I would have expected some anecdotes also about this artist. The book is also useful to be read from a purely industrial management point of view, as it quite well highlights the efforts, sometimes successful and sometimes disastrous, of the various leading persons to make the company grow and also survive in difficult times.
Overall a good rating, definitely well worth reading.
am 7. Oktober 1999
About a month ago, I wrote a reader's comment on Richard Lieberman's "Steinway and Sons," carefully following your guidelines. To date, that piece has not been posted; nor have I received any message explaining that it would not be posted. Please advise. Sincerely, Brian Gallagher (firstname.lastname@example.org)