"A brisk, engaging journey through the life of a fascinating and enormously influential artist."
–Kansas City Star
"Very enjoyable to read, gossipy as well as learned, and it makes the man come to life."
"Lebrecht's book brings Mahler scholarship into to the present by including interviews with conductors, visits to sites with Mahler connections and an excellent annotated discography."
"Readers of Why Mahler?
will be grateful to Lebrecht for his enthusiasm and for his highly personal cultural history."
–The Wall Street Journal
"As a short introduction to the meaning of Mahler, this sympathetic biography will do very well."
"We could not put the book down. Mahler is boss."