I am listening to the love duet from Act II of Wagner’s “Tristan and Isolde” in a 1943 recording, with Max Lorenz and Paula Buchner as the doomed lovers. Someone put up a clip of it on YouTube, where it has drawn more than 16,000 clicks and many comments from opera buffs debating the relative merits of wartime Wagnerians. Links beckon — to other “Tristan” excerpts, to a documentary about Lorenz, to a clip of Prince playing “Summertime.” The page is a portal inviting the viewer to roam freely through time and space. Full story.
Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim (The New York Times) / 4 May, 2016