Verdi and/or Wagner by Peter Conrad & Great Wagner Conductors by Jonathan Brown

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June 2012, no. 342

Verdi and/or Wagner: Two Men, Two Worlds, Two Centuries by Peter Conrad

Thames & Hudson, $49.95 hb, 384 pp

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Great Wagner Conductors: A Listener’s Companion

by Jonathan Brown

Parrot Press, $55 hb, 820 pp

Verdi and/or Wagner by Peter Conrad & Great Wagner Conductors by Jonathan Brown

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June 2012, no. 342

Two contrary and paramount composers

Robert Gibson

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two households. Two household names. Verdi and Wagner. To the north of the Alps, Haus Wahnfried, the Wagner compound in the otherwise unremarkable Bavarian town of Bayreuth. To the south of the Alps, Sant’Agata, the Verdi farmhouse outside Busseto, a marshy and little-visited corner of Emilia-Romagna. The respective residences reveal something of their owners’ personalities and priorities. For Giuseppe Verdi, Sant’Agata was a retreat; a place where he could escape from the hubbub of Milan, plant trees, grow vegetables, go fishing, tend livestock, and oversee his tenant farmers. For Richard Wagner, Wahnfried was headquarters of the greater Wagnerian project; a place to compose, write pamphlets, receive visitors, tend to his personality cult, and oversee his band of disciples.

Robert Gibson reviews 'Verdi and/or Wagner: Two Men, Two Worlds, Two Centuries' by Peter Conrad and 'Great Wagner Conductors: A Listener’s Companion' by Jonathan Brown

Verdi and/or Wagner: Two Men, Two Worlds, Two Centuries

by Peter Conrad

Thames & Hudson, $49.95 hb, 384 pp

Book Cover 2 Small

Great Wagner Conductors: A Listener’s Companion

by Jonathan Brown

Parrot Press, $55 hb, 820 pp

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