3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
recommended with reservations,
This review is from: Richard Wagner: The Sorcerer of Bayreuth (Hardcover)
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Like too many other books about Wagner the author often gets lost in petty detail and cannot resist the usual cliches. As other have commented his prose style takes some getting used to and may prove too challenging for many.
Having said that I was above all struck by the outstanding illustrations that accompany the ouevre (to quote the author's somewhat pompous use of foreign language to hide perhaps his inability to find the right english word - particularly annoying with some of his longer german words) and for the generally broad coverage of Wagner's background and development.
Many Wagner aficionados (whoops I have fallen into the trap) will find a skim through the book and the occasional dip more rewarding than a cover-to-cover read as much of the "intellectual" and psychological analysis of the works adds little to the enjoyment of hearing or watching a good performance although it may well add depth to the enjoyment subsequently from a good scholar and writer.