On 2015-04-27 5:19 PM, David Gerard Matthews wrote:
> But I eventually came to the conclusion that I didn't
> live through the Holocaust and World War II, and while I personally had
> nothing concrete to connect this music that I loved so much with genocidal
> fascism, millions of people did, and it didn't really matter what I
> thought. I still believed that Wagner's music ought to be performed in
> Israel (and I still do believe this), but I respect the beliefs of those
> who disagree and understand that for some people, the association is
> impossible to break.

This is a very touchy subject and also complex and diverse. One 
interesting data point is that I have digitized from a second generation 
Magnetophon tape a concert that was given 1946-07-19 with a local 
orchestra conducted by Robert Lawrence with Baritone Lawrence Tibbett.

The track list is:
  1.  Introduction to Berlioz’s "Beatrice et Benedict"
  2.  Cortigiani, vil razza dannata from Verdi’s "Rigoletto"
  3.  Toreador Song from Bizet’s "Carmen"
  4.  Introduction
  5.  Schubert’s Serenade
  6.  Introduction
  7.  Old Man River from Jerome Kern’s "Showboat"
  8.  Introduction
  9.  Home on the Range W: Brewster Higley, M: Daniel Kelley
10.  Introduction
11.  Shortening Bread (trad)
12.  Thanks to all, introduction
13.  Road to Mandalay (1908) W: Rudyard Kipling, M: by Oley Speaks 
14.  Introduction, thanks to Bob Lawrence “...a little shy”
15.  Evening Star from Wagner’s "Tannhaüser"
16.  Prelude to Act I of Wagner’s "Die Meistersinger"

Note the two Wagner selections (15 & 16 and also note numbers 7 & 11 in 
the previous thread context).

This concert was sponsored by the Department of the Army and was part of 
a "reconstruction" (my word) effort, or so it seemed.

This is found in WorldCat with "accompanist" spelled wrong (my bad), and 
is held at Stanford University.

I wish that the modern army had done more rebuilding when we pulled out.


Richard L. Hess                   email: [log in to unmask]
Aurora, Ontario, Canada                             647 479 2800
Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.