Wagner: Complete Letters
Complete Edition in 34 Volumes and Supplements
With the publication of Volume 11 in November 1999, Werner Breig’s fundamentally new scholarly concept of Richard Wagner’s complete letters begins to make itself felt more strongly. The meticulously annotated volumes are illustrated with facsimiles and little known photos. Further enhancing the value of this edition are a number of letters, which were hitherto practically unavailable and are published here for the first time. The commentaries are based on many previously unpublished documents.
Concerning Volume 10 (published one year later than Volume 11) we have obtained the following fax by the English Wagner expert Stewart Spencer, who wittily praises Werner Breig's fundamental new concept: "There is a general problem of reviewing such magnificent volumes. They are the yardstick by which all other writings on Wagner will be judged. It is like sending someone to inspect the standard metre rule in Paris and asking them to review it. All one can say is that it exists and that it is in a class of its own. I'd like to congratulate you on its publication and thank you most warmly for picking up this edition." (Stewart Spencer, October 11, 2000)