Wagner's Parsifal - Virtual launch party
Ladies and gentlemen, please enjoy our virtual launch video, recorded in celebration of the launch of Roger's book Wagner's Parsifal: The Music of Redemption.
Published by Allen Lane/ Penguin on Thursday 7th May, we we joined by friends, family, philosophical and musical colleagues for this most wonderful event.
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In his weaving of philosophy and musicology into an explication of redemption via the vehicle of compassion, this is an unparalleled, sadly posthumously published offering. It is at once required reading and a launch pad for an infinitude of musings. It is also, it should be clearly stated, magisterial.
Colin Clarke, Opera Now
This is Roger Scruton's final book. Parsifal was Wagner's final opera. Both works are intended to be taken as Last Words: testaments of belief at the end of a long spiritual journey... you [will] find enormous satisfaction in following the journey of one of our great philosophers making sense of his own life though another's sublime work of art.
Sue Prideaux, Spectator
Scruton is one of the finest philosopher-musicians since Schopenhauer. After reading this book, only the most unadventurous reader would turn down the chance to see Wagner's masterpiece. - Read the full article HERE.
Jonathan Gaisman, Standpoint
Highly original and penetrating ... he writes about the music authoritatively but comprehensibly... lucidly, cogently and even entertainingly
Tim Blanning, Literary Review
A brilliant gallop through the master's religious, musical and philosophical contexts
Michael Tanner, Literary Review. Read the full article HERE.
Richard Morrison, The Times.
Wagner at grail-forceThe late Roger Scruton appraises Parsifal, an opera not for the faint-hearted. Read the full article HERE.