Reviews - What do customers think about My Life with the Great Pianists?
This could have been a home run! Apr 4, 2008
Franz Mohr has spent more time over the years with great pianists than one can even comprehend. As a result, this book could have been a home run of stories, and anecdotes that the world never knew - except through Mohr's storytelling. Instead, Mohr touches on just a few choice stories about a handful of musicians leaving me to want more.
My guess without actually doing the research is that at least half the book consists of Mohr's preaching to us his religious views. It felt very out of place in this context and I could have done without it. His co-author, Edith Schaeffer, didn't help matters with her overly frilly prose. Her additions reminded me of walking into a store that sells incense and soaps. Read the book for the great pianist stories he tells - but expect to be jarred with the rest of the contents as well.
My Friend-Franz Mohr Aug 14, 2007
I am fortunate enough (or shall I say blessed) that I see Franz Mohr numerous times a year. He is a true friend of mine and is known in professional circles as the greatest piano technician ever. The man is a magician with Steinway pianos, bringing sounds alive in pianos as only he can. Any serious student of piano must read this book, to learn feeling in music and life. Franz has paid his dues, long ago. He enlightens us all with true tales of his many life journeys. Thank you Franz Mohr- Your true friend- Carl Accettola
Ridiculous reviewers May 29, 2007
I don't understand why some people feel that Mr. Mohr, or anyone for that matter, should hide his religious faith or downplay it in some way. It is completely ridiculous. This is HIS book, and HIS life, and HIS views and if you don't like it, that's tough. He isn't writing to satisfy your political whims. Find another book if you don't like it!
Nice, but . . . Jan 20, 2005
In many ways this is an enjoyable read - I passed a couple of two-hour flights with it. However by the end - and I read practically every chapter in its entirety - I almost completely forgot that I picked it up expecting to gain some insight into the worlds of Horowitz, Rubenstein, Gould etc. Yes, I enjoyed the anecdotes about these great artists and yes, I also enjoyed learning about the care and attention the wonderful instruments they work with receive from devoted and gifted craftsmen such as Mr. Mohr. But what was I left with? What was I thinking after I had put the book down for the last time? The thought that was upper-most in my mind was: I can understand why many people - including myself - resent being preached to by self-styled missionaries about subjects that are - or at least should be totally private matters between one and his conscience. Whether the preacher is a likeable, seemingly sincere individual like Mr. Mohr or a politician looking to score some points for the next election by telling a gullible public about his latest conversation with God, at some point one has to say "enough." Finishing almost every chapter with a hard sell for one's religious beliefs isn't very ethical as far as I'm concerned. But then again, "in your face religion" seems to be the order of the day. Which god are we hawking today anyway?
BTW, I'd love to know what Rubenstein was really thinking when our hero laid his proposition on him.
enjoyable read Oct 23, 2004
This book is easy to read, as the language is casual and conversational. The stories with the pianists are interesting, delightful and sometimes humorous. They also reveal a great deal about each pianist's personality. I am a musician, but not a pianist. although I never thought playing the piano was easy, the fact that pianists don't have to worry about tuning while performing as instrumentalists do always seem unfair. But this book gave me a greater appreciation for pianists and certainly a lot of respect for Steinway. There are also many great stories from his life, one of which I was captivated by the most was from his childhood during WWII in Germany. Mr. Mohr does talk about his Christian beliefs throughout the book. I don't really understand why other reviewers criticize Mr. Mohr for that. If this book is about his life and Christianity is central his life, wouldn't it make sense that his experiences with the pianists he worked for and other life events are told through his worldview? Edith Schaffer also adds inspiring insghts and wisdom through her contribution to the book.