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Patrick Novecosky | Review
Feb 08, 2011
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The Pope’s Maestro

A Brooklyn-born Jew, Levine was profoundly influenced by his work with John Paul II . . .

levineThe Pope’s Maestro
John Wiley & Sons, 2010. 456 pages, $27.95 hardcover

A Brooklyn-born Jew, Levine chronicles his friendship and collaborations with Pope John Paul II. They met when the conductor took the helm of the Krakow Philharmonic in the late 1980s, as the Iron Curtain slowly crumbled in Eastern Europe.

They collaborated on concerts of reconciliation at the Vatican intended to ease estrangement and pained history between Catholics and Jews. The concerts broke new ground and demonstrated the Vatican’s desire for rapprochement and even atonement in its relationships with Jews.

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