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by Van der Decken
Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Live performances, reviews
Topic: Lohengrin at Covent Garden
Replies: 1
Views: 169

Re: Lohengrin at Covent Garden

Don Fatale wrote:
Sun Jun 24, 2018 9:39 pm
While the production didn't offend, I didn't greatly like the boring concept, you know the one - 20th century, totalitarian state, greatcoats, very little colour.
Yeah, that concept probably works a lot better for an opera like Fidelio.
by Van der Decken
Wed Jul 04, 2018 3:57 am
Forum: Wagner-related conversation, news, videos etc.
Topic: Telegraph article: Hitler was not a Nazi
Replies: 1
Views: 192

Re: Telegraph article: Wagner was not a Nazi

Don Fatale wrote:
Mon Jun 18, 2018 2:53 pm
Indepth article today. Worth a read.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/col ... -Nazi.html
Yep. Throw in Beethoven and Bruckner too. Hitler approved of their music. But they all died long before Nazism began.
by Van der Decken
Mon Jun 04, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: Wagner-related conversation, news, videos etc.
Topic: Your first impressions of Wagner's music
Replies: 4
Views: 282

Re: Your first impressions of Wagner's music

Mount McCabe wrote:
Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:04 pm
... opera ... quickly took over my listening, attendance, and attention.
Yep. Once I got my first opera DVD (Fidelio conducted by Bernstein) I was hooked and opera quickly took over my listening. My listening is now 95+% opera.
by Van der Decken
Tue May 08, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: Wagner-related conversation, news, videos etc.
Topic: The Ring and the Rings
Replies: 0
Views: 125

The Ring and the Rings

Interesting article. Click here: The Ring and the Rings A quote to get you interested: Tolkien refused to admit that his ring had anything to do with Wagner’s. “Both rings were round, and there the resemblance ceased,” he said. But he certainly knew his Wagner, and made an informal study of “Die Wal...
by Van der Decken
Tue May 08, 2018 5:30 am
Forum: Wagner-related conversation, news, videos etc.
Topic: Ring-like Operas: Lurline
Replies: 2
Views: 163

Re: Ring-like Operas: Lurline

Nick Fuller at the other site early in 2017 (when he was still SimonTemplar) mentioned it and I grabbed a copy. Haven't listened in many months so I pulled it out and got in the first 8 tracks. Very beautiful opera and sung in English.
by Van der Decken
Tue May 08, 2018 4:58 am
Forum: The Operas
Topic: Wagners Ring--Complete Cycles by Same Conductor
Replies: 8
Views: 427

Re: Wagners Ring--Complete Cycles by Same Conductor

Since that last post I have listened to Goodall's Ring four times and I am loving it. Right now it is my favorite ring and it is the longest Ring on CD at 16 hrs, 52 minutes! Never plodding along though, and beautifully sung. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TeBDXfxxexs/UXshvyqW7cI/AAAAAAAAIBo/u6rEcTtTuvc/...
by Van der Decken
Tue May 08, 2018 4:51 am
Forum: Wagner-related conversation, news, videos etc.
Topic: Ring-like Operas: Lurline
Replies: 2
Views: 163

Ring-like Operas: Lurline

How about Wallace's Lurline? This one much less Ring-like yet there is a ring and the Rhine River and a flood but much of the story is different too. Read about it here: http://www.victorianoperanorthwest.org/Operas/Lurline.htm Unlike Sigurd, there is a very good sound quality recording for reasonab...
by Van der Decken
Tue May 08, 2018 4:16 am
Forum: Wagner-related conversation, news, videos etc.
Topic: Ring-like Operas: Sigurd
Replies: 2
Views: 169

Re: Ring-like Operas

Thanks for posting the overture. I had been listening only to the other video, not aware that there was an overture.

Here is an interesting trailer:
by Van der Decken
Mon May 07, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Wagner-related conversation, news, videos etc.
Topic: Ring-like Operas: Sigurd
Replies: 2
Views: 169

Ring-like Operas: Sigurd

"Sigurd is an opera in four acts and nine scenes by the French composer Ernest Reyer. Like Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung, the story is based on the Nibelungenlied and the Eddas, with some crucial differences from the better known Wagnerian version." : Hilda, the younger sister of Gunther, king of t...
by Van der Decken
Fri May 04, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Wagner-related conversation, news, videos etc.
Topic: Wagner's Nazi Stigma
Replies: 1
Views: 165

Wagner's Nazi Stigma

Is it fair? This article asks. http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20130509-is-wagners-nazi-stigma-fair Some quotes below. I have to differer with their statement (my bold text in quotes below) "The conflation of Wagner and Hitler has always posed difficulties for any principled listener," Why? If we w...