MILAN — Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim said Friday that the perception of composer Richard Wagner is unjustly influenced by the fact he was Hitler's favorite composer.
"We need one day to liberate Wagner of all this weight," Barenboim told reporters. He is conducting Wagner's "Die Walkuere" for the gala premiere of La Scala's season in Milan next week.
"I think a bit of the problem with Wagner isn't what we all know in Israel, anti-Semitism, etc. It is how the Nazis and Hitler saw Wagner as his own prophet. ... This perception of Wagner colors for many people the perception of Wagner."