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Symphony : Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall
Gehry, Frank O., 1929-
Publication Information:
New York : Harry N. Abrams in association with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, 2003.
Physical Description:
173 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 28 cm
Preface / Deborah Borda -- Introduction / Frank Gehry -- The impossible becomes possible: the making of Walt Disney Concert Hall / Richard Koshalek, Dana Hutt -- All shiny and new: Walt Disney Concert Hall and the rehabilitation of downtown Los Angeles / Carol McMichael Reese -- A barge with billowing sails / Michael Webb -- Variations and traditions: classical music in the twenty-first century / Esa-Pekka Salonen

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NA6835.L67 W357 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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'Symphony' charts the history of the Walt Disney Concert Hall from its inception through the architect selection process, construction and the completion of the building. Essays by leading architecture historians put the building into its historical perspective in the urban landscape of Los Angeles.

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Library Journal Review

Gehry has become America's greatest living architect, following decades of Michelangelo-like creative struggle in the 1970s and 1980s. His Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain (1996), has been hailed as "the greatest building of the twentieth century" by no less an authority than Philip Johnson, the unofficial dean of American architects. Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles is the new home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, and it is Gehry's greatest American commission to date. This book is a great "birthday present" for the building. It includes essays by the conductor of the Philharmonic, the managing director of the orchestra, and four American architects, critics, and historians. It begins with an introduction by Gehry himself, which chronicles the building's construction from its promising beginning in 1987 (with the astonishing gift of $50 million from Walt Disney's widow, Lillian Disney) to its opening in 2003 as an acoustic marvel. The photographs by Grant Mudford, mostly in color, are lusciously and completely seductive. What a commission, what a hall, and what a book!-Peter Kaufman, Boston Architectural Ctr. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

This is the eulogy obligatory for any very expensive, very conspicuous public building completed by a handful of international celebrity architects. The written material, the many lovely photographs, nearly all of them in color, and the few but useful plans well serve the new home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The four essays are especially informative; they might even persuade readers that there is more here than meets the eye. Although one essay puts perhaps a too-rosy gloss on the project's long history, together they describe the building's place in the City of Angel's century-long attempt to build a downtown; they explain the intimate interaction between the architect, the patrons, the acoustical consultants, and the symphony's musical director and conductor; and they critique the building as an architectural artifact. A sturdy binding, heavy paper, high-quality printing, and manageable size add to this slightly pricey book's attractiveness. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. General readers; lower-division undergraduates through professionals. C. W. Westfall University of Notre Dame