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The Wagner Blog is a forum for discussion of contemporary themes arising from the works of Richard Wagner. Discussions relating to Wagner’s musical, literary, theatrical, philosophical, political and theoretic work are all appropriate for this forum.

Barenboim: Wagner and Us

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I have a special relationship to Daniel Barenboim’s music-making.  It was Barenboim’s ka-jillion-LP set from which I learned the Beethoven piano sonatas in 1972 or so.  It was Barenboim who conducted Tristan in my first visit to Bayreuth in 1981.  It was Barenboim who was at the podium for the Harry Kupfer Ring, and who continued […]

The Met Historic Collection

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Halfway through the collection of “Legendary Performances” released by the Met this year, several surprises came to the fore. One was how poor the chorus at the Met was in the 1940s and 1950s.  It was as if they dragged folks in from the street to have a go at the Pilgrim’s Chorus.  Apparently the […]

New Magic Flute Film

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My first exposure to Mozart’s delightful singspiel, Die Zauberflöte, was in 1976 when I saw the TV film by Ingmar Bergman.  I was young in my Mozart appreciation development, and learned an enormous amount by Bergman’s treatment of the overture.  He did it as a 7-minute long segment in which the face of a young girl […]

Hilarious Birthday Tribute

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We forget that the author of Die Meistersinger could be a very funny guy.  My sister, early on the Wagner curve but of a tenacious ear, sent me a 200th birthday tribute with its sophisticated tongue firmly in its cheek.  Have  good laugh on the Meister: Happy Birthday Tristan!

Wagner’s Boundaries (The Null Set)

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The London Review of Books features in its 11 April 2013 issue a musing by Nicholas Spice titled “Is Wagner bad for us?”  The breadth of Spice’s inquiries prohibits useful capsulization here, but an early passage of the article is so trenchant that I hoped readers would find it stimulating.  The question posed was “about […]

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