Tue, 21 May 2013
How do you do full justice to one of the greatest geniuses in all music? On May 22, we celebrate the 200th birthday of Richard Wagner. We know from various sources that he was not exactly a Teddybear, but most of us who appreciate opera, treasure his work, separately from any personality characteristics;in fact, if we delved into the lives of many composers, we might not find everyone as lovable as we might want. Who cares?
Here are some scenes from his operas with the Vienna Philharmonic under Hans Knappertsbusch:
Gotterdamerung: Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey and Funeral Music
Parsifal: "Ich sah das Kind" sung by Kirsten Flagstad
Walkure Finale sung by George London
Tristan und Isolde Prelude and Liebestod sung by Birgit Nilsson. (63 min.)