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09 Aug 2007

What is it about Wagner?

http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/music/article2181464.ece

Stephen Pettitt [Times Online, 5 August 2007]

His operas sell out immediately. His theories changed classical music. His artistic legacy still divides his warring family. Millions either love him obsessively or hate him passionately

Richard Wagner – or, rather, the Wagner dynasty – is in the news again, with intrigue about who in the family will inherit the directorship of the 131-year-old Bayreuth festival, created by the composer in the theatre built specifically for the performance of his work. Wagner occupies music and opera lovers as no other composer does. Some unequivocally worship him, their trips to Bayreuth akin to pilgrimages. Others revile him.

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