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Happy Birthday, Wagner

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On Thursday morning, celebrate the 201st birthday of Richard Wagner with Carl Grapentine.

Starting at 6:00 am, the Wagner wingding opens, not with Ride of the Valkyries – mercifully that doesn’t come until after 8:00 am – but with the Prelude to Act I of Die Meistersinger; hear a rare piano sonata, and count on many of the boomy Bavarian’s greatest hits, including excerpts from The Ring, the Prelude to Act III of Lohengrin, the Festmarsch from Tannhäuser, and much more.

Remember when?

Check out this video with Sir Georg Solti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performing the Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde.

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