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 enarmored 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 ...
Dark clouds of sound with real redeeming qualities for mind and soul
Dinner is served in The Exterminating Angel of Thomas Adès, an opera based on a movie by Luis Bunuel.
A double bill by The Dutch National Opera with a dark dreaming Zemlinsky and a witty Puccini.
About King's dramas with historical instruments and wooden rackets. How Borg & McEnroe ended up in a review about Mozart's last opera: La Clemenza di Tito
HERE COMES THE SUN KING
In this carnival of souls from Dutch National Opera, the cult of the sun is beautifully served by the tasteful and inventive use of light. Helios would be pleased by this production.
Before he sets himself to a staging of Korngold’s Das Wunder der Heliane in Berlin (in March 2018, the second Heliane-staging this opera season), Christof Loy committed himself to Guiseppe Verdi's Schicksal Opera for the Dutch National Opera.
Das Wunder der Heliane by Opera Vlaanderen: a grey, post-apocalyptic world with a soundtrack in Technicolor.
EIN HOLLÄNDER IN BAYREUTH
A Meistersinger for starters ...
... and a Ring as main course.
Next in a series of interviews with Brazilian metal bands comes PANDEMMY. Trash & Death Metal with an almost delicate feel for melody.
Coming from São Paulo, Brazil is Apophanous. A Progressive Thrash Metal band with more than just a few tricks on their sleeve.
From Croatia comes Dreamborn. Roaming the musical landscape where Dreamtheater, Ayreon and Nightwish harvest for ideas. You find a review of their album Seven Deadly Sins here.
Nederlandse sectie met recensies en commentaren (vanaf 2006)
Met o.a. Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler, Anton Bruckner, Aleksandr Scriabin, Gustavo Dudamel, Bernard Haitink en Henry Rollins.
In search for the one recording of 'Der Ring des Nibelungen' that would rule them all ...
The dissonances in Stockhausen's music seem to revolt against the music that generations before him came up with. A bit like the power chords in heavy metal do.
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