Written By The Wagnerian on Wednesday, 18 April 2012 | 5:25:00 p.m.
I think, as many will agree, it is impossible to "understand" Wagner without an understanding of the German Romantic movement and its direct "predecessors". With that in mind, I recently came across the following and thought someone might find it useful.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the 18th century 'Angry Young Men' movement in Germany, 'Sturm und Drang'. Translated into English as 'Storm and Stress', this short-lived movement was characterised by raw emotion, drama and rebellion. Melvyn is joined by Tim Blanning, Emeritus Professor of Modern European History at Cambridge University; Susanne Kord, Professor of German at University College, London; and Maike Oergel, Associate Professor of German at the University of Nottingham.