[f_minor] Fw: off-track
mmacelletti at sbcglobal.net
Sat May 25 16:30:52 MDT 2013
a very good question, for which, as with seeming all others, i have absolutely
no answer. however, please read : the monster by deems taylor . the essay has
been around for a long time. but as far as providing an answer to the
question you posed, i think we both might need some help.
From: Pat <pzumst at bluewin.ch>
To: f minor <f_minor at glenngould.org>
Sent: Sat, May 25, 2013 2:59:12 PM
Subject: Re: [f_minor] Fw: off-track
Good thinking there, presenting GG-related music in the dry season.
I have a moral question. Richard Wagner was an arrogant, antisemitic, cheating,
wife-beating, pompous, self-grandizing, money-wasting and mostly overrated
little git and in short a very nasty piece of work. His music is pompous,
bombastic to the extreme, far too loud at times, far too long for sure and the
words...this might be fun if you are an english speaker, but I understand the
Yet...Wagner is one of the most influential (and controversial !) composers of
the last 150 years. Without him there would be no Mahler, maybe no Strawinsky
and definetly no Heavy Metal. And, I am ashamed to say, some of his Overtures
What should one do in such a situation ? Continue to love to hate that composer
or try to get into the whole Ring Thing anyway ?
I assume that GG was fond of Wagner for purely musicological and artistic
reasons, but is that enough to justify a Wagner transcription ?
Speaking of, here is some fun with Wagner
From: michael macelletti
Sent: Saturday, May 25, 2013 8:20 PM
To: f minor
Subject: [f_minor] Fw: off-track
things have been a bit quiet lately, so i thought i'd make a listening
recommendation, albeit somewhat off-track. the new remastered solti wagner
ring , in the super deluxe edition, is really fabulous. ( " greatest recording
of all time ", bbc music magazine 2012 . ) truly a win-win. although a
little pricey , it'll probably soon be out of print anyway. and maybe this
isn't so off-subject. gould's wagner interpretations are not too far removed
in spirit from the great bayreuth festspielhause conductors such as
knappertsbusch and furtwangler from the '50's. he must have been familiar
with their recordings.
( and horowitz probably wouldn't have liked their wagner either, i bet. )
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