The winter is over. The Covid night not yet. The WAGNER & HEAVY METAL Spring Weblog steps into the light with a visit to Venice and meets up with a creature of the night.
Culture, crime, music & horror with Philip Gwynne Jones and Richard Wagner (who else) plus Dracula in Nürnberg. >>>
Of all the styles in metal, Black Metal is probably the most romantic one, and the sub-genre that is already so generous with great releases, once again delivers a marvel of a record.
Read about the latest record of UK Black Metal Quartet WODE here >>>
The WAGNER & HEAVY METAL Winter Weblog on music, books and the light at the end of tunnel.
From ' HEAVY' (Dan Franklin) to a heavy book 'WAGNERISM' (Alex Ross). Plus Wilhelm Furtwängler in Italy and (a lot) more. >>>
And then you wake up in a world in which Eddie van Halen is no more. Like this year was not already strange and f*cked up enough. >>>
Toying around with image and sound. Combining the music of Richard Wagner with film footage. >>>
Two versions of Anton Bruckner's Sixth Symphony for breakfast. One by Joseph Keilberth and the other by Sergiu Celibidache. How I love the one and hate the other. >>>
Last year he saw the festivities surrounding his 250th birthday go to dust but his music of course remains an infinite source of inspiration and consolation. From Furtwängler to Chailly; this is an inventory, guaranteed subjective and by no means complete, of Beethoven's symphony cycles. >>>
It's the last time that it returns at the Dutch National Opera. Pierre Audi's take on Die Walküre; the opera production that turned me into a Wagner-aficionado nearly 20 years ago. Read the review here >>
NL: De terugkeer van Die Walküre
No Bayreuther Festspiele for me this year, at least not in the flesh. A blog about the virtues of streaming services, this year's Tannhäuser and some thoughts about pictures and opera.
Bringing DIE TOTE STADT to life
De Nederlandse Reisopera brings Die Tote Stadt to life. The theatrical potential that lies in Korngold's late-romantic opera is articulated with skill in another inventive production of the opera nomads from Holland.
NL: De Nederlandse Reisopera brengt Die Tote Stadt van Korngold tot leven
From composer Nico Muhly and librettist Nicholas Wright comes MARNIE, an opera with a story based on the book by Winston Graham but best known by the movie of Alfred Hitchcock. Read about it here >>
The knight of the Swan in a world of Swasti-swans and war. Opera Vlaanderen presents David Alden's take on Lohengrin.
NL: Lohengrin: in het Rijk van de Zwaan
MORE REVIEWS >>
This website wants to be a musical journey from the blues-based hardrock I grew up with to the 19th century music dramas of Richard Wagner I became so enamored with later in my life.
The music of Wagner feels, more than the music of any other (classical) composer I know, like a natural extension of the hardrock and heavy metal I grew up with. His music can be a place for the metal aficionado who might have reached a point of arrival in his or her listening experience and is receptive for something that goes beyond the sound of double bass drums and howling guitarsolos. Something else, but something that is equally, if not more, satisfying to ears and soul. For me Richard Wagner was the door to new worlds of sound. A guide on a journey through a musical landscape that is still ongoing.
Join in and enjoy the ride ...
- Wouter de Moor
BURN IN MANY MIRRORS from WODE extracts a theatre of the mind from a swamp of dark sounds, a realm of images brewed by sulphur vapours in which the delirium tremens of blackened metal casts its own intoxicated gaze at the world.
Black metal from Dutch soil. ELFSGEDROCH stirs in a mythical soup and serves, in hallucinatory flavors, a luscious metal meal.
Progressive post-black metal on the debut album from GATES TO THE MORNING. Return to Earth is a carefully prepared musical meal, a skillfully built theater of kaleidoscopic sounds.
Together with Italian band ABSCENDENT, Brazilian band PANDEMMY releases a split-record: Obliteration. Trash & Death Metal with an almost delicate feel for melody.
Surfing on the enticing waves of the New Wave of Brazilian Heavy Metal, THE DEVILS are coming to metal town.
Making your dream come true with a guitar. That is what Sam Russel is doing. Previously he shared the stage with Steve Vai and with the release of his album Impetuous Desire a deeply rooted wish sees the light of day.
From Chicago comes HEMI, a power trio that, on their way to world domination, just released their studio album Avalon.
Coming from São Paulo, Brazil is APOPHANOUS. A Progressive Thrash Metal band with more than just a few tricks on their sleeve.
Recensies en blogs in het Nederlands
Met Pagliacci / Cavalleria Rusticana en Tannhäuser van De Nationale Opera, Die Tote Stadt van De Nederlandse Reisopera, Lohengrin in Vlaanderen en Parsifal in Bayreuth. Verder een Vliegende Hollander die Dracula ontmoet, Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler, Aleksandr Scriabin, Gustavo Dudamel, Bernard Haitink en Henry Rollins.