Favorite piece by Wagner?

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  1. Arethusa

    Arethusa Senior member

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    Lehár was an antisemite?
     
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    Lehár was an antisemite?
    Not that I know of but his operetta, "The Merry Widow" was exceptionally popular with Hitler and his crowd.
     
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    Yeah, but that is different from Wagner actually being an antisemite. I guess Lehár falls in with Nieztsche, as far as the Hitler thing goes.
     
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    The state-run New Israeli Opera Company avoids not only Wagner operas but all operas in German, with the exception of the occasional Mozart singspiel or Viennese operetta.

    Goebbels banned Wagner's Parsifal.

    What's opera doc?
    [​IMG]

    Aus
     
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    From: http://www.wsws.org/articles/2001/au...wagn-a01.shtml
     
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    I have been fighting the urge, for the past 2 days, to say "the buggs bunny cartoon done to wagner was my favorite".
     
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    Yeah, you can't go and watch the Ring Cycle at Bayreuth without some Nazi's in the audience and Daniel Barenboim directing the orchestra...

    Jon.



    I was there, once, but I couldn't get tickets. I niavly assumed that some would be available, someplace.
     
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    What is your favorite piece of music by Richard Wagner?

    Mine is the overture to "The Flying Dutchman" directed by Barenboim.

    Swann
     
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    Tristan Prelude to Act I and the chord that changed music.

    Jess Thomas singing "Notung, notung, ninliches schwert."

    Magic Fire Music from Walkure.

    I have the Solti Ring cycle on lp and really everything is amazing. Also Barenboim circa 1990 on Erato CD.
     
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    I was there, once, but I couldn't get tickets. I niavly assumed that some would be available, someplace.

    If I recall, the list to get tickets is several years long. I've heard the best way to get tickets is to join your local Wagner society, since they seem to get priority regarding ticket distribution. Which makes sense, since at least the people who belong to Wagner societies tend to you know, actually care about the music.

    Jon.
     
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    Tristan Prelude to Act I and the chord that changed music. Jess Thomas singing "Notung, notung, ninliches schwert." Magic Fire Music from Walkure. I have the Solti Ring cycle on lp and really everything is amazing. Also Barenboim circa 1990 on Erato CD.
    Maria Callas singing Liebestod Any good recording of Siegfried's Idyll The prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg performed by von Karajan Jon.
     
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    oh, boy, where to begin?


    1. While I personally have fondness for a lot of wagner, and while I personally am open to free flow of culture, I can fully understand the unofficial banning of wagner from the large orchastras and opera house in israel. if for no other reason that that there are still a lot of holocust survivors in israel, and that the music brings on tramatic memories. it is not an attempt to keep jews or israelis from knowing wagner, his material is still sold in israel, most israelis travel and have an opportunity to hear wagner performed live, if they so wish, and the smaller musical organizations play wagner - this is not an act of censorship so much as sensibility.

    2. to emphasize the above, several years ago a well regarded egyptian opera singer, who specialized in egyption nationalistic music from the 60's and early 70's was brought to israel to play in one of the largest (possibly the largest) hall in israel under the auspices of the israel festival. she played several days to sold out theatres, playing music that had been used to incite the egyption crowds and armies before the 67 and 73 wars, where thousands of israelis were killed. can you imagine, in the US in the early 1960's, bringing in a performer from 1940's japan who had been well known for pushing the war effort, and having him perform to sold out audiences of non-japanese speaking americans?

    3. I think that the conductor, barambuim, acted in an extremly rude and unacceptable way. he was invited in, he knew the rules, what he did was not acceptable.

    4. I find it interesting that he needs to talk about wagner with Edward Said, somebody who literally made arafat look like a moderate, when it came to israel.

    5. I also find it interesting that a socialist e-paper finds this newworthy.
     
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    What is your favorite piece of music by Richard Wagner?


    That depends. Was he writing anything when he keeled over? An interesting video to watch is "Sing Faster".
     
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    That depends. Was he writing anything when he keeled over? An interesting video to watch is "Sing Faster".

    Um? I beg pardon?

    Jon.
     
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    I enjoyed his work on Hart to Hart.

    Nietzsche would be proud[​IMG]
     

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