Thielemann is on verge of a Bayreuth record

People who keep count of such things have reported that Lohengrin will be Christian Thielemann’s tenth opera at Bayreuth.

The only other conductor who ever managed a full hand of Wagner operas at Bayreuth died in 1911.

His name?



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  • Deborah Mawer says:


  • John Rook says:

    Barenboim could have done it too, but never went back to conduct Dutchman.

  • Caravaggio says:

    Karl Muck?

  • Gaffney Feskoe says:

    Hermann Levi?

  • Sue says:

    Go Christian!! Do do that voodoo that you do so well.

  • Jack says:

    Felix Mottl (1856-1911)

  • Philippa Ballard says:

    Not much of a quiz. If you right-click the photo, it says Mottl

  • Deborah Mawer says:

    Mottl suffered a heart attack in 1911 while conducting his 100th performance of Tristan

  • Rob van der Hilst says:

    #Familysecrets Perhaps my greatgreatgranddaddy?

  • Champagne Charlie says:

    Whilst sorting my vast music collection recently I wondered if I ever happened to be ship wrecked on a desert island with chest of CDs, which ones would be treasured and which ones would not be worth salvaging from the waves. As I have only a few Karajan, they would not be much of a loss. They all seem rather superficial with that tacky Mantovani gloss of his, (everything sounding the same from Albinoni to Zelenka) when compared to say Furtwangler, Kleiber, Gunter Wand , Rudi Kempe and dear old Sir John Barbirolli who once said amusingly “ Modern music is three farts and a raspberry orchestrated”
    I recall what Sir Isaiah Berlin said after attending two concerts Karajan gave with the VPO at the Salzburg Festival in 1948.
    “Karajan seems to conceive music as a series of self-contained episodes and these he articulates one by one with a clarity of detail and a strictly calculated imperious organization of tempi and dynamics which moves with the remorseless accuracy of a Stuka dive-bomber intent upon its prey”
    I must say that there certainly is something of the dive bomber about Karajan, in contrast, Sir John Barbirolli’s Halle Rolls Royce Merlin V 12 sounds miles better even if he has no fuel injection.
    Once I heard about the compulsory wig order Karajan gave to the BPO when filming himself pretending to conduct it confirmed what I suspected all along.

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