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Six talks at Harvard by Leonard Bernstein, including Lecture IV. The Delights and dangers of ambiguity (142 min.) Explorations of new tonal fields by composers of the Romantic era. Musical illustrations from Berlioz, Wagner, and Debussy.
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.I8 L95 2008
An operatic portrait of Ludwig II, the 19th century mad king of Bavaria. Tormented by his unrequited love for his cousin, Empress Elisabeth of Austria, coupled with his obsession for the music of Wagner, Ludwig retreats into a fantasy world. (Italian with English subtitles)
Wagner's dream takes you deep into the artistic and musical challenges of the epic Ring des Nibelungen by Richard Wagner. Visionary director Robert Lepage begins a five-year journey to create the most ambitious staging in Metropolitan Opera history, featuring a 90,000-pound set ("The Machine") conceived to meet Wagner's immense theatrical demands.
From the PBS broadcast of Anna Russell's The (First) Farewell Concert (1984). The highlight of the performance, and the routine that most fans remember most fondly, is her discussion of the Ring cycle.
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.S5 N543 2002
In part one, Siegfried wins the hand of Kriemhilde by slaying the dragon and defeating Brunhilde. When Brunhilde learns that magic has been used to conquer her, she has Siegfried murdered. In part two, Kriemhilde seeks revenge for Siegfried's death and marries Attila, king of the Huns, in order to further her purpose.