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Wagner: Tristan und Isolde

Tom Lubbock writes in an article at about the book Death-Devoted Heart: Sex and the Sacred in Wagner's Tristan and Isolde by Roger Scruton: "Scruton dwells on one specific artwork: Richard Wagner's music-drama of love and death, Tristan und Isolde. Of all Wagner's works, it 'has the greatest claim to occupy the psychic space traditionally reserved for religion.' It 'invites us, just as we are invited to the altar in the sacred ritual of a religious gathering'. It 'offers the final proof that man can become holy with no help from the gods.'"


Wilhelm Furtwängler is the conductor of my favorite recording of Tristan und Isolde, with Ludwig Suthaus and Kirsten Flagstad, available on EMI compact discs from