Sunday, October 17, 2010

Never mind the Nibelungen: it's die Walsungs

Like I imagine every young and trendy buck in London on a Sunday, I've spent the past hour downloading Wagner's Ring Cycle (the Sir Georg Solti version) on to my iPod. Oddly, the iTunes Gracenote software has tried to catalogue Die Walkure under punk.

Rheingold, Siegfried and Gotterdammerung all come up under classical in the genre column, but Die Walkure is regarded as punk. Probably because of all that incest, magic fire and screechy women (the Valkyries and Siouxsie and the Banshees have much in common).

Siegmund calling himself Wehrwalt - "woeful" - has a touch of the Sid Vicious/Johnny Rotten too. Clearly iTunes is very wise... Or it was a cock-up.

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