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Richard Wagner: a birthday playlist

It's Richard's birthday, and time for all good Gods, heroes and opera lovers to wake up and celebrate! 

Robert Lepage's Ring at the Met

An appraisal of Robert Lepage's controversial production of the Ring cycle at the Metropolitan Opera, in its revival in 2013.
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ViennaDas Rheingold

Wagner: Das Rheingold
Peter Schneider; Sven-Eric Bechtolf; Vienna State Opera; Rolf Glittenberg; Marianne Glittenberg; Okka von der Damerau; Mihoko Fujimura

BernTannhäuser

Wagner: Tannhäuser
Kevin John Edusei; Calixto Bieito; Stadttheater Bern; Rebecca Ringst; Ingo Krügler; Liene Kinča; Claude Eichenberger

ViennaDie Walküre

Wagner: Die Walküre
Peter Schneider; Sven-Eric Bechtolf; Vienna State Opera; Rolf Glittenberg; Marianne Glittenberg; Robert Dean Smith; Ain Anger
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Janowksi ascends Bruckner 7 and admires the view

Long climbs often provide the best views. The Adagio second movement of Anton Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony bears the tempo marking Sehr feierlich und sehr langsam… and it is very solemn and very slow indeed.
****1
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Sublime Easter: Chicago Symphony and Dutoit

A religious-themed program made for a particularly moving Easter weekend concert from Dutoit and the CSO, highlighted by the serenity of Fauré’s Requiem.
****1
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End of the tunnel for Götz Friedrich's Ring

Powerful performances in Götz Friedrich's Deutsche Oper production. 
***11
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