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Well over a century after Wagner’s death, the man and his music are as controversial as ever. Praised for his profound insights into the workings of the human heart, he has also been condemned as a dangerous libertine, a proto-fascist and an arrogant bore. His vast four-part operatic Ring cycle has been elevated as one of the greatest achievements of western culture and dismissed as an unparalleled example of creative megalomania.
This audiobook makes no attempt to gloss over the darker sides of Wagner’s character, personally or artistically, but argues that the finer aspects of his vision transcend its flaws. It tells the story of an extraordinary life, and charts Wagner’s development, from unpromising beginnings, into the creator of some of the most brilliantly innovatory and seductively beautiful music ever composed.
The music on this recording is taken from the NAXOS catalogue
Der Fliegende Holländer 8.660025–26
ORF Symphony Orchestra; Pinchas Steinberg, conductor
Orchestral Highlights 8.550136
Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra; Michael Halász, conductor
Romantic Song Cycles 8.550400
Tamara Takács, mezzo-soprano; Jenő Jandó, piano
Orchestral Highlights 8.550498
Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (Katowice); Johannes Wildner, conductor
Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra; Alexander Rahbari, conductor
Die Walküre 8.660172–74
Jan-Hendrik Rootering, Wotan; Renate Behle, Brünnhilde; Staatsorchester Stuttgart; Lothar Zagrosek, conductor
Opera Choruses 8.557714
Chorus of the Royal Swedish Opera; Royal Swedish Orchestra; Leif Segerstam, conductor
Luana DeVol, Brünnhilde; Ronald Bracht, Hagen; Staatsorchester Stuttgart; Lothar Zagrosek, conductor
Orchestral Excerpts, Vol 2 8.572768
Alessandra Marc, soprano; Seattle Symphony; Gerard Schwarz, conductor
Music programming by Sarah Butcher
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