Richard Wagner http://wrti.org en Yannick, Bruckner, & Wagner: The Philadelphia Orchestra on WRTI this Sunday at 1 PM http://wrti.org/post/yannick-bruckner-wagner-philadelphia-orchestra-wrti-sunday-1-pm <p>This Sunday at 1 pm on WRTI, it's a performance of Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 7&nbsp; by The Philadelphia Orchestra. The work, and the composer, are very close to Yannick's musical heart.</p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 19:32:28 +0000 Gregg Whiteside 6618 at http://wrti.org Yannick, Bruckner, & Wagner: The Philadelphia Orchestra on WRTI this Sunday at 1 PM Wagner's LOHENGRIN: San Francisco Opera on WRTI, October 12 http://wrti.org/post/wagners-lohengrin-san-francisco-opera-wrti-october-12 <p>The prayers of a desperate woman are answered in the form of a noble warrior in Richard Wagner&#39;s most accessible opera, which contrasts the lust for power with the search for faith. The title role is sung by Brandon Jovanovich, &quot;a first-rate Wagner tenor&quot; (San Francisco Chronicle) who was an electrifying Siegmund in Die Walküre (2011). As his doubt-plagued bride, soprano Camilla Nylund &quot;evokes an affecting degree of dreamy distance in Elsa&#39;s account of her mysterious savior&quot; (Gramophone).</p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 16:13:16 +0000 WRTI Staff 6566 at http://wrti.org Wagner's LOHENGRIN: San Francisco Opera on WRTI, October 12 60th Anniversary Classical CD Highlight: Wagner, Tristan, Prelude and Liebestod http://wrti.org/post/60th-anniversary-classical-cd-highlight-wagner-tristan-prelude-and-liebestod <p>The&nbsp;Prelude and&nbsp;Liebestod from&nbsp;Richard Wagner's&nbsp;<em>Tristan und&nbsp;Isolde</em>, performed by the&nbsp;​Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Johannes&nbsp;Wildner,&nbsp;conductor, is<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">&nbsp;featured on CD 2 in the </span>WRTI<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; "> </span>60th<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; "> Anniversary Classical 3-CD set.</span></p><p>There are those who feel, quite frankly, that the Liebestod from <em>Tristan und Isolde</em> is the greatest piece of music ever written. The final climax of the music drama probably inspired by Wagner’s affair with Mathilde Wesendonck and the philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer, is certainly one of the peaks of the operatic repertory. Here, before our very ears, we experience the beginning of the move away from conventional harmony and tonality, and witness Wagner laying the groundwork for the direction of classical music in the 20th century as early as 1857!<br><br>The very first chord in the piece, the Tristan chord, is of great significance in the move away from traditional tonal harmony as it resolves to another dissonant chord!&nbsp;For me, the anticipation of final release in that last chord of the Liebestod is almost unbearable; but, when it finally comes, the lasting sense of ecstasy is as spine-tingling and blissful as anything in all art. I dissolve every time I hear it, and ask myself, “How could any human being have written this?”<br> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 20:21:23 +0000 Gregg Whiteside 6432 at http://wrti.org 60th Anniversary Classical CD Highlight: Wagner, Tristan, Prelude and Liebestod 1813: Wagner, Vanhal, Beethoven on Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection http://wrti.org/post/1813-wagner-vanhal-beethoven-discoveries-fleisher-collection <p><strong>Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection broadcasts Saturday, September 7th, 5 to 6 pm.&nbsp;</strong>The two most famous composers for whom 2013 is a bicentennial are Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi. They were born in 1813, but in the spirit of Discoveries we’ll dig a little deeper to see what else happened that year.<br><br>Wagner’s <em>Wesendonck</em> songs and <em>Siegfried Idyll</em> are his only non-operatic works heard with any regularity these days. The songs are also unusual among his output because the words are by someone else (most of the time he set his own texts).<br> Sat, 07 Sep 2013 15:52:37 +0000 Kile Smith 6402 at http://wrti.org 1813: Wagner, Vanhal, Beethoven on Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection LA Opera: Wagner's THE FLYING DUTCHMAN, August 10th, 1 PM http://wrti.org/post/la-opera-wagners-flying-dutchman-august-10th-1-pm <p>The legend of the ghostly ship condemned to wander the oceans forever has fascinated opera lovers - and more recently, movie lovers - for hundreds of years. An enthralling score powers a thrilling journey into an unsettling, mythic world where a tormented spirit seeks true love as his redemption. <strong>James Conlon,</strong> one of the foremost Wagner interpreters of our time, leads a world-class cast in a mesmerizing production. Richard Wagner: <em>THE FLYING DUTCHMAN</em> ((Der fliegende Holländer), <strong>Saturday, August 10, 1 to 3:30 pm.