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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    Thankfully I do not subscribe and shall not be insulting my intelligence with Casrorf's nonsensical production.
    Aurally, it's fine. The cast is excellent and, whereas we don't have Petrenko in the pit, Marek Janowski is a seasoned enough Wagner interpreter to steer the orchestra well. I hope so, at least; I'll be there for Götterdämmerung in three weeks' time.

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    Anyone had experience with this book? The reviews are strong, but it's a pricey hardcover. Thought I would ask before committing to it.

    Richard Wagner: A Life in Music by Martin Geck
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/02...A1H5Y06T4SWV9M

    The Kindle version is cheap, and I might be better off. But it seems like a nice book to have on the shelf.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scopitone View Post
    Anyone had experience with this book? The reviews are strong, but it's a pricey hardcover. Thought I would ask before committing to it.

    Richard Wagner: A Life in Music by Martin Geck
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/02...A1H5Y06T4SWV9M

    The Kindle version is cheap, and I might be better off. But it seems like a nice book to have on the shelf.
    I read it. It's not especially in-depth, and I preferred Geck's book on Bach, but a nice read all the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mahlerian View Post
    I read it. It's not especially in-depth, and I preferred Geck's book on Bach, but a nice read all the same.
    Educational for a relative noob, I suspect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reichstag aus LICHT View Post
    Frank Castorf's Ring is an "interesting" production. Regie-phobic people might want to take a sedative before watching it
    The next-to-last thing I'd want said of my artistic creations is that they're "interesting." The last thing, of course, is "uninteresting."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reichstag aus LICHT View Post
    Aurally, it's fine. The cast is excellent and, whereas we don't have Petrenko in the pit, Marek Janowski is a seasoned enough Wagner interpreter to steer the orchestra well. I hope so, at least; I'll be there for Götterdämmerung in three weeks' time.
    Good. But the problem is one is expected to watch the nonsense being performed on stage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    the problem is one is expected to watch the nonsense being performed on stage.
    I agree, although after my initial bafflement/anger at the beginning of Castorf's Rheingold, I got used to it. It's actually a very handsome impressive spectacle, even if the action on stage often has little or nothing to do with the Ring I know and love.

    So far, I've only truly disliked one part of this production, and that was an unforgivably boring Walküre Act II. In it, Wotan and Brünnhilde were so dramatically and physically detached from one another that they may as well have stayed off-stage throughout. This was a shame, in that the first and final acts were in all respects wonderful and, amazingly for Castorf, surprisingly "faithful" to the plot.
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    Watching Stephen Fry "Wagner and Me". The segment on the Tristan Chord...

    Tears streaming. Such sublime beauty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reichstag aus LICHT View Post
    I agree, although after my initial bafflement/anger at the beginning of Castorf's Rheingold, I got used to it. It's actually a very handsome impressive spectacle, even if the action on stage often has little or nothing to do with the Ring I know and love.

    So far, I've only truly disliked one part of this production, and that was an unforgivably boring Walküre Act II. In it, Wotan and Brünnhilde were so dramatically and physically detached from one another that they may as well have stayed off-stage throughout. This was a shame, in that the first and final acts were in all respects wonderful and, amazingly for Castorf, surprisingly "faithful" to the plot.
    Afraid I can't take things like that. If I see an opera I want it to be the composer's concept, not a half baked guy's 'interpretation'!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    Afraid I can't take things like that. If I see an opera I want it to be the composer's concept, not a half baked guy's 'interpretation'!
    So would I, in an ideal world. But it rarely is!

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    Watching a production of Tannhäuser on YouTube. No English subs, and I have never seen the opera before.

    But I am reading the detailed plot summary on Wikipedia as I go. Armed with that knowledge, I can follow the music and stage action well enough.

    This production has very simple sets and is set in modern times. T is a painter instead of poet, and Venus was completely naked for the first 20 minutes. I think it's from Barcelona.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scopitone View Post
    Watching a production of Tannhäuser on YouTube. No English subs, and I have never seen the opera before.

    But I am reading the detailed plot summary on Wikipedia as I go. Armed with that knowledge, I can follow the music and stage action well enough.

    This production has very simple sets and is set in modern times. T is a painter instead of poet, and Venus was completely naked for the first 20 minutes. I think it's from Barcelona.
    Pretty tough without subtitles Do you like it? Tannhäuser is one of my favourite Wagner operas. I once saw the recent production from Bayreuth, which is set in a kind of digester/ gas factory. It´s weird but not bad. The emergence and production of gas and alcohol and it´s recirculation should symbolise the life cycle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scopitone View Post
    Watching Stephen Fry "Wagner and Me". The segment on the Tristan Chord...

    Tears streaming. Such sublime beauty.
    Stephen Fry tends to have me in tears for entirely different reasons! Usually of rage!
    "...it is said that first your heart sings, then you play. I think if it is not like that, then it is only just combination of notes, isn't it? " - Pandit Nikhil Banerjee, Master of the Sitar.

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    I'm glad to announce that I have finally listened to the entire Ring - and what a ride it was! Parsifal remains my favourite of his operas, but hearing this monumental work in its entirety felt important nevertheless. Can't wait to see the production in Helsinki, starting with Das Rheingold in 2019...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barbebleu View Post
    Stephen Fry tends to have me in tears for entirely different reasons! Usually of rage!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAKJBzE8a3A

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