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Shining a spotlight on Verdi and Wagner's legacies

By Chen Jie | China Daily | Updated: 2013-09-27 07:09

Beijing Music Festival salutes two of the greatest composers the world has known, Chen Jie reports.

Yu Long, artistic director of the Beijing Music Festival, says music is an art that has passed from one generation to another. "It is those great composers who guide us to walk all the way here. Their music comforts us, inspires us and sometimes drives us mad," Yu says. So every year, the BMF pays tribute to those great musicians and invites all music fans to enjoy their legacy. This year, as the whole world is celebrating the 200th anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner, the BMF will devote most of its programs to salute the two opera giants.

"Both are geniuses," Yu says. "They not only created great music but shaped the musical life of people in their countries. Verdi comforts the human spirit while Wagner is the one who drives you mad. His music makes you feel willing to die like Isolde."

Shining a spotlight on Verdi and Wagner's legacies

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