‘A fine, intellectually sparkling and always engaging little book – a welcome addition to any Wagner library’
Hans Vaget, Opera Quarterly
Whilst no one would dispute Wagner’s ranking among the most significant composers in the history of Western music, his works have been more fiercely attacked than those of any other composer. His supposed personal defects have provoked intense hostility which has translated into a mistrust and abhorrence of his music. Tanner’s fascination for the relationship between music, text and plot generates and illuminating discussion of the operas, in which he persuades us to see many of Wagner’s best-know works afresh. His passionate and unconventional analyses are accessible to all lovers of music, be they listeners or performers.
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‘Focused and concise… wonderfully open-minded’
Rupert Christiansen, Sunday Telegraph
‘Almost as good as a ticket to Bayreuth’
Stephen Moss, Guardian Books of the Year
‘Though volumes ahve been written about the composer, Michael Tanner’s Wagner breaks new ground’
Anthony O’Hear, Daily Express
About the author
Michael Tanner is Dean of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he lectures on philosophy. He is the author of Nietzsche and reviews regularly for Classic CD and the Times Literary Supplement.