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The World's Greatest Music
Katherine Jenkins showcases some of the most beautiful operatic pieces, sung by some of the world’s most brilliant voices.
'Wagner was the composer who took opera to its highest level,' says Katherine. 'Unlike other composers who generally left the task of writing the words to others, Wagner wrote his own.' He also exerted tight control over all the dramatic elements, the setting and the staging - and developed a style in which the orchestra is as important as the singers to the work. In fact, for Tristan und Isolde, Wagner referred to the work not as an opera at all, but "eine Handlung" - meaning a drama or a plot. Many see Tristan as the beginning of the move away from conventional harmony and tonality, laying the groundwork for the whole direction of classical music to come.
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