Tannhäuser (includes Bacchanale, Pilgrim's Chorus)
Up 2, to its highest ever position. Highest of Wagner's 6 entries.
Wagner didn't really do understated. His works were epic in scale, fantastically mythological in plot, and revolutionary in both length and orchestration. In the case of Tannhäuser, even the word 'opera' wasn't deemed to be sufficient: Wagner initially referred to it as a 'romantic grand opera' but then elevated the work to a 'consummate drama', as he described it to his wife Cosima in 1882.
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