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Jesús Ruiz Mantilla

384 pages

Over two decades, Jesús Ruiz Mantilla has been a music columnist for the daily newspaper El País. Contar la música brings together a large part of his experience in that field. A work that outlines a profession that he has devoted himself to passionately, through his contact with figures of the highest standing, but which from the very title, has led him to the conclusion that it is an unattainable utopia. Various well-known figures, creators and performers, give us an insight into their experiences with music. Interviews with great conductors of our time, including Daniel Baremboim, Claudio Abbado, Zubin Metha, Riccardo Muti and Gustavo Dudamel, pianists of the stature of Brendel, Pollini, Zimerman, Sokolov and Maria Joao Pires, along with his in-depth knowledge of phenomena such as José Antonio Abreu’s Venezuelan youth orchestra network, the West-Eastern Divan orchestra in which Palestinian and Israeli musicians perform together, and the emergence of Chinese pianists, enable us to understand the fascinating, creative, current classical music scene.