I have to take Wagner in doses. About six months ago, I got back into one of my Wagnerite moods and listened to The Rhine Gold, The Valkyrie and Siegfried all in a row. Tired of Wagner, I put off listening to The Twilight of the Gods. It's taken me about six months to get back to it.
The Space Age staging of the English National Opera production
The Rhinegold: recorded at the London Coliseum March 19th, 25th, and 29th, 1975
The Valkyrie: recorded at the London Coliseum December 18th, 20th, and 23, 1975
Siegfried: recorded at the London Coliseum August 2nd, 8th, and 21st, 1973
Twilight of the Gods: Recorded at the London Coliseum August 6th, 13th, and 27th, 1977
Rita Hunter, Sir Reginald Goodall, and Alberto Remedios
Sir Reggie, who is acknowledged by most critics as one of the greatest Wagner conductors of all time, was apparently quite an eccentric. Considering the fact that Der Meister himself was one of the most eccentric characters of all time, being an eccentric is appropriate for a Wagnerian.
According to Wikipedia: Passionate about all things German, in the 1930s Goodall openly sympathized with the Nazi regime, which he perceived as a defender of Germanic cultural traditions. Goodall also actively supported Oswald Moseley's British Union of Fascists, and he eventually joined the party just five days after Britain's declaration of war on Germany. He maintained his outspoken pro-Nazi views during World War II, the uninhibited expression of which once led him to be briefly questioned by the police. Goodall was known to refer to the Holocaust as a "BBC Jewish plot."
True Wagner Fans Never Get Enough!
A celebrated Wagnerian who was a Nazi sympathizer and Holocaust denier. I'm sure that somebody could write several shelves of books about the psychology of that!
Sir Reginald Goodall
Der Meister: Richard Wagner
According to David P. Goldman in an article in First Things from December, 2010: "Das Rheingold premiered in Munich in 1869 under the patronage of King Ludwig II of Bavaria, who worshiped Wagner. The First Vatican Council was in session. A year later, Italy's unification destroyed the Vatican's territorial power, completing what Napoleon began: the dissolution of the old regime of Church and Empire. Wagner's contemporaries could have no doubt as to the content of his allegory. . . . That the old regime of throne and altar had fallen, Wagner's generation could have had no doubt. Wagner told them to celebrate rather than mourn its demise, for in the Twilight of the Gods their impulses would be freed from the fetters of the law."
The Goodall Ring Cycle is worth a listen. The Bad Catholic gives it five out of five horned helmets.