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Christian Thielemann

Natural Born Provocateur and Sensualist

Yes, he’s the one behind the staging of Hans Pfitzner’s opera Palestrina in Nuremberg (doubly controversial because of Pfitzner’s apparently virulent anti-Semitism and the fact that Nuremberg was the location of Hitler’s notorious party rallies). And yes, he is a member of the inner circle at the Wagner Festival in Bayreuth. Yes, too, he does proudly describe himself as a Prussian. And so on. Christian Thielemann: undoubtedly an international class conductor, perhaps indeed the very best contemporary Wagnerian. But, I imagined, very likely a feisty, formidable and forbidding character. Did a tough encounter lie ahead on this latest edition of Talking Germany? 


June 5, 2009



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