Wagner's Progeny

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

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Jed Distler is a groundbreaking advocate for contemporary music as artistic director of ComposersCollaborative inc. The acclaimed composer/pianist joins George Preston in the studio to dust Wagner's fingerprints from the musical map—and show us how Tristan und Isolde is still leaving its mark nearly 150 years later.

Comments [7]

Tom Bodenberg from Brooklyn

Why is it that when I wanted to re-listen to the Distler-Preston interview (caught portions of it last night - what was the Keith Jarrett piece played?), I instead get the link to the Bill Viola interview? (I also checked the Viola link- that is correct).
Please rectify.
many thanks.

[Editor's note: thanks for bringing it to our attention; we've fixed the link. You can find the playlist for this segment at - just scroll down to the "Wagner's Legacy" section of the page.]

May. 02 2007 09:20 AM
Ben Delaney from Oakland, CA

Love that Distler guy! What a find!

Tristan has never seemed so alive. In fact, niether has Jed!

All the best from the left coast,


May. 01 2007 11:02 PM
psy-sci from Staten Island

This track by Montage called "She's Alone" i believe to be heavily influenced by the Tristan Chord. It's a great representation of the longing you described.

May. 01 2007 08:56 PM
Donald Black from Darien, CT

Bernard Herrmann's music to Vertigo is even more evocative of T&I ... unresolved sequence throughout, but especially the music for the scene in which Jimmy Stewart reunites with Kim Novak made up as Maddie (buildup and climax, musically). So please play it!

May. 01 2007 08:39 PM
Chick Foxgrover from B'klyn

Excellent show. Getting back to really intelligent programming like New Old and Unexpected!

May. 01 2007 08:20 PM
Terry Martin from Rye, NY

Kudos for singling out the last movement of Mahler's 9th as touched by Tristan's fingerprints. Alas, would that you had chosen some of the monumental performances of this work by Solti, Bernstein, for all his mannered approach, Karajan and even the remarkable Boulez Chicago performance instead of using the Royal Liverpool (!) when you have at hand the strings of the Vienna, the Berlin, the Chicago!!

May. 01 2007 08:06 PM
Albert Weatherly from Queens

Thanks for your wonderful presentation of my favorite opera. I've been thrilled with it ever since I first came to NY (1941 and stood -in the back for $1.) at the old opera house. T. & I. is just one super-thrill after another.


(Musician: Juilliard, National Symphony Orchestra, Wash. D.C., Ballet Russe and so forth, now retired.)

May. 01 2007 11:24 AM

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