My Life with Wagner

Author(s): Christian Thielemann

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One of today's most outstanding conductors, Christian Thielemann, composes a brilliant account of the great--and controversial--Richard Wagner.


Over a distinguished career conducting some of the world's finest orchestras, Christian Thielemann has earned a reputation as the leading modern interpreter of Richard Wagner.


My Life with Wagner chronicles his ardent personal and professional engagement with the great composer, whose work has shaped his thinking and feeling from early childhood. Thielemann retraces his journey around the world with Wagner--from Berlin to Bayreuth via Venice, Hamburg, and Chicago--and combines his analysis with revealing insights drawn from his many years of experience as a Wagner conductor.


Thielemann discusses each of Wagner's operas in turn, and his appraisal is illuminated by a deep affinity for the music, an intimate knowledge of the scores, and the inside perspective of a world-class practitioner. And yet for all the adulation Wagner's art inspires, Thielemann does not shy away from unpalatable truths about the man himself, explaining why today Wagner is venerated and reviled in equal measure.My Life with Wagner is a richly rewarding read for admirers of a composer who continues to fascinate long after his death.

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Outstanding German conductor's brilliant account of the great and controversial composer Richard Wagner.

Christian Thielemann was born in 1959. In 1988 he became Germany's youngest general music director with his appointment at Nuremberg, before returning to the Deutsche Oper in his hometown of Berlin in 1997. More recently he led the Munich Philharmonic from 2004 to 2011. In addition to his current position in Dresden, Thielemann was appointed artistic director of the Salzburg Easter Festival in 2013. His work has taken him to many of the finest opera houses around the globe and he is a regular guest of world-class orchestras such as the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics. In 2000 he made his critically lauded debut at the Bayreuth Festival, to which he has returned year after year.

General Fields

  • : 9780297608554
  • : Orion Publishing Group, Limited
  • : Weidenfeld & Nicolson
  • : August 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Christian Thielemann
  • : Hardback
  • : 320