</strong></p><p><strong>CAST:</strong></p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 11:22:03 +0000 WRTI Staff 6307 at http://wrti.org LA Opera: Wagner's THE FLYING DUTCHMAN, August 10th, 1 PM Gods And Monsters: 5 Unforgettable Wagner Moments http://wrti.org/post/gods-and-monsters-5-unforgettable-wagner-moments How much do you know about <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/89337436/richard-wagner" target="_blank">Richard Wagner</a>? Probably two unfavorable facts: He wrote very long, grandiose operas and was Hitler's favorite composer. As true as they are, those simple examples barely hint at the complexity of this endlessly creative and confounding artist.<p>Two centuries after Wagner's birth (he was born in Leipzig May 22, 1813), the man and his music continue to beguile and bewilder fans, detractors and critics. Tue, 21 May 2013 16:06:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 5543 at http://wrti.org Gods And Monsters: 5 Unforgettable Wagner Moments The Final Met Opera Broadcast Of The Season! Wagner's GOTTERDAMMERUNG, May 11th at 11 AM http://wrti.org/post/final-met-opera-broadcast-season-wagners-gotterdammerung-may-11th-11-am <p>As this year's Metropolitan Opera broadcast season comes to a close, join us to hear <em>Götterdämmerung</em>, the last opera in Richard Wagner's four-opera cycle, "Der Ring des Nibelungen." The Ring's cataclysmic finale stars Deborah Voigt as Brünnhilde opposite Lars Cleveman as Siegfried - the star-crossed lovers doomed by fate. Hans-Peter König is Hagen and Fabio Luisi conducts. <strong>Sunday, May 11, *11 am to 5 pm (*note early start time)</strong></p> Wed, 08 May 2013 19:09:32 +0000 WRTI Staff 5499 at http://wrti.org The Final Met Opera Broadcast Of The Season! Wagner's GOTTERDAMMERUNG, May 11th at 11 AM The Met Opera: Wagner's PARSIFAL, March 2 at 12 pm http://wrti.org/post/met-opera-wagners-parsifal-march-2-12-pm <p>Wagner’s final masterpiece explores the many facets of this mystical score. Jonas Kaufmann stars in the title role of the innocent who finds wisdom. His fellow Wagnerian luminaries include Katarina Dalayman as the mysterious Kundry, Peter Mattei as the ailing Amfortas, Evgeny Nikitin as the wicked Klingsor, and René Pape as the noble knight Gurnemanz. Daniele Gatti conducts. <strong>Saturday, March 2, * 12 noon to 6 pm (*note early start time).</strong><br> Sat, 02 Mar 2013 16:35:47 +0000 WRTI Staff 5216 at http://wrti.org The Met Opera: Wagner's PARSIFAL, March 2 at 12 pm Jonas Kaufmann On Wagner: 'It's Like A Drug Sometimes' http://wrti.org/post/jonas-kaufmann-wagner-its-drug-sometimes This year is the bicentennial of Richard Wagner's birth. The man widely called the greatest living Wagnerian tenor is marking the occasion in style — and asking listeners who may have turned away from the German composer to give his music another chance.<p>The Munich-born singer Jonas Kaufmann is currently in New York starring in the Metropolitan opera's production of Parsifal. He also has a new album, simply called <em>Wagner</em>, that draws from across the composer's entire career. Sat, 16 Feb 2013 21:42:00 +0000 NPR Staff 5161 at http://wrti.org Jonas Kaufmann On Wagner: 'It's Like A Drug Sometimes' Richard Wagner's Philadelphia Connection http://wrti.org/post/richard-wagners-philadelphia-connection <P>Later this year we’ll mark the Richard Wagner bicentennial, but it was this week in 1883 that the great German composer died.&nbsp; As WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, in his later years, Wagner would write a piece of orchestral music commissioned by a Philadelphian and premiered in the city.</P> <P>Wagner was 69 years of age when he passed.&nbsp; He had spent his last years raising money to establish a permanent home to showcase his works in the Northern Bavarian town of Bayreuth. To this end when the American Centennial celebrations of 1876 wanted a march to celebrate the role of German Americans in the history of the country, a Philadelphia socialite Elizabeth Gillespie sought the counsel of the German-born conductor Theodore Thomas. He suggested the $5000 commission be offered to Wagner. Wagner gratefully accepted, and delivered the work.&nbsp; Temple Art History professor Therese Dolan, who has written a book about the intersection of music and the visual arts in 19<SUP>th</SUP> century Paris says Wagner’s Grand March is not one of his grandest works.</P> <P><EM>You can tell that his heart wasn’t in it.&nbsp; He was building </EM><EM>Bayreuth</EM><EM>, so he charged five thousand dollars for this twelve minute piece of music and it was played when Roosevelt came to the Worlds’ Fair.</EM></P> <P>And though it’s been rarely played since, whatever the piece lacked in musical quality it made up for with typical Wagnerian bombast.</P> <P><EM>A hundred and fifty piece orchestra and then he also wanted a canon to be set off at the end of it.&nbsp; Critics felt there was no American feeling in it.&nbsp; Well what did they expect?&nbsp; They commissioned a German to do it. </EM></P> <P>Therese Dolan’s book <EM>Artworks of the Future: Manet, Wagner and Liszt</EM> will be published later this year.</P> <P> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 20:48:02 +0000 Jim Cotter 5135 at http://wrti.org Richard Wagner's Philadelphia Connection