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The March 2014 issue (vol.8, no.1), now available, contains the following feature articles:

Transformation at Tribschen: How a French Literary Trio Became a Wagnerian Musical Trio’ by Heath Lees, describing the visits of Judith Gautier and friends to the Wagners in 1869/70

Tracking Träume: The Sources and Sounds of Wagners Wesendonck Lied’ by Peter Bloom on the interlocking of the Wesendonck Lieder and Tristan und Isolde

Wagner Tenors and the Quest for the “Ideal” ’ by David Breckbill

Strange and Forbidden Fruits: A report on the conference at Leeds University’ by Tash Siddiqui


plus reviews of:

Parsifal at Covent Garden and the Lyric Opera, Chicago, the Ring in Melbourne and a gruelling Wagnerian extravaganza in Lille

the Ring recorded under Franz Konwitschny at Covent Garden in 1959 and at the Metropolitan, New York, under Erich Leinsdorf in 1961–2

The Rienzi directed by Jorge Lavelli in Toulouse

Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer and Dietsch’s Le Vaisseau fantôme conducted by Marc Minkowski; Gergiev’s Das Rheingold with René Pape as Wotan; CDs of Wagnerian piano arrangements

new books on Wagner by Martin Geck, Paul Dawson-Bowling and Raymond Furness, and a compilation of Walter Widdop material edited by Michael Letchford


The grail is revealed in Act 1 of Stephen Langridge's production of Parsifal for the Royal Opera


The Rainbow Bridge from Neil Armfield's production of Das Rheingold for Opera Australia


The Grail Scene in John Caird's production of Parsifal for the Lyric Opera, Chicago

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