When Sir Reginald Goodall died in 1990, at the age of 88, he had already acquired cult status and was considered one of the greatest Wagner conductors of our times. Although he had conducted the premiere of Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes in 1945 and was admired by Erich Kleiber and Otto Klemperer, he suffered years of neglect until his triumphant return to conduct Die Meistersinger at Sadler's Wells in 1968.
John Lucas, author of the acclaimed Thomas Beecham: An Obsession with Music, examines the mysteries of Goodall's early career, his Mosleyite sympathies, his remarkable late flowering and the fame of his last 20 years. Drawing upon letters and diaries as well as extensive interviews with friends and colleagues, Lucas pieces together the life of this enigmatic, self-effacing figure - a great Wagner conductor in a tradition stretching back through Knappertsbusch and Karl Muck to Hans Richter.
Previously available as Reggie: The Life of Reginald Goodall - now available for the first time in paperback with a new Preface and Introduction. Published in association with the Peter Moores Foundation.
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 431 g
Dimensions: 230 x 156 x 20 mm
Lucas's fine biography (which carries the benefit of access to plenty of personal Goodall material) will continue to stir curiosity far into the future. CLASSICAL MUSIC [Editor's Choice]
Lucas gives a sympathetic yet judicious account of [Goodall]...The quality of research is high...and although the author clearly has a high personal regard for his subject there is no sense whatever of uncritical adulation. WAGNER JOURNAL
This is an inspiring story. OPERA NEWS
Superbly researched and sympathetic. DAILY TELEGRAPH
Engrossing and deeply affectionate. THE SPECTATOR
Marvellously informative. OBSERVER
An engrossing and informative read...I recommend this book with enthusiasm. FANFARE