Started by Greta, April 07, 2007, 08:09:57 PM
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Quote from: Greta on April 07, 2007, 08:09:57 PMTristan & Isolde - Prelude & Liebestod
Quote from: val on April 10, 2007, 05:02:02 AMAnd ... sorry, but I don't like much Tannhäuser.
Quotemarvinbrown But Val the overture to Tannhausser is among the most beautiful peices of music I have ever heard. Granted Tannhauser is hardly Wagner's best opera but it has very fine moments indeed. I have Solti's Tannhauser and love it very much, which recording do you have?
Quote from: Don Giovanni on April 14, 2007, 04:38:27 AMI think it was Bernstein who said that Tristan und Isolde was "the central work of all music history, the hub of the wheel...". Personally, I adore Tristan - just listening to it is one of the best musical experiences of my life.Is it as important as Berstein thought?
Quote from: Greta on April 14, 2007, 09:03:56 AMYou'll come to know and recognize the "Tristan chord", and recognize that famous first statement of a sixth and two half-steps, they can be spotted making appearances in later' composers works.
Quote from: Haffner on April 15, 2007, 06:34:23 AMWas inititated into the Ring cycle last week, and am watching it in its entirety again this week (Levine's Met DVD).Prior to this, I was mostly familiar with Tristan und Isolde, as well as the "hits" (you know!).The "Ring..." is a stunning victory of Art, in my opinion, as is Tristan...Wagner is one of my favorite composers.
Quote from: marvinbrown on April 15, 2007, 06:50:31 AM I am glad that you have added Wagner to your list of favorite composers. Haffner you should definitely check out Meistersingers von Nurnberg and Parsifal both superb operas and not to be missed. The overture of Meistersingers always lifts my spirits and MY God the congregation chorus at the beginning of that opera.....I shouldn't say any more or I'll ruin it for you . PS: Two days ago I ordered the Levine Ring Cycle DVD and I can't wait to see it. marvin
Quote from: chaszz on May 19, 2007, 05:57:13 PMI'm new to this board and glad to discover a page devoted to my favorite composer. At the relatively old age of about 60, seven years ago, after a lifetime of listening spent mostly with Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, Wagner suddenly hit me with force of a lightning bolt. I reeled with ecstasy as I devoured recordings of his operas one after another. Tristan, in the famous Bohm version, had me in thrall for several weeks during which I ate, drank and breathed nothing else, even listening to it on a CD Walkman on the elliptical trainer at the gym, turning the volume higher to drown out the rap and rock music on the speakers. My wife thought I had gone insane, as for months I would speak of nothing but Wagner. This extreme and crazy obsessiveness has settled down to steady love.I still think of him as the greatest musician in history, with the power to radically revitalize a person's existence. Two orchestral passages from The Ring are my current favorites: Wotan's Farewell to Brunnehilde, and Siegfried's Funeral Music. What irony that an opera composer should revolutionize the symphony, both orchestra and form, as well as the opera. Who else could do it? Who else can cause the heart to leap with joy as high, explore depths as hidden, wrench the emotions almost out of their moorings? The Funeral Music: the most powerful of movements ever, or at least equal to the most powerful. I get chills down my back just writing about it. Next to this, most other music is "mere;" prelude or postlude.
Quote from: marvinbrown on May 20, 2007, 09:44:30 AM Its GREAT to have another Wagner fan join GMG, WELCOME chaszz. Its never too late to enjoy Wagner's operas (muisc dramas) nor too early (I fell in love with his music at the age of 32). Seigfreid's FUNERAL MARCH is truelly one of the major highlights of the Ring Cycle just like Wotan's Farewell to Brunnehilde. I also love the heroic music of Seigfreid's sword forging scene, the three question exchange between Mime and Wotan as well as the Reinmaden's Rheingold leitmotif. Like you Wagner's music moves me more more than the music of any other composer. Tristan und Isolde is my favorite opera. ACT 3 of that opera is the most emotional music I have ever heard. marvin
Quote from: chaszz on May 20, 2007, 02:19:52 PMThank you for your warm welcome, Marvin. I look forward to many exchanges on the subject of the man who is in my opinion not only the greatest musician in history, but a fair bidder for the title of greatest artist in history.One question: why is Verdi your avatar?
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