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Hanoi concert held to commemorate German composer Wagner

Hanoi concert held to commemorate German composer Wagner

Sunday, November 10, 2013, 13:17 GMT+7

German mezzo-soprano artist Katharina Padrok and pianist Boris Schönleber are set to perform several famed works by revered composers Richard Wagner, Franz Liszt and Richard Strauss in Hanoi tonight, Nov 10.

The concert, to be held at Goethe Institute in Hanoi at 8pm tonight, is part of the activities to mark German eminent composer Richard Wagner’s 200th birthday.

Liszt had an influential impact on Wagner, who in his turn greatly inspired Strauss. The concert features several of Wagner’s works including “Die Feen” (The Fairies) along with pieces by the other two composers.

Richard Wagner (1813-1883) is a German composer, theatre director, polemicist, and conductor who is primarily known for his operas. Unlike most opera composers, Wagner composed both the libretto and the music for each of his stage works.

First establishing his reputation as a composer of romantic works, Wagner revolutionized opera through his concept of the Gesamtkunstwerk ("total work of art"), by which he fused the poetic, visual, musical and dramatic arts with music subsidiary to drama.

Katharina Padrok, a music lecturer at a conservatory in Frankfurt, and Boris Schönleber, a well-known pianist, are also looking to give masterclasses for students from Vietnam Music Conservatory from Nov 11 to 15.  

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