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The Holy Grail

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Friday 08 October 2010

Donald Macleod discovers why Richard Wagner took a twelve year break from his work on the Ring Cycle. As the music fizzes back into life, Donald continues his journey through the epic music dramas, from the thunderous music of Siegfried to the monumental funeral music from Gotterdammerung (Twilight of the Gods). Plus a look at Wagner's controversial legacy and his final work, Parsifal, described by one writer as "opera halfway between Mass and orgy".

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    Richard Wagner Richard Wagner - Siegfried: Prelude and Excerpt from Scene 1 of Act III

    Performer: Wanderer: Thomas Stewart (bass-baritone), Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Hebert von Karajan (conductor)

    Deutsche Grammophon 457 790-2, CD3 T9-11

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    Richard Wagner Richard Wagner - Gotterdammerung: Excerpt from Act III

    Performer: Hagen: Philip Kang (bass), Gunther: Bodo Brinkmann (baritone), Siegfried: Siegfried Jerusalem (tenor), Bayreuth Festival Chorus and Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

    Teldec 4509-94194-2, CD5 T12-14

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    Richard Wagner Richard Wagner - Parsifal: Excerpt from Act III

    Performer: Gurnemanz: Hans Hotter (bass-baritone), Amfortas: George London (bass-baritone), Parsifal: Jess Thomas (tenor), Bayreuth Festival Chorus and Orchestra, Hans Knappertbusch (conductor)

    Philips 416 391-2, CD04 T07

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