Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Prelude und Liebestod - Wagner

Prelude und Liebestod - orchestral version   From Wagner's 'Tristan und Isolde', the story of which my son told me today while playing a football game on his telephone. Played by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Georg Solti, who I once met!  He and my father got on very well.  This piece of music is on my Desert Island list. Unlike Bach, who can make you believe there is a heaven, Wagner keeps you firmly on earth while at the same time making you feel that there are passions that can take you to the highest limits of experience. Does that make sense?  Possibly not.

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