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Tale of two epoch-defining classical music titans born in the same year

636 days ago
Guardian MusicOperatic face-off shows that in Milan at least, Verdi v Wagner is still more of a cultural draw than Strictly v The X FactorIt's the ultimate operatic face-off. In the blue corner is Giuseppe Verdi, the great Italian humanist and hero of the Risorgim... more info

Michael Gove and George Osborne love Wagner. So why doesn't passion turn into policy?

657 days ago
Guardian MusicGeorge Osborne, Ed Vaizey and Michael Gove are just the latest in a long line of Tory politicians to adore the music of Richard Wagner. Shame they are damaging the art they loveThere's a continuing little squall over at the Telegraph's Mandrake colum... more info

In praise of … Brünnhilde | Editorial

693 days ago
Guardian MusicThe Valkyries' Valkyrie, the toughest, wildest and maddest of the nine daughters of the god WotanIf you only know of her reputation, Brnnhilde is the Valkyries' Valkyrie, the toughest, wildest and maddest of the nine daughters of the god Wotan, whos... more info

Siegfried – review

701 days ago
Guardian MusicRoyal Opera House, LondonThe course of Wagner's Ring never did run smooth. Before this third instalment of the Royal Opera's revival, Wolfgang Koch, the Alberich, was stricken with a voice-eradicating cold. Jochen Schmeckenbecher woke up in Vienna un... more info

Die Walküre – review

704 days ago
Guardian MusicRoyal Opera House, LondonThere's a powerfully symbolic moment at the close of the second act of the Royal Opera's Die Walkre, and it wasn't dreamed up by director Keith Warner. Bryn Terfel's Wotan runs through John Tomlinson's Hunding with his spear... more info

Wagner's Ring Cycle too long? Try it in one second

710 days ago
Guardian MusicAt 16 hours of music across four operas, Wagner's Ring Cycle requires serious stamina. So here are some reduced versions of the epic, including one that comes in at a single secondWagner's Ring. The biggest musical behemoth of them all. (Well, except... more info

Legacy of Wagner and Verdi is celebrated in bicentenary year

716 days ago
Guardian MusicRival legacies of classical pioneers to be honoured in 2013 with worldwide bonanza of recordings and performancesTwo of opera's greatest contemporaries, pioneers of their era, are to compete for public honour once again next year. January marks the b... more info

Georg Solti: the making of a musical colossus

723 days ago
Guardian MusicHungarian-British conductor Georg Solti is one of the most important figures in 20th-century music. On the centenary of his birth, his widow, Valerie, and some of the musicians he inspired celebrate his genius, his compassion and his legacyIn Februar... more info

Prom 63: Berliner Philharmoniker/Rattle – review

731 days ago
Guardian MusicRoyal Albert Hall, LondonIf the Berlin Phil has anything as prosaic as a comfort zone, the bulk of this programme wasn't it. Of the five composers in the first of their two Proms, only Wagner was an obvious fit for their trademark sound, as velvety a... more info

A guide to Olga Neuwirth's music

755 days ago
Guardian MusicThis remarkable creator – of orchestral pieces and chamber works as well as hybrids of film and performance art – draws on a plethora of influences, yet devises her own astonishing sound All articles in this seriesAfter Igor Stravinsky, i... more info

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