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JOHNSON, S.: Wagner, His Life and Music (Unabridged)

Author(s):Johnson, StephenWagner, Richard
Artist(s) Johnson, Stephen, Reader
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Spoken Word
Category Non-Fiction
Catalogue NA0141
Label Naxos AudioBooks
Quality   48kbps

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.



Review By Nancy Crowder-Chaplin,Sound Commentary,November 2013

This production provides an excellent introduction to Richard Wagner…The production delivers a side-by-side pairing of the actual music with commentary preceding each selection. After the narrated biography there come samples of the music with a welcome narration before each piece, alerting the listener to various musical elements. An insert in the compact, two-disk case lists each segment and the orchestra performing the piece. The author narrates with great distinction. An excellent over-view of an important artist. © 2013 Sound Commentary Read complete review


